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Tonight: three after-hour happenings at London museums

Posted at 1:15 pm, April 25, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
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If you hit the bank holiday drinking a little too hard and you’re after a more wholesome start to this weekend, then check out the three museum lates below. If you change your mind and fancy a tipple, pop-up bars will be stationed at every venue.

V&A Friday Late – Synthetic Aesthetics

This month the V&A will be transformed into a living laboratory, meshing science and design together for a night of events, workshops and installations. The emerging field of synthetic biology will be on the agenda tonight, with discussion surrounding designers using life as programmable material and  the creation of new organisms. We’re excited about the Neo-Nature workshop where you can create your own synthetic corals and contribute to the museum’s reef, and the film screenings happening throughout the evening. Lucy McRae’S Swallowable Perfume is a must see.

Tonight, 6.30pm-10pm. All events are free and are on a first come, first served basis. Find out more at vam.ac.uk/friday-late.

After Hours at the Natural History Museum

It’s all getting a bit gruesome at the NHM with a talk on the motives and methods of cannibalism exhibited by early humans, modern society and the animal kingdom. The debate ties in with the museum’s current exhibition: ‘Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story’ which will be open late, along with the free galleries including the dinosaur room and whale hall. The Royal School of Music will be providing a soundtrack to the evening, performing live in the Central Hall throughout the night.

Tonight, 6pm-10.30pm. Booking required for Cannibalism: What’s all the Fuss.

Late Shift at the National Portrait Gallery

If you want to get hands on, head to the National Portrait Gallery tonight and get creative. Practice your drawing skills with workshops led by artists and inspired by the portraits on show, and get jazzy with live music from the John Martin Quartet. Advanced tickets for life drawing have sold out but a limited number are available on the door if you get there quick. If you’re not quite fast enough, free drop-in drawing sessions will also be taking place.

Tonight, 6pm- 9pm. More information at npg.org.uk/lateshift.

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