Tonight marks the night dreams can come true for those who have ever fantasized about being in the heavy leathered shoes of Ben Stiller, gallivanting around some of London’s best museums after dark. Cue the torchlight and angry skeletal t-rex. Museums at Night festival is about to kick off.
While the weekend brought sun tanning (burning) weather and every man and his non-proverbial dog was meandering the park, the week brings our too familiar blanket of grey. So why not opt for an evening of cultural indulgence and check out some of our much loved museums, pairing it with an uplifting beverage from a great bar nearby (trust us, we’re London bar jobs experts so we know a good pub when we see one).
Weird Museum at Night
See how brave you are at the V&A Museum of Childhood and wander through the dim lit halls with an array of dolls, vintage puppets and Victorian toys staring back at you… It’s quirky and probably downright terrifying, but hey, whatever you’re into. Before you ruin your trousers, grab an unfrightening drink at Peg + Patriot, (E2 9NF) and sample some seriously cool cocktails.
On: 12th of May
At: V&A Museum of Childhood, E2 9PA
Secret Garden Late
Unlike the slightly creepy night tour of dolls, Walthamstow’s Ventry House is offering a delightfully light evening of all things spring. Relax in a bed of flowers, learn how to plant seeds or listen to readings from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s, The Secret Garden, and lose yourself in the sweet words and smell of carnations. Keeping in theme of the evening, grab a Peachy Keen cocktail at Eat 17 and transform yourself into the garden fairy you’ve always wanted to be.
On: 13th of May
At: Ventry House Museum, E17 9NH
Dickens after Dark
Dickens after Dark – hold the giggles – takes a look into the former home of the beloved author and his wife, Charles and Catherine Dickens. Take a grand twilight tour of beautiful Georgian interiors and head into the dark basement kitchen to see a costumed demonstration of where the mother of 10 churned butter, showcasing Dickens original secret recipes. Check out The Yorkshire Grey (WC1X 8PN) and chuckle with your partner in crime over some vino about the impish title of the event.
On: 12th of May
At: The Charles Dickens Museum, WC1N 2LX
Banknotes and Bullion
If you can’t stop humming “Money on my mind” while you flick through the pages of The Banker, then perhaps this option is for you. On this evening, Sir Winston Churchill will be honoured as the face of the new £5 note. In addition to the big reveal, banknote experts will give you insight into the background of the Bank of England notes as well as showing you how to determine a genuine from a fake (*yawn*). The exciting part is the focus on gold, giving you the chance to hold your very own bar… NB: you must give it back. If the weather permits head up to the incredible terrace at Coq D’argent (EC2R 8EJ) for an opulent view and some great drinks.
On: 13th of May
At: Bank of England Museum, EC2R 8AH
There is various different museums participating in the event happening from the 11th – 14th of May. See http://museumsatnight.org.uk/ for more information.
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