Friday Late with MasterCard

The original contemporary late night event

An ever-changing, curated programme of live performances, cutting-edge fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings.

Held on the last Friday in every month (except December) from 18.30 - 22.00.

Friday Late with MasterCard is free and drop in. All events are available on a first come, first served basis.

All visitors to Friday Late should use the main entrance on Cromwell Road. Please note that if the event reaches capacity, we will operate on a one-in-one-out basis. If you are a V&A Member, corporate member or hold a ticket to an exhibition please use the Exhibition Road entrance.


With MasterCard

Shoreditch Takeover

Friday 25 July, 18.30–22.00 & Saturday 26 June, 17.00-23.00

Shoreditch has long been the beating heart of London’s creative community.  In recent years, it has become one of the world’s largest technology centers, generating big business and an entrepreneurial spirit.  In the latest of its creative community takeovers, the V&A plays host to emerging and established artists and designers based in this creative corner of east London.

For the first time in Friday Late history, we will relocate to the BL-NK space on East Road in Shoreditch on Saturday, bringing with it workshops, talks and performances

All events are free and places are designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will be taking place at this event.

Please note, if the Museum reaches capacity we will allow access on a one-in-one-out basis.


Please check back for the full programme closer to the event

Friday Late: Shoreditch Takeover

Drawing Machine

From object, to computer, to paper, the Drawing Machine analyses the patterns of prints in the V&A collection and translates them into a series of digital drawing instructions. Interpret these instructions for yourself and draw out William Morris patterns onto the bespoke canvas. Drawing Machine was created by design studio, Method.

Rent 2 Hi Pants 2 Lo

Usually found adding life to shop shutters or the sides of vans parked in East London, street artist Malarky brings Shoreditch-style animals to the John Madejski Garden with Keith Haring inspired woodcut sculptures.

Ravel Landscapes

Quayola is known for his audio visual installations. His work investigates dialogues and the unpredictable collisions, tensions and equilibriums between the real and artificial, the figurative and abstract. Ravel Landscapes is a stunning collaborative project by Quayola, Natan Sinigaglia and pianist Vanessa Wagner.

Paper Wearables

Wearable technologies have moved beyond niche to a mass audience. Products that keep track of your activity make us rethink our relationship with everyday accessories. Designswarm invites you to explore this brave new world with pen, paper, and scissors for a DIY try at futuristic product design you would want to wear.


Secret gigs, hip hop nights, and drum and bass DJs have well and truly placed Shoreditch on London’s eclectic music-scene map. With their fingers on the pulse of it all are Mixcloud. As pioneers of the online music & radio scene, Mixcloud will bring with them a glut of talent to showcase a myriad of specially-curated podcasts, mixes and radio shows.

Dazed present Music Nation

Jungle Fever (23.29 mins)
Explore the movement that redefined British urban music. Jungle Fever, directed by Ollie Evans and produced by Friend London, charts the rise and fall of one of Britain's most vibrant, unforgettable music scenes, featuring jungle veterans Fabio & Grooverider, DJ Hype, Kenny Ken, Brockie and more.

Brandy & Coke (22.23 mins)
Garage photographer and author Ewen Spencer rewinds to the golden days of UKG style – and finds out how it all fell apart. Produced in association with Somesuch & Co, the legendary UKG photographer takes us back to a heady decade of underground pirate radio, Gucci loafers and nights out in Ayia Napa.

Opening Times is a digital art commissioning body and platform for artworks whose primary means of encounter is online. For the Shoreditch Takeover, Opening Times will be showcasing work from their current artist in residence Nicolas Sassoon. Sassoon’s work Pandora explores the representation of everyday space through computer based processes, often appearing in the form of animated GIFs.

Food & Drink

Drinks are available in the Grand Entrance throughout the evening, and in the John Madejski Garden (weather permitting). Food and drinks will be served in the Cafe until 21.00.

About Friday Late

Friday Late began in 1999, establishing the much-copied format for London cultural centres' evening events. The programme celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with both leading and emerging artists and designers. By providing a platform through which to test ideas and challenge convention, Friday Late aims to inspire and provoke, whilst encouraging audiences to interact with the Museum’s collections in new ways.


Behind the Scenes at Friday Late 'Sound It Out'

Friday Late ‘Sound It Out’: Boiler Room Reflections

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MasterCard is delighted to be partnering with Friday Late at the V&A, where each month we will be hosting the MasterCard Cocktail Bar exclusively for cardholders. There will be discounted drinks and other fantastic offers to redeem on the night when you use your MasterCard. If you haven’t already, you can sign up on and take advantage of all the latest London offers and special events. Come see us in gallery 116 accessed by the staircase beside the main entrance.

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