Get your geek on (cocktail in hand) at these three nerdy but nice end-of-the-month Summer Lates in South Kensington this week.
The Science of Food and Drink at the Science Museum, Wed 28, 6.45-10pm
Cooking is probably the closest most of us come to chemistry every day; an experiment with no certain outcome and an underlying risk of kitchen explosions. The Science Museum is opening its doors late this Wednesday to prove that the science of what we eat extends beyond how many minutes it takes in the microwave. Sample some liquid nitrogen ice cream, frozen right before your eyes in sub-zero temperatures, learn how to brew your own ginger beer, and find out whether seducing your love interest with oysters and other aphrodisiacs really works. Less squeamish visitors can munch on a platter of edible bugs, or make their own poo (yes… really) at the ‘It Takes Guts’ workshop, which examines the details of digestion.
The World of Minecraft at the V&A, Fri 30, 6.30-10.30pm
I asked my little brother what ‘Minecraft’ was and he simply said ‘awesome’. The people at the V&A seem to agree, as they have organised an entire evening dedicated to the creative computer game in which users build and live in their own virtual landscapes from Lego-like 8-bit blocks. Mojang, the makers of the cult game (although with nearly 12 million users worldwide, that status is fast evaporating) are collaborating with the V&A for an evening focussing on its design culture and how it blurs boundaries between the real and the virtual. Watch Minecraft’s lead designer and developer, Jens Bergensten, in conversation with the V&A’s senior curator Kieran Long, cavort around a physical installation in the V&A gardens, 3D print your own blocky designs and listen to a unique soundtrack created by the Theo Void Sound System.
Natural History Museum late, Fri 30, until 10.30pm.
Drink with Diplodocus and befriend the big blue whale at the Natural History Museum’s own late on Friday. Treat yourself to something from the special summer barbecue menu before wondering amid all the weirdest and most wonderful creatures that have ever existed. Compare favourite rocks with other visitors as you listen to ten up and coming open mic performers including harmonising duo The Bloom Twins. Just try not to fall over on the Earthquake machine if you’ve had a few glasses too many. Katie Forster
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