Out & About in South Kensington

South Kensington has plenty of great attractions for you to visit outside from boating on the Serpentine, walking tours around Albertopolis, Queen Caroline's temple, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, ice cream in Kensington Gardens, a trip to Princess Diana's Memorial Playground and so much more....

Boating in Hyde Park

April-31st Oct
10am til sundown
Hyde Park
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Hyde Park has a fleet of rowing and pedal boats on the Serpentine and the UK's first Solarshuttle, a magnificent vessel which glides across the lake powered only by the sun. The Solarshuttle carries up to 40 passengers and the pedal and row boats hold up to 6 persons each.

Wildlife Garden

1st April - early Nov
Natural History Museum
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Explore nature in the flourishing Wildlife Garden, a tranquil haven for plants and animals in the heart of the city. The garden is home to thousands of British flora and fauna.

The White Garden

On til Summer 2017
Kensington Palace
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Complementing the palace’s exhibition, Diana: Her Fashion Story, the garden will be planted with flowers and foliage inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, image and style. The historic Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace will be temporarily transformed into a White Garden.

South Kensington Farmers' Market

Tuesdays
Imperial College London
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Every Tuesday, the market is open to all, providing great-tasting locally-sourced provisions on the Queen's lawn.

Royal Gun Salute

21st Apr, 2nd & 10th June
Hyde Park
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Royal Gun Salutes mark special royal occasions. On these days salutes are fired from locations in London and other authorised stations in the United Kingdom and the Union flag is hoisted on government buildings.

Albert Memorial

Daily
2pm, 3pm
Kensington Gardens
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Located in Kensington Gardens, it is one of London's most ornate ornaments. Public tours are available between March and December.

InTRANSIT 2017

8-25th June

InTRANSIT is an annual showcase of newly commissioned, site specific participatory arts and performance, taking place throughout the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Free

Serpentine Pavilion

23rd Jun - 8th Oct
Serpentine Galleries
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Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Burkino Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 - a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.

The Swinging Sixties: Bus and Hall Tour Experience

21st May, 25th June, 2nd July
12pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Take a trip back in time to experience a flavour of the sights and sounds of the 60s – hop aboard the Swinging 60s Shuttle Bus before enjoying taking lunch and experiencing the Sixties at the Hall Tour at the Royal Albert Hall.

BST Hyde Park

30th Jun - 8th July
Hyde Park
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Once again hosting some of the biggest and best live acts in the world of music. This year sees a stellar line-up of headliners including Phil Collins, Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

V&A REVEAL Festival

30th June - 7th July
V&A
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Explore the beautiful new public areas and gallery spaces of the new V&A Exhibition Road entrance, with a week-long festival celebrating the Museum's architecture, heritage and history.

The Luna Cinema at Kensington Palace

8th-11th Aug
7pm
Kensington Palace
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Four nights of fantastic films, with Kensington Palace and its grounds as the most stunning backdrop imaginable. Films include Bridget Jones' Baby, The Goonies, Moulin Rouge and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

Kensington Garden cafes

Kensington Gardens
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The Broadwalk Cafe and Playcafe serves a great range of pizza, salads, wraps and sweet treats as well as a children's menu.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Explore and adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.

Princess Diana Memorial walk

Daily
Hyde Park
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The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk takes visitors through four of the most beautiful parks in the world, including Hyde Park and Kensington Palace.

Kensington Gardens

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Tree-lined avenues and flower beds provide a stunning back drop to Kensington Palace.

London's secret gardens

A suggested route where you can enjoy a ride through some of London's hidden gardens and get a glimpse of some of the Parks including Hyde Park along your way.

Hop on a Santander bike

Why not hop on a Santander bike and explore South Kensington - take a ride through the Parks, pass Kensington Palace, around the Serpentine and arrive at the Museums.

Discovering Britain: Albertopolis Walk

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Take a self-guided tour and explore how London’s quarter for the arts and sciences was created. Discover more about it's great institutions and magnificent buildings.

Queen Carolines Temple

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Explore Queen Caroline's Temple which is a classical style summer house overlooking the Long Water, east of Lancaster Walk, Hyde Park.

Princess Diana Memorial fountain

Daily
Hyde Park
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A unique fountain memorial to Princess Diana designed to reflect her spirit of life and love of children.

Free

The Italian Gardens

Kensington Gardens
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The Italian Gardens is a 150-year-old ornamental water garden located on the north side of Kensington Gardens near Lancaster Gate. It is believed to have been created as a gift from Prince Albert to his beloved Queen Victoria.