Museums at Night – A Guide to Exploring London’s Museums After Dark

Entertaining after-hours events have become a regular occurrence at many of London’s top museums and galleries across the city, largely thanks to one of the most exciting events in the capital’s cultural calendar – Museums at Night.

The Museums at Night festival sees museums, galleries and heritage sites across the UK open their doors for exciting evening events and spectacular night-time displays. Unfortunately, they’re not bringing the cultural cornerstone to the capital this year, but lucky for us London lovers, as mentioned above, being able to experience museums and galleries as the sun goes down is almost part and parcel of discovering them these days.

To prove it, we’ve listed some of our favourite museums to experience outside of the festival during the evenings to get you inspired. If something takes your fancy, be sure to check out our Hyde Park Hotel London which will serve as the perfect base for your evening of discovery, thanks to its beautiful surroundings – just check out the photo gallery!

What: Soane Lates: Spotlight On Soane

Where: Sir John Soane’s Museum

When: 20/09/2019 18:00 and 20/09/2019 19:30 

Starting with a spectacular September soiree to enjoy before the summer ends, this is a dramatically-lit Late which casts light on the stories behind the famous Soane. The Museum is at its most incredible after dark, as this is when its vast, eclectic collections really come to life, as they are lit spectacularly by spotlights. At ‘spotlight talks’ around the Museum, the expert guides will shed further light (no pun intended) on this intriguing place as they present informal talks on their favourite artefacts, works of art and stories stemming from the amazing surroundings.

At this special event, the entire Museum is yours to explore to soak up the atmosphere. Another huge plus? Admission includes a glass of wine in the South Drawing Room, and to help keep you feeling like a VIP, we’ll welcome you back at our exquisite Bayswater Hotel London for a drink at our fabulous (and fully-stocked!) bar.

What: Under The Skin: Anatomy, Art And Identity

Where: Royal College Of Physicians

When: 10/10/2019 09:00 – 03/04/2020 17:00

This amazing experience really helps you peel back the surface of existence to reveal what lies under our skin. It’s an exhibition that explores the unsettling beauty of the human body, from the medieval age to the world as we know it today. After all, as a species, we are fascinated by the contents of our both complex and fragile bodies, and throughout time physicians, surgeons, artists and printers have developed a range of different techniques to showcase the layers of our three-dimensional physicality. From ancient woodcuts to modern scans, anatomical models to sculptures, x-rays to films, they all have the power to elicit feelings of delight, disgust, fascination and horror.

Following the success of the critically acclaimed pop-up exhibition ‘Illustrating the human body’, this show highlights works from a dozen modern artists, alongside more than 60 rarely-seen life drawings, books and objects from the Royal College of Physicians’ outstanding collections. It’s also conveniently located near our amazing accommodation options, where you can take advantage of the best Hyde Park hotel deals.

What: Electro Pop From Le Marina

Where: London Museum Of Water And Steam

When: 27/09/2019 20:00 – 20:50

Fancy something a little more lyrical? You’re in luck with this one! Combining seductive productions with severe lyrical honesty, Le Marina is skilled at spinning her emotions into downtempo pop songs that instantly become accessible. At this rare event, Le Marina will almost certainly be playing her new single, ‘Bottles’, which will automatically become the soundtrack to your next heartbreak (don’t say we didn’t warn you). Full of rippling analogue synths and wounded words, it traipses through tear-stained verses before building to a stunning instrumental finale. She’s soaked up influences of much-celebrated British acts from the likes of Massive Attack to FKA twigs, ending in an intimately mysterious take on trip-hop.

What: Hidden London Museum Late

Where: London Transport Museum

When: 11/10/2019 18:45 – 22:00

This is one of the most visited museums in the city, so book your special deals London hotels early to take advantage of the best prices with us. Join for the launch of the Museum’s latest exhibition – Hidden London – which brings the fascinating sights and stories of London’s no-longer-used stations into the forefront. Be one of the first to discover this immersive exhibition where you’ll get the chance to meet specialist researchers and curators and embark on a scavenger hunt around the Museum’s iconic collection after hours.

What: Winning Through Laziness

Where: Museum Of Brands

When: 14/10/2019 18:30 – 21:00

For one night only, join Tony Durham, the global expert in shopper psychology with 35 years’ experience at megabrand P&G, for a must-see professional development masterclass at the Museum of Brands, near our hotels by Hyde Park. This event will offer an introduction to shopper psychology, behavioural science and the process of claims, with an insight into how these influence shopper choices in-store and online when it comes to ultimately making a purchase. The content shared can be used to enhance packaging design and point-of-sale material with an instant ROI.

What: Drawing Session: House Of Birds

Where: Mall Galleries

When: 02/11/2019 18:00 – 20:00

Now this one really is a treat. Adorned in spectacular feather wings and bustles, costumes from Kenneth MacMillan’s House of Birds, the incredible dancers will perform a class at the barre and hold extended poses. House of Birds is based on the Grimm Brother’s sinister fairytale, Jorinda and Joringel, and was part of the collection for the 2019 Ballet Central tour. The Drawing Sessions are a great chance to sketch, whether you are a seasoned artist or a first-timer, so don’t forget to bring along your sketchbook and pencils, if you don’t have any there are free drawing materials provided by Winsor & Newton, so don’t worry! (And there are lots to experience if you don’t fancy picking up a pencil, too).

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