The Mayor of London wants you to stay up late. Stay up late for the Lates October season. He wanted you to cut back on sleep and catch up on culture back in May when the first Lates season was launched, now it's October, he wants you to check out the things you miss during the day in the big museums and galleries.
Have you been meaning to see something at any of the following places: The Barbican, British Museum, ICA, Museum of London, Museum of Docklands, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Hayward Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, V&A, Whitechapel Gallery, BFI IMAX? All are taking part in Lates so you can enjoy exhibitions and special events after work instead of 20 minutes slots between tourists and squealing kids on weekends.
Because it's Halloween month too, this October Lates season is awash with the weird and wonderful: on Friday 26 October, the V&A is hosting Dark and Digital, a very special, very late night of torchlit tours around the galleries, storytelling for grown-ups, performances and music. On Halloween night itself the ICA is going to fully immerse brave audiences into the Ear Cinema . Otherwise, as an ideal alternative date, head to the Barbican for all things sexy and seductive, which seems to be the theme there this month.
If that's all too much and you want someone else to kickass for you, the BFI IMAX is running the first ever Bourne trilogy all-nighter, which we imagine would give you more adrenaline than a bungee jump into a vat of espresso. Which is great because you can use that energy rush to get round all the other venues taking part in the Lates October season and enjoy London's finest arts and culture by moonlight. No sleep until November!
Lates, venues across London, until the end of October. For full listings and further information, go to the Lates website here.