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Lates: Cravings

Wednesday 30 September

Join us as we explore our Cravings for food and drink

For 18s and over

Join us as we delve into the science behind our cravings for food and drink at the next Lates, supported by GlaxoSmithKline.

We’ll be exploring what makes us crave, what our second gut is and how to make food more appealing. There will also be a chance to get close to the scientists and their food-based experiments, with some tastings too.

Plus, as always, live music, the Punk Science comedy show and the best silent disco in town.

Download the map and guide to this month's Lates

Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month. Each entry in this hugely popular ongoing series of events centres on a different theme: from sex to climate change, from Churchill’s wartime scientists to childhood.

See what we have planned for the coming months.

Inspiring, enlightening and unbelievably good fun, Lates always draw a crowd, so we strongly suggest you arrive early to ensure the best chance of getting in. Be advised that you may have to queue before a timed event.


The Scientist’s Supper Club
Our choice of favourite dishes is determined by many factors other than just a conscious preference for the foodstuffs they contain. Members of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory and UCL’s Institute of Making reveal all at a supper club with a difference.

Screen Grab
Join two up-and-coming printmakers in their pop-up studio and create your own screenprinted souvenir of this month’s Lates. It's hands-on, it's inky and it's beautiful.

Chocolate Alchemy
Why is the melt-in-your-mouth feel of chocolate so scrumptious? What goes into preparing unique desserts that not only intrigue the palate but captivate the eye? Take a sweet trip to Chocolate Alchemy and learn why chefs are really just scientists in disguise.

Controlling our Cravings
Have you ever wondered what makes you chose the food you love? Is it personal preference or are there higher powers involved? Join our expert panel of Experimental Psychologist Prof Charles Spence, Molecular Gastronomist Jozef Youssef and Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies to find out what – or even who – controls our cravings.

Also on this month

Think – Talks and object-related events:

  • Gut feelings
  • Controlling our cravings
  • Understanding and controlling food cravings
  • The mechanics of food
  • The miraculous gut
  • Hidden gems
  • What about the boring stuff?

Experience – Active events including shows and demonstrations:

  • What is yoghurt, and could it satisfy your cravings?
  • Chocolate Alchemy
  • We eat with our eyes
  • Killer cravings: stubbing out cancer
  • Julia Margaret Cameron – our actress tells all
  • The rocket show
  • It takes guts 
  • Speed dating - see below - women's tickets are now SOLD OUT

Create – Hands-on creative workshops:

  • Booze on the brain
  • Aphro-SEED-iac
  • Screen grab – screen printing with a sweet twist
  • Flirty food
  • Ice, mice, baby – sculpting and decorating

Events for BSL users

Interpreted events
  • Gut feeling: 20.15 Basement, Things Gallery
  • What about the boring stuff? 19.15–19.45 Ground Floor, Making the Modern World

Do it yourself events

  • Flirty food: Floor 1 near Cosmos and Culture
  • Aphro-SEED-iac: Floor 2 Media Space Cafe
  • Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy: Floor 2 Virgin Media Studio
  • Ice, mice, baby: Floor 3 Launchpad City

Regular events

  • Silent Disco – Grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop.
  • Punk Science the Gameshow – Tickets are limited and cost £5 per person, available from any ticket desk. Pre-book to gain VIP entry to the museum.
  • Red mill engine demonstration  
  • Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy - free entry
  • Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age
  • Fly our simulators - Red Arrows and Fly 360° both discounted rates for Lates 
  • Can touch this – Volunteer-led object handling

Lates is supported by:


Wednesday 30 September 2015

Admission free although some events may require a ticket


Lates: A night of free adults-only entertainment at the Science Museum