So, going to a museum reminds you of bad school trips with even worse coach journeys? Or are you a ‘museum-goer’ that actually sprints past the exhibition and straight into the gift shop? Either way, you’ll like this: Museums at Night mixes up the usual museum experience and offers Londoners a totally different course in culture. For three days this week (from Thursday May 16 to Saturday May 18), some of the capital’s biggest and best museums and attractions are hosting fantastic one-off after-hours events. Forget a visit during regular opening hours this weekend, institutions working the nightshift and throwing soirees for this year’s MaN season include the William Morris Gallery, where you can shake ya’ ass Sixties-style at a vintage beats party; Hampton Court Palace, which is inviting night owls to a supper and sleepover (watch out for the ghosts, yeah) and the Royal Observatory Greenwich, who are screening a selection of classic horror movies under the stars. Sound good? Of course it does. Trust us, this is a million miles away from your year six history excursion. Liz Darke
Check out our guide to all of this year’s Museums at Night events.