Bright Nights: Empire!


  • 09 October, 29 October and 13 November 2019
Arrival at 19:00 or 19:30. Event ends at 22:30.

Ticketing information


Includes entry to the King’s State Apartments and new exhibition Victoria: Woman & Crown.

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

An evening at Kensington Palace to experiment, think, debate and drink

Free your mind and explore Kensington Palace after-hours through lively discussions, sensory experiments, workshops, performances and demos.

In the tradition of the great women who hosted salons and soirees, Bright Nights invites you to mingle, exchange ideas and revive Kensington’s tradition of courtly debate with a new generation of curious minds. Kings, queens and in-betweens welcome!

Join today’s artists, scientists and provocateurs to question today’s legacy of the Victorian Empire.

2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth at Kensington Palace, but what impact did her reign have on our attitudes towards Empire, colonialisation and power?

Enjoy a drink while you explore the legacy of empire, the lasting attitudes that foster imperial thinking and what happens when cultures collide.

Four young women looking at a digital device at an evening event at Kensington Palace

Important information

Kensington Palace is situated within a Royal Park and the gates close at dusk. Please arrive via Orme Square Gate (via Bayswater Road). To ensure your safety, a bag check will be undertaken on arrival.

Things to see

View an exquisite piece from the wardrobe of Diana, Princess of Wales alongside original sketches created for her during the design process.


Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Portrait of Queen Victoria on a green background
Things to see Highlights

Explore Queen Victoria’s private life behind her carefully-managed public image in this major new exhibition at Kensington Palace.

Daily until 05 January 2020

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Queen Victoria inspired mug

Shop Victoria: Woman and Crown

A collection of gifts based on the latest Victoria Woman and Crown exhibition at Kensington Palace, including exclusively designed for Historic Royal Palaces, our Royal Victoria collection inspired by iconic symbols from Queen Victoria's reign.

From £12.99

The East Front Gardens after Kensington Palace renovations looking south-west towards the palace, 24 May 2012. Showing visitors in the grounds. 

Part of the Kensington Palace project, ‘Welcome to Kensington - a palace for everyone’, an undertaking over two years (2010-12) of major refurbishments (renovation) at Kensington, including new gardens.

Shop Kensington Palace Gifts

These official gifts and souvenirs are all inspired by Kensington Palace's rich royal stories, past and present.

From £7.99

Lifestyle setting, gifts for her.  Faux sapphire choker, Diamante floral spray brooch and sterling silver brooch with diamante accents in classic bow shape.

Shop Kensington Palace Jewellery

Originally the childhood home of Queen Victoria, later home to Princess Margaret and Princess Diana and now the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace is one of the more fashionable and stylish of our palaces.

From £14.99