Did you know that some of the world-class museums that are on your doorstep open for regular adults-only evenings?
These events are often free and usually feature talks, shows and interactive activities. You can also spend your time perusing your favourite permanent exhibitions without much of the usual tourist traffic to contend with. The specially arranged programme, based around a certain topic, is often complimented by live music or a DJ and pop-up bars.
The Science Museum Lates are every last Wednesday of the month (excluding December) and upcoming themes include Contagions, Crime – what’s stopping you? and Maths – 4+4=Lates, topped off with stand-up comedy and ‘the best silent disco in town’.
And here’s Helen, part of the City Living, Local Life family to recap on the last Late she attended:
Last month, I attended the V&A Late which was centred around the theme of ‘Grow Your Own’ – with talks and interactive exhibits from a range of Londoners who are leading the revolution into food production in the city.
From budget home hydroponics systems soon to be available from IKEA that will allow you to grow plants and vegetables without outdoor space, to community gardeners and guerilla gardening groups convincing attendees that urban farming is not just the realm of hipsters, the finale of the event was a feast for the five hundred made from food redirected from landfill by food waste charities Feedback, Foodcycle and the Borough’s own Plan Zheroes, served under the gaze of Raphael’s cartoons.
The programme was the perfect way for attendees to discover innovative solutions, already being put into practice in the city, on how to feed an urban population sustainably.
But it is not just the larger museums that run late events – the next Leighton House Museum Late is on 28 October and this time features live music with a Middle Eastern theme as part of the Royal Borough’s Nour Festival programme.
Tickets for these events are usually free (with some of the special talks and tours available at extra cost) and are available on a first come, first serve basis at the door on the night.
And who said learning isn’t fun…