Lates we Love

Stretch out summer’s longer evenings with exciting Lates, including Chihuly Nights at Kew, twilight tours at St Pauls Cathedral and interior designer Susie Atkinson at Christies:

Chihuly Nights at Kew

We’ve written before about Dale Chihuly’s spectacular glass sculptures at Kew Gardens. From 29 August you can see them illuminated after dark at a new series of late openings. The evenings will include music from an assortment of guest artists – including the UK’s only glass harmonica player Alasdair Malloy, and there will also be food and drinks at Kew’s new Pavilion Cafe. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 29 August to 26 October 2019, 7.30pm-10.30pm (last entry to Gardens at 9pm). Tickets £18 at

Susie Atkinson at Christie’s Lates

Christie’s Lates returns for the autumn season on 9 September. The monthly evening events are free to attend (with a cash bar) – you just need to register ahead – and are always excellent. There’s a South African slant in September thanks to the upcoming Dylan Lewis auction, so expect a talk from the wildlife sculptor, as well as from fine art landscape photographer Alexander Lindsay, wine tastings and a South African choir. We’re particularly drawn to the Q&A with Susie Atkinson, the interior designer behind Soho House, Lime Wood, Babington House etc. who is the guest curator for the September Interiors Sale. 9 September, 6-8.30pm

Twilight at St Pauls Cathedral

Extend the summer holiday mood and play tourist in London with a twilight visit to St Pauls. This Thursday, 29 August is your last chance to visit after hours, as part of their Summer Lates series. Enjoy panoramic views from the Stone and Golden Galleries, send a whisper around the dome and see where some of the nation’s most famous artists are buried. 29 August, 7-9.30pm (last access to dome at 8.45pm). Tickets £15 on the door or £12.80 online here:

NPG Friday Night Lates: Cindy Sherman

You only have until 15 September to catch Cindy Sherman at the National Portrait Gallery; one of the most intriguing exhibitions of the year. Take a friend on a Friday night when the gallery is open until 9pm. Friday 30 August, 6 September and 13 September, tickets £20 at

Olafur Eliasson with Uniqlo Tate Lates

Olafur Eliasson, Beauty 1993

We were enraptured by this immersive exhibition. You want to touch everything – from an enormous moss-coated wall to a long corridor of neon fog, and you’ll find yourself looking at things in new ways – a cloud of drizzly rain has never been so appealing. An exploration about the state of the planet and climate change, we urge everyone to go. Thanks to Uniqlo, you can nab tickets to the exhibition for just £10 on the night with Tate Lates (the last Friday of every month except December). Next Late is 30 August, 6-10pm

Emerge Festival

Targeted at the younger crowd, Emerge is a new Lates festival running this September for ages 18-30. Breathing new life into London’s museums there will be DJ’s, poetry slams, talks, open mic nights, skyline photography, body positive life drawing at over 40 London venues including The Barbican, Natural History Museum, Apsley House, Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre. Highlights include Bryony Gordon talking mind at body at the Dulwich Picture Gallery and a silent disco on London Bridge. Tickets are by the night rather than the event – £15 for Friday or Saturday or £30 for both and these get you access to whatever you so choose. A higher tier is available for Over 30’s at £25 per night or £40 for the weekend.

London Lates we love this month
— Daisy Allsup
28th August 2019