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Do your weekends always start with a glass of pinot followed by several more? Make your Friday night work that little bit harder

These days it’s not just questionable chicken shops that stay open past bedtime. A new wave of late-night cultural experiences are cropping up around the UK and changing how we spend our free evenings. Beyond our after-work pints at the pub lies a haul of gratifying cultural encounters. Stylist put a call out for a team of roving reader-reporters willing to trawl the country; you answered in your droves. We selected three and promptly sent them out into the night (literally) to sniff out some of the country’s most exciting after-dark offerings. Here are the gems they brought back.

SEE ICONIC BUILDINGS BY CANDLELIGHT

Aston Hall, Birmingham, B6; bmag.org.uk/aston-hall; £14; virgintrains.co.uk

“Thanks to Virgin Trains, I made the dash from London to Birmingham for this immersive evening tour of Aston Hall in just over an hour. Intensely atmospheric, the grand Jacobean building is lit by flickering candles. As you meander through the rooms, actors play gossiping servants and cooks brewing rabbit stew. The tour ends with a roaring fire and a quartet of musicians playing you on your way. Magical.” Ria Parry

SIGN UP TO THE GRUB CLUB

LQ@Chateau Marmot; grubclub.com

“I was sent to try a pop-up supper club in East London. Touring restaurant Chateau Marmot is collaborating with LA Chef Laurent Quenioux for its London leg. We kicked off our superb six-course meal with succulent razor clams before moving on to venison with chicken liver and chocolate soil and persimmon pudding, barley ice cream and cranberry gel. Stunning. Catch the pop-up’s next stop in Bath Forum on 12-13 December.” Tanya Clarke

MAKE THE MOST OF A LATE-NIGHT OPENING

V&A Friday Lates; V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7; vam.ac.uk; free

“Visiting the V&A by night is a mesmerising experience. When I went, bright blue lights flanked the V&A’s corridors, forming part of a beautiful light installation, winding outside the building and circling the water feature in the courtyard. Indoors, as part of a current exhibition on Chinese painting, Xu Fengxia was singing in her native tongue alongside traditional instruments. Book in for the next one!” Buky Adejubu

OUR ROVING REPORTERS

Meet the winners of our search for three reader reporters.

Ria Parry, 32, theatre director

Lives and breathes the arts world; and can stay awake for ages!

Tanya Clarke, 29, comms officer

Has dreamt of being a reporter since she was seven.

Buky Adejubu, 28, senior HR adviser

Is trying to bring fashion to Human Resources.

Photography: Rex Features

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