Discover London after dark with the Museums at Night Festival

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Go nocturnal this month with Museums at Night, a UK wide festival of ‘lates’ offering a unique look at some of the UK’s most loved museums and venues, but under the cover of darkness.

Every year in May and October independent Charity Culture24 host Museums at Night, ‘designed to encourage people to discover the amazing culture and heritage on their doorstep and to the see museums and galleries in a different light.’

If you’d like to see the flip side of some of London’s amazing cultural offerings, or if weekends are your only free time and even just the thought of screaming children makes your blood boil, this is the event for you.

Chocoholics, this one is for you

Choco-Tale: An Evening of Chocolate Games

London has a Chocolate Museum, who knew?! Head to Brixton for your sugar hit and an evening of over-indulgence. Kids are kindly asked to leave at 7pm and the adult fun begins, which means wine. And chocolate. The perfect combination.  

Gorge yourself on ethically sourced chocolate from independent bean-to-bar makers, with a focus on single origin chocolate bars that are good for the environment, the makers, and us.

The Chocolate Museum, Brixton, 18/05/2018, 18:00 – 22:00

Tickets from £6.

Scare yourself drunk in one of London’s most beautiful Gothic buildings

Gothic Tales and Cocktails

Explore the pretty, leafy suburb of Twickenham and you will discover mysterious Strawberry Hill House. Never heard of it? Us neither, but it’s definitely worth a visit.

The stunning Gothic building designed by 18th Century politician and historian Horace Walpole is the perfect place to get spooky with a night of ghost stories and cocktails in the beautiful landscape garden.

Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, 17/05/2018, 19:00 – 21:30

Tickets £20 and include one complimentary Strawberry Gin and Prosecco Cocktail.

Polish up on the royal romances, scandals, and marriages

Royal Lives, Royal Wives

Harry and Meghan’s big day is nearly upon us (May 19) so why not get clued up on past Royal consorts and delve into the fascinating and sometimes controversial history of Royal marriages.

From the Queen Mother, to King Charles II’s infamous mistress Nell Gwynn, and his wife Catherine of Braganza, to Wallace Simpson, get an intimate look at royal relationships. Taking place in the Household Cavalry Museum you can also get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the into The Queen’s Mounted Bodyguard.

The Household Cavalry Museum, Whitehall, 17/05/2018, 18:00 – 20:00

Tickets £10 plus booking fee.

From ‘Disruptive Women’ to ‘Nasty Women’, how the cause has changed

Disruptive Women

Yet another wonderful event celebrating the centenary of the female vote, Disruptive Women will take place in Whitehall’s stunning Banqueting House and is an adult-only evening of live performance, music, dancing and drinking to celebrate the ‘disruptive women’ that changed the world 100 years ago.

Alternative cabaret act Figs in Wigs will be performing with a hilarious act inspired by the outrageous propaganda of the anti-Suffrage movement in the lead up to the 1918 Representation of the People Act. We owe them so much, let’s celebrate.

Banqueting House, Whitehall, 18/05/2018, 19:00 – 23:00

Tickets £15.

Chow down on a 7-course feast inspired by the world’s best-loved food brands

Pop Up Supper Club

A truly alternative evening of eating Heston Blumenthal would be proud of. The Museum of Brands has collaborated with fabulous chef 
Martha de Lacey to create a seven-course menu celebrating some of ‘the world’s most famous brands.’

Sit in the museum’s Branding Hall surrounded by some of the world’s most iconic artistic advertising and feast on a menu which includes ‘lamb scrumpets with Colman’s aioli, Marmite sourdough, Bird’s Eye-style posh fish fingers, Bovril beef ribs, Lea and Perrins dauphinoise, and Cadbury’s chocolate fondant with Quaker oat crumble and Frosties ice cream. Pre-dinner canapés and cocktails in the gardens.

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, 18/05/2018, 19:00 – 23:00

Tickets £40 for seven courses plus museum entry.

Discover 20 groundbreaking global photographers under 35

Foam Talent | London

Returning for a third time to the Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, a former Victorian school building, in collaboration with Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam is Foam Talent.

Damien from the series NGL, 2015 © Namsa Leuba

This exciting exhibition brings together a group of 20 groundbreaking photographers all under 35, from across the globe including South Korea, Iran, and Thailand, all of whom ‘have been selected for their exciting and creative approaches’.  Prepare to see innovative photography that breaks with convention.

Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, 16/05/2018, 18:00 – 21:00

Tickets free of charge.

Celebrate the women who broke the law to change the law

Suffrage 100 – Archives at Night: Lawbreakers, Lawmakers

Another celebration of the women who put Britain on the road to equality 100 years ago, the National Archives has organised an evening of stories from their historic collections ‘that chart the course of the suffrage movement in the early 20th century: protest, militancy, and the outbreak of the war on a global scale.’

Activities include a conversation with actress Jessica Hynes who will be discussing her inspiration for, and approach to writing and researching BBC suffrage sitcom Up The Women. History and jujitsu combine to explore the literal fight for women’s rights, live music, a themed cocktail bar and an exclusive delve into original records, plus the chance to see real documents relating to women’s rights throughout the 20th century.

Oh, and you can also sip on a complimentary drink while discovering your own suffrage ancestors with a little help from FindMyPast.

The National Archives, Kew, 18/05/2018, 18:00 – 22:00

Tickets £22, booking ahead advised.

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