It’s fair to say that the Natural History Museum After Hours evenings are far from the norm when it comes to a Friday night out in London. Soft jazz and mood lighting wouldn't normally be paired with a giant dinosaur skeleton and visitors walking around wearing Haz-mat suits, however on this occasion it worked a treat.
The museum appeared to have had a mini makeover - where there were once screaming school children and stressed out tourists, there were dining tables and bars. The Blue bar in the Central hall served mini "tapas" dishes such as Smoked haddock and coley pie and Greek pitta souvlaki. The Red Bar on Dinosaur Way served bellinis, wine and beer, nibbles and soft drinks.
For those wishing to take in some culture, that night hosted the first late opening of "Animal Inside Out" exhibition featuring almost 100 plastinated animals. It may be a bit gruesome for some of the more squeamish, but for most it provides a unique insight into the inner workings of some of the planets most fascinating animals, from sharks to giraffes, rabbits to elephants, and everything else in between.
The evening also holds unique events such as "Crime Scene Live" which allows guests to solve their own crime. These events have limited tickets and sell out quickly, so booking is advised.
Entry to the museum is free. The next Natural History Museum After Hours event will take place on Friday 25th May from 6pm.
By Eve Hegarty