Anyone For Taxidermy-Themed Cocktails?

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 20 months ago
Anyone For Taxidermy-Themed Cocktails?
Grant Museum of Zoology is holding a Taxidermy Late — complete with taxidermy-themed cocktails.

London's museums do what they do very well during the average 9-5 day. It's when they stay open at night that things get weird.

Take UCL's Grant Museum of Zoology. We're great fans of the museum — we've even had a peek behind the scenes — so we were intrigued to learn that the upcoming Taxidermy Late involves live ethical taxidermy, a film screening, and — the piece de resistance — "taxidermy-themed cocktails". Just think about that for a second.

The late is part of Museums At Night, a UK-wide initiative to let the public visit museums, galleries and cultural venues after hours. As you'd expect, there are one or two events going on in London to mark the occasion.

We've already told you about the Scandimania festival coming to Dulwich Picture Gallery. Elsewhere, Londonist favourite Severndroog Castle has folk musicians playing as dusk falls. We bet there's one heck of a view from that roof after dark.

If the outdoors is your thing, Vestry House Museum hosts a Secret Garden themed family late, with a garden trail celebrating the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (our inner child is pretty excited for this one). Or, why not take a sunset walk in Epping Forest, complete with Magic Lantern Show.

The Secret Garden Late at Vestry House Museum

More centrally, the Charles Dickens Museum, Dr Johnson's House and Bank of England Museum keep their doors open late for visitors to explore the collections with a drink in hand — and even get hands on with a real bar of gold.

And if those taxidermy-themed cocktails don't quite float your boat, the Brunel Museum's Midnight Apothecary is serving up botanical-themed offerings.

Museums At Night takes place 11-14 May, with museums across the UK taking part. See the full list of London events. The next Museums At Night is 27-29 October 2016.

Last Updated 30 April 2016