Museums at Night October 2017 – London Highlights
While London boasts many assets, we think one of its best is the sheer amount of world leading museums. And we think the best way to enjoy them is by seeing them at night when museums, galleries and heritage sites throw open their doors after hours to showcase their treasures in unexpected ways.
Well, this week marks the bi-annual Museums at Night festival. Organised by non-profit cultural publisher Culture24, all UK museums are invited to open their doors to the public and down the country. Museums at Night kicks off this Thursday (26th October) through to Saturday (28th October), and here are the highlights in London!
Back to the 80s Pop Up Dinner, Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Friday 27th October, 7pm – 10pm. £44.
The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising has long been one of our favourite museums in London, and this weekend they’ll be hosting a one off dinner themed around the 1980s. The immersive dining experience will have guests eating a specially designed menu surrounded by the Museum great collection. The Museum’s sci-fi exhibition is the inspiration for the 80s menu so expect Star Wars references and probably a prawn cocktail or two!
Raising Suspicions, Tower Bridge
Friday 27th October, 7pm – 8.30pm & 9pm – 10.30pm. £15.
It’s no secret that we love an escape room here at Average Joes. And this Friday, Tower Bridge will be hosting their very own pop-up escape game inside the historic Victorian Engine Rooms located deep at the heart of the Bridge. Tower Bridge’s first ever immersive mystery experience will require teams to work together to solve the mysterious disappearance of the Bridge Master. With just over an hour to crack the case, participants will be tasked with finding out what really happened to the missing engineer. With four key characters in the frame, guests will need to interrogate the suspects, investigate their surroundings and follow the trail of suspicion to discover exactly whodunit.
The Amazing Halloween Experience, London Canal Museum
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October, 8pm – 10pm. £11 Adults, £8 Children.
Seeing as this Museums at Night event falls so close to Halloween, it would only seem appropriate that we suggest a night of scares. Well, The Amazing Halloween Experience with the London Canal Museum is as good as any. The family friendly event includes story telling in the museum by the museum’s witch, as well as a trip through the three-quarter-mile-long Islington Tunnel on a decorated narrowboat in the dark. Every year this event is a hit with families so we’d recommend booking tickets early.
Pride at Night, Houses of Parliament
Friday 27th October, from 6pm. £19.67.
Any time the doors of the Houses of Parliament open to the public, it’s worth heading down. And this Friday they’ll be open for ‘Pride at Night’ tours to mark 50 years since the passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967. The tours highlight the significant part played by LGBT people in Parliament as leaders, legislators, activists, lobbyists and monarchs. The journey begins in Westminster Hall with tales of medieval kings before passing through St Stephen’s Hall, Central Lobby, the Lords Chamber and the Commons Chamber.
Blitzed at the Palace, Fulham Palace
Friday 27th October, 6.20pm – 10pm. £15.50.
If you’re after a bit of a party this weekend, Fulham Palace is throwing a heady evening of vintage cocktails, swing dancing, live music and performance. Blitzed at the Palace will be blasting guests back to the 1940s. Artisan gin specialists Sacred Spirits will be providing the vintage cocktail tastings, while the aptly named Swing Patrol will be teaching guests how to get those feet tapping. Elsewhere in the Palace you can stock up on rations and raise a toast in the bar, accessorise with authentic furs, hats and finery in a pop-up photo booth and prepare to run for cover as the sirens blare during the event’s air raid experience.
Library of Screams, Strawberry Hill House
Thursday 26th & Friday 27th October, 8pm – 10pm. £20.
If you’re looking for something alternative, south-west London’s Strawberry Hill House is opening its doors for a night called Library of Screams. Join the mysterious librarian, Nathaniel Caldicott as he shares several curious tales of the macabre and the mysterious including brand new adaptations of some timeless tales of terror by W F Harvey and E Nesbit. Phillip Jennings will also be performung a new promenade show using the atmospheric spaces and the creepy Woodland Walk.
Late at the Gate Quiz, Museum of the Order of St John
Thursday 26th October, 6pm – 9.30pm. From £5 per Player.
The Museums at Night festival features it all, and to illustrate the point the Museum of the Order of St John is hosting traditional pub quiz this Thursday in St John’s Gate, once home to Ye Olde Jerusalem Tavern, watering hole for the likes of Dickens. The home of the Knights Hospitaller will test your medieval knowledge while you slurp on a tankard of beer or a glass of fine wine. Don’t expect Eggheads levels of difficulty, but your medieval knowledge will be tested!
Head over to the Museums at Night Website for event listings up and down the country and for booking information. We recommend you book in advance for all events!