London after 6pm

Aug 16th, 2008, 10:50 AM
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London after 6pm

What to do in London in the evening, when most of the museums are closed ? Are there any traditional sporting events, like hippodrome races ? Are there magazines (poper or online), listing current cultural events in London ?
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Aug 16th, 2008, 12:17 PM
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Theater, of course!
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Aug 16th, 2008, 12:59 PM
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I agree- London theatre is the best!! My college age daughter and her friends- liked a dance club/nightclub called Fabric in Clerkenwell. Guess it was quite an experience.

We all went to the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London one night -- it was a very historical experience. Tickets are free, you must request them in advance via mail through the tower office.
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Aug 16th, 2008, 01:02 PM
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London Walks has several evening walks. Their tours last 2 hours and you can have a late supper afterwards. The guide will give recommendations for restaurants in the area where the walk ends.

http://www.walks.com/

The best thing I did in London in the evening was the Tower closing ceremony. But that didn't take the entire evening.
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Aug 16th, 2008, 01:25 PM
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Watch a debate in the House of Commons, check out some of our pubs, ride on the London Eye at night, try a Harrods wine tasting event, see to the Ceremony of the Keys, go to the theatre, or go to late openings at the Tate Modern (Friday & Saturday) the National Gallery (Wednesday) British Museum (Thursday & Friday) V&A (Friday).

For sport, you could go to the dogs at Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. There are also floodlit evening horse racing meetings at Kempton Park. It's difficult to get tickets to major football matches, but you could try some of the London clubs, such as Chelsea, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur, Charlton Athletic, Millwall, Leyton Orient, Arsenal, etc
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Aug 16th, 2008, 02:30 PM
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Theatre, especially Shakespearean plays, are off-limits for us because English is our 2nd language.

> Watch a debate in the House of Commons

I appreciate your sense of humor
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Aug 16th, 2008, 03:48 PM
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Oh, surely there's a musical you can see in London! Along with traditional musicals, there are numerous shows that are more like concerts, such as "Mamma Mia".

Even though English is my first language, and I studied Shakespeare in college, I still have trouble following the action. But it's fun to watch the actors in costume, hear the beautiful words and drink in the night sky.

Ditto to the other suggestions of London Walks and museums. How about Covent Garden? I love to stroll down the South Bank, too, where there's always people to watch.

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Aug 17th, 2008, 12:53 PM
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Cinema at Leicester Sq or go to a Pub
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Aug 17th, 2008, 07:12 PM
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Check out the concerts in various churches, e.g. St. Martin in the Fields or St. James Picadilly as well as the major halls like Albert Hall, Barbicon and Royal Festival Hall.
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Aug 17th, 2008, 07:20 PM
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> Check out the concerts in various churches

Are they mentioned in TimeOut magazine ?

> go to a Pub

Fantastic idea - certainly a great improvement over "go to House of Commons"



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Aug 17th, 2008, 07:24 PM
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pity you just missed the last of the greyhound races at Walthamstow. The track shuttered just this week, after 75 years.

In lieu of the dogs, Shakespeare is on at the Globe until early October.
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Aug 18th, 2008, 02:51 AM
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igorek: House of Commons in the evening is no joke. Not because it's likely to be a riveting debate, but because that is probably the easiest time to get in, and for foreigners who aren't around in August/September when they go on recess and open the building to tours, that is the only way of getting into Westminster.
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Aug 18th, 2008, 04:10 AM
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igorek:

the concerts are usually listed in TimeOut and also on the church notice boards and their websites.
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Aug 18th, 2008, 05:15 AM
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Depending on when you're here ther are evening floodlit crcket games at the Oval and Lords - which will civilise you.

There is music of all sorts (and it is all listed in Time out) every night. There's also the Ballet and other arts.

Many of the museums have late night openings.

London's pubs are it's crowning glory - go on one of London Walks pub walks - then you'll get an interesting tours and a few pints.

There's always stuff going on in the Southbank and places like Covent garden.

Just wandering around has its appeal too.
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