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Museum Lates: five great things happening after hours this week

Posted at 3:00 pm, June 26, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment

It appears London’s bars and restaurants are under stiff competition as the capital’s prime evening attraction for adult leisure. Museums all over London have been opening their historical doors in the twilight hours for a while now but things are starting to hot up for the long summer evenings.  Here’s this weeks unmissable museum lates…

London Science Museum: Science of Comedy, June 26, 18+

Humour is centre piece at this month’s Science Museum, as they open up all five floors to find out what makes us laugh. For those keen for a chortle head to the Launchpad Briefing Room for some Close-Up Comedy. More energetic souls should head to the a Silent Disco in Exploring Space, as well as a pub quiz at the Deep Blue Diner. Oh and there’s also speed dating, an award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy show and lots more. Lates happens on the last Wednesday of the month. 6.45-8pm. For more info, see Science Museum Lates listing.

The National Gallery: Friday Lates, June 28

Start your weekend with a relaxing stroll around round many of the National Galleries exhibitions. There’ll be live music, food and drink on offer, with The National Cafe and Sainsbury Winger Foyer bar kept open late. This Friday (June 28) the gallery are hosting musicians from the Royal College of Music, as well as Associate Artist Michael Landy and curator Colin Wiggins. Every Friday. 6.30-8pm. To book tickets,head to nationalgallery.org.uk.

Victoria & Albert Museum: Dalston Takeover, June 28

The first of two confirmed events (Peckham next month) from the V&A exploring the rise of London’s creative communities; first Dalston, celebrating the East End’s finest music, art, design and architecture. The John Madejski Garden will host electronic music from JustJam, while the Arcola Theatre will bring performances from the Dalston Slam Poetry Team, and Mischief Theatre. Last Friday of every month. 6.30-8pm. To see what else is on (there’s lots) visit vam.ac.uk.

The British Museum: Friday lates, June 28

The BM is open late every Friday for those who fancy looking around the latest blockbuster show ‘Life and death: Pompeii and Herculaneum’ (tickets needed) without the crowds. Discover how the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried two cities in southern Italy over 1,600 years ago, take a walk around the permenant collection adn get yourself some snacks in the Court Cafe’s or proper food in their restaurant. Every Friday. Open until 8.30pm. For info, see britishmuseum.org.uk.

The National History Museum: Lates with MasterCard, June 28

The NHM’s most popular galleries and exhibitions will stay open into the smaller hours this friday, including Dinosaurs (obvs), Mammals and Creepy Crawlies. There’ll be live music in the Central Hall and bars will be dotted around serving everything from Pimms to cold beer. There’s food too to keep your energy up. Last Friday of every month. 6-10pm. For info, see Natural History Museum late listing.

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