Buckingham Palace at Night - George Davison Reid

London Nights is a major exhibition planned for the Museum of London next year which will unveil the capital at night through means of photography.

The displays will be open between 11th May and 11th November and will explore the city after dark through both contemporary and historic imagery, ranging from the late 19th century to the present day. 

What to expect from London Nights

The exhibition will be split into three sections. The first, London Illuminated, will showcase the varied ways in which photographers have been inspired by and captured the aesthetic of the city at night, depicting London illuminated by limited natural and artificial light in contrast to the familiar daytime.

The second section Dark Matters will explore the darker side of the city, exploring ‘the uncomfortable, the unknown and the mysterious’. Visitors will be immersed in imagery relating to night-walking, the blackout of the Blitz, isolation, threat and vulnerability.

The final part of the exhibition, Switch On…Switch Off… will look at Londoners at work, rest and play in the city after dark; the familiar commute home, a quick change of pace as office workers head out for the night, or workers commence their night shift.

The exhibition will comprise of around 200 photographs and some film and will be an immersive, atmospheric space giving a sense of the transition of night time in one of the biggest metropolises in the world.

More information

Group visits are welcome at the Museum of London and the exhibition. For groups with ten or more, advance booking is required; you can book using the online booking form found here.

Groups receive discounts on admission to exhibitions and can book an introductory tour with an exhibition curator too.

There will be a range of programmed events happening in relation to the exhibition including evening, week day and weekend workshops and events. 

For more information, visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk.

Image: Buckingham Palace at Night by George Davidson Reid