You don’t have to get up bright and early to make the most of London’s museums and guided tours. There are now many attractions open to night owls in which you can learn new things and soak up the sights. Here are just a few of the evening experiences that the capital has to offer.
The Science Museum
Science Museum Lates are an event held every last Wednesday of the month. The Science Museum themes each one around a different scientific topic so that no two events are the same. These are hugely popular events so make sure that you book in advance. These lates are adults-only events and there’s often a silent disco on the side.
The Natural History Museum
Another museum that opens its doors late once a month is the Natural History Museum. There are pop-up science stations that are interactive, plus the opportunity to grab snack and drinks (including cocktails). Exhibitions again vary, so keep your eyes on the museum’s website for details.
The Tate Britain
If you’re an art lover, you may be excited to learn that The Tate Britain opens its doors to the public at night once a month, generally on the first Friday. You can get a drink and a bite to eat and take a look at the exhibits. Every month there will be a different exhibition, as well as hands-on activities and talks from curators. This is a great social event if you’re meeting up with friends but want something a little different from the standard bar crawl.
The Jack The Ripper Tour
London offers a great variety of historical night tours on all subjects from ghostly sightings to Sweeney Todd. One popular event is the Jack the Ripper Tour, which dives deep into the murder mystery surrounding the legendary Victorian killer. The tour starts from Aldgate East Underground Station and takes you to various scenes of crime such as Whitechapel and Spitalfields. Needless to say, there’s a lot of walking involved in this one. The guides are all experts, with some having written books on the subject Of Jack the Ripper, and questions are encouraged.
The Ceremony of the Keys
For 700 years, this ceremony has taken place. It is the locking up of The Tower of London - known as the Ceremony of the Keys. Whilst today no monarch resides in the castle, the ceremony is still important for securing the Crown Jewels. Only a limited amount of guests are allowed per visit and tickets get booked up, sometimes up to a year in advance. This is largely because of the security involved within the ceremony (photography is not allowed and tickets are non-transferable). Whilst this does require a lot of forward planning, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event and well worth the experience, especially if you’ve got a keen interest in the royalty and heritage of the UK.