Tours and Talks

Enjoy a talk, join a debate, take yourself on a tour,  or book into one of the guided tours in South Kensington.

London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails: Creative Quarter

Get out and about this summer with the Mayor’s new London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails which includes the 'Creative Quarter' in South Kensington. Taking you on a circular trail starting at the V&A, up Exhibition Road and through the Royal Parks.

London Design Festival

16th-24th Sept
V&A
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As the festival hub, the V&A will house a broad range of specially-commissioned installations and displays around the Museum by some of the world’s most exciting designers, as well as a huge programme of events including talks, tours and workshops.

Brunchtime Lecture: Victoria & Abdul

23rd Sept
11-12.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Hear about the inspiration behind author Shrabani Basu's book Victoria & Abdul which is now a film starring Judi Dench (released 8th September). What truths informed her story and what can it tell us about Queen Victoria's relationships and influence on and by India.

The Future of Health

23rd Sept
2-5.30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join the Design Museum to explore how smart technology is transforming healthcare and our relationship to the human body, in partnership with Imperial College London.

Anne Boleyn's Music Book

24th Sept
2pm
Royal College of Music
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The Anne Boleyn Music Book is one of the most significant books of Renaissance music in Britain and one of the RCM’s greatest treasures. Join short talks by experts and a performance of excerpts of the manuscript music by Alamire ensemble.

Józef Rotblat: Keeper of the Scientist’s Conscience

25th Sep
7.30pm
Ognisko Polskie
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The Lecture Series continues this September with Prof. John Finney speaking on Polish scientist and Nobel Prize laureate - Joseph Rotblat. The talk will be in English followed by a Q&A and a wine reception.

Ognisko Book Club

26th Sep
6.30pm
Ognisko Polskie
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Ognisko Book Club meets monthly in the second-floor Members’ room to discuss both Polish (in translation) and contemporary international fiction and non-fiction titles. Run in collaboration with South Kensington Books, meetings are free of charge and tea & coffee will be served.

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.

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Evening Classes at Imperial

Oct 2017-Mar 2018
6-8pm
Imperial College London
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Sign up for a course at Imperial where a wide variety languages are offered at different levels as well as an expanding range of Arts, Humanities and Science courses.

Guests, Ghosts, Hosts: With Manthia Diawara, Alexander Kluge, Sarah Morris and Richard Sennett

6th Oct
7-10pm
Serpentine Galleries
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As a prelude to the 2017 Marathon, filmmaker and theorist Manthia Diawara and artist Sarah Morris discuss their recent films with filmmaker and author Alexander Kluge and professor and author Richard Sennett in a conversation moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Serpentine Marathon 2017: Guest, Ghost, Host: Machine!

7th Oct
10am - 10pm
Serpentine Galleries
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The 2017 Marathon brings together artists, scientists, engineers, poets, AI developers, sociologists, philosophers, filmmakers, writers, anthropologists, occultists and musicians to consider the impact of artificial intelligence and its relationship to human development on planet earth. Hosted at City Hall

Free

Imperial Fringe: Space Odeyssy

10th Oct
5-8pm
Imperial College London
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A Space Odyssey is the latest in Imperial College’s Fringe series of public evening events exploring science at its most engaging and fun. Celebrate the finale of Cassini's mission to Saturn with a journey through ‘out of this world’ science at Imperial

Exhibition Road Engineering Resident: Julian Melchiorri

Various dates between Oct-Mar '18
V&A
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Visit the first engineer in residence in his studio to find out more about his ground-breaking research in the field of bio-engineering and his residency at the Museum tied to the Engineering Season and the Exhibition Road Building Project.

Queen Victoria on TV

9th Dec
11-12.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Discover the secrets behind the popular ITV series, Victoria with series Production Designer, Michael Howell as he discusses bringing these royal stories to our screens with Historic Royal Palaces' Senior Curator, Deirdre Murphy.

Walking Tour - Christmas with Victoria and Albert

9th Dec
10.30-12pm
Kensington Gardens
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As the year’s shortest day approaches, join a stroll in Kensington Gardens to discover how Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert introduced many of the traditions we recognise today. Age 8+

Tour of the Great Exhibition

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Navigate through a virtual Crystal Palace and experience Prince Albert's great achievement and see what captured the hearts of the Victorian world.

Kensington Palace Talks and debates

Various
11-12.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Come along to a unique programme of talks and debates to learn more about the intriguing Kensington Palace.

Free

Science Uncovered

29th Sept
6-9.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Part of European Researchers' Night, this annual festival of science is free and offers you the chance to chat to scientists and uncover cutting-edge research. See hundreds of behind-the-scenes specimens and take part in talks, tours and special events linked to marine science.

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.

Royal Albert Hall Tours

Most days of the year
Royal Albert Hall
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Guided tours offer the inside story of the Royal Albert Hall, taking you on a fascinating journey through its unique history, incredible architecture and legendary performances.

V&A Free tours & talks

Daily
V&A
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Get closer to the Museum and its incredible collections with our wide range of free or paid-for bespoke tours.

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.

Behind the Scenes spirit tour

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Join expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.

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Dinosaur Trail

Natural History Museum
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Are you big on museums, but short on time? NHM's knowledgeable visitor assistants have designed just the dinosaurs tour for you. It will introduce you to some of the Museum's most famous and imposing specimens. One hour

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Free

Explorer Trail

Daily
Design Museum Kensington
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The trail will include creative looking, thinking and drawing activities as you explore the museum and exhibitions. The trail asks the user to consider what it's like to be a designer, maker and user of some of the wonderful objects in the collection. Takes 30 - 40 minutes.

V&A Secret Seekers

V&A Secret Seekers is a new mobile game for families, launched to coincide with the opening of the V&A's Exhibition Road Quarter. Let eight characters from the V&A's history guide you on an exciting treasure hunt to uncover some of the secrets of the Museum.