101 Things to do in London: Spend a night at the museum

Posted at 7:00 am, October 15, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment

Time Out HQ have compiled a list of 101 ultimate things to do in London and every week we pick one as inspiration for your weekend fun. If you’re looking for the perfect treat for your little adventurer, send them to one of London’s major museums for an educational sleepover under a diplodocus.

The Natural History Museum offers Dino Snores, where visitors are taken by torch-light into the darkest depths of the museum, solving a nature puzzle before encountering the enormous blue whale and the tiny mini-beast army before bedding down in the iconic central hall.

The Science Museum is a veteran in city sleepovers; it’s Science Night has been running for so long that some of the current staff first attended as children in the 90s and includes a make-and-take workshop, science show, and IMAX film.

The British Museum offers sleepovers to Young Friends of the museum (past highlights include a Terracotta Warrior night).

The Golden Hinde explores the days of Francis Drake, (the Hinde being a replica of Drake’s ship permanently moored on the southern bank of the Thames) where visitors don traditional Tudor gear, fire cannons, sail the 7 seas, tucking into a Tudor dinner and settle down below deck.

If money’s no issue, Hamley’s is available for private hire on Saturday nights when kids can join the teddy bears for their picnic, save the world with the action heroes or relax at a doll’s pampering session.

For more ideas, see 101 Things to do in London. Have we missed anything off the list? Comment below with your ideas or use #ultimatelondon on Twitter.

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