It may be getting darker earlier and earlier (sob), but cheer up folks, the weather does make for some atmospheric twilight events. Take a look at our pick of this week’s enriching after-hours happenings:
1. Discover the beautiful Apsley House in twilight on Wed Oct 16. 6-8pm. £6 members, £12 non-members.
Explore this 1770s stately home, where the Duke of Wellington lived for 35 years. His descendants still live in the beautiful house near Hyde Park, but you can get a real feel for the man and his era in the rooms open to the public. At sunset,there will be a torchlight guided tour of the house where you can admire the extravagant dinnerware, porcelain and beautiful art collection including work by Velazquez, Goya and Rubens. Go here for tickets and more details.
2. Discover all that glitters at the Museum of London on Thur Oct 17. 7-10pm. £10 (£8.50 concessions).
Bit of a magpie? If you like all that glistens and gleams, then you’re in for a treat as the Museum of London are displaying, for the first time in its entirety, late 16th and early 17th century jewels and gemstones that were discovered by accident in a cellar on Cheapside in 1912. There will also be talks about the jewellery, workshops to learn how to make jewellery, classes in diagnosing a diamond cut and measuring the purity of your own bling, as well as the chance to try on some period costume and take some selfies in the photobooth. There will also be live music, dancing and late night bars open on each floor – you’re encouraged to dress for the occasion, so don your best. If you’re looking for dinner before all the drinking and glamour, from 5pm just flash your ticket at the London Wall Bar & Kitchen and you’ll get 15 percent off, or head to Pizza Express on Alban Gate and get 20 percent your dinner and drinks. Find out more about the Cheapside Hoard exhibition.
3. Learn about your imagination at Wellcome Collection on Thur Oct 17. 7-8.30pm. Free.
As part of renowned choreographer Wayne McGregor’s exhibition ‘Thinking with the body’, this evening’s event ‘Habitual Imagination’ will explore the nature of human habits and our imagination from both a clinical and a creative perspective. Scientist Philip Barnard and psychiatrist Martina Di Simplicio from MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and University of Cambridge will be offering their mind-boggling insights on the human body and mind.
For extra info visit wellcomecollection.org/habitual-imagination