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.

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Evening Classes at Imperial

Oct 2016-Mar 2017
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.

Discovering People: Shappi Khorsandi

1st March
7pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Comedian, broadcaster and author Shappi Khorsandi will be exploring how geography has influenced her life and shaped her thoughts in this in-depth conversation with BBC journalist Martine Croxall.

Free

Bethan Lloyd Worthington - V&A Ceramics Resident Bethan Lloyd Worthington - V&A Ceramics Resident

15th Feb, 4th Mar, 15th Mar
1-4pm
V&A
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Visit Bethan in her studio on Level 6 to find out more about her practice, her residency plans and her research on the ways that ceramics have dealt with landscape, nature and place.

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.

An evening with Paul Smith

8th March
5.45-7.30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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How can you find inspiration in everything? Fashion designer and businessman Paul Smith talks about the inspirations and obsessions that have driven his forty year career. After the talk Paul Smith will host a book signing.

Robot Surgery Live!

10th March
7-8.30pm
Science Museum
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Is robot-assisted surgery the way forward? This event represents a unique opportunity to witness first-hand a simulated operation performed by a surgical robot, the da Vinci Surgical System. Professor Kneebone will talk the audience through the operation as it is performed – on a surgical mannequin.

Conrad Shawcross

17th March
7pm
V&A
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Sculptor Conrad Shawcross is known for his intricate, mechanical, often large-scale works, drawing inspiration from a mix of philosophy, history and science. Join the artist for a discussion of his latest works.

Music & Ideas: Maria Callas, a Musical Friendship

16th March
5.15pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM alumnus Robert Sutherland shares his experience of coaching and accompanying Maria Callas on her final worldwide concert tour.

The Sunday Sketch

3rd Sunday of every month
2-3pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Each month there is an expert illustrator on hand to lead you through a range of drawing activities in the Design Museum, from architectural drawing to studies of objects in the collection. All abilities welcome.

Summer of Love

1st May - 5th July
Royal Albert Hall
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In this series of talks, screenings and performances, the Royal Albert Hall celebrate the iconic artists and creative minds so strongly linked with the building’s history, who together pushed pop culture to its limits.

Guardian Live: A Robots World? Panel discussion

30th June
7-8.30pm
Science Museum
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This panel talk brings together leading thinkers in robotics, economics and politics to look at the influence of robots, artificial intelligence and increasing levels of automation on jobs, industry and the economy.

The Royal Society: When will Robots Outsmart us? Panel discussion

30th June
7-8.30pm
Science Museum
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This panel discussion will explore the future possibilities for intelligent robots and discover what they will do, how we will use them, and how they might use us.

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.

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.