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.

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.

Gilbert Collection Resident: Silvia Weidenbach

3rd May, 19th May, 31st May, 30th June
V&A
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Visit the studio of the first Gilbert Collection Resident to find out more about her artistic practice as a jeweller fusing historical techniques with 3D printing and learn about her plans to make a 21st century treasure chest inspired by the snuffboxes in the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection.

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.

Lecture Series: Perspectives on the Music of Karol Szymanowski

12 June
7.30pm
Ognisko Polskie
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An evening lecture / recital on acclaimed Polish composer Karol Szymanowski. The talk will be in English followed by a wine reception.

Lubna Chowdhary: V&A Ceramics Resident

17th & 20th May, 21st & 24th June
1-4pm
V&A
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Visit the V&A's ceramic resident Lubna Chowdhary in her studio in the ceramic galleries. Find out more about her practice, ranging from architectural to sculptural ceramics.

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.

A tribute to Maria Callas

27th June
7pm
Ognisko Polskie
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On the 40th anniversary of her death the author and journalist Helena Matheopoulos will be giving a talk in tribute to Maria Callas. She will provide insight into her revolutionary career and unique soul.

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.

Planet Earth II Revealed

5th July
7-1opm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Key members of the team behind the landmark BAFTA award-winning BBC series take us behind the scenes of Planet Earth II to discover worlds of surprising opportunity – with animal life thriving in seemingly hostile environments.

Discovering People: John Sergeant

11th July
7-8.15pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Join a conversation with the journalist, broadcaster, political author and former Strictly contestant as he discusses his distinguished career and reveals a passion for India's railways and Britain's canals. John Sergeant will be interviewed by Libby Purves.

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.

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.

Selling Freedom

13th June
6.15-7.30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join the Design Museum for an evening panel discussion to explore how Californian design has created, and undermined, the pursuit of freedom

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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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.

Goethe at Lux Resident Artist - Liz Rosenfeld

1st May - 31st July
Goethe-Institut
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Liz Rosenfeld is the first artist in residence for the newly established Goethe at LUX Residency. She is a Berlin based artist utilizing disciplines of film, video and live performance, to convey a sense of past and future histories.