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Open Till Late in London Featured

 After a long productive day, find time to nurture your interest for art and culture.

by Ife Adedeji

Life is too short not to get the most out of each day. No matter the busy work hours ahead, or behind you, find the energy to meet with friends and to broaden your social, as well as cultural horizons. These are a few good suggestions for you to keep in mind, ready to go out? 

The Whitechapel Gallery

Every first Thursday of the month presents an occasion to celebrate art with The Whitechapel Gallery providing bus or walking tours that stop at five top venues. Enjoy free talks and private viewings at some of the most visited galleries in London town. Don’t miss Ulla von Brandenburg: Sweet Feast, which will run up until March, and Elmgreen & Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue, which closes in January.

National Gallery Friday Lates

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Open every Friday until 9pm the National Gallery offers visitors the opportunity to kickstart their weekend with a dose of culture, whether it means visiting one of their latest or permanent exhibitions, or taking part in a talk or workshop.

Barbican Art Gallery

The Barbican Art Gallery is open until 9pm from Thursday to Fridays and this winter, you can visit the thought-provoking exhibition, Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde from 10 October 2018 to 27 January 2019, which aims to explore what it means to be a couple in today’s society. It’s a showcase of photography, poetry and sculpture that promises to challenge stereotypes.

Handel & Hendrix in London

Fancy doing something a little different with your Friday night, then why not sit in on a Baroque recital at Handel & Hendrix? The venue offers a host of exciting live music events and might just be the perfect way to begin a night out in London town.

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Royal Academy of Arts

With some events running up until midnight, it’s always worth booking early when it comes to visiting one of London’s must sought-after evening openings. The Royal Academy of Arts offers a varied programme, from installations to immersive theatre. Each one of the venue’s exhibitions has its own late night opening that promises to wow and engage.

Sir John Soane's Museum

From their candlelight lates to their Shakespearean evenings, Sir John Soane's Museum will take you back in time. The venue offers visitors a social history tour with an expert who will reveal how the household worked both upstairs and downstairs in the servant’s quarters.

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Natural History Museum

On the last Friday of every month you can explore some of the museum’s finest displays, such as the infamous dinosaurs exhibition featuring the T-rex, or wonder at the large and imposing blue whale model.


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