Just when you thought Dry January might be achievable, along came the Science Museum with its latest programme of booze-inspired Lates.

Science Museum Lates give you the opportunity to explore the future of food and make your own beer between 6.45pm and 10pm on January 31.

You will learn which foods were believed to protect you from the plague and hear from Rhoshanna Jenkins from the University of East Anglia on how climate change affects your favourite beverage.

There will also be a guided tour of the Science Museum's object conservation lab, a chocolate tasting experiment and a famous intergalactic silent disco.

There will even be a chance to watch the latest instalment of the Star Wars films.

Entry to Lates is free for those over 18 and there is no need to book.

Here is a full list of what you can get up to.

Eating Insects-The Future for Protein?

Come and taste of the possible future of our protein supply...bugs! Tarantulas, scorpions and cockroaches are considered delicacies in other countries. Try some salt and pepper crickets, BBQ mealworms and more!

Build-A-Beer Workshop

Explore the chemistry behind beer making and try your hand at creating the perfect blend of beer. Less appetisingly you’ll also get to find out how beer tastes when made incorrectly!

What’s Brewing with Climate Change?

Tea and coffee may feel essential to our everyday lives, but they could be at risk as global warming changes the environment. Rhosanna Jenkins from the University of East Anglia looks at the future of tea and coffee production in a changing climate.


Utilise sound, from the crackling of ‘samgyeopsal’ (pork belly) to the slurping of ‘nengmyeon’ (noodles), to experience Korean BBQ culture by creating your own ‘sound-meal’.

It Takes Guts

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 its final exit.

Taste your Genome

Do you find grapefruit too sharp? Maybe coriander leaves a soapy taste in your mouth? Come along and taste to discover whether you’re one of the lucky few ‘supertasters’.

What to Eat and Drink to Avoid the Plague

Marie-Louise Leonard explores the ‘miracle’ food and drink that was recommended to the public to ward off the dreaded plague during epidemics in early modern Italy.

Edible DNA

Extract the DNA of a strawberry with science and then drink it all up!

Taste Sensations

Discover how each of your senses can change the way you perceive food! Come and join us for four sensory tasting experiences, from ‘miracle’ berries that make sour foods taste sweet, to the sounds that make crisps taste crunchier.

DRYVER – A mobile Cloud Service

Discover DRYVER, a mobile drinking fountain that produces water from air. The robot offers the ultimate-local proposal for freely available drinking water, and could prove a real game-changer in the developing world.

Is Good Chocolate just about Taste?

In a short talk, Prof. Charles Spence will share his research on the multisensory influences affecting the taste of chocolate. After the talk you can explore these theories for yourself in a chocolate tasting experiment with Science London.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

15/70mm IMAX 2D

Picking up right where The Force Awakens' heart-pounding cliff-hanger left off, this newest instalment of the galaxy-conquering Star Wars story continues to pursue the heroic journeys of Jedi-in-waiting Rey (Daisy Ridley), rebellious ex-Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and dashing Resistance pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac).

Behind the Scenes of the Museum: Tour of the Conservation Lab

Come and see where we treat and care for the museum’s collection of weird and wonderful objects. The conservators have an exciting life trying to prevent things from being eaten by bugs, falling apart and making them look great for the public. This is a unique opportunity to meet the team and see the lab and the work we do.

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.

Illuminating India

Explore the two free exhibitions from the Illuminating India season, 5000 Years of Science and Innovation and Photography 1857-2017. 5000 Years of Science and Innovation reveals the remarkable history of Indian innovation and discovery while Photography 1857-2017 is filled with sumptuous images capturing India before, during and after Partition taken by a range of iconic photographers.

Visit the Science Museum’s website for more information.