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London Museums: Late Openings

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British Library

Tuesdays until 8pm | FREE

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British Library
Sir John Soane's Museum
Science Museum Lates
Camden Arts Centre
Chelsea Physic Garden
Barbican Art Gallery
Handel House Museum
Institute of Contemporary Arts
National Portrait Gallery
Wellcome Collection
Whitechapel Gallery
British Museum
National Gallery
Royal Academy of Arts
Tate Britain
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London Zoo
Victoria and Albert Museum
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For those of you who are too busy at work during the week and always occupied on the weekends, then try one of London's many museum evening openings or 'lates'. Switch off the TV, forget the gym and instead head out for some nocturnal culture at one of the capital's many museums which keep their doors open late.

 
 

British Library

Tuesdays until 8pm | FREE

96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station, Euston Station

 
 

The largest public building constructed in the UK in the 20th century keeps its doors open until 8pm on Tuesdays so visitors can enjoy the temporary displays as well as the permanent John Ritblat Gallery. With over 150 million items, a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland, artwork by artists such as Antony Gormley and Eduardo Paolozzi, and a host of historically momentous works - including the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare's First Folio, the Lindisfarne Gospels, Handel's Messiah, drafts of the Magna Carta and The Beatles' lyrics, the only surviving copy of Beowulf and the Diamond Sutra, the world's earliest dated printed book - the British Library also boasts a flurry of attractions for the casual visitor, including films, musical performances and poetry readings. Tours cost around £6 and are an invaluable way of soaking it all in with a bit of direction.

 
 

Events at British Library

Anthony Trollope Treasures Display
OngoingFree Event

3rd March to 7th June 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Anthony Trollope Treasures Display British Library 2015-03-032015-06-07 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums
Wild Swimming In The City
On Soon

Wednesday 6th May 2015 - 6.30pm-8pm | £8, OAP £6, NUS/unwaged/under 18s/mems £5

 
Wild Swimming In The City British Library 2015-05-062015-05-06 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

A panel discussion about urban swimming.

Family History/Public History': Talk
On SoonFree Event

Monday 11th May 2015 - 6pm-7.30pm | Free

 
Family History/Public History': Talk British Library 2015-05-112015-05-11 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

With historians Richard Benson and Alison Light.

European Literature Night 2015
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 13th May 2015 - 11am-10pm | Free-£10

 
European Literature Night 2015 British Library 2015-05-132015-05-13 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

European performance poets and spoken word artists.

The Emerging Translators' Network Translation Clinic
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 13th May 2015 - 11am-1pm | Free

 
The Emerging Translators' Network Translation Clinic British Library 2015-05-132015-05-13 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

Learn how to get involved in the world of literary translation.

All events at British Library
 
 
 

Sir John Soane's Museum

First Tuesday of the month until 9pm | FREE (first 200 people)

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3BP

Tube: Holborn Station, Chancery Lane Station

 
 

Widely recognised as the best house-museum in the world, Sir John Soane's Museum is lit by candlelight on the first Tuesday of each month from 6pm until 9pm. The popularity of the evening event is such that at 5.30pm tickets are issued to the first 200 people who arrive - with no reservations possible. Visitors can only take one ticket per person and so cannot hold a space in the queue for late-comers. This may mean you have to leave work early to stand a chance of enjoying the candlelit museum - but it's certainly worth the hassle for this is one of the quintessential London experiences. The extraordinary museum is an appealingly higgledy-piggledy treasure trove of artefacts - with a delight lurking in each nook and cranny. The neo-classical architect Sir John Soane's former residence boasts over 30,000 architectural drawings and antiquities - including works by Turner, Canaletto, Piranesi and Hogarth, whose eight canvasses of 'A Rake's Progress' are worth a visit in their own right.

 
 

Events at Sir John Soane's Museum

Building a Dialogue: The Architect and the Client OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th February to 9th May 2015 | Free

 
Building a Dialogue: The Architect and the Client Sir John Soane's Museum 2015-02-172015-05-09 Where:
Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields London, WC2A 3BP
Category: Museums
All events at Sir John Soane's Museum
 
 
 

Science Museum Lates

Wednesdays until 10pm | FREE

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Adults-only Lates nights on the last Wednesday of the month keeps the doors of the Science Museum open till 10pm and allow visitors to enjoy a free evening of entertainment and exhibitions without a constant stream of mischievous children. The Science Museum Lates cover a broad range of themed topics - anything from Sexuality to Sexual Health, Zombies to Broken Hearts, the Science of Comedy to Climate Change - and operate alongside regular returning activities, including gallery tours, lectures, a pub quiz, speed dating, a silent disco, live music, a bar and child-free playtime in the interactive Launchpad gallery. The Science Museum is one of the most interactive in the city, with loads of hands-on exhibits, and these special evening openings are a great way for adults to recreate the old school field day vibe of their youth with topically themed activities, events and entertainment.

 
 

Events at Science Museum

Thomas Edison
Free Event

Monday 4th May 2015 at 12.30pm and 2pm | Free

 
Thomas Edison Science Museum 2015-05-042015-05-04 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

A costumed actor portrays the inventor.

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards and The First Book Award OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th April to 28th June 2015 | Free

 
The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards and The First Book Award Science Museum 2015-04-202015-06-28 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Revelations: Experiments in Photography Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th March to 13th September 2015 | £8

 
Revelations: Experiments in Photography Science Museum 2015-03-202015-09-13 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Cravings: Can Your Food Control You? OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th February 2015 to 1st January 2016 | Free

 
Cravings: Can Your Food Control You? Science Museum 2015-02-122016-01-01 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Churchill's Scientists OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd January 2015 to 1st March 2016 | Free

 
Churchill's Scientists Science Museum 2015-01-232016-03-01 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Cosmos & Culture
OngoingFree Event

22nd October 2014 to 31st December 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Cosmos & Culture Science Museum 2014-10-222015-12-31 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Aleksander Kolkowski: The Exponential Horn: In Search Of Perfect Sound
OngoingFree Event

20th May 2014 to 20th November 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Aleksander Kolkowski: The Exponential Horn: In Search Of Perfect Sound Science Museum 2014-05-202015-11-20 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Engineer Your Future
OngoingFree Event

17th December 2014 to 17th December 2017 - 10am-5.45pm | Free

 
Engineer Your Future Science Museum 2014-12-172017-12-17 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
All events at Science Museum Lates
 
 
 

Camden Arts Centre

Wednesdays until 9pm | FREE

Arkwright Road, London, NW3 6DG

Tube: Finchley Road Station

 
 

The Camden Arts Centre - which is actually located in Hampstead - has become a prime location for top class arts exhibitions thanks to a radical renovation in 2007. Wednesday evenings sees the slickly designed Centre open its doors until 9pm, inviting guests to browse its excellent galleries, café, bookshop and dedicated reading area where the archives and research facilities accumulate. Dedicated to contemporary visual art and education, the Centre strives to involve the public in the ideas and processes of its exhibited artists and the artists who inspire them. A fantastic spacious terrace area stretching around the café makes this a popular spot on summer evenings and gives on to the Centre's garden, which offers visitors a quiet retreat from the hub of activity.

 
 

Events at Camden Arts Centre

Jo Baer: Towards The Land Of The Giants
On SoonFree Event

10th April to 21st June 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Jo Baer: Towards The Land Of The Giants Camden Arts Centre 2015-04-102015-06-21 Where:
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road London, NW3 6DG
Category: Art Galleries
Simon Martin
On SoonFree Event

10th April to 21st June 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Simon Martin Camden Arts Centre 2015-04-102015-06-21 Where:
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road London, NW3 6DG
Category: Art Galleries
Salvatore Arancio
On SoonFree Event

31st March to 7th July 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Salvatore Arancio Camden Arts Centre 2015-03-312015-07-07 Where:
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road London, NW3 6DG
Category: Art Galleries
Rie Nakajima: Over The Fence
On Soon

Wednesday 6th May 2015 - 7pm-8pm | £4, concs/mems £3

 
Rie Nakajima: Over The Fence Camden Arts Centre 2015-05-062015-05-06 Where:
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road London, NW3 6DG
Category: Art Galleries

The Japanese artist works with installations and performances that produce sound, often in direct response to unique architectural spaces. In 2014 she won the Arts Foundation Award in the category of Experimental Music.

Open Studio: Salvatore Arancio
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 9th May 2015 - 4pm-5.30pm | Free

 
Open Studio: Salvatore Arancio Camden Arts Centre 2015-05-092015-05-09 Where:
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road London, NW3 6DG
Category: Art Galleries

The artist, who works across a range of media including sculpture, collage, animation and video, opens up his studio to speak with visitors.

All events at Camden Arts Centre
 
 
 

Chelsea Physic Garden

Wednesdays until 10pm (July and August) | £9

66 Royal Hospital Garden, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 
 

Every summer, the second oldest botanic garden in Britain opens its gates until 10pm on Wednesdays in July and August. Established in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, the Chelsea Physic Garden is home to largest fruiting olive tree in Britain and the world's northern-most outdoor grapefruit tree. Hidden behind towering brick walls, protected from the city's sounds and harsh breezes, the most idyllic collection of plants flourish in a unique, carefully created microclimate. The Garden is open from midday throughout the summer from April to October - but guests just have the two months to benefit from the late Wednesday openings. Besides the pretty gravel pathways, statues and ponds that separate and decorate the different gardens with a stunning array of plants, the Garden also boasts a shop where visitors can buy unusual plants and a café renowned for its tasty homemade cakes.

 
 

Events at Chelsea Physic Garden

World Woodland Garden OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st April to 31st October 2015 | £9.90 (Adults incl seniors), £6.60 (Students & children 5-15), £8.80 (Pre-booked groups of 8 or more), Free (Friends of the Garden), £44 (Annual single membership)

 
World Woodland Garden Chelsea Physic Garden 2015-04-012015-10-31 Where:
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Garden London, SW3 4HS
Category: Parks and Gardens
Behind The Scenes Tour
On Soon

Thursday 7th May and Thursday 4th June 2015 - 11.30am-1pm | £25

 
Behind The Scenes Tour Chelsea Physic Garden 2015-05-072015-06-04 Where:
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Garden London, SW3 4HS
Category: Parks and Gardens

Get to see the places that are usually off limits.

Lucy T Smith Painting Spring Leaves And Buds: Workshop
On Soon

Wednesday 13th May 2015 - 9.30am-4pm | £105

 
Lucy T Smith Painting Spring Leaves And Buds: Workshop Chelsea Physic Garden 2015-05-132015-05-13 Where:
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Garden London, SW3 4HS
Category: Parks and Gardens

Learn how to capture images of seasonal plants in watercolour.

Gardening Under Glass: Workshop
On Soon

Thursday 21st May 2015 - 11.30am-1pm | £25

 
Gardening Under Glass: Workshop Chelsea Physic Garden 2015-05-212015-05-21 Where:
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Garden London, SW3 4HS
Category: Parks and Gardens

Learn how to care for greenhouse and indoor plants.

Creative Writing And Gardens: Workshop
On Soon

Friday 22nd May 2015 - 9.30am-4pm | £95

 
Creative Writing And Gardens: Workshop Chelsea Physic Garden 2015-05-222015-05-22 Where:
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Garden London, SW3 4HS
Category: Parks and Gardens

Be inspired by nature to write.

All events at Chelsea Physic Garden
 
 
 

Barbican Art Gallery

Thursdays until 10pm | £8

Silk Street, City, London, EC2 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 
 

Must-see exhibitions on design, architecture and pop culture by acclaimed architects, Turner Prize-winning artists and famous photographers as well as major exhibitions by leading international figures are a regular occurrence at the Barbican Art Gallery, located on the third floor of the Barbican Centre. Each exhibition is accompanied by a programme of thought-provoking talks, screenings and events - and while doors are open late until 8pm every day except Wednesdays (when the space closes as 6pm), they are open even later on Thursdays, when guests can stay until 10pm. The same goes for The Curve, the Centre's free exhibition space for specially commissioned works and contemporary art.

 
 
 

Handel House Museum

Thursdays until 8pm | £6

25 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HB

Tube: Bond Street Station, Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Dedicated to the life and works of the German-born baroque composer George Frideric Handel, this beautiful and intimate museum in Mayfair has a weekly late opening until 8pm on Thursdays, with concerts from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Handel House Museum is located in the beautifully restored Georgian townhouse where Handel lived from 1723 until his death in 1759. It was here that he wrote masterpieces such as 'Messiah', 'Zadok the Priest' and 'Music for the Royal Fireworks'. The museum offers insight into Handel's life, eighteenth-century culture and music - and there is also a small Jimi Hendrix display (the legendary guitarist lived in the upper floors of the adjoining house for two years in the late 60s).

 
 

Events at Handel House Museum

A Year In The Life Of Handel: 1738
On Soon

1st October 2014 to 28th June 2015 - Various Times | £6.50, concs £5.50, child £2

 
A Year In The Life Of Handel: 1738 Handel House Museum 2014-10-012015-06-28 Where:
Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street London, W1K 4HB
Category: Museums
Hidden Architecture
On Soon

Thursday 7th May 2015 - 6.30pm-7.30pm | £9, NUS £5

 
Hidden Architecture Handel House Museum 2015-05-072015-05-07 Where:
Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street London, W1K 4HB
Category: Museums

Contrapunctus IV perform Telemann's Concerto For Four Violins In D Major, Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Fugue In C Major (Book 1), Fugue In A Minor (Book 1), Prelude In E-Flat Major (Book 1), Fugue In E-Flat ...

BHS Recital: A Well-Tempered Assortment
On Soon

Tuesday 12th May 2015 - 6.30pm-7.30pm | £9, NUS £5

 
BHS Recital: A Well-Tempered Assortment Handel House Museum 2015-05-122015-05-12 Where:
Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street London, W1K 4HB
Category: Museums

The Harpsichordist David Gerrard performs Bach's Prelude And Fugue In C Sharp Major, Prelude, Fugue And Allegro In E Flat Major, Prelude And Fugue In E Minor, Prelude And Fugue In F Sharp Minor and ...

The Thief The Priest And The Lover
On Soon

Thursday 14th May 2015 - 6.30pm-7.30pm | £9, NUS £5

 
The Thief The Priest And The Lover Handel House Museum 2015-05-142015-05-14 Where:
Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street London, W1K 4HB
Category: Museums

Ballo Baroque performs Ruggieri's 'Lidio, Non Ho Piu Core', No. 8, Cantatas, Sinfonia, Recitativo: 'Lidio, Non Ho Piu Core', Aria, Largo: 'Caro, Che Fai Languir', Recitativo: 'Vivo Esempio De Fede', Aria: 'Altro Cor Che Te, ...

London Sonatas
On Soon

Thursday 21st May 2015 - 6.30pm-7.30pm | £9, NUS £5

 
London Sonatas Handel House Museum 2015-05-212015-05-21 Where:
Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street London, W1K 4HB
Category: Museums

Nicolette Moonen, violin and Medea Bindewald, harpsichord perform Mozart's Sonata In F Major, Handel's Sonata In G Minor For Violin And Basso Continua, Jacob Workman's Lesson VI In E Minor and Sonata Ii In F ...

All events at Handel House Museum
 
 
 

Institute of Contemporary Arts

Thursdays until 9pm | FREE (except specific exhibitions)

12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Charing Cross Station

 
 

Housed in elegant Regency premises on the Mall since 1968, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) boasts three galleries, two cinemas, a theatre, restaurant, an excellent bookshop, sun-lit late bar and cafe. The ICA aims to challenge accepted notions through its programme of arthouse cinema, performance art, philosophical debates, lectures, art-themed club nights, music parties and cutting-edge bands. On Thursdays the galleries stay open until 9pm during exhibitions, while the bookshop is open all week (except Mondays) until 9pm. Founded in 1946, the artistic and cultural centre was initially housed in a basement on Oxford Street before moving to its first premises in Soho. With the support of the Arts Council, the ICA moved to its current location at Nash House in 1968. In recent years, the ICA has curated exhibitions featuring the likes of Yoko Ono, Gerhard Richter and Damien Hirst.

 
 

Events at Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Ydessa Hendeles: From Her Wooden Sleep
On Soon

25th March to 17th May 2015 - Various Times | £1

 
Ydessa Hendeles: From Her Wooden Sleep Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2015-03-252015-05-17 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Art Galleries

An installation that has been created using the artist's curiosities, which include hundreds of mannequins.

FB55
On Soon

24th March to 17th May 2015 - Various Times | £1, day membership

 
FB55 Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2015-03-242015-05-17 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Art Galleries

An archival display featuring documents, installation photographs, press reviews, invitation cards and publications from Francis Bacon's first solo exhibition in 1955.

Looks
On SoonFree Event

12th April to 21st June 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Looks Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2015-04-122015-06-21 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Art Galleries
Post-Craft: Towards New Economies Of Making: Talk
On Soon

Wednesday 6th May 2015 - 1pm | £10, NUS £6, NUS mems £5, concs £8

 
Post-Craft: Towards New Economies Of Making: Talk Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2015-05-062015-05-06 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Art Galleries

Experts examine the contemporary currency of craft.

Karen Alexander & Philip Larratt-Smith: Talk
On Soon

Wednesday 13th May 2015 - 7.30pm | £8, mems £7

 
Karen Alexander & Philip Larratt-Smith: Talk Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 2015-05-132015-05-13 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Art Galleries

A panel discussion centred on the art installation From her wooden sleep, by Ydessa Hendeles.

All events at Institute of Contemporary Arts
 
 
 

Wellcome Collection

Thursdays until 10pm | FREE

183 Euston Road, Bloomsbury, London, NW1 2BE

Tube: Euston Square Station, Euston Station, Warren Street Station

 
 

Works by Leonardo da Vinci, Andy Warhol and Martin Parr sit alongside artefacts such as Charles Darwin's whalebone walking stick, Nelson's razor, Napoleon's toothbrush, used Guillotine blades, a DNA-sequencing robot and 19th-century sex toys, in this major cultural venue that combines three galleries - Medicine Man, Medicine Now and Special Exhibitions. Those who want confirmation that science can be this interesting should make the most of the Wellcome Collection's later opening hours on Thursday's where guests can roam the galleries until 10pm. The Blackwell bookshop closes at 9pm on Thursdays but the Peyton & Byrne café also stays open until 10pm, the classic British bakery offering a range of terrines, tarts, pies, soups and salads - provided you're not feeling too squeamish after watching the Collection's fascinating footage of live heart surgery.

 
 

Events at Wellcome Collection

On Light Ends TodayFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th May 2015 | Free

 
On Light Wellcome Collection 2015-05-012015-05-04 Where:
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road London, NW1 2BE
Category: Art Galleries

Four days of performance, discussion, activity and art illuminate our relationship with light. Beginning on Friday 1st May with a late night event across the five floors of the expanded Wellcome Collection, On Light ...more

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th February to 21st June 2015

 
Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime Wellcome Collection 2015-02-262015-06-21 Where:
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road London, NW1 2BE
Category: Art Galleries
The Institute of Sexology OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th November 2014 to 20th September 2015 | Free

 
The Institute of Sexology Wellcome Collection 2014-11-202015-09-20 Where:
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road London, NW1 2BE
Category: Art Galleries
All events at Wellcome Collection
 
 
 

Whitechapel Gallery

Thursdays until 9pm | FREE

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station, Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 
 

Britain's first purpose-build arts gallery is renowned both for the beauty of its light, airy space and for embracing the local East End community in its work. Those of you who haven't seen the results of the Whitechapel Gallery's extensive refurbishment - which saw the gallery reopen in 2009 with double the space - can make the most of a late 9pm closure on Thursdays. The gallery does not have a permanent collection, preferring instead to host a constantly evolving programme of works and there is always something free to see. Community projects and retrospective exhibitions now rest alongside landmark examples of contemporary work. A research centre, archives room and café also operate at the gallery, which has in its time housed work by Jackson Pollock, David Hockney, Lucian Freud and Picasso. Top off your late visit with a bite at the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, which was relaunched in January 2011 under the stewardship of executive chef Angela Hartnett.

 
 

Events at Whitechapel Gallery

Christopher Williams: The Production Line Of Happiness
On SoonFree Event

29th April to 21st June 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Christopher Williams: The Production Line Of Happiness Whitechapel Gallery 2015-04-292015-06-21 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries

The first major UK retrospective of the leading American conceptual artist who continues to explore the relationship between modernism and the medium of photography.

Artists' Film International: Spring 2015
On SoonFree Event

29th April to 4th July 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Artists' Film International: Spring 2015 Whitechapel Gallery 2015-04-292015-07-04 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Lynette Yiadom Boakye: Boakye Selects From The V-A-C Collection
On SoonFree Event

17th March to 14th June 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Lynette Yiadom Boakye: Boakye Selects From The V-A-C Collection Whitechapel Gallery 2015-03-172015-06-14 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Peter Liversidge: Notes On Protesting
On SoonFree Event

17th March to 14th June 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Peter Liversidge: Notes On Protesting Whitechapel Gallery 2015-03-172015-06-14 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
A Utopian Stage: Festival Of Arts Shiraz-Persepolis
On SoonFree Event

21st April to 4th October 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
A Utopian Stage: Festival Of Arts Shiraz-Persepolis Whitechapel Gallery 2015-04-212015-10-04 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
All events at Whitechapel Gallery
 
 
 

National Portrait Gallery

Thursdays & Fridays until 9pm | FREE

St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

Single-handedly responsible for making portraiture hip, the National Portrait Gallery houses portraits of significant figures from the late 15th century to the present day - with a large slant on contemporary celebrities, musicians, sportsmen, artists and prominent figures. Open until 9pm on both Thursdays and Fridays, this isn't the place to come for serious works of exceptional merit (pop next door for that) but it's a lot of fun - and where else in London could you hope to find The Beatles, Henry VIII, Sir Richard Branson and JK Rowling all hanging out together? That said, critically acclaimed self-portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds and other notable British artists are also displayed alongside the 10,000 portraits of everyone from statesmen to showbiz stars and media barons. Also, the annual BP Portrait Award and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize are held in the Gallery and are both the most prestigious open competitions for portrait painting and photography in the world.

 
 

Events at National Portrait Gallery

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th March to 7th June 2015 | Free

 
Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions National Portrait Gallery 2015-03-122015-06-07 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th February to 25th May 2015 | £14.50

 
Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends National Portrait Gallery 2015-02-122015-05-25 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
On Belonging: Photographs Of Indians Of African Descent
OngoingFree Event

13th April to 31st August 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
On Belonging: Photographs Of Indians Of African Descent National Portrait Gallery 2015-04-132015-08-31 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Portrait Of The Day: Talk
OngoingFree Event

2nd January to 31st May 2015 - 12.30pm | Free

 
Portrait Of The Day: Talk National Portrait Gallery 2015-01-022015-05-31 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits
OngoingFree Event

18th March to 31st August 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits National Portrait Gallery 2015-03-182015-08-31 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Henry Tonks: Studies Of The Artist
OngoingFree Event

18th November 2014 to 1st July 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Henry Tonks: Studies Of The Artist National Portrait Gallery 2014-11-182015-07-01 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Old Titles And New Money: American Heiresses And The British Aristocracy
OngoingFree Event

24th November 2014 to 1st August 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Old Titles And New Money: American Heiresses And The British Aristocracy National Portrait Gallery 2014-11-242015-08-01 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
The Artist's Cause At Heart: Marion Harry Spielmann, Collector And Donor
OngoingFree Event

18th November 2014 to 1st August 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
The Artist's Cause At Heart: Marion Harry Spielmann, Collector And Donor National Portrait Gallery 2014-11-182015-08-01 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Favourites: Art And Power, 1600-1800
OngoingFree Event

9th August 2014 to 1st September 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Favourites: Art And Power, 1600-1800 National Portrait Gallery 2014-08-092015-09-01 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Hidden: An Unseen Portrait Of Oliver Cromwell
OngoingFree Event

10th July 2014 to 19th October 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Hidden: An Unseen Portrait Of Oliver Cromwell National Portrait Gallery 2014-07-102015-10-19 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Pictured & Seen
OngoingFree Event

9th August 2014 to 30th November 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Pictured & Seen National Portrait Gallery 2014-08-092015-11-30 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
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British Museum

Fridays until 8.30pm | FREE

Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 
 

It would take much more than one evening to explore all the nooks and crannies of the vast and indomitable British Museum - but you can get started with special late Friday opening hours at one of the world's oldest museums. Over seven millions objects from all over the globe are housed in this impressive museum of human history and culture (many of the artefacts are stored underneath the museum due to lack of space). Notable objects include the Parthenon Sculptures (also sometimes called the Elgin Marbles), the Rosetta Stone, Lidlow Man, the Lewis Chessmann, the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial and Mildenhall treasures, and the Portland Vase. Oh, and don't forget all those Egyptian mummies and hieroglyphics. The crowning glory of the museum its central hub, the glass domed Great Court designed by Lord Norman Foster - the largest covered public square in Europe. The permanent collections are free but blockbuster temporary exhibitions - such as the Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition in 2013 - are ticketed and extremely popular. The British Museum's late Fridays are supplemented by tours, special events and food and drink.

 
 

Events at British Museum

Wukun Wanambi: Larrakitj
Now OnFree Event

3rd April to 25th May 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Wukun Wanambi: Larrakitj British Museum 2015-04-032015-05-25 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

The installation by Aboriginal Australian artist Wukun Wanambi addresses a series of important ideas about ancestral power, the significance of land and the search for meaning.

The Prince And The Pir: Dervishes And Mysticism In Iran And India
OngoingFree Event

3rd April to 8th July 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
The Prince And The Pir: Dervishes And Mysticism In Iran And India British Museum 2015-04-032015-07-08 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Defining Beauty: The Body In Ancient Greek Art Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th March to 22nd June 2015

 
Defining Beauty: The Body In Ancient Greek Art British Museum 2015-03-062015-06-22 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Bonaparte And The British: Prints And Propaganda In The Age Of Napoleon
OngoingFree Event

3rd April to 16th August 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Bonaparte And The British: Prints And Propaganda In The Age Of Napoleon British Museum 2015-04-032015-08-16 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Connecting Continents: Indian Ocean Trade And Exchange
OngoingFree Event

27th November 2014 to 31st May 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Connecting Continents: Indian Ocean Trade And Exchange British Museum 2014-11-272015-05-31 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Ancient Lives, New Discoveries
Ongoing

22nd May 2014 to 12th July 2015 - Various Times | £10

 
Ancient Lives, New Discoveries British Museum 2014-05-222015-07-12 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
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National Gallery

Fridays until 9pm | FREE

Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

Get your Friday night out in the West End off to a cultural start by benefitting from the National Gallery's late night Fridays until 9pm every week. The neo-classical columns and William Wilkins portico dominate Trafalgar Square and houses some of the finest examples of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900, amid the 2,300 paintings filling its halls and rooms. Holbein's 'The Ambassadors', 'The Hay Wain' by Constable, and Jan Van Eyck's 'Arnolfini Marriage' are just some of the major attractions. Works on display also include those of Botticelli, Monet, Constable, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Friday's late opening often includes tours, talks and musical events, while there's also a superb café and the wonderful National Dining Rooms in the Salisbury Wing, serving British classical cuisine and boasting floor-to-ceiling windows with lavish views over Trafalgar Square.

 
 

Events at National Gallery

Inventing Impressionism Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th March to 31st May 2015 | £16 (Adults)

 
Inventing Impressionism National Gallery 2015-03-042015-05-31 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Frames in Focus: Sansovino Frames OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st April to 13th September 2015 | Free

 
Frames in Focus: Sansovino Frames National Gallery 2015-04-012015-09-13 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Sansovino Frames': Talk And Tour
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 5th May 2015 - 1pm-1.30pm | Free

 
Sansovino Frames': Talk And Tour National Gallery 2015-05-052015-05-05 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

Learn about items on display.

Cranach: Cupid Complaining To Venus: Talk
On SoonFree Event

5th, 12th and 19th May 2015 - 4pm-4.10pm | Free

 
Cranach: Cupid Complaining To Venus: Talk National Gallery 2015-05-052015-05-19 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

A short informative talk.

Hobbema: The Avenue At Middelharnis: Talk
On SoonFree Event

6th, 20th and 27th May 2015 - 4pm-4.10pm | Free

 
Hobbema: The Avenue At Middelharnis: Talk National Gallery 2015-05-062015-05-27 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

A short informative talk.

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Royal Academy of Arts

Fridays until 10pm | From £11 (Some exhibitions FREE)

Burlington House, Mayfair, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

Renowned for its annual Summer Exhibition, the Royal Academy of Arts is located in Lord Burlington's spectacular London palace and houses both the country's premier art school and a brilliantly curated program of exhibitions. Blockbuster exhibitions in the Sackler Wing or main galleries are ticketed and often booked up well in advance, but shows in the John Madejski Fine Rooms are drawn from the RA's holdings - ranging from Constable to Hockney - and are free. In 2012, the RA expanded into the neighbouring 6 Burlington Gardens space immediately behind the established home on Piccadilly. Late openings at both venues take place on Fridays where guests can browse the collections until 10pm.

 
 

Events at Royal Academy of Arts

The Converse X Dazed Emerging Artists Award 2015
Now OnFree Event

18th April to 17th May 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
The Converse X Dazed Emerging Artists Award 2015 Royal Academy of Arts 2015-04-182015-05-17 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries

A celebration of exciting new talent in the art world, the Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award is one of the most prestigious competitions for UK artists at the start of their career. Works include ...

Richard Diebenkorn
OngoingFree Event

14th March to 7th June 2015 - Various Times | £10, under 16s Free

 
Richard Diebenkorn Royal Academy of Arts 2015-03-142015-06-07 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries
Four Visions For The Future Of Housing
OngoingFree Event

7th February to 17th May 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Four Visions For The Future Of Housing Royal Academy of Arts 2015-02-072015-05-17 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries
The History Of The Portrait: Renaissance To Contemporary
On Soon

Tuesday 5th May 2015 - 11am-12.30pm | £245

 
The History Of The Portrait: Renaissance To Contemporary Royal Academy of Arts 2015-05-052015-05-05 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries

Examine portrait art as a genre.

Creative Workshop For Access And Community Groups: Diebenkorn
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 5th May 2015 - 2.30pm-5.30pm | Free, adv booking essential

 
Creative Workshop For Access And Community Groups: Diebenkorn Royal Academy of Arts 2015-05-052015-05-05 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries

A creative workshop based around the Richard Diebenkorn RA exhibition.

An Abiding Standard
On SoonFree Event

25th February to 24th May 2015 - Various Times | £3, mems/under 16s Free

 
An Abiding Standard Royal Academy of Arts 2015-02-252015-05-24 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries
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Tate Britain

Selected Fridays until 10pm | FREE (except selected exhibitions)

Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 
 

Late at Tate Britain provides guests the ideal opportunity to explore the gallery's extensive collection and temporary exhibitions after hours, with vibrant performances, music, film screenings, talks and a late bar running alongside the extended opening hours.  Dedicated to showcasing Britain's artistic talent, Tate Britain is home to the greatest collection of British art from 1500 to the present day. Since it opened in 1897, the collection has expanded to include works from Blake, Rossetti, Spencer and Stubbs. It also hosts the Turner Prize - the contemporary art world's premier award. An eagerly anticipated chronological rehang of the museum's permanent collection was unveiled in May 2013. These special Late at Tate nights usually take place around four times a year, with openings roughly every season - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

 
 

Events at Tate Britain

Nick Waplington & Alexander McQueen: Working Process OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th March to 17th May 2015 | £14.50, concs £12.70, under 12s Free

 
Nick Waplington & Alexander McQueen: Working Process Tate Britain 2015-03-102015-05-17 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Sculpture Victorious OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th February to 25th May 2015 | £12 (Adults), £10.50 (Concessions), Free (Under 12s)

 
Sculpture Victorious Tate Britain 2015-02-252015-05-25 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Salt And Silver: Early Photography 1840-1860 OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th February to 7th June 2015 | £12 (Adults), £10.50 (Concessions), Free (Under 12s)

 
Salt And Silver: Early Photography 1840-1860 Tate Britain 2015-02-252015-06-07 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Tate Britain Commission 2015: Christina Mackie
OngoingFree Event

24th March to 18th October 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Tate Britain Commission 2015: Christina Mackie Tate Britain 2015-03-242015-10-18 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
BP Spotlight: New Brutalist Image 1949–55
OngoingFree Event

24th November 2014 to 4th October 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
BP Spotlight: New Brutalist Image 1949–55 Tate Britain 2014-11-242015-10-04 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
BP Spotlight: Spaces Of Black Modernism: London 1919-39
OngoingFree Event

13th October 2014 to 4th October 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
BP Spotlight: Spaces Of Black Modernism: London 1919-39 Tate Britain 2014-10-132015-10-04 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
BP Spotlight: Tracey Emin And Francis Bacon
OngoingFree Event

10th April 2015 to 30th June 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP Spotlight: Tracey Emin And Francis Bacon Tate Britain 2015-04-102016-06-30 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
BP British Art Displays: A Walk Through British Art
OngoingFree Event

14th May 2013 to 31st December 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP British Art Displays: A Walk Through British Art Tate Britain 2013-05-142016-12-31 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
David Tremlett: Drawing For Free Thinking
OngoingFree Event

19th September 2012 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
David Tremlett: Drawing For Free Thinking Tate Britain 2012-09-192016-12-31 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Art In Focus: Henry Moore's Reclining Figure: Talk
On SoonFree Event

5th to 30th May 2015 - 1.15pm-1.30pm | Free

 
Art In Focus: Henry Moore's Reclining Figure: Talk Tate Britain 2015-05-052015-05-30 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries

Learn about the world famous sculptor's work.

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London Zoo

Fridays in June & July | £25

 

If you're a party animal then head to London Zoo for after-hours entertainment, which is laid on every Friday night in June and July. The night's entertainment ranges from improvised comedy in the aquarium, Twisted Cabaret in the amphitheatre, a silent disco or a street food festival. They also encourage you to bring out your inner-animal with the face-painting, animal masks and silly outfits provided. But the real stars of the show are the animals who are the subject of various talks and demonstrations, not to forget the all-important feeding time. Zoo Lates! is an adults-only event, not suitable for under 18s. It also includes entry to the Tiger Territory, the brand new five star £3.6 million home for the zoo's Sumatran tigers.

 
 
 

Tate Modern

Friday & Saturday until 10pm | Selected exhibitions from £11 (Some FREE)

Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Station

 
 

Located along the banks of the River Thames in the former Bankside Power Station - originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1947, the architect of Battersea Power Station - Tate Modern has been integral to London's cultural scene since opening to great acclaim in 2000. The gallery - which is considered the most popular in Europe - pays homage to art from 1900 to the present day while the awesome Turbine Hall creates a stunning entrance and a vast space, used to display temporary installations on a grand scale. There are three levels of galleries enclosed by a spectacular two-storey glass roof that provides fantastic views of London and a great cafe. Full of the jokey eccentricities of contemporary art, it's one of the few art galleries that children and teenagers will enjoy, but it also offers the full set of iconic twentieth century artists, from Matisse to Moore, Dali to Picasso. Tate Modern is also generous in its opening hours, with its doors staying open until 10pm on both Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.

 
 

Events at Tate Modern

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th February to 10th May 2015 | £16 (Adults), £14.50 (without donation), £14 (Concs), £12.70 (without donation), Free (Children Under 12)

 
Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden Tate Modern 2015-02-052015-05-10 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Sonia Delaunay OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th April to 9th August 2015 | £16 (Adults), £14 (Concs), Free (Children under 12)

 
Sonia Delaunay Tate Modern 2015-04-152015-08-09 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay
OngoingFree Event

15th April to 9th August 2015 - Various Times | £14.50, concs £12.70, Free

 
The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay Tate Modern 2015-04-152015-08-09 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Artur Zmijewski
OngoingFree Event

17th January to 11th October 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Artur Zmijewski Tate Modern 2015-01-172015-10-11 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Nam June Paik
OngoingFree Event

3rd November 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Nam June Paik Tate Modern 2014-11-032015-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Vanessa Bell And Saluoa Raouda Choucair
OngoingFree Event

24th May 2014 to 23rd August 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Vanessa Bell And Saluoa Raouda Choucair Tate Modern 2014-05-242015-08-23 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Abstraction And The Sublime
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Abstraction And The Sublime Tate Modern 2014-05-282015-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Alexander Brodsky And Ilya Utkin
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Alexander Brodsky And Ilya Utkin Tate Modern 2014-05-272015-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Joseph Beuys: Artist Rooms
OngoingFree Event

24th May 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Joseph Beuys: Artist Rooms Tate Modern 2014-05-242015-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Elegies
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Elegies Tate Modern 2014-05-282016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Niki De Saint Phalle And Richard Serra
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Niki De Saint Phalle And Richard Serra Tate Modern 2014-05-282016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Surrealism And Beyond
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Surrealism And Beyond Tate Modern 2014-05-282016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Around Abstract Art 1920-1935
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Around Abstract Art 1920-1935 Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Arte Povera And Anti-Form
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Arte Povera And Anti-Form Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Beyond Painting
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Beyond Painting Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Beyond Surrealism
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Beyond Surrealism Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Bill Viola
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Bill Viola Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Charlotte Posenenske
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Charlotte Posenenske Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Chen Zhen And Leonilson: Objects For Mending
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Chen Zhen And Leonilson: Objects For Mending Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Constructionism
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Constructionism Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Cubism
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Cubism Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Cy Twombly
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Cy Twombly Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Elements Of Chance
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Elements Of Chance Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Ellsworth Kelly
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Ellsworth Kelly Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Everyday Alchemy: Contemporary Sculpture
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Everyday Alchemy: Contemporary Sculpture Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Giorgio De Chirico And Jannis Kounellis
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Giorgio De Chirico And Jannis Kounellis Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Henry Wessel
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Henry Wessel Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Homeworkers
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Homeworkers Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Leon Golub & Hrair Sarkissian: Facing History
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Leon Golub & Hrair Sarkissian: Facing History Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Minimalism
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Minimalism Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
New Images Of Man
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
New Images Of Man Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Nicholas Hlobo
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Nicholas Hlobo Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Pino Pascali
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Pino Pascali Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Realisms
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Realisms Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Russian Revolutionary Posters
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Russian Revolutionary Posters Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
The Reclining Nude
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
The Reclining Nude Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Thomas Hirschhorn And Germaine Richier
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Thomas Hirschhorn And Germaine Richier Tate Modern 2014-05-272016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Heather & Ivan Morison: Skirt Of The Black Mouth
OngoingFree Event

19th October 2012 to 30th September 2015 | Free

 
Heather & Ivan Morison: Skirt Of The Black Mouth Tate Modern 2012-10-192015-09-30 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Capture And Consumption: Images And Digital Culture: Discussion
On Soon

Wednesday 6th May 2015 - 6.30pm-8pm | £12

 
Capture And Consumption: Images And Digital Culture: Discussion Tate Modern 2015-05-062015-05-06 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries

This panel discussion examines the ways in which artists are using social media platforms.

All events at Tate Modern
 
 
 

Victoria and Albert Museum

Fridays until 10pm | FREE

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Initially founded in 1852 to inspire and educate British designers and manufacturers, the Victoria and Albert Museum houses over four million items spanning centuries and hundreds of cultures. The stunning world-famous collection covers European, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Islamic artefacts ranging from ceramics, glass, metalwork and sculpture to costume, armour, weaponry and furniture. Among the museum's highlights are the dress collection which spans the 17th century to present day haute-couture; and the four-poster, Jacobean Great Bed of Ware, immortalized by Shakespeare in 'Twelfth Night'. Selected galleries remain open until 10pm every Friday, while a series of Friday Lates - held on the last Friday of the month (except December) - comprise of largely free events, workshops and entertainment based around a different theme.

 
 

Events at Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

Digital Photography Level 2: Course

Monday 4th May 2015 - 10.30am-1pm | £240, concs £192

 
Digital Photography Level 2: Course Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-042015-05-04 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums

Improve your camera skills and advance your creative photographic technique.

The Imagination Station: May Bank Holiday (Over 3s)
Ends TodayFree Event

Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th May 2015 - 10.30am-5pm | Free

 
The Imagination Station: May Bank Holiday (Over 3s) Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-022015-05-04 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums

Explore the new Seeking Sculpture trail.

Swarovski Design Project
Now OnFree Event

3rd to 31st May 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Swarovski Design Project Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-032015-05-31 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Civic Objects
OngoingFree Event

3rd May to 19th July 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Civic Objects Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-032015-07-19 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Staying Power: Photographs Of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th February to 24th May 2015 | Free

 
Staying Power: Photographs Of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-02-162015-05-24 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
All Of This Belongs To You OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st April to 19th July 2015 | Free

 
All Of This Belongs To You Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-04-012015-07-19 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th March to 2nd August 2015 | £16 (concessions available)

 
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-03-142015-08-02 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Ways To Be Public
OngoingFree Event

3rd May to 30th September 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Ways To Be Public Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-032015-09-30 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
What Is Luxury? OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th April to 27th September 2015 | Free

 
What Is Luxury? Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-04-252015-09-27 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
The Curious Neoclassical Vision Of Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot
OngoingFree Event

3rd May to 6th December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
The Curious Neoclassical Vision Of Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-032015-12-06 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
In Black And White: Prints And Posters From Africa And The Diaspora
OngoingFree Event

29th November 2014 to 6th July 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
In Black And White: Prints And Posters From Africa And The Diaspora Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2014-11-292015-07-06 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
A Room From Damascus
OngoingFree Event

3rd May to 16th December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
A Room From Damascus Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-032015-12-16 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Blue & White: British Printed Ceramics OngoingFree Event

31st January 2015 to 3rd January 2016 | Free

 
Blue & White: British Printed Ceramics Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-01-312016-01-03 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Personal Favourites: Gold And Silver From The Rosalinde And Arthur Gilbert Collection
OngoingFree Event

14th November 2014 to 24th October 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Personal Favourites: Gold And Silver From The Rosalinde And Arthur Gilbert Collection Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2014-11-142015-10-24 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Road Building
OngoingFree Event

3rd May 2015 to 15th October 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Road Building Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-032016-10-15 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
V & A Exhibition Road Project Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st October 2012 to 1st January 2016

 
V & A Exhibition Road Project Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2012-10-012016-01-01 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Antony Sher: Talking Theatre: Talk
On Soon

Tuesday 5th May 2015 - 6.30pm-7.30pm | £10, concs £7

 
Antony Sher: Talking Theatre: Talk Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-052015-05-05 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
All Of This Belongs To You' Corinna Gardner And Rory Hyde: Lecture
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 6th May 2015 - 1pm-1.45pm | Free

 
All Of This Belongs To You' Corinna Gardner And Rory Hyde: Lecture Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-062015-05-06 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums

The curators discuss the role of the museum in public life.

Savage Beauty: Premium Evening
On Soon

6th to 19th May 2015 - 6pm-9.30pm | £100, adv booking essential

 
Savage Beauty: Premium Evening Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-062015-05-19 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums

A VIP showing of the acclaimed Alexander McQueen exhibition, with refreshments, a goodie bag and a chance to talk to curators Kate Bethune and Louise Rytter.

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Somerset House

Daily in summer until 11pm | FREE

Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 
 

While the fabulous Courtauld Gallery and Somerset House's other gallery and exhibition spaces close their doors at 6pm, the spectacular Tudor palace on the banks of the Thames keeps its famous Fountain Court, River Terrace and restored Seaman's Hall open until 11pm in the summertime. Seasonal outdoor activities in the cobbled court with its choreographed fountains include the Summer Series music festival in July, the Film4 Summer Screen open-air cinema fortnight in August and the much-loved Christmas Ice Rink in November and December.

 
 

Events at Somerset House

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th April to 10th May 2015 - Various Times | £7.50, concs £5

 
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition Somerset House 2015-04-242015-05-10 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings

The very best professional and amateur contemporary photography from around the world goes on display at Somerset House for the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. From over 130,000 entries, winning and shortlisted works have been ...more

Pick Me Up Ends Today Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd April to 4th May 2015 | Day tickets £10, Concessions £8, Festival Pass £17.50

 
Pick Me Up Somerset House 2015-04-232015-05-04 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings

Returning to the spectacular Somerset House for its 6th year in April 2015, graphic art festival Pick Me Up asks artists to 'Tell Your Story' for this year's fair. Responses to this - visual or ...more

Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival 2015
Ends Today

Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th May 2015 | prices vary

 
Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival 2015 Somerset House 2015-04-232015-05-04 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings

Contemporary drawings and prints by graphic artists, creative groups and galleries from all over the world, where festival-goers can watch new work produced in front of them and converse with the artists.

The Unseen Emporium
OngoingFree Event

3rd May 2015 at 11am-5pm & 4th and 5th May 2015 at 10am-6pm | Free

 
The Unseen Emporium Somerset House 2014-11-292015-05-05 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings
Maggi Hambling: War Requiem & Aftermath
On SoonFree Event

19th March to 31st May 2015 - 12noon-6pm | Free

 
Maggi Hambling: War Requiem & Aftermath Somerset House 2015-03-192015-05-31 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings
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The View From The Shard

Daily until 10pm | £24.95

The Shard, 96 Tooley Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9SG

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: From 01st February 2013

 

London looks like a city in miniature from The View From The Shard which at 244 metres tall is the highest public viewing platform in Western Europe. Lifts transport members of the public from the ground to levels 68 to 72 where visitors are greeted at the entrance by pictures of over 140 famous Londoners - including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as Pearly King and Queen, Kate Moss marrying King Henry VIII and Boris Johnson shining Ken Livingstone's shoes. Around the gallery there are animated maps, interactive displays, video screens and short films giving visitors an insight into London and the surrounding London Bridge area which houses the oldest crossing point over the Thames. But nothing can distract from the stunning views over the city and 40 miles beyond. That means - on a really good day - you can see the sea at Southend in Essex to the east and as far as Reading in Berkshire to the west. See how far you can see when you buy Tickets for View from the Shard.

 
 
 

London Eye

Until 9m (Apr-Jun), 9.30pm (Jul-Aug), 8.30pm (Sept-Dec) | £18.90

Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB

Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Westminster Station, Waterloo Station

 
 

The London Eye elbowed its way onto the capital's tourist scene as one of the statement pieces to mark the turn of the century (see also The Millennium Bridge) and quickly became a definitive part of the London experience. This spectacularly streamlined riverside wheel stands an impressive 135 meters tall and its sleek, modern, totally see-through glass-pods offer an unrivalled 360-degree view of London and beyond. The Houses of Parliament, Canary Wharf, Big Ben, the glorious Thames and Windsor Castle are just a few of the 55-odd attractions that can be admired from the top of the arc. On a clear day the view extends to 25 miles in each direction. It moves at a slow but steady pace, taking 30 minutes to complete its flight. Because of its popularity, there are usually lengthy queues to book tickets and then to board the flight. Save time and book London Eye tickets online in advance. A variety of different ticketing options and packages are available depending on your individual requirements. You can choose to upgrade to a Fast Track ticket, which entitles you to check in just 15 minutes before your flight, or spend the flight in the company of a London guide or a glass of champagne. The flight only lasts 30 minutes and it's bound to be busy but this is still top of the London must-do list.

 
 
 

Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Daily until midnight | £29.95

1 Piccadilly, , Soho, London, W1J 0DA

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

"Proudly freaking out families for 90 years," boasts Ripley's Believe It Or Not! on its publicity material. Freaky and yet strangely fascinating, this museum perched above Piccadilly Circus presents over 500 weird, unusual and all-too-real artefacts. There are 30 Ripley's museums worldwide and London's collection, which opened on 20th August 2008, includes a bling-ing Swarovski crystal covered mini motor car, shrunken heads from Ecuador and a two-headed calf. These strange things come from Robert Ripley's fascination for collecting bizarre objects - a hobby he started on his worldwide travels in the 1920s and 1930s. Although this collection can, at times, make your skin crawl it manages to get the balance of intriguing objects and downright disgusting things just right. Judge for yourself - buy tickets to Ripley's Believe It Or Not! here.

 
 

Events at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum London

Spiceworld: The Exhibition OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th March to 31st May 2015 | Free with admission to the museum (Adult £26.95 on the door)

 
Spiceworld: The Exhibition Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum London 2015-03-282015-05-31 Where:
Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum London, 1 Piccadilly London, W1J 0DA
Category: Attractions for Kids
SpiceWorld Party
On Soon

Friday 29th May 2015 - 7.30pm-12midnight | £29

 
SpiceWorld Party Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum London 2015-05-292015-05-29 Where:
Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum London, 1 Piccadilly London, W1J 0DA
Category: Attractions for Kids
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