The Science Museum is offering you a chance to end Dry January with a flourish, with tastings of bad beers and insects for snacks. If that’s not appealing, how about a slurp of DNA, or a guide to foods to ward off the medieval plague?

The monthly adults-only Lates are back, with a food and drink theme for the evening.

Science Museum Lates is free, on Wednesday 31st January, and doors open at 18:45. Don’t be put off by the long queue to go in, it shrinks very quickly when the doors are opened.

The full itinerary is:

Eating Insects-The Future for Protein?

Come and taste of the possible future of our protein supply…bugs! Tarantulas, scorpions and cockroaches are considered delicacies in other countries. Try some salt and pepper crickets, BBQ mealworms and more!

Build-A-Beer Workshop

Explore the chemistry behind beer making and try your hand at creating the perfect blend of beer. Less appetisingly you’ll also get to find out how beer tastes when made incorrectly!

What’s Brewing with Climate Change?

Tea and coffee may feel essential to our everyday lives, but they could be at risk as global warming changes the environment. Rhosanna Jenkins from the University of East Anglia looks at the future of tea and coffee production in a changing climate.


Utilise sound, from the crackling of ‘samgyeopsal’ (pork belly) to the slurping of ‘nengmyeon’ (noodles), to experience Korean BBQ culture by creating your own ‘sound-meal’.

It Takes Guts

Follow the journey of your food into your mouth, through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts, and then its final exit.

Taste your Genome

Do you find grapefruit too sharp? Maybe coriander leaves a soapy taste in your mouth? Come along and taste to discover whether you’re one of the lucky few ‘supertasters’.

What to Eat and Drink to Avoid the Plague

Marie-Louise Leonard explores the ‘miracle’ food and drink that was recommended to the public to ward off the dreaded plague during epidemics in early modern Italy.

Edible DNA

Extract the DNA of a strawberry with science and then drink it all up!

Taste Sensations

Discover how each of your senses can change the way you perceive food! Come and join us for four sensory tasting experiences, from ‘miracle’ berries that make sour foods taste sweet, to the sounds that make crisps taste crunchier.

Superbugs: The Fight for Our Lives

Antibiotic resistance is the theme of new exhibition Superbugs: The Fight for Our Lives. From farmers changing practices in commercial agriculture to researchers tackling drug-resistant infections this exhibition looks at the individuals doing battle with superbugs.

DRYVER – A mobile Cloud Service

Discover DRYVER, a mobile drinking fountain that produces water from air. The robot offers the ultimate-local proposal for freely available drinking water, and could prove a real game-changer in the developing world.

Is Good Chocolate just about Taste?

In a short talk, Prof. Charles Spence will share his research on the multisensory influences affecting the taste of chocolate. After the talk you can explore these theories for yourself in a chocolate tasting experiment with Science London.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi (15/70mm IMAX 2D)

Behind the Scenes of the Museum: Tour of the Conservation Lab

Silent Disco

Illuminating India

Explore the two free exhibitions from the Illuminating India season, 5000 Years of Science and Innovation and Photography 1857-2017.

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

Fuel your imagination and immerse yourself in a world of wonder at the most spectacular interactive gallery in the world. Over 50 marvels of science to enjoy.

Half price at Lates. Tickets can be booked online in advance or at any ticket desk on the night.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Half price at Lates. Tickets can be booked online in advance or at any ticket desk on the night.


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