Museums at Night May 2018 events highlights

Are you a night owl? Then you’ll flap your wings with joy to hear that Museums at Night is back this week, from Wednesday until Saturday.

This festival puts a fun spin on cultural adventures, by encouraging London hotspots to say open until late. If your dream night is a Highball with a Hockney, then you’re visiting London at the right time. Many top museums will have late-night opening hours and there are also hundreds of events planned – here are our top picks.

Thursday, 6-8pm: Royal Lives, Royal Wives at The Household Cavalry Museum
This museum is dedicated to the Queen’s Mounted Bodyguard, so in anticipation of the royal wedding it’s celebrating royal romance: this guided tour looks at the marriages (and affairs) that have defined the British monarchy. Tickets £11.07.
Closest station: Charing Cross 

Friday, from 7pm: A Dickensian Evening at The Foundling Museum 
Watch the actor Gerald Dickens (who is the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens!) perform stories from the world-famous author’s novels. The Foundling Museum is dedicated to children and charity, so expect these themes to run throughout the evening’s performances. Tickets £21.60.
Closest station: Russell Square 

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Friday, 5.30-9pm: Banknotes and Bullion at Bank of England Museum
The Bank of England Museum is revealing hidden treasures from its collection, while a team of gold and banknote experts will be there to discuss the technology of money. Free entry. Closest station: Bank

Friday, 6.30-10pm: Law Breakers, Law Makers at The National Archives
Visit the official archive and publisher for the UK government, which is celebrating 100 years since women began winning the right to vote in the UK. Expect special activities, talks, astonishing original records, live music, food and drinks. Tickets £22.
Closest station: Kew Gardens 

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Friday, 6.45-10pm: Swinging Sixties at London Transport Museum
Celebrating the party-mad 1960s, expect talks, tours and workshops about this legendary decade. Order a cocktail or two as a DJ spins a Sixties soundtrack. Tickets £15.
Closest station: Covent Garden 

If you’re going to miss Museums at Night, don’t despair: this late-night cultural extravaganza takes place twice a year and will return in October.

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