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Late museum and gallery openings in London

Many London museums and galleries have late openings with talks, performances, workshops, films, DJs, food and drink and much more.

Find out what's open and when with our guide to late-night galleries and London museums open late. You don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy a cultural night out in London – many of these evening exhibitions and events are free.

Bank of England Museum

Keep an eye out for ad hoc lates at the Bank of England Museum, which has hosted events focused on its exhibitions and special events, including bank notes and Halloween. 

Body Worlds London

Last Friday of every month
Body Worlds London is open until 10pm on the last Friday of every month. Take the opportunity to enjoy free massages and other special events during evenings filled with all things mindfulness and wellbeing.

British Library

Look out for late events at the British Library every few months, usually timed to coincide with major exhibitions and themes such as fashion and Bollywood. The venue is also open until 8pm Monday to Thursday.

British Museum

One of the regular late-night museums in London, the British Museum is open until 8.30pm every Friday. Attend lectures, debates, performances, film screenings and male use of a late opening in the Great Court Restaurant.

Camden Arts Centre

Camden Arts Centre is open until 9pm every Wednesday, with free talks, film screenings, live performances, and late opening in the cafe and bookshop.

Cartoon Museum

Stay behind for a whole host of after-hours comic fun, as The Cartoon Museum host drawing and cartoon workshops.

Chihuly Nights

Until 26 Oct 2019
Spend an evening wandering in nature, as Chihuly Night's illuminated glass artworks shines throughout Kew Gardens, between 7.30pm and 10.30pm, Thursday to Friday. What a blissful way to end the day, surrounded by live music, food and drink.

Christmas at Kew

20 Nov 2019 to 5 Jan 2020
Take in the festive magic as Christmas at Kew opens its doors daily between 5pm and 10pm during the winter season. Soak in an evening full of light installations, jolly music, Christmas treats, drinks, and more! 

City of London Police Museum

Learn about this history of policing in London, from tales of Jack the Ripper and wartime efforts, to present day crime-fighting activities. The free-to-enter City of London Police Museum stays open until 7.30pm on Wednesdays.

Cutty Sark

Various dates
Venture under the hull of the world's last surviving tea clipper, Cutty Sark, for a series of fun after-hours events with Cutty Sark Lates. Choose from music, comedy, dance and workshops.

Design Museum

First Friday of every month
On the first Friday of the month, the Design Museum is open until 8pm for Friday Lates, where you can take part in sketching workshops, talks and special events.

Emerge Festival

27-28 September 2019
Enjoy lates events at venues across London at the two-day Emerge Festival. Get involved in immersive experiences, sing your heart out at a silent disco, party to DJ sets and much more. 

Museum of London

Various dates
Late activities at the Museum of London have ranged from grisly Halloween card-making to Cleopatra-style makeovers. Look out for upcoming events on the Museum of London website.

National Portrait Gallery

Every Friday
The National Portrait Gallery is open until 9pm on Fridays for Friday Lates. Entertainment includes tours, talks, live music, DJs, films and art workshops. Plus, you can relax in the Friday Lates dedicated bar, Portrait Café or Portrait Restaurant.

Natural History Museum

Last Friday of every month
The Natural History Museum is open until 10pm on the last Friday of every month (except December). Browse the collections, see special science demos and visit special exhibitions – and stay even later for a silent disco until 1am.

National Gallery

The National Gallery is open until 9pm on Fridays, with guided tours, talks, events and live music, plus late opening in the bar and the National Cafe.

National Maritime Museum

Various dates
Be treated to lectures and screenings in conjunction with the National Maritime Museum's latest exhibitions at special evening events. 

Queen's House Greenwich

Don't miss ad hoc lates events at Queen's House in Greenwich, as the grand 17th-century house explores stories behind its art collection and hosts special evenings.

Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts is open until 10pm every Friday with live music, lectures, talks and tours, plus late opening in the restaurant and bar.

Royal Observatory Greenwich

Join one of Royal Observatory Greenwich's monthly film screenings, Silver Screen Science Fiction, to rediscover cult classics; or look out for other lates events, including Valentine's Day specials.

Science Museum

Last Wednesday of every month
On the last Wednesday of each month (except in December), adults take over the Science Museum for a night of science-themed fun, and a chance to play on more than 50 interactive exhibits until 10pm.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Selected galleries at the V&A are open until 10pm every Friday. On the last Friday of the month (except May and December) there are themed Friday Late events, with arty activities, installations, food and drink.

Wellcome Collection

The Wellcome Collection galleries are open until 9pm on Thursdays, with late opening in the cafe and bookshop.

Whitechapel Gallery

Thursdays and Fridays
On Thursdays, the Whitechapel Gallery is open until 9pm, while the Whitechapel Refectory closes its doors at 11pm.

Time Out First Thursdays

First Thursday of every month
On the first Thursday of every month, more than 130 museums and galleries in east London stay open until 9pm for a series of late viewings and free cultural events. Enjoy a guided bus tour around some of the participating venues in east London, hosted by leading curators, writers, academics and artists. 

See the First Thursdays website for more information.