Britain’s big cities are teeming with family-friendly things to do during the day, and the situation is no different at night. London is certainly no exception, as the capital is home to child-friendly entertainment, events and exhibitions to see and explore as the sun goes down, providing an ideal evening out for all the family.
Discover more of the natural world
The Natural History Museum hosts themed Lates evenings on the last Friday of each month, welcoming expert-led discussions, exciting science demonstrations and pop-up stalls that explore the latest scientific research, discoveries and technology.
Dino Snores for Kids
Enjoy all of the delights of the Natural History Museum and more with a Dino Snores event – the chance to have a sleepover in the museum while discovering more about its exhibits. Aimed specifically at children, the events include a torch-lit trail, educational science shows and a dinosaur t-shirt-making workshop, although there is ample opportunity to immerse yourself in the museum’s other delights too.
Taking part on the last Friday of every month, Tate Lates at the Tate Modern involve a mixture of art, music and film, alongside a set of exciting workshops on a an array of global topics. Developed in partnership with Uniqlo, each evening offers a chance to find out more about the gallery’s exhibits and other thrilling parts of the collection.
Explore art in the National Gallery
London’s National Gallery stays open until 9pm every Friday, meaning you can browse its vast array of galleries and exhibitions for even longer. With numerous guided talks, events and live music to enjoy too, you can immerse yourself in British culture and get a taste for upcoming exhibitions too. You can expect everything from special film screenings to drawing classes and lectures as part of Friday Lates, depending on which Friday you attend.
London Zoo by night
Dates are yet to be confirmed but Zoo Nights are set to return to ZSL London Zoo in 2019, providing a unique opportunity to see the zoo’s 18,000 animals after hours. Alongside animal talks and feeding time, there’s live entertainment, pop-up experiences and a food festival teeming with delicious dishes for you to try. Get up close to ring-tail lemurs, come face-to-face with Asiatic lions or conquer your fears in the walk-through spider exhibit! It’s all the magic of the zoo, just later in the day!
Embark on a sunset adventure at the O2
See one of London’s famous landmarks from a whole new angle by climbing the O2 at sunset. From the viewing platform in the centre of the entertainment venue’s roof, you can enjoy 360 degree views of the capital, before then embarking on the climb down. As long as children are at least 8 years old and 1.2 metres tall, the climb is a breath-taking experience that promises exceptional views and ample selfie opportunities.