Don’t sit at home flicking through your holiday photos – summer may be nearly over but the city’s museums are still opening late for an evening out with a difference. Here’s our pick of this week’s esoteric evening events:
1. Visit the John Soane Museum by candlelight, Tues September 3, 6-9pm. Free.
You’ll have to arrive early to beat the queues for this popular once-a-month candlelit opening of the architectural treasure trove in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The house itself is as much an exhibit as the sculptures, paintings and curiosities inside, and all the more so at these atmospheric events.
2. Be serenaded by the harpsichord at the Handel House Museum, Tues September 3, 6.30-7.30pm. Tickets £9 (£5 students)
Listen to harpsichordist Charlotte Turner play music by JS Bach and Francois Couperin at this recital in Handel’s old house. Baroque bliss.
3. Have an arty party at The Play List, Camden Arts Centre, Weds September 4, 7-10pm. Free.
The Camden Arts Centre opens late every Wednesday and invites artists to choose their own playlists in the cafe for visitors to eat, drink and appraise art to. This week it’s the turn of Emma Hart, whose uncanny Dirty Looks exhibition is on at the gallery until September 29 and will be open on Wednesday until 9pm.
4. Reach utopia at the Whitechapel Gallery, Thurs September 5, 6:30-9pm. £8 (£6 concessions, £4 members).
This screening of the film ‘Paths Through Utopias’ takes us on a trip across ‘postcapitalist’ Europe in the form of a fictional documentary, blurring the lines between past, present, fiction and reality to explore what a world without money would be like and how small alternative communities are trying to create their own alternative realities. Book tickets at whitechapelgallery.org.
5. Keren Cytter’s Vociferous, Thurs September 5, 8.30pm. £8 (£7 concessions, £5 members). Book at ica.org.uk
Become disorientated and inspired in equal measures by this performative installation at the ICA. The Israelian artist Keren Cytter has collaborated with three London musicians to create an interactive multi-media performance. Katie Forster
Find more late night highbrow fun on Time Out’s guide to Summer Lates.