London Lates


Have you set yourself some tricky New Year resolutions? Perhaps doing Dry January?  Are you now at a loss as to what to fill your evenings with rather than the pub?  Fear not!  The amazing cultural institutions of London are ready for you with some London Lates.  The many museums and galleries have a great programme of activity to keep us all entertained for January and many are free.  Great news!

Here is a small selection of the many brilliant evening events that London museums and galleries are hosting.

National Gallery

Every Friday evening the National Gallery stays open until 9pm.  It is free to wander round the collection but you can buy a ticket for the current temporary exhibition, Australia’s Impressionists.  Tickets are £7.50 but free if you’re a member.  Friday 27 January sees a whole evening dedicated to the exhibition with a number of events, including live music, for Australia Late.

If you’d like to take a life drawing class you can on Friday 20 January.  Tickets available online. Alternatively you might want to learn more about Turner with a lecture from author Franny Moyle. If not, just take in the Gallery and enjoy.

Science Museum

Lates at the Science Museum have been very popular especially with the recent space focused events.  Our love for Tim Peake has been high, has it not.  Science Museum Lates are the last Wednesday in the month and January sees the focus on Childhood Wonder.   Entry is free but some events are ticketed including a silent disco and a comedy club.


Join the Tate on Friday 27 January for their Uniqlo Tate Lates, which are held on the last Friday of the month.  It promises to be a mix of art, film, music, talks and workshops. January’s Late will focus on Robert Rauschenberg with DJs playing until 11pm.  What sounds most intriguing is the Adventures in Sound and Silence with Professor Trevor Cox which promises to ‘trick your sound perception and fool your senses using a range of instruments’.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum has their late on the last Friday of the month: 27 January.  The late is free and is a perfect opportunity to meet scientists and learn more about the Museum’s extensive collection.  Temporary exhibitions are open, this month you can see Wildlife Photographer of the Year – free to members and patrons!  Other Friday nights are taken up with different types of late: Crime Scene Live and Dino Snores for Grown Ups.  These are ticketed and sell out quick!

National Portrait Gallery

Every Thursday and Friday the National Portrait Gallery host the Late Shift between 6pm and 9pm.  This is a mix of classes, talks, music (including DJs), films and performances.  The temporary exhibitions stay open late too so you can enjoy them.  Entry is free with some events ticketed.

Sarah Southern