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Showing posts with label Late Openings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Late Openings. Show all posts

17 May 2012

Attend Late Shift at the National Portrait Gallery

Your author is a big fan of late openings at our museums and galleries, and tonight, as every Thursday and Friday night, the National Portrait Gallery is holding Late Shift, a chance to wander round after work and enjoy the gallery in a more informal setting.


Tonight, we are told to expect poetry readings in Memory of Lucian Freud, and guest DJ Edward Otchere, whereas tomorrow night, Draw the Line offers us an opportunity to take part in a life drawing class led by Sophie de Stempel, one of Freud's former models, and various other drawing-related activities.

For more, see http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/lateshift/late_shift_home.php

16 March 2012

See the British Museum in twilight

Often Londoners roll out of work on a Friday and go to the pub, which can be a lot of fun, but if you're in the mood for something a little more cultural after work on a Friday, selected galleries and the Great Court of the British Museum are open until 8.20pm.


There are also regular lectures and events, with tonight's considering the magnetism of Mecca, and exploring Hajj as artistic inspiration with British artists Idris Khan and Peter Sanders, and Saudi Arabian artist Ahmed Mater. However, if you're in the mood for something a little less highbrow, there is also an excellent cafe/ bar and restaurant.

For more, see http://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/admission_and_opening_times/late_opening.aspx

^Picture © npmeijer used under Creative Commons^

24 February 2012

Attend a late opening at the Guildhall Art Gallery

Your author is dashing off this evening for the 18:20 to Manchester Piccadilly, and is sad to be missing what sounds like a brilliant evening at the Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London this evening inspired by the current exhibition entitled "Age of Elegance: 1890 - 1930".


In a departure from the usual City of London Corporation style, the gallery will host a pop-up cocktail bar, big band music and costumed dancers from The London Swing Dance Society. There will also be readings from P.G. Wodehouse and some suitable1920s entertainment, as well as Jazz Age verse from the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors.

For more, see http://www.guildhallartgallery.cityoflondon.gov.uk/GAG/Learning/Late+Views.htm

^Picture © Copyright Basher Eyre, used under a Creative Commons Licence^

24 February 2011

Get a snack at the Blackheath Tea Hut

Situated at the centre of Blackheath, right on the side of the A2, the Blackheath Tea Hut is a small hut which serves tea and fresh snacks, cooked to order, 24 hours a day, helping to stave off the hunger of passing motorists and others who happen to be in the area.


A simple menu of sandwiches, burgers and cakes is lapped up by all comers, and its a real institution in South East London, so much so that its story has even been made into a film.

Whilst the hut is apparently involved in a few scuffles with Lewisham Council about the closure of laybys in its area, it still maintains a good trade and provides decent food at reasonable prices.

For more on all things tea hut, visit http://www.blackheath-tea-hut.co.uk/

23 March 2009

Lates at the London Transport Museum

A reader writes to recommend the London Transport Museum's Lates programme. The Museum itself gives a great insight into the history of London's transport system from horse-drawn buses to the modern underground, but your author was largely ignorant of the Lates events until recently. Perhaps this can be put down to the lengthy refurbishment which closed the Museum from 2005-7.


As with almost all Museums nowadays, the Lates take place on Friday nights. They are fairly regular and tickets cost £8, which is the usual entry fee. For this you get the run of most of the museum, as well as the chance of some live music, DJs, film and other events based around the evening's theme between 6.30pm and 9pm.

To museum geeks like your author this sounds fun, and there is also a well stocked bar to help the evening go a bit smoother for those whose passion for transport is only fleeting. So why not head down to the website at http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whatson/126.aspx to see what is in store for the next one.

Many thanks to David Singleton who passed on this idea. Much appreciated. If you have any ideas you think could be included here please do send them on. If nothing else, you will help save someone from the pains of writers block!

Click here to view the location on a map.