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Hattie Lloyd 16/05/23

Lates at Somerset House

Lates at Somerset House | Free Shindigs in an 18th Century Palace

If you’ve never gotten round to visiting Somerset House or the Courtauld Gallery, the perfect opportunity is presenting itself as the two cultural institutions open their doors after hours for a series of raucous, totally free events this summer.

After all, better Lates than never.

The Morgan Stanley Lates made their debut last year and are back for a second round. Taking place three times a year, they’re artistic, site-wide extravaganzas, with activities inspired by current exhibitions; artist-led workshops; talks and tours with curators; and – in between expanding your cultural and intellectual horizons – a load of street food, pop up bars and DJs to check out.

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The next Late this year takes place on Wednesday 21st June, and it’s free to attend. On the roster: playful al fresco performances by theatrical ensemble The PappyShow; DJ sets from Foundation.FM host Zaleel; Middle Eastern bites from Toum & Tahini; and the chance to explore the London Design Biennale; a fascinatingly bonkers collection of design-led interactive installations dreamt up by countries around the world, including space pods, virtual gardens and a room full of sand dunes. And since you’re dropping in after hours…

…it’ll basically be deserted.


NOTE: The next Somerset House Lates session takes place on Wednesday 21st June, 6-10pm. Access to the courtyard activities is free, as are exhibitions for under 25s. Registering a spot is recommended – you can do that HERE.

Lates at Somerset House | Strand, WC2R 1LA

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Lates at Somerset House

Somerset House, Strand, Aldwych, WC2R 1LA