This year's spring edition of Museums at Night runs May 11–15 – here are five of the best after-hours events you won't want to miss.
Weird Museum at Night
The Museum of Childhood is home to one of the world’s finest collections of toys, dolls’ houses, games and costumes. It will abandon its innocence for an evening of grown-up fun as part of the Museums at Night programme. Seek out bizarre bits of puppetry, sinister dolls’ houses and creepy Victorian toys on a scavenger hunt through the normally charming collection. Even in a museum of kids’ stuff there is a bar, so stop by for a tipple when your exploring is done. V&A Museum of Childhood. Bethnal Green. Thu May 12. £10.
Secret Garden Late
This family-friendly event will welcome spring with readings from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s much-loved novel, seed-planting, music and the chance to relax in a flower- filled garden. Vestry House Museum. Walthamstow. Thu May 12. £2.
Tour the newly refurbished Brunel Tunnel then watch the sun set by the fire with a cocktail and some street food at this special edition of the museum regular. Brunel Museum. Rotherhithe Overground. Fri May 13-Sat May 14. £5.
Visit this Forest Hill favourite for a night of music, film, spoken word, talks and more. Included in the ticket price are queer tango workshops, movies about love, extravagant performances and an LGBTQ history lesson. Horniman Museum. Forest Hill Overground. Thu May 12. £5.
Under the Skin
UCL’s zoological museum invites over-18s to meet its curious creatures and startling specimens after hours. There will be taxidermy demonstrations, film screenings and a pop-up cocktail bar. Grant Museum of Zoology. Euston Square. Sat May 14. £6.