Feast on the science of food and drink at the Science Museum’s August Lates with MasterCard


This month, we’re devouring the science of food and drink. Try a bug buffet, taste sake, gin and liquid nitrogen ice cream, brew your own ginger beer, explore how your senses affect flavour and discover how fridges changed our lives at the Science Museum’s Lates with MasterCard on Wednesday 28thAugust, 18.45 – 22.00.

Take part in all the Lates activities highlighted below: 

Cocktail Lovers

Meet Mr G and Ms S as theyguide you through the dos and don’ts of cocktail-making. From the professionalside to the DIY shakers, they’re the movers and shakers of the drink-makingworld.

Just Desserts

‘I scream, you scream, we allscream for... peppermint candy cream?’ Find out more about how early fridge technology impacted on our lives and cooking, and take away some old recipes to try at home.

Rentokil’s Pestaurant

We’re turning up the heat on pests! Rentokil’s Pestaurant will be laying on a mini bug buffet with an array of sweet and savoury edible insects including ants, crickets and scorpions. Pest control experts will also be on hand to answer your pest-related questions.

Sex Food... Why Are Certain Foods Aphrodisiacs?

What foods get you in the mood? Come and find out about the sexiest foods around as we talk about oysters, chocolate and more, while you sample.

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Our resident ice-cream-making team will tickle your taste buds as they create home-made ice cream right before your eyes.

Ginger Me Ale

Spice up your life and have a go at brewing your own fiery alcoholicginger beer. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to combine the finest brewingingredients with Science Museumknow-how to create your own unique brew that packs a spicy punch.

The Brief History of Gin

Joinmaster local gin distiller James Grundy from Sipsmith of London for a briefhistory of gin, including how it’s produced and why Sipsmith launched the firsthand-crafted copper distillery in London for 200 years. There will betastings...

Sake Tasting

In the West, sake is a widelymisunderstood form of alcoholic drink. In reality it’s only 15% alcohol anddoesn’t have to be served hot. Educate your palate in the best way possible, bysampling some sake in preparation for your next visit to a sushi bar.

Flavour SenseNation

Flavour SenseNation is an exciting interactive event that explores the ways we use each of our senses to inform our experience of food and flavour. Join us for an entertaining and fascinating personalised journey through the senses.

Simon Says Watt?

Simon Watt from TV’s Inside Nature’s Giants tortures jelly babies and marshmallow men, experiments on cabbage, punches custard and does much more besides.

Edible Crystals

Emily Candela is here to talk about the art of small home-made edible crystals she calls ‘krustapseudicals’ that purport to freeze their consumers in time.Ingredients are gleaned from beauty magazines and advertisements for cosmetics,and include small amounts of metals and ointments, vitamins, protein (via Emily’s hair) and other organic materials.

It Takes Guts – Science Show

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 out the other end in this science show.

Gallery tour of Who am I?

Do our genes define who we are or does nurture still have an important effect? Join us on this tour to see how genes impact on our whole lives and beyond. This tour is suitable for deaf and hearing visitors.

Object Arcade

Welcome, welcome one and all to the Science Museum’s Object Arcade! From Florence Nightingale’s tea caddy to the Raspberry Pi computer, play games and win prizes while exploring the Museum’s collection of food- and drink-related items.

Design in 3D

Become a 3D designer for the evening. Design a piece of picnicware, have it 3D printed, ready for you to use.

Punk Science: Eat ’n’ Mess

Join Punk Science as they take you on a comical journey into the science of food and drink with quick-witted comedy and fast-paced science demonstrations.

Other activities include:

Silent Disco

Whether you’re practising your moves or just in the mood to slam dunk the funk, grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop. The Science Museum does not accept responsibility for the quality of some of the moves you will see this evening.

Speed Dating

This could be your chance to meet the person of your dreams... or possibly nightmares. There’s also a free drink thrown in for all daters. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased from the main desk.

MasterCard Priceless London desk

The MasterCard Priceless London team are offering MasterCard cardholders exclusive access to a range of popular events throughout the evening on a first-come-first-served basis. Drink vouchers are also available for the first 80 MasterCard cardholders who sign up on pricelesslondon.co.uk on the night.

Fly with the RAF

Discover the thrill of flying in our simulators, including in the RAF’slatest frontline Typhoon jet. This new simulator takes you on an action-packedflight through the beautiful landscapes of north Walesand the Lake District. Charges Apply.

The Pub Quiz

The monthly Pub Quiz is now an institution, with fantastic treats for the winners. Places are limited to 100 visitors. Charge £2, free to Corporate Members.

A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum

Put yourself in their shells. Take a Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum and get a quirky and inquisitive take on the human race. 


Wednesday 31st July, 18.45 – 22.00 
Entry to Lates is FREE and no booking is necessary 
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD 
0870 870 4868 | sciencemuseum.org.uk

For more information contact William Stanley, Science Museum Press Office on: 0207 942 4429 William.Stanley@sciencemuseum.org.uk

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