London Museums: Late Openings

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Tuesdays until 8pm | FREE

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Sir John Soane's Museum
Science Museum Lates
Camden Arts Centre
Chelsea Physic Garden
Barbican Art Gallery
Handel House Museum
Institute of Contemporary Arts
National Portrait Gallery
Wellcome Collection
Whitechapel Gallery
British Museum
National Gallery
Royal Academy of Arts
Tate Britain
Tate Modern
London Zoo
Victoria and Albert Museum
Somerset House
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For those of you who are too busy at work during the week and always occupied on the weekends, then try one of London's many museum evening openings or 'lates'. Switch off the TV, forget the gym and instead head out for some nocturnal culture at one of the capital's many museums which keep their doors open late.

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British Library

Tuesdays until 8pm | FREE

96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station , Euston Station

 
 

The largest public building constructed in the UK in the 20th century keeps its doors open until 8pm on Tuesdays so visitors can enjoy the temporary displays as well as the permanent John Ritblat Gallery. With over 150 million items, a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland, artwork by artists such as Antony Gormley and Eduardo Paolozzi, and a host of historically momentous works - including the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare's First Folio, the Lindisfarne Gospels, Handel's Messiah, drafts of the Magna Carta and The Beatles' lyrics, the only surviving copy of Beowulf and the Diamond Sutra, the world's earliest dated printed book - the British Library also boasts a flurry of attractions for the casual visitor, including films, musical performances and poetry readings. Tours cost around £6 and are an invaluable way of soaking it all in with a bit of direction.

 
 

Events at British Library

Harry Potter: A History of Magic Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th October 2017 to 28th February 2018 | Tickets go on sale April 3rd.

 
Harry Potter: A History of Magic British Library 2017-10-202018-02-28 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums
Listen: 140 Years Of Recorded Sound
OngoingFree Event

6th October 2017 to 11th March 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Listen: 140 Years Of Recorded Sound British Library 2017-10-062018-03-11 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums
Sonic Boom With DJ Yoda And Huey Morgan
On Soon

Saturday 25th November 2017 - 7.30pm-11pm | £15, mems £15, OAP £12, NUS/unwaged/child £10

 
Sonic Boom With DJ Yoda And Huey Morgan British Library 2017-11-252017-11-25 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

Enjoy an evening of underground rap to TV themes, country, soul reggae, drum and bass and 80s pop.

Christmas Shopping Evening At The British Library
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th December 2017 - 6pm-8pm | Free

 
Christmas Shopping Evening At The British Library British Library 2017-12-052017-12-06 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

Attractions & Museums, Tourist Attraction.

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Sir John Soane's Museum

First Tuesday of the month until 9pm | FREE (first 200 people)

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3BP

Tube: Holborn Station , Chancery Lane Station

 
 

Widely recognised as the best house-museum in the world, Sir John Soane's Museum is lit by candlelight on the first Tuesday of each month from 6pm until 9pm. The popularity of the evening event is such that at 5.30pm tickets are issued to the first 200 people who arrive - with no reservations possible. Visitors can only take one ticket per person and so cannot hold a space in the queue for late-comers. This may mean you have to leave work early to stand a chance of enjoying the candlelit museum - but it's certainly worth the hassle for this is one of the quintessential London experiences. The extraordinary museum is an appealingly higgledy-piggledy treasure trove of artefacts - with a delight lurking in each nook and cranny. The neo-classical architect Sir John Soane's former residence boasts over 30,000 architectural drawings and antiquities - including works by Turner, Canaletto, Piranesi and Hogarth, whose eight canvasses of 'A Rake's Progress' are worth a visit in their own right.

 
 
 

Science Museum Lates

Wednesdays until 10pm | FREE

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Adults-only Lates nights on the last Wednesday of the month keeps the doors of the Science Museum open till 10pm and allow visitors to enjoy a free evening of entertainment and exhibitions without a constant stream of mischievous children. The Science Museum Lates cover a broad range of themed topics - anything from Sexuality to Sexual Health, Zombies to Broken Hearts, the Science of Comedy to Climate Change - and operate alongside regular returning activities, including gallery tours, lectures, a pub quiz, speed dating, a silent disco, live music, a bar and child-free playtime in the interactive Launchpad gallery. The Science Museum is one of the most interactive in the city, with loads of hands-on exhibits, and these special evening openings are a great way for adults to recreate the old school field day vibe of their youth with topically themed activities, events and entertainment.

 
 

Events at Science Museum

Illuminating India OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th October 2017 to 31st March 2018 | Exhibitions: Free | Fees apply for some events

 
Illuminating India Science Museum 2017-10-042018-03-31 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Illuminating India Lates
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 29th November 2017 - 6.45pm-10pm | Free

 
Illuminating India Lates Science Museum 2017-11-292017-11-29 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

Attractions & Museums, Tourist Attraction.

Night Owls
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 2nd December 2017 - 6.45pm-10.30pm | Free

 
Night Owls Science Museum 2017-12-022017-12-02 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

Attractions & Museums, Tourist Attraction.

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Camden Arts Centre

Wednesdays until 9pm | FREE

Arkwright Road, London, NW3 6DH

Tube: Finchley Road Station

 
 

The Camden Arts Centre - which is actually located in Hampstead - has become a prime location for top class arts exhibitions thanks to a radical renovation in 2007. Wednesday evenings sees the slickly designed Centre open its doors until 9pm, inviting guests to browse its excellent galleries, café, bookshop and dedicated reading area where the archives and research facilities accumulate. Dedicated to contemporary visual art and education, the Centre strives to involve the public in the ideas and processes of its exhibited artists and the artists who inspire them. A fantastic spacious terrace area stretching around the café makes this a popular spot on summer evenings and gives on to the Centre's garden, which offers visitors a quiet retreat from the hub of activity.

 
 

Events at Camden Arts Centre

Christian Nyampeta: Words After The World
OngoingFree Event

29th September 2017 to 14th January 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Christian Nyampeta: Words After The World Camden Arts Centre 2017-09-292018-01-14 Where:
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road London, NW3 6DH
Category: Art Galleries
Nathalie Du Pasquier: Other Rooms
OngoingFree Event

29th September 2017 to 14th January 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Nathalie Du Pasquier: Other Rooms Camden Arts Centre 2017-09-292018-01-14 Where:
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road London, NW3 6DH
Category: Art Galleries
Art Theory: Space, Structures and Society
On Soon

Wednesday 22nd and Wednesday 29th November 2017 - 6.30pm-9pm | £95, concs £65

 
Art Theory: Space, Structures and Society Camden Arts Centre 2017-11-152017-11-29 Where:
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road London, NW3 6DH
Category: Art Galleries

Literary & Education, Art Workshop.

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Chelsea Physic Garden

Wednesdays until 10pm (July and August) | £9

66 Royal Hospital Garden, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 
 

Every summer, the second oldest botanic garden in Britain opens its gates until 10pm on Wednesdays in July and August. Established in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, the Chelsea Physic Garden is home to largest fruiting olive tree in Britain and the world's northern-most outdoor grapefruit tree. Hidden behind towering brick walls, protected from the city's sounds and harsh breezes, the most idyllic collection of plants flourish in a unique, carefully created microclimate. The Garden is open from midday throughout the summer from April to October - but guests just have the two months to benefit from the late Wednesday openings. Besides the pretty gravel pathways, statues and ponds that separate and decorate the different gardens with a stunning array of plants, the Garden also boasts a shop where visitors can buy unusual plants and a café renowned for its tasty homemade cakes.

 
 
 
 

Barbican Art Gallery

Thursdays until 10pm | £8

Silk Street, City, London, EC2 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 
 

Must-see exhibitions on design, architecture and pop culture by acclaimed architects, Turner Prize-winning artists and famous photographers as well as major exhibitions by leading international figures are a regular occurrence at the Barbican Art Gallery, located on the third floor of the Barbican Centre. Each exhibition is accompanied by a programme of thought-provoking talks, screenings and events - and while doors are open late until 8pm every day except Wednesdays (when the space closes as 6pm), they are open even later on Thursdays, when guests can stay until 10pm. The same goes for The Curve, the Centre's free exhibition space for specially commissioned works and contemporary art.

 
 

Events at Barbican Art Gallery

Basquiat: Boom for Real Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st September 2017 to 28th January 2018 | Standard £16, concession £12

 
Basquiat: Boom for Real Barbican Art Gallery 2017-09-212018-01-28 Where:
Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street London, EC2 8DS
Category: Art Galleries
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Handel House Museum

Thursdays until 8pm | £6

25 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HB

Tube: Bond Street Station , Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Dedicated to the life and works of the German-born baroque composer George Frideric Handel, this beautiful and intimate museum in Mayfair has a weekly late opening until 8pm on Thursdays, with concerts from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Handel House Museum is located in the beautifully restored Georgian townhouse where Handel lived from 1723 until his death in 1759. It was here that he wrote masterpieces such as 'Messiah', 'Zadok the Priest' and 'Music for the Royal Fireworks'. The museum offers insight into Handel's life, eighteenth-century culture and music - and there is also a small Jimi Hendrix display (the legendary guitarist lived in the upper floors of the adjoining house for two years in the late 60s).

 
 

Events at Handel & Hendrix in London

Battle Of The Guitarists
On Soon

Saturday 25th November 2017 - 11am-5pm | £10

 
Battle Of The Guitarists Handel & Hendrix in London 2017-11-252017-11-25 Where:
Handel & Hendrix in London, 25 Brook Street London, W1K 4HB
Category: Museums
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Institute of Contemporary Arts

Thursdays until 9pm | FREE (except specific exhibitions)

12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Charing Cross Station

 
 

Housed in elegant Regency premises on the Mall since 1968, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) boasts three galleries, two cinemas, a theatre, restaurant, an excellent bookshop, sun-lit late bar and cafe. The ICA aims to challenge accepted notions through its programme of arthouse cinema, performance art, philosophical debates, lectures, art-themed club nights, music parties and cutting-edge bands. On Thursdays the galleries stay open until 9pm during exhibitions, while the bookshop is open all week (except Mondays) until 9pm. Founded in 1946, the artistic and cultural centre was initially housed in a basement on Oxford Street before moving to its first premises in Soho. With the support of the Arts Council, the ICA moved to its current location at Nash House in 1968. In recent years, the ICA has curated exhibitions featuring the likes of Yoko Ono, Gerhard Richter and Damien Hirst.

 
 

Events at Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Seth Price: Circa 1981
Ongoing

4th October 2017 to 7th January 2018 - Various Times | £1

 
Seth Price: Circa 1981 Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2017-10-042018-01-07 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Art Galleries
The Social In Architecture: Designing Risk And Opportunity Through Housing
On Soon

Friday 24th November 2017 - 6.30pm | £5-£8

 
The Social In Architecture: Designing Risk And Opportunity Through Housing Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2017-11-242017-11-24 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Art Galleries

Literary & Education, Talk.

Gaze: Oral/Written
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 25th November 2017 - 11am | Free

 
Gaze: Oral/Written Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2017-11-252017-11-25 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Art Galleries
Gaze: Utterance
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 29th November 2017 - 7pm | Free

 
Gaze: Utterance Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2017-11-292017-11-29 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Art Galleries
Decolonising the Mind, Provincialising the West
On Soon

Thursday 30th November 2017 - 6.30pm | £5-£8

 
Decolonising the Mind, Provincialising the West Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2017-11-302017-11-30 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Art Galleries
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Wellcome Collection

Thursdays until 10pm | FREE

183 Euston Road, Bloomsbury, London, NW1 2BE

Tube: Euston Square Station , Euston Station, Warren Street Station

 
 

Works by Leonardo da Vinci, Andy Warhol and Martin Parr sit alongside artefacts such as Charles Darwin's whalebone walking stick, Nelson's razor, Napoleon's toothbrush, used Guillotine blades, a DNA-sequencing robot and 19th-century sex toys, in this major cultural venue that combines three galleries - Medicine Man, Medicine Now and Special Exhibitions. Those who want confirmation that science can be this interesting should make the most of the Wellcome Collection's later opening hours on Thursday's where guests can roam the galleries until 10pm. The Blackwell bookshop closes at 9pm on Thursdays but the Peyton & Byrne café also stays open until 10pm, the classic British bakery offering a range of terrines, tarts, pies, soups and salads - provided you're not feeling too squeamish after watching the Collection's fascinating footage of live heart surgery.

 
 

Events at Wellcome Collection

Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th September 2017 to 14th January 2018 | Free

 
Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? Wellcome Collection 2017-09-072018-01-14 Where:
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road London, NW1 2BE
Category: Art Galleries
Ayurvedic Man: Encounters With Indian Medicine
OngoingFree Event

16th November 2017 to 8th April 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Ayurvedic Man: Encounters With Indian Medicine Wellcome Collection 2017-11-162018-04-08 Where:
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road London, NW1 2BE
Category: Art Galleries
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Whitechapel Gallery

Thursdays until 9pm | FREE

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station , Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 
 

Britain's first purpose-build arts gallery is renowned both for the beauty of its light, airy space and for embracing the local East End community in its work. Those of you who haven't seen the results of the Whitechapel Gallery's extensive refurbishment - which saw the gallery reopen in 2009 with double the space - can make the most of a late 9pm closure on Thursdays. The gallery does not have a permanent collection, preferring instead to host a constantly evolving programme of works and there is always something free to see. Community projects and retrospective exhibitions now rest alongside landmark examples of contemporary work. A research centre, archives room and café also operate at the gallery, which has in its time housed work by Jackson Pollock, David Hockney, Lucian Freud and Picasso. Top off your late visit with a bite at the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, which was relaunched in January 2011 under the stewardship of executive chef Angela Hartnett.

 
 

Events at Whitechapel Gallery

ISelf Collection: The End Of Love
OngoingFree Event

22nd to 26th Nov 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
ISelf Collection: The End Of Love Whitechapel Gallery 2017-08-302017-11-26 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Thomas Ruff
Ongoing

27th September 2017 to 21st January 2018 - Various Times | £12.95, OAP/NUS/disabled/unwaged £9.50, under 16s Free, Art Fund mems £6.50

 
Thomas Ruff Whitechapel Gallery 2017-09-272018-01-21 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Leonor Antunes: The Frisson Of The Togetherness
OngoingFree Event

3rd October 2017 to 9th April 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Leonor Antunes: The Frisson Of The Togetherness Whitechapel Gallery 2017-10-032018-04-09 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Leonor Antunes in conversation with Briony Fer
On Soon

Thursday 7th December 2017 - 7pm | £9.50, concs £7.50, mems £4.75

 
Leonor Antunes in conversation with Briony Fer Whitechapel Gallery 2017-12-072017-12-07 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries

Exhibitions & Art, Architecture.

Destruction, Documents of Contemporary Art: John Roberts and Sven Spieker in conversation
On Soon

Thursday 14th December 2017 - 7pm | £9.50, concs £7.50, mems £4.75

 
Destruction, Documents of Contemporary Art: John Roberts and Sven Spieker in conversation Whitechapel Gallery 2017-12-142017-12-14 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries

Literary & Education, Talk.

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National Portrait Gallery

Thursdays & Fridays until 9pm | FREE

St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

Single-handedly responsible for making portraiture hip, the National Portrait Gallery houses portraits of significant figures from the late 15th century to the present day - with a large slant on contemporary celebrities, musicians, sportsmen, artists and prominent figures. Open until 9pm on both Thursdays and Fridays, this isn't the place to come for serious works of exceptional merit (pop next door for that) but it's a lot of fun - and where else in London could you hope to find The Beatles, Henry VIII, Sir Richard Branson and JK Rowling all hanging out together? That said, critically acclaimed self-portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds and other notable British artists are also displayed alongside the 10,000 portraits of everyone from statesmen to showbiz stars and media barons. Also, the annual BP Portrait Award and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize are held in the Gallery and are both the most prestigious open competitions for portrait painting and photography in the world.

 
 

Events at National Portrait Gallery

Guest DJ: Mr Madam
Free Event

Thursday 23rd November 2017 - 6pm | Free

 
Guest DJ: Mr Madam National Portrait Gallery 2017-11-232017-11-23 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

The DJ combines a range of musical styles to create a set that may include Thomas Tallis, Gracie Fields, Grace Jones, John Barry, Duke Ellington, Lord Creator and more.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th November 2017 to 8th February 2018 | £5 (Adults), £3.50 (Concs), Free for members

 
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 National Portrait Gallery 2017-11-162018-02-08 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Everything We Do Is Music
OngoingFree Event

19th November 2017 to 18th February 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Everything We Do Is Music National Portrait Gallery 2017-11-192018-02-18 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Cezanne Portraits Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th October 2017 to 11th February 2018 | Adult £20, concession £18.50

 
Cezanne Portraits National Portrait Gallery 2017-10-262018-02-11 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Life, Death and Memory OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th April 2017 to 16th April 2018 | Free

 
Life, Death and Memory National Portrait Gallery 2017-04-132018-04-16 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Concordia Foundation
On SoonFree Event

Friday 24th November 2017 - 6.30pm | Free

 
Concordia Foundation National Portrait Gallery 2017-11-242017-11-24 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

A soiree of Impressionist French chamber music and song in response to Cezanne Portraits.

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British Museum

Fridays until 8.30pm | FREE

Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 
 

It would take much more than one evening to explore all the nooks and crannies of the vast and indomitable British Museum - but you can get started with special late Friday opening hours at one of the world's oldest museums. Over seven millions objects from all over the globe are housed in this impressive museum of human history and culture (many of the artefacts are stored underneath the museum due to lack of space). Notable objects include the Parthenon Sculptures (also sometimes called the Elgin Marbles), the Rosetta Stone, Lidlow Man, the Lewis Chessmann, the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial and Mildenhall treasures, and the Portland Vase. Oh, and don't forget all those Egyptian mummies and hieroglyphics. The crowning glory of the museum its central hub, the glass domed Great Court designed by Lord Norman Foster - the largest covered public square in Europe. The permanent collections are free but blockbuster temporary exhibitions - such as the Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition in 2013 - are ticketed and extremely popular. The British Museum's late Fridays are supplemented by tours, special events and food and drink.

 
 

Events at British Museum

Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th September 2017 to 14th January 2018 | £16.50 (Adults), Free (Children under 16)

 
Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia British Museum 2017-09-142018-01-14 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
The Business Of Prints
OngoingFree Event

21st September 2017 to 28th January 2018 - 10am | Free

 
The Business Of Prints British Museum 2017-09-212018-01-28 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd November 2017 to 8th April 2018 | £15

 
Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond British Museum 2017-11-022018-04-08 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Tenebrae
On Soon

Saturday 25th November 2017 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
Tenebrae British Museum 2017-11-252017-11-25 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

The choir, accompanied by the Academy of Ancient Music, perform Bach's Mass In B Minor.

Eugene Skeef
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November 2017 at 12noon-12.45pm and 2pm-2.45pm | Free

 
Eugene Skeef British Museum 2017-11-252017-11-26 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

The London-based percussionist, composer, poet, educationalist and animator performs world music from South Africa.

Hibiki Ichikawa
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November 2017 at 2pm-2.45pm and 4pm-4.45pm | Free

 
Hibiki Ichikawa British Museum 2017-11-252017-11-26 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

The Tsugaru shamisen player from Japan, accompanied by the percussionist Akinori Fujimoto, performs two specially composed pieces inspired by European musical traditions.

Maya Youssef
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November 2017 at 1pm-1.45pm and 3pm-3.45pm | Free

 
Maya Youssef British Museum 2017-11-252017-11-26 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

The Syrian musician brings a unique and innovative approach to playing the kanun, a traditional string instrument played across much of the Middle East, Central Asia and South Eastern Europe.

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National Gallery

Fridays until 9pm | FREE

Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

Get your Friday night out in the West End off to a cultural start by benefitting from the National Gallery's late night Fridays until 9pm every week. The neo-classical columns and William Wilkins portico dominate Trafalgar Square and houses some of the finest examples of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900, amid the 2,300 paintings filling its halls and rooms. Holbein's 'The Ambassadors', 'The Hay Wain' by Constable, and Jan Van Eyck's 'Arnolfini Marriage' are just some of the major attractions. Works on display also include those of Botticelli, Monet, Constable, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Friday's late opening often includes tours, talks and musical events, while there's also a superb café and the wonderful National Dining Rooms in the Salisbury Wing, serving British classical cuisine and boasting floor-to-ceiling windows with lavish views over Trafalgar Square.

 
 

Events at National Gallery

Transfiguration And Transformation
Free Event

Thursday 23rd November 2017 - 1pm-2pm | Free

 
Transfiguration And Transformation National Gallery 2017-11-232017-11-23 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

Pianist Joanna MacGregor performs music spanning four centuries, inspired by Renaissance paintings in the collection, including Sebastiano

Lake Keitele: A Vision of Finland OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th November 2017 to 4th February 2018 | Free

 
Lake Keitele: A Vision of Finland National Gallery 2017-11-152018-02-04 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Lake Keitele: A Vision Of Finland
OngoingFree Event

15th November 2017 to 4th February 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Lake Keitele: A Vision Of Finland National Gallery 2017-11-152018-02-04 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Monochrome: Painting in Black and White Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th October 2017 to 18th February 2018

 
Monochrome: Painting in Black and White National Gallery 2017-10-302018-02-18 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th October 2017 to 2nd April 2018

 
Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites National Gallery 2017-10-042018-04-02 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Drawn in Colour: Degas at the Burrell Collection OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th September 2017 to 7th May 2018 | Free

 
Drawn in Colour: Degas at the Burrell Collection National Gallery 2017-09-202018-05-07 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Drawn In Colour: Degas From The Burrell
OngoingFree Event

20th September 2017 to 7th May 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Drawn In Colour: Degas From The Burrell National Gallery 2017-09-202018-05-07 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
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Royal Academy of Arts

Fridays until 10pm | From £11 (Some exhibitions FREE)

Burlington House, Mayfair, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

Renowned for its annual Summer Exhibition, the Royal Academy of Arts is located in Lord Burlington's spectacular London palace and houses both the country's premier art school and a brilliantly curated program of exhibitions. Blockbuster exhibitions in the Sackler Wing or main galleries are ticketed and often booked up well in advance, but shows in the John Madejski Fine Rooms are drawn from the RA's holdings - ranging from Constable to Hockney - and are free. In 2012, the RA expanded into the neighbouring 6 Burlington Gardens space immediately behind the established home on Piccadilly. Late openings at both venues take place on Fridays where guests can browse the collections until 10pm.

 
 

Events at Royal Academy of Arts

Jasper Johns Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd September to 10th December 2017

 
Jasper Johns Royal Academy of Arts 2017-09-232017-12-10 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries
Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth
Ongoing

23rd September to 10th December 2017 - Various Times | £17-£19, friends of the RA Free

 
Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth Royal Academy of Arts 2017-09-232017-12-10 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries
Dali/Duchamp Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th October 2017 to 3rd January 2018

 
Dali/Duchamp Royal Academy of Arts 2017-10-072018-01-03 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries
RA Lates: Rrose Selavy's Dada Extravaganza
On Soon

Saturday 9th December 2017 - 7pm-11.45pm | £35-£75

 
RA Lates: Rrose Selavy's Dada Extravaganza Royal Academy of Arts 2017-12-092017-12-09 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries
From Life
On Soon

11th December 2017 to 11th March 2018 - Various Times | £14

 
From Life Royal Academy of Arts 2017-12-112018-03-11 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries
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Tate Britain

Selected Fridays until 10pm | FREE (except selected exhibitions)

Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 
 

Late at Tate Britain provides guests the ideal opportunity to explore the gallery's extensive collection and temporary exhibitions after hours, with vibrant performances, music, film screenings, talks and a late bar running alongside the extended opening hours.  Dedicated to showcasing Britain's artistic talent, Tate Britain is home to the greatest collection of British art from 1500 to the present day. Since it opened in 1897, the collection has expanded to include works from Blake, Rossetti, Spencer and Stubbs. It also hosts the Turner Prize - the contemporary art world's premier award. An eagerly anticipated chronological rehang of the museum's permanent collection was unveiled in May 2013. These special Late at Tate nights usually take place around four times a year, with openings roughly every season - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

 
 

Events at Tate Britain

Rachel Whiteread Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th September 2017 to 4th February 2018

 
Rachel Whiteread Tate Britain 2017-09-122018-02-04 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Marguerite Humeau: Echoes
OngoingFree Event

18th November 2017 to 15th April 2018 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Marguerite Humeau: Echoes Tate Britain 2017-11-182018-04-15 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd November 2017 to 29th April 2018

 
The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London Tate Britain 2017-11-022018-04-29 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Impressionists In London: French Artists In Exile (1870-1904)
Ongoing

2nd November 2017 to 7th May 2018 - Various Times | £17.70, concs £15.90, mems/under 12s Free (max four per family adult)

 
Impressionists In London: French Artists In Exile (1870-1904) Tate Britain 2017-11-022018-05-07 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
BP British Art Displays: A Walk Through British Art
OngoingFree Event

14th May 2013 to 31st December 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP British Art Displays: A Walk Through British Art Tate Britain 2013-05-142017-12-31 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
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London Zoo

Fridays in June & July | £25

 

If you're a party animal then head to London Zoo for after-hours entertainment, which is laid on every Friday night in June and July. The night's entertainment ranges from improvised comedy in the aquarium, Twisted Cabaret in the amphitheatre, a silent disco or a street food festival. They also encourage you to bring out your inner-animal with the face-painting, animal masks and silly outfits provided. But the real stars of the show are the animals who are the subject of various talks and demonstrations, not to forget the all-important feeding time. Zoo Lates! is an adults-only event, not suitable for under 18s. It also includes entry to the Tiger Territory, the brand new five star £3.6 million home for the zoo's Sumatran tigers.

 
 
 

Tate Modern

Friday & Saturday until 10pm | Selected exhibitions from £11 (Some FREE)

Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 
 

Located along the banks of the River Thames in the former Bankside Power Station - originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1947, the architect of Battersea Power Station - Tate Modern has been integral to London's cultural scene since opening to great acclaim in 2000. The gallery - which is considered the most popular in Europe - pays homage to art from 1900 to the present day while the awesome Turbine Hall creates a stunning entrance and a vast space, used to display temporary installations on a grand scale. There are three levels of galleries enclosed by a spectacular two-storey glass roof that provides fantastic views of London and a great cafe. Full of the jokey eccentricities of contemporary art, it's one of the few art galleries that children and teenagers will enjoy, but it also offers the full set of iconic twentieth century artists, from Matisse to Moore, Dali to Picasso. Tate Modern is also generous in its opening hours, with its doors staying open until 10pm on both Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.

 
 

Events at Tate Modern

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th October 2017 to 28th January 2018

 
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Tate Modern 2017-10-182018-01-28 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Ilya And Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into The Future
Ongoing

18th October 2017 to 28th January 2018 - Various Times | £11.30, OAP £10.30, concs £10, mems Free

 
Ilya And Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into The Future Tate Modern 2017-10-182018-01-28 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Red Star Over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905-55 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th November 2017 to 18th February 2018

 
Red Star Over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905-55 Tate Modern 2017-11-082018-02-18 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Red Star Over Russia
Ongoing

8th November 2017 to 18th February 2018 - Various Times | £11.30, mems/under 12s Free, OAP £10.30, concs £10

 
Red Star Over Russia Tate Modern 2017-11-082018-02-18 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Modigliani Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd November 2017 to 2nd April 2018

 
Modigliani Tate Modern 2017-11-232018-04-02 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
The Hyundai Commission: SUPERFLEX OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd October 2017 to 2nd April 2018 | Free

 
The Hyundai Commission: SUPERFLEX Tate Modern 2017-10-032018-04-02 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Hyundai Commission: SUPERFLEX
OngoingFree Event

3rd October 2017 to 2nd April 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Hyundai Commission: SUPERFLEX Tate Modern 2017-10-032018-04-02 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
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Victoria and Albert Museum

Fridays until 10pm | FREE

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Initially founded in 1852 to inspire and educate British designers and manufacturers, the Victoria and Albert Museum houses over four million items spanning centuries and hundreds of cultures. The stunning world-famous collection covers European, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Islamic artefacts ranging from ceramics, glass, metalwork and sculpture to costume, armour, weaponry and furniture. Among the museum's highlights are the dress collection which spans the 17th century to present day haute-couture; and the four-poster, Jacobean Great Bed of Ware, immortalized by Shakespeare in 'Twelfth Night'. Selected galleries remain open until 10pm every Friday, while a series of Friday Lates - held on the last Friday of the month (except December) - comprise of largely free events, workshops and entertainment based around a different theme.

 
 

Events at Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

The Artful Book: 70 Years Of The Folio Society
OngoingFree Event

5th September 2017 to 28th January 2018 - 10am-5.30pm | Free

 
The Artful Book: 70 Years Of The Folio Society Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2017-09-052018-01-28 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Opera: Passion, Power and Politics Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th September 2017 to 25th February 2018 | £19

 
Opera: Passion, Power and Politics Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2017-09-302018-02-25 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Woman's Hour Craft Prize
OngoingFree Event

7th September 2017 to 5th February 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Woman's Hour Craft Prize Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2017-09-072018-02-05 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th May 2017 to 18th February 2018

 
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2017-05-272018-02-18 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Contemporary Korean Ceramics
OngoingFree Event

19th May 2017 to 11th February 2018 - 10am-5.45pm | Free

 
Contemporary Korean Ceramics Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2017-05-192018-02-11 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Rachel Kneebone
OngoingFree Event

1st April 2017 to 14th January 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Rachel Kneebone Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2017-04-012018-01-14 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
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Somerset House

Daily in summer until 11pm | FREE

Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 
 

While the fabulous Courtauld Gallery and Somerset House's other gallery and exhibition spaces close their doors at 6pm, the spectacular Tudor palace on the banks of the Thames keeps its famous Fountain Court, River Terrace and restored Seaman's Hall open until 11pm in the summertime. Seasonal outdoor activities in the cobbled court with its choreographed fountains include the Summer Series music festival in July, the Film4 Summer Screen open-air cinema fortnight in August and the much-loved Christmas Ice Rink in November and December.

 
 

Events at Somerset House

Skate Lates: Down The Road

Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 8pm, 9.15pm and 10.30pm | £17

 
Skate Lates: Down The Road Somerset House 2017-11-232017-11-23 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres

The best in Grime, including exclusives from guest collaborators and emerging talent, featuring Kamakaze, Massappeals and Just Geo.

Skate At Somerset House Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th November 2017 to 14th January 2018 | £7.50-£17 plus booking fees

 
Skate At Somerset House Somerset House 2017-11-152018-01-14 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres

The grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House makes for a spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks in town. Skating around under the 40-foot Christmas tree with a hot toddy to keep ...more

Chloe Lamford: Show Room
OngoingFree Event

27th October to 31st December 2017 - 8am-7pm | Free

 
Chloe Lamford: Show Room Somerset House 2017-10-272017-12-31 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres
North: Fashioning Identity Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th November 2017 to 4th February 2018 | Adult £7, concession £5

 
North: Fashioning Identity Somerset House 2017-11-082018-02-04 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres
Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th October 2017 to 7th January 2018 | Free

 
Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane Somerset House 2017-10-052018-01-07 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres
Skate Lates: Larry Achiampong
On Soon

Friday 24th November 2017 - 8pm | £17

 
Skate Lates: Larry Achiampong Somerset House 2017-11-242017-11-24 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres

The artist employs imagery and aural and visual archives to create a live performance, examining the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial position.

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The View From The Shard

Daily until 10pm | £24.95

The Shard, 96 Tooley Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9SG

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: From 01st February 2013

 

London looks like a city in miniature from The View From The Shard which at 244 metres tall is the highest public viewing platform in Western Europe. Lifts transport members of the public from the ground to levels 68 to 72 where visitors are greeted at the entrance by pictures of over 140 famous Londoners - including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as Pearly King and Queen, Kate Moss marrying King Henry VIII and Boris Johnson shining Ken Livingstone's shoes. Around the gallery there are animated maps, interactive displays, video screens and short films giving visitors an insight into London and the surrounding London Bridge area which houses the oldest crossing point over the Thames. But nothing can distract from the stunning views over the city and 40 miles beyond. That means - on a really good day - you can see the sea at Southend in Essex to the east and as far as Reading in Berkshire to the west. See how far you can see when you buy Tickets for View from the Shard.

 
 
 
 

London Eye

Until 9m (Apr-Jun), 9.30pm (Jul-Aug), 8.30pm (Sept-Dec) | £18.90

Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB

Tube: Embankment Underground Station , Westminster Station, Waterloo Station

 
 

The London Eye elbowed its way onto the capital's tourist scene as one of the statement pieces to mark the turn of the century (see also The Millennium Bridge) and quickly became a definitive part of the London experience. This spectacularly streamlined riverside wheel stands an impressive 135 meters tall and its sleek, modern, totally see-through glass-pods offer an unrivalled 360-degree view of London and beyond. The Houses of Parliament, Canary Wharf, Big Ben, the glorious Thames and Windsor Castle are just a few of the 55-odd attractions that can be admired from the top of the arc. On a clear day the view extends to 25 miles in each direction. It moves at a slow but steady pace, taking 30 minutes to complete its flight. Because of its popularity, there are usually lengthy queues to book tickets and then to board the flight. Save time and book London Eye tickets online in advance. A variety of different ticketing options and packages are available depending on your individual requirements. You can choose to upgrade to a Fast Track ticket, which entitles you to check in just 15 minutes before your flight, or spend the flight in the company of a London guide or a glass of champagne. The flight only lasts 30 minutes and it's bound to be busy but this is still top of the London must-do list.

 
 

Events at London Eye

London New Year's Eve Fireworks 2017 Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 31st December 2017 | £10 | First batch of tickets on sale 29th September

 
London New Year's Eve Fireworks 2017 London Eye 2017-12-312017-12-31 Where:
London Eye , Jubilee Gardens, South Bank London, SE1 7PB
Category: Sights

The annual New Year's Eve Fireworks display is an impressive sight. They cram enough firepower for an hour-long display into 12 explosive minutes, lighting up the sky for miles around. Watched by 100,000 people, the ...more

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Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Daily until midnight | £29.95

1 Piccadilly, , Soho, London, W1J 0DA

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

"Proudly freaking out families for 90 years," boasts Ripley's Believe It Or Not! on its publicity material. Freaky and yet strangely fascinating, this museum perched above Piccadilly Circus presents over 500 weird, unusual and all-too-real artefacts. There are 30 Ripley's museums worldwide and London's collection, which opened on 20th August 2008, includes a bling-ing Swarovski crystal covered mini motor car, shrunken heads from Ecuador and a two-headed calf. These strange things come from Robert Ripley's fascination for collecting bizarre objects - a hobby he started on his worldwide travels in the 1920s and 1930s. Although this collection can, at times, make your skin crawl it manages to get the balance of intriguing objects and downright disgusting things just right. Judge for yourself - buy tickets to Ripley's Believe It Or Not! here.

 
 
 
 
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