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After hours London: learn about genetics, intergalactic slime and MasterChef insider secrets

Posted at 10:00 am, October 22, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London

The clocks go back this Saturday, so make the most of these final days of fleeting evening sunlight by checking out our pick of this week’s after-hours culture:

1. Learn from the MasterChef finalists at Foyles on Thur Oct 24. 6.30-8pm. £5 (£3 concession/students)

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Britain loves cooking shows. LOVES them. If you’re addicted to MasterChef and envious of the contestants’ talent, head down to Foyles to meet finalists Natalie, Dale and Larkin. The trio will be sharing their highs and lows, handing out pearls of culinary wisdom, answering your questions about creating recipes and revealing how they survive John and Gregg’s judging. For tickets and more info go to foyles.co.uk

2. Discover the impact of radiation on human genetics at Wellcome Collection on Fri Oct 25. 6.30-8.30pm.

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Modern genetics? You would’ve thought this lecture would be all about that Gregor Mendel chap, but not tonight. Join University of Pennsylvania’s Susan Lindee’s lecture, ‘The Rise of the Genome: Human genetics after the Bomb, 1945-1985’ where she’ll be exploring the role radiation risk has played in the development of human genetics and genomics after 1945. There’ll be a reception after the event for a chance to refresh and reflect. For more details visit wellcomecollection.org

3. Enjoy wildlife, music and food after hours at the Natural History Museum on Fri Oct 25. 6-10.30pm. Free.


For this month’s serving of after-hours excitement at the Natural History Museum, alongside the usual chance to explore the popular galleries in twilight, there’ll also be live music courtesy of the open mic (if you’re in a band or like to sing then contact the museum to be considered for a slot), food, cocktails and speed sketching with Crazy Artists. You can also get tickets for the highly anticipated evening premiere of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (the winner of which was announced last week) as well as The Mystery of the Intergalactic Slime where Chesca Rogers will explore what the mysterious, unidentified slime that was discovered in a nature reserve in Somerset earlier this year may actually be. For tickets and details head to nhm.ac.uk

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