Does working long hours or a busy schedule mean that you often miss out on enjoying the wealth of cultural experiences our museums and galleries have to offer? A growing ‘lates’ culture means you’ll never have to again.
Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. There’s so much to see and do, but often we can’t seem to find the time to fit everything in. Luckily, there’s a growing ‘lates’ culture around the country’s museums and attractions, where visitors can stay after hours and enjoy special performances, talks, music and workshops. Not even the busiest among us have an excuse anymore to not enjoy the wealth of experiences and attractions on offer.
On LiveFridays’ The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford keeps its doors open between 7pm and 10pm for interactive events, theatrical performaces and creative workshops. Entrance is free and visitors have the opportunity to see the collections after hours or perhaps stop in for one of the lively talks. Founded in 1683, The Ashmolean is Britain’s first public museum and houses countless archeological items of historical importance.
Arguably one of the most beautiful London museums, the V&A is home to a breathtaking collection of decorative arts including ceramics, sculpture and photography, to name but a few. Every Friday you will find selected galleries remain open until 10pm and on the last Friday of every month you can pop in for the Friday Lates. The themed evenings are free and the V&A hosts a variety of workshops and entertainment on a mostly drop-in basis. This is a really lovely way to spend a Friday night, glass of wine in hand, exploring all the hidden treasures of the V&A.
Every Friday until 10pm visitors of the Royal Academy of Arts will enjoy live theatrical performances, art workshops, live music as well as a DJ, talks and tours and a late opening of the restaurant and bar. Often they are themed events, so keep your eyes on their website for the latest news on their Friday Lates events.
On a bi-monthly basis, Tate Britain is host to Late at Tate: a mixture of performances, music and film where visitors can enjoy the art on display in an animated and relaxed setting, without the afternoon tourists.
Every Friday, the National Gallery keeps its doors open until 9pm to allow visitors the opportunity to view the collections on display whilst avoiding the daytime tourist crowds. Often there is live classical and jazz music playing and the National Café and bar is open until late. If you're a true art fan or simply interested in learning something new, check out the guided tours, lectures, artist-led walks and workshops. The central London location of the National Gallery means it's the perfect place to meet friends after work in a relaxed setting, enjoy some wonderful art and some good music followed by a drink or two.