Leave work on time and make the most of your evening…
Get a glimpse backstage
In the small window between the end of your working day and the curtain going up, several major theatres and venues run backstage tours. You can explore behind the scenes at the National, the Barbican and the Southbank Centre – just don’t wander off and end up as an extra in that evening’s performance!
Dose up on culture
Why go to war with the weekend hordes when you can pop along to many of London’s best museums straight after work? Institutions such as the British Museum, the National Gallery, Tate Modern and the Wellcome Collection stay open late on at least one evening every week. For the top ten museum exhibitions in the capital right now go to timeout.com/top10museums.
Dance the work blues away
Go on admit it – you sometimes wish you could pogo straight from your office to an indie club. And now you can! Taking over Drink Shop Do in King’s Cross on the last Thursday of every month, Early Doors Disco starts at 6.30pm, so you can be busting moves while everyone else is busting a gut on the commute home. 6.30pm-midnight. Free. earlydoorsdisco.com
Sculpt a masterpiece
No doubt you’re destined to one day be an artist of groundbreaking importance – you just haven’t found your medium yet. Which is why you should definitely sign up for an evening class at The Art Academy near London Bridge, where you can take your first steps to eternal recognition with classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and much more. Courses start between 5.45pm and 7.45pm. £100-£280. artacademy.org.uk
Meet Stephen Fry (maybe)
Don’t get too excited, but you could hear your ridiculous irritating laugh echoing back at you from the TV or radio. Lots of great shows have live audiences, and many are conveniently recorded in the centre of town immediately after the working day. You could find yourself on ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’, ‘QI’ or, if you’re really lucky, ‘Reflex with Shane Ritchie’. Brahahahahaha! Different sites handle different shows, but applausestore.com is a good place to start.
Check out our list of London’s best nights out.