Bright Nights: Empire!


  • 09 October, 29 October and 13 November 2019
Arrival at 19:00 or 20:00. Event ends at 22:30.

Ticketing information


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

Separate ticket (advanced 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

Explore the evolution of Diana, Princess of Wales' innate sense of style in a new display at her former London home.


Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Luna Cinema screen with audience watching a film
Events Highlights

Join us in the ultimate setting for a night of cinema under the stars, in the gardens of Kensington Palace.

30 July - 02 August 2019

Kensington Palace

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

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)