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citysocializer: Be a Culture Vulture by the Night

Things to do

If there is anything that London isn’t short of it’s museums! citysocializer is packed with culture vultures who have been to everything from The Old Operating Theatre to the British Lawnmower Museum. However, It can be such a kerfuffle going to Museums at the weekend as often they are overcrowded and full of loud children.

Question: When are children not around?

Answer: Weeknights.

Hence Museum Lates were created. No more will you go to Launch Pad, the hands-on section of the Science Museum and find children playing on the apparatus you love! Speaking of which, The Science Museum themes each of its Lates, held on the last Wednesday of every month @ 6.45-10 pm, in accordance with the new exhibitions it’s hosting. Don’t let their phrasing of ‘adults-only entertainment’ throw you off… its all innocent, intellectual and only mildly inebriated. They host a pub quiz, Punk Science comedy shows, the best silent disco in town (underneath real space rockets) and sell out speed dating. Dubbed ‘drinking and thinking’ by visitors, Lates regularly attracts over 3000 adults each night, with DJs and bars on three floors of the museum.

For more information: sciencemuseum.org.uk

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Victoria and Albert Museum is open late every Friday from 10am to 10pm! Just opposite the Science Museum they are great excuses to wander idly around Kensington. At the minute they have ‘Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 80’s,’ ‘Pearls: V&A and Qatar Museums Authority Exhibition’ and ‘Memory Palace by Sky Arts Ignition’ (submit your memories here: skyartsignitionmemorypalace.com) just to name a few.

For more information: vam.ac.uk

The Barbican is incredible and the architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon designed it in the Brutalist style that looks the same as the future looked in Blade Runner. The Barbican galleries are open until 10pm every Thursday during exhibitions. You can enjoy special events, talks, workshops, DJs and drinks at the bar. Every one to two months, there’s a Lates night across the whole of the Barbican, with fun interactive events and DJ’s. It also has its own garden room. Heat and humidity controlled. Pretty cool.

For more information: barbican.org.uk

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Art Galleries are ludicrously busy as they are lusciously awesome. The National Gallery opens late on Fridays (until 9pm) and The National Portrait Gallery opens until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays (take that National Gallery!) Both include guided tours, events, live music and bars. The National Portrait Gallery, however, has the Late Shift Bar, Portrait Café and The Portrait Restaurant. Winner.

For more information: npg.org.uk

The very popular Tate Modern is open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays but be warned some special exhibitions may close early. Unlike its counterpart, The Tate Britain is only open late one Friday every two months, so plan ahead!

For more information: tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

The Camden Arts Centre is open until 9pm every Wednesday, with free talks, film screenings, live performances, and late opening in the café and bookshop. They have an exhibit on at the minute called ‘Dirty Looks’ By Emma Hart, it explores the physical as opposed to images and just wants you to get messy and disruptive.

For more information: camdenartscentre.org

What are you favourite museums? What have we missed? Comment and join the debate. Don’t be a stranger. 

This post was written by

Victoria McDowell

My passion is PR and I’m currently lucky enough to work for citysocializer; writing blog content and aiding in marketing. I devour Sherlock Holmes books and thriller films. Out and about you may find me at the Tate or with red wine.