London Museums: Late Openings

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British Library

Tuesdays until 8pm | FREE

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British Library
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
The View From The Shard
London Eye
Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
 

 

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

Gay UK: Love, Law And Liberty
OngoingFree Event

2nd June to 19th September 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Gay UK: Love, Law And Liberty British Library 2017-06-022017-09-19 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums
Comics And Cartoon Art From The Arab World
OngoingFree Event

13th June to 29th October 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Comics And Cartoon Art From The Arab World British Library 2017-06-132017-10-29 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums
Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th April to 29th August 2017

 
Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths British Library 2017-04-282017-08-29 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums
Celebrating The Centenary Of Gwendolyn Brooks
On Soon

Thursday 29th June 2017 - 7pm-9.30pm | £8-£12

 
Celebrating The Centenary Of Gwendolyn Brooks British Library 2017-06-292017-06-29 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

Literary & Education, Talk.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic 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
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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.

 
 

Events at Sir John Soane's Museum

Marc Quinn: Drawn From Life
OngoingFree Event

28th March to 23rd September 2017 - 10am-5pm | Free

 
Marc Quinn: Drawn From Life Sir John Soane's Museum 2017-03-282017-09-23 Where:
Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields London, WC2A 3BP
Category: Museums
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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

Robots Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th February to 3rd September 2017 | £15, concs £13

 
Robots Science Museum 2017-02-082017-09-03 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Science Museum Lates in collaboration with Pride in London Festival
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 28th June 2017 - 6.45pm-10pm | Free

 
Science Museum Lates in collaboration with Pride in London Festival Science Museum 2017-06-282017-06-28 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

Approaches to Contemporary Drawing
On Soon

Saturday 24th June and Saturday 1st July 2017 - 10.30am-1pm | £130, concs £92

 
Approaches to Contemporary Drawing Camden Arts Centre 2017-06-032017-07-01 Where:
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road London, NW3 6DH
Category: Art Galleries

Literary & Education, Art Workshop.

Daniel Richter: Lonely Old Slogans
On SoonFree Event

2nd July to 17th September 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Daniel Richter: Lonely Old Slogans Camden Arts Centre 2017-07-022017-09-17 Where:
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road London, NW3 6DH
Category: Art Galleries
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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 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

Hendrix Walking Tours
On Soon

1st, 8th and 15th July 2017 at 12.30pm-2pm and 3.30pm-5pm | £15

 
Hendrix Walking Tours Handel & Hendrix in London 2017-07-012017-07-15 Where:
Handel & Hendrix in London, 25 Brook Street London, W1K 4HB
Category: Museums

Literary & Education, Discussion/Debate.

The Rival Queens
On Soon

Friday 7th July 2017 at 6.30pm-7.30pm and 8pm-9pm | £25

 
The Rival Queens Handel & Hendrix in London 2017-07-072017-07-07 Where:
Handel & Hendrix in London, 25 Brook Street London, W1K 4HB
Category: Museums
A Night Of Peace And Music

Friday 18th August 2017 - 7pm-10pm | adv £20, £25

 
A Night Of Peace And Music Handel & Hendrix in London 2017-08-182017-08-18 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)

The Things That Make You Sick: East London Health Campaigning, 1977-1980
Now OnFree Event

19th May to 2nd July 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
The Things That Make You Sick: East London Health Campaigning, 1977-1980 Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2017-05-192017-07-02 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Art Galleries

Posters raising awareness of health conditions of the time, created by Peter Dunn and Loraine Leeson.

Frans Masereel: The City
Now On

6th May to 2nd July 2017 - 11am-6pm | £1

 
Frans Masereel: The City Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2017-05-062017-07-02 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Art Galleries

Works by the Belgian graphic and expressionist artist, inspired by the historical and social events of the early 20th century, including the First and Second World Wars.

Stuart Middleton: Beat
Now On

6th May to 2nd July 2017 - 11am-6pm | £1

 
Stuart Middleton: Beat Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2017-05-062017-07-02 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Art Galleries

A site-specific installation developed in response to the architecture of the Lower Gallery. Accompanying the installation is a video combining stop-frame puppetry, claymation and landscape.

Artist Self-Publishers' Fair (ASP): The Third
On Soon

Saturday 8th July 2017 - 11am | £1

 
Artist Self-Publishers' Fair (ASP): The Third Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2017-07-082017-07-08 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

A Museum of Modern Nature OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd June to 10th September 2017 | Free

 
A Museum of Modern Nature Wellcome Collection 2017-06-222017-09-10 Where:
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road London, NW1 2BE
Category: Art Galleries
Electricity: The Spark of Life OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd February to 2nd July 2017 | Free

 
Electricity: The Spark of Life Wellcome Collection 2017-02-232017-07-02 Where:
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road London, NW1 2BE
Category: Art Galleries
Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? Free 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
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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

Art Night London 2017 On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 1st July 2017 | Free

 
Art Night London 2017 Whitechapel Gallery 2017-07-012017-07-01 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries

Stay up all night on Saturday 1st July for Art Night, a night of free art, performance and music at more than 50 events across east London.First staged in 2016, Art Night collaborates with the ...more

Artists' Film International
OngoingFree Event

30th May to 30th July 2017 - 11am-6pm | Free

 
Artists' Film International Whitechapel Gallery 2017-05-302017-07-30 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
A Handful Of Dust
OngoingFree Event

7th June to 3rd September 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
A Handful Of Dust Whitechapel Gallery 2017-06-072017-09-03 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Benedict Drew: The Trickle-Down Syndrome
OngoingFree Event

7th June to 10th September 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Benedict Drew: The Trickle-Down Syndrome Whitechapel Gallery 2017-06-072017-09-10 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Emanuel Almborg: Learning Matter
OngoingFree Event

27th April to 20th August 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Emanuel Almborg: Learning Matter Whitechapel Gallery 2017-04-272017-08-20 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
ISelf Collection: Self Portrait As The Billy Goat
OngoingFree Event

27th April to 20th August 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
ISelf Collection: Self Portrait As The Billy Goat Whitechapel Gallery 2017-04-272017-08-20 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
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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

Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And Bosie
OngoingFree Event

29th March to 30th October 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And Bosie National Portrait Gallery 2017-03-292017-10-30 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
BP Portrait Award 2017 OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd June to 24th September 2017 | Free

 
BP Portrait Award 2017 National Portrait Gallery 2017-06-222017-09-24 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Antony Gormley: Object OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th September 2016 to 7th September 2017 | Free

 
Antony Gormley: Object National Portrait Gallery 2016-09-072017-09-07 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
Trinity Laban Conservatoire Of Music and Dance
On SoonFree Event

Friday 30th June 2017 - 6.30pm | Free

 
Trinity Laban Conservatoire Of Music and Dance National Portrait Gallery 2017-06-302017-06-30 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

Academy students perform works by Messiaen.

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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

Japanese Woodblock Printing
Now OnFree Event

25th May to 16th July 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Japanese Woodblock Printing British Museum 2017-05-252017-07-16 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

A display revealing the processes behind the ancient Japanese art form, prominent in the country during the Edo period, and featuring a full-colour ukiyo-e triptych by Kunisada.

Where The Thunderbird Lives: Cultural Resilience On The Northwest Coast Of North America
OngoingFree Event

3rd May to 27th August 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Where The Thunderbird Lives: Cultural Resilience On The Northwest Coast Of North America British Museum 2017-05-032017-08-27 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories
OngoingFree Event

11th May to 15th October 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories British Museum 2017-05-112017-10-15 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Places Of The Mind: British Watercolour Landscapes 1850-1950
OngoingFree Event

23rd February to 27th August 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Places Of The Mind: British Watercolour Landscapes 1850-1950 British Museum 2017-02-232017-08-27 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th May to 13th August 2017 | Adult £12, concession £10, under 16s Free

 
Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave British Museum 2017-05-252017-08-13 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
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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

Take One Picture
OngoingFree Event

7th June to 24th September 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Take One Picture National Gallery 2017-06-072017-09-24 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Rubens And Rembrandt
OngoingFree Event

22nd March to 16th July 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Rubens And Rembrandt National Gallery 2017-03-222017-07-16 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Giovanni Da Rimini OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th June to 8th October 2017 | Free

 
Giovanni Da Rimini National Gallery 2017-06-142017-10-08 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th April to 28th August 2017 | Free

 
Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic National Gallery 2017-04-262017-08-28 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Sounds Sublime Festival 2017
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 8th July 2017 - 2.30pm-4pm | Free

 
Sounds Sublime Festival 2017 National Gallery 2017-07-082017-07-08 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

Various artists perform a programme of classical vocal works.

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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

Summer Exhibition 2017
Ongoing

13th June to 20th August 2017 - Various Times | £14, OAP £13, NUS/unwaged/disabled/ages 16-18 £10, under 16s Free

 
Summer Exhibition 2017 Royal Academy of Arts 2017-06-132017-08-20 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th June to 20th August 2017

 
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Royal Academy of Arts 2017-06-122017-08-20 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries
Mayfair Art Weekend
On SoonFree Event

Friday 30th June 2017 - 10am | Free

 
Mayfair Art Weekend Royal Academy of Arts 2017-06-302017-06-30 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries

Mayfair Art Weekend, formerly Brown's London Art Weekend, launches major new partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts Over 60 participating galleries and auction houses, including Hauser & Wirth, David Zwirner, Victoria Miro and Bonhams, ...

Matisse in the Studio Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th August to 12th November 2017

 
Matisse in the Studio Royal Academy of Arts 2017-08-052017-11-12 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries
Burlington House Courtyard Lates: Colours Of Burlington House
Free Event

Friday 11th August 2017 - 6pm-9pm | Free

 
Burlington House Courtyard Lates: Colours Of Burlington House Royal Academy of Arts 2017-08-112017-08-11 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries

Attractions & Museums, Guided Tour.

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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

Cerith Wyn Evans: The Tate Britain Commission 2017
OngoingFree Event

28th March to 20th August 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Cerith Wyn Evans: The Tate Britain Commission 2017 Tate Britain 2017-03-282017-08-20 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
Queer British Art 1861-1967 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th April to 1st September 2017 | Adult £16.50, concession £14.50

 
Queer British Art 1861-1967 Tate Britain 2017-04-052017-09-01 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
A Vision Of Love Revealed In Sleep With Neil Bartlett
On Soon

Friday 7th July 2017 - 7pm-9pm | £22

 
A Vision Of Love Revealed In Sleep With Neil Bartlett Tate Britain 2017-07-072017-07-07 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries

A one-man homage by the author and theatre maker, to the life and work of pre-Raphaelite painter Simeon Solomon.

Simeon Barclay: The Hero Wears Clay Shoes
On SoonFree Event

7th July to 5th November 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Simeon Barclay: The Hero Wears Clay Shoes Tate Britain 2017-07-072017-11-05 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
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