Itineraries for exploring South Kensington

May Half Term in South Kensington

Natural History Museum

Come to the Museum and see hundreds of live butterflies, meet a T-rex in the dinosaur gallery, unleash your inner scientist at Investigate or feel the ground shatter beneath your feet in an earthquake simulator

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 5BD

Sensational Butterflies

Follow the trail through a jungle habitat in the heart of London as hundreds of live butterflies and moths fly around you in a tropical butterfly house. Kids and families can find out fascinating butterfly facts and learn more about their behavior and diversity. Open from March to September.

Hinze Hall

Cromwell Road Entrance

No visit is complete to the Museum without a trip to the magnificent Hinze Hall, the gateway to the galleries and collections. Walk beneath the largest animal on Earth, a 25m skeleton of a blue whale suspended in the air, and explore dozens of other exhibits representing 4.5 billion years of natural history.

Come face-to-face with a T.rex

Blue Zone, Ground Floor

The Museum's dinosaurs are world-famous. Meet the roaring T. rex, see the skull of a Triceratops and wander among fossils in the Dinosaurs gallery. Find out more about these ancient creatures by downloading a dinosaur trail via free app which will introduce you to some of the famous specimens.

Family Festival: Operation Earth

Orange Zone

Join us this half term for a festival of environmental science-themed, family-friendly fun. The festival is on from Tue 29th to Thurs 31th May. Make your way around the Orange Zone and drop-in on games, shows and events that inspire and entertain. Kids can dress up as pollinators, get hands-on with real ocean specimens or become wildlife detectives. 

Investigate

Green Zone

Drop into Investigate, a science centre where children and adults can get hands-on with the Museum's collection. Designed especially for families with children aged 5-14, Investigate has over 300 specimens to explore and spark your curiosity. You'll discover remarkable objects ranging from trays of fossils and beetles to larger bones, skins, minerals and much more. 11-5pm

Earthquake Simulator

Red Zone

Head up to Volcanoes & Earthquakes via the escalator at the Exhibition Road entrance. Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live in. Don't miss the chance to feel the ground shatter beneath your feet in the earthquake simulator!

Wildlife Garden

Orange Zone

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. More than 3,130 species have been identified in the garden since it opened in 1995. Open 10-5pm.

V&A

At the V&A families can enjoy free activities and events every day and during the school holidays there are additional events to inspire families and to get involved.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 2RL

The Imagination Station

The John Madejski Garden

Join the Museum for making and performance activities this May half-term, inspired by The Future Starts Here exhibition. Imagination Station runs from Mon-Fri 10.30-5pm over the holidays and invites you to design solutions for the challenges we will face in years to come.

Pop-Up Performance

The John Madejski Garden

Time travel to the future by taking part in a free, energetic sound and dance performances directed by Scanners Inc. and performed by House of Absolute. 'Stardust' is a promenade performance with level access, that moves from the John Madejski Garden to the Sackler Courtyard and will last approximately 40 minutes. Mon-Fri, 11-3.45pm

Weekends at the V&A for Families

Over the half-term weekends, join the V&A for a number of special free family weekend events including interactive storytelling adventures in the Theatre & Performance Galleries (26th May), Drop-in Design and use your problem-solving skills to build a collaborative lightweight structure (27th May/3rd June) or take part in workshops designed and led by artists and families from the Door to Design project (26th May)

Grab a BackPack

Sackler Centre Reception

A great way to explore the Museum is to grab a backpack (recommended for 5-12 year olds) and discover curious ceramic objects, architectural inventions and incredible interiors. For under 5s, go on an adventure to find animals, explore sounds and textures on level 1 with the Agent Animal bag.

V&A Cafes

Take a break in one of the V&A's cafés. With three to choose from, including the new Courtyard café, let the kids play while you take a break in the outdoor Garden Cafe or sit back and enjoy one of the three beautifully designed period rooms. You could even book a Victorian Afternoon Tea if you're visiting on a Sunday!

Science Museum

The Science Museum is packed with around 15,000 objects on display including the original Apollo 10 command module and Stephenson's Rocket. This half-term there will be a busy programme of fun, free, family events.

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

IMAX

Level 0

Take a trip into space at the Museum's IMAX theatre and experience one of six 3D films on one of the biggest screens in the UK. In A Beautiful Planet 3D meet the International Space Station crew members as you witness humanity's impact on the natural world and develop a deeper connection to the place we call home. Screenings last 45 mins and run throughout the day. Tickets required.

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

Level 3

Come and think like a scientist at Wonderlab. Fuel your imagination and get hands on with real scientific phenomena. Order live experiments at the Chemistry Bar, see lightning strike before your eyes and play with forces on giant slides. With over 50 mind-blowing exhibits, shows and demonstrations to enjoy, Wonderlab is an experience unlike any other. Tickets required.

Shake Bar

Level 3

If you have visited Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery, try treating the kids to a visit to the Shake Bar where you can indulge in delicious made-to-order ice cream milkshakes or design your own ice cream tubs.

Pattern Pod

Level 0

Pattern Pod is an amazing free multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. In Pattern Pod, children can explore water ripples without getting their feet wet, create symmetrical images on touch screens, follow robot trails and much more. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns—or create entirely new ones of their own.

Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall hosts more than 390 events a year and there will be some amazing events for families all through half-term which will take on a space theme as part of the Festival of Science: Space.

Kensington Gore, , London SW7 2AP

May Half Term Events

Discover a wide range of events to bring the family to during May half-term - from music, to family shows, to story telling or watch the Moomins and the Comet on a big screen accompanied by a live score!

Festival of Science: Space

As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s inaugural Festival of Science, explore Space through a series of concerts, talks, screenings and comedy events for space and sci-fi fans young and old. Join Albert Einstein for a lecture like  never seen before, science based family shows, a musical journey to space or join an Orchestra of Adventures.

Take a Tour of the Hall

Join a guided tour to find out the inside story of the Royal Albert Hall, taking you on a fascinating journey through its unique history, incredible architecture and legendary performances. Take a peak at the stunning auditorium and the Queen's box. Children welcome.

Take a break in the cafe

Did you know you can grab a coffee in the Hall's cafe even if you don't have tickets for a show? The Café Bar is open to all seven days a week, serving a wide range of muffins, delicate pastries, tempting cakes, healthy salads and hearty sandwiches. Look out for the Sir Peter Blake mural - a montage of over 400 famous faces who have performed at the Hall.

Museums in a Day

Natural History Museum

The Museum is home to the nation's finest collection of natural history specimens including 80 million specimens spanning 4.5 billion years, from the formation of the solar system to the present day.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 5BD

The Cadogan Gallery

Green Zone

If you want to see the absolute best the Natural History Museum has to offer, your first stop shold be The Cadogan Gallery. This single room contains some of the most wondrous historic treasures in the NHM. See some of the specimens that helped Charles Darwin to develop his theory of evolution, and a piece of the moon that was brought back from the Apollo missions.

Walk Beneath the largest animal on Earth

Hinze Hall, Green Zone

Hintze Hall is the gateway to our collections and galleries.Inside it, you can wander among meteorites, mammals, fish, birds, minerals, plants and insects, and hear stories about the people whose work and ideas have shaped the Museum. But most of all, stand in awe below the 25-metre skeleton of Hope, the Blue Whale, suspended in a dramatic dive.

Minerals and The Vaults

Green Zone

Feast your eyes on the Museum’s world-leading collection of minerals and gems on display in The Vault, including the amazing 9,381-carat Ostro stone - the largest topaz of its kind. Other highlights include a giant emerald from Zambia known as Medusa, and Tissint – a Martian meteorite that landed in Morocco in 2011

A path through pre-history

Blue Zone

The Museum houses a spectacular array of dinosaur fossils and the Dinosaurs exhibit is an absolute must-see. See dinosaurs from all over globe and come face to a face with a massive animatronic T-Rex! Explore the different time periods dinosaurs lived, sort the facts from the myths about why they died out and find out what our scientific research has taught us about these prehistoric giants.

Do do the Dodos

Green Zone

Head back down the main staircase and take the hall to the left. At the end of the corridor, you'll find the Birds display to the left. The Natural History Museum has an incredible collection of animal specimens, some of which are over 200 years old. Top picks are the dodo specimen and the incredible hummingbird display cabinet.

Feel the Earth move

Red Zone

Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games and the famous earthquake simulator, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live in the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery

Take a trip through Human Evolution

Human Evolution, Red Zone

As you head out to Exhibition Road take a trip through Human Evolution with specimens spanning over seven million years. See the first adult female Neanderthal cranium ever discovered, life-size Neanderthal and early Homo sapiens models and the 3.5-million-year-old Laetoli canine, the oldest hominin fossil in the Museum's collection.

V&A

The V&A is the world's leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects that span 5,000 years of human creativity.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 2RL

Exhibition Road Entrance

Enter the V&A via the stunning new Exhibition Road entrance. The new Exhibition Road entrance, courtyard and basement gallery are the largest architectural project undertaken by the Museum in over 100 years. Designed by  Amanda Levete and her practice AL_A, this new Quarter showcases the best of contemporary design, as well as celebrating the beauty of the V&A’s existing building.

V&A cafe

Ground Floor

There are three spectacular dining rooms to choose from - the Gamble, Poynter and Morris Rooms - each has its own unique and historic decor. Henry Cole commissioned contemporary artists and designers to decorate the rooms in the latest style and materials. The Poynter Room was for second class dining and was cheaper than the other two Refreshment Rooms.

Ceramic Staircase

Level 0

Take the Ceramic Staircase at the end of the hall up to Level 6.This is one of the most elaborately decorated parts of the V&A. Completed in 1869, it was the principal route from the original main entrance leading up to the Ceramics galleries and schools of art and science.The decoration was designed by a Museum staff member, Francis Mood, with his students in the art school there.

Ceramics Galleries

Level 6

At over 200 metres long, the V&A's eleven galleries dedicated to ceramics run the full length of the Museum. The central room, The McAulay Gallery, offers soaring views in the Museum. Explore the story of ceramic design and making, wander through densely displayed galleries showing as much of their collection as possible and delve into the room devoted to architectural ceramics. 

The Silver Galleries

Level 3

Head back down to the rooms 65-70, full of beautiful silver. The Silver collection is now displayed in was the Museum’s original Ceramic galleries. Silver objects range from a third-century Roman ointment pot, to a sixteenth-century Mexican perfume burner, to a table centrepiece created in 2012 by Miriam Hanid.

The Jewellery Gallery

Level 3

After the silver galleries, visit the V&A's incredible jewellery collections. Dating back more than 2000 years, there are over 3,000 jewels telling the story of jewellery in Europe from Ancient Greece to the present day. From medieval love rings and pendants given by Elizabeth I to her courtiers to jewels by Cartier to animals by Fabergé and to modern day contemporary makers. 

The Cast Courts

Level 1

The Cast Courts were purpose-built in 1873 for the Museum's collection of copies of art and architecture. At a time when most people could not afford to travel abroad to see important works, it was common for museums to supplement their collections with replicas in plaster. One the cast of Michelangelo's David , is one of the most impressive to survive.

The Fashion Galleries

Level 1

Spanning five centuries, the Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dress in the world. Key items in the collection include rare 17th century gowns, 18th century ‘mantua’ dresses, 1930s eveningwear, 1960s daywear and post-war couture. The collection also includes a wide range of accessories from across the world, including footwear and hats.

Medieval & Renaissance

Level 1

The Medieval collections tell the story of early European art and culture from the decline of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Renaissance (300 – c.1500). The collection brings together treasures of sacred and secular art from around Europe. Highlights include an early 12th-century ewer in the form of a griffin, and a rare English iron helmet, that may have seen action in the Wars of the Roses.

Europe 1600 - 1850

Level 0

In Europe 1600 – 1815 over 1100 objects from the V&A’s collections of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design are displayed in a suite of seven galleries. The collection comprises some of the most magnificent works held by the V&A, from an elaborate writing cabinet probably my Michael Kimmel to French Court Suits and an intricate fan with the Triumph of Harlequin.

Science Museum

The Science Museum is world renowned for its remarkable galleries and inspirational exhibitions with around 15,000 objects on display including the original Apollo 10 command module and Stephenson's Rocket. 

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Exploring Space

Level 0

Directly after the Energy Hall is arguably one of the most exciting exhibitions in the museum - the Exploring Space gallery. With rockets, satellites, and a life-size model of the spacecraft that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, this exhibition takes you right out there into the depths of space. Then discover how we are able to live in space—to breathe, eat, drink and go to the toilet.

Making the Modern World

Ground Floor

This gallery presents some of the Museum’s most remarkable objects. Come face-to-face with the Apollo 10 command module, Stephenson’s Rocket, Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 1 and the first Apple computer. You’ll also find thought-provoking objects such as penicillin from Fleming’s laboratory, a porcelain bowl salvaged from Hiroshima and a clock that will tell the time for the next 10,000 years.

Information Age

Level 2

Visit Information Age to find out how our lives have been transformed by information and communication technologies over the last 200 years. Discover how wireless technology saved many lives on the Titanic and spread news of the disaster to the world within hours. You can also hear the personal stories of the operators who worked on the Enfield Telephone Exchange, the last manual telephone switchboard.

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

Level 2

The stunning gallery, designed by world-renowned Zaha Hadid Architects, spans 400 years of human ingenuity, bringing mathematics to life through everyday stories, designs and architecture. Highlights include an Enigma cypher machine from 1934, one of the earliest mechanical calculators and a Handley Page aeroplane.

Space Decent VR with Tim Peake

Level 3

Up on Level 3, experience the thrill of being an astronaut and embark on a virtual reality mission with Tim Peake as your guide! Retrace the 400 km high-speed journey back to Earth from the International Space Station with a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule. But make sure you book ahead! (Suitable for ages 13+) 

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

Level 3

Ignite your curiosity and discover the beauty of the science and mathematics that shape our everyday lives in this interactive gallery. With over 50 mind-blowing science marvels to enjoy, try ordering live experiments at the Chemistry Bar, see lightning strike, play with forces on giant slides or travel through space under a canopy of stars.

Design Museum Kensington

The Design Museum's move to Kensington creates the world's leading museum devoted to architecture and design, encompassing all elements of design including fashion, product and graphic design.

Kensington High Street, , London W8 6NQ

The Design Museum

The Design Museum recently moved to Kensington and tripled the museum’s size. The museum now houses two temporary exhibition galleries housed in a landmark grade II* listed modernist building from the 1960s. From the beautiful oak-lined atrium, the striking and iconic hyperbolic paraboloid roof, the concrete roof, stunning galleries, sweeping oak staircase creates a new global hub for contemporary design.

Designer Maker User

Designer Maker User is an introduction to the history of contemporary design through three interconnected roles - the Designer, the User and the Maker. The exhibition covers a broad range of design disciplines, from architecture and engineering, to the digital world, fashion and graphics. A highlight is the Crowdsourced Wall consists of more than 200 nominated objects from 25 countries, the wall displays a diverse selection that demonstrates the intimate relationships that we have with the everyday objects that shape our lives.

A Royal Day Out in South Kensington

Kensington Palace

As one of central London’s royal residences, Kensington Palace has been a home to the royal family since the 17th century. It is one of London’s most exquisite palaces and comes with acres of manicured gardens.

Kensington Gardens, , London W8 4PX

Kensington Palace

While you’re there, take a tour of Kensington Palace - Queen Victoria was born here and lived here until 1837. Experience life as an 18th-century royal courtier whilst making your way through the magnificent King's and Queen's State Apartments adorned with remarkable paintings from the Royal Collection. There are a range of exhibitions to explore including the Queen’s rooms and the elaborate King’s staircase

Kensington Gardens

The Gardens are home to Kensington Palace, the peaceful Italian Gardens, Peter Pan statue, the stunning Albert Memorial and the Serpentine Gallery. Queen Victoria was born in Kensington Palace and lived there until she became queen in 1837

Kensington Gardens, , London W2 2UH

The Italian Gardens

Created in the 1860s, you can find this ornamental water garden on the north side of park, near Lancaster Gate. The gardens are believed to have been a gift from Prince Albert to his beloved Queen Victoria. They are now recognised as being a site of particular importance and are Grade II listed by Historic England.The layout of the Italian Gardens can be traced to Osborne House on The Isle of Wightwhere the royal family spent its holidays. Look out for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's initials on one of the walls of the Pump House, at the north of the gardens. 

The Albert Memorial

Head back to Kensington Gardens and admire the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens - it is one of London's most ornate monuments. It commemorates the death of Prince Albert in 1861 of typhoid. The memorial shows Prince Albert holding the catalogue of the Great Exhibition, held in Hyde Park in 1851, which he inspired and helped to organise. Marble figures representing Europe, Asia, Africa and America stand at each corner of the memorial, and higher up are further figures representing manufacture, commerce, agriculture and engineering. 

Hyde Park

London's Hyde Park covers 142 hectares (350 acres) with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens. The park was established by Henry VIII in 1536 when he took the land from Westminster Abbey to use as a hunting ground.

Hyde Park, , London W2 2UH

The Diana Memorial Fountain

Take a leisurely stroll through Kensington Gardens towards the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park. Take a walk around the fountain, which was built in 2004 as a memorial to Princess Diana. The fountain contains 545 pieces of Cornish granite - each shaped by the latest computer-controlled machinery and pieced together using traditional skills.

The design aims to reflect Diana's life, water flows from the highest point in two directions as it cascades, swirls and bubbles before meeting in a calm pool at the bottom.

The Great Exhibition 1851

On your route through the Park, you will pass the site of The Great Exhibition in 1851 which was the first international exhibition of manufactured products. It was organised by Henry Cole and Prince Albert, and held in a purpose-built Crystal Palace in Hyde Park with over 6 million visitors. Many of the objects in the Exhibition were used as the first collection for the South Kensington Museum which opened in 1857 and later became the Victoria and Albert Museum. The extraordinary legacy enabled a unique cultural estate to be created which became known as Albertopolis.

Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall is one of the world’s most famous stages. Opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, the hall hosts more than 390 events a year, including classical music, jazz, circus, rock, pop, opera, dance, comedy & tennis.

Kensington Gore, , London SW7 2AP

Take a tour around the Royal Albert Hall

Directly across from the memorial is the equally impressive Royal Albert Hall. Grab some lunch in the RAH Café Bar before taking a guided tour of the hall. Tours can be pre-booked from the Royal Albert Hall website. The Hall was originally supposed to have been called the Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, but the name was changed to the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences by Queen Victoria upon laying the Hall's foundation stone in 1867, in memory of her husband, Prince Albert who had died six years earlier.

V&A

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's greatest museum of art and design, representing more than 3,000 years of human creativity, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 2RL

Royal History at the V&A

The Victoria and Albert Museum was founded to educate designers, manufacturers and the public in art and design. Its origins lie in the Great Exhibition of 1851. The Museum was founded in 1852 with the profits of the Great Exhibition and moved to its current home in Exhibition Road in 1857. Formerly known as the South Kensington Museum, it was renamed after Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone in 1899.

Browsing the royal jewels

Jewellery Gallery, Level 3

The V&A has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of jewellery in the world. Over 3,000 jewels tell the story of jewellery in Europe from ancient times to the present day. Royal highlights include jewelled pendants given by Elizabeth I to her courtiers, diamonds worn by Catherine the Great of Russia and a gold pendant representing the restoration of health of George III.

V&A: Europe 1600-1815

Level 0

Downstairs in the Europe 1600 – 1815 galleries over 1100 objects from the V&A’s collections of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design are displayed in a suite of seven galleries. Discover objects made in Europe for some of the period’s most discerning leaders of taste - King Louis XIV, Queen Marie Antoinette and Catherine the Great.

British Portrait Minatures

3rd floor

The V&A holds the national collection of British portrait miniatures, a unique watercolour art form which developed during the reign of Henry VIII and had its heyday in the reign of Queen Victoria before the rise in popularity of photography. The collection contains over 2000 portrait miniatures including James I and Charles I.

Take a break in the V&A cafe

Designed by James Gamble, William Morris and Edward Poynter, the opulently decorated rooms reflect the eclectic tastes of the Victorian era which were opened in 1868. Treat yourself to one of the delicious cakes, scones and a selection of specialty teas. Or if the weather is fine, enjoy the Garden cafe in the courtyard or the new Courtyard Cafe at the Exhibition entrance.

South Kensington for the art lover

Design Museum Kensington

The Design Museum hosts a vast and varying range of exhibitions in contemporary design, including fashion, graphics, architecture and much more

Kensington High Street, , London W8 6NQ

Designer Maker User

Start your day with an introduction to the Design Museum’s collection, looking at the development of modern design through these three interconnected roles - Designer, Maker, and User.

Food and Drinks

Stop in at the Parabola for anything from a light brunch, through afternoon tea, to a delicious evening meal. Or if you're looking for something a little more casual, there's also the Coffee Juice counter open all day on the ground floor.

Serpentine Galleries

These two galleries are within Hyde Park and feature seasonal exhibitions plus additional events in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion during summer.

Kensington Gardens, , London W2 3XA

Serpentine Gallery

The Serpentine Gallery situated in Kensington Gardens was established in 1970 and showcases emerging and established contemporary art and architecture. You can also check out the Koenig bookshop, with a wide international stock of titles on modern and contemporary art, photography and architecture.

Serpetine Sackler Gallery

Cross the river from the Serpentine Gallery to see a changing selection of work from a wide variety of artists - and don't miss out on a browse through the Serpentine shop!

Imperial College London

Make your next stop the Blyth Gallery nestled within Imperial College London. This small artist-run space hosts student art and exhibitions from visiting staff. 

South Kensington Campus, , London SW7 2AZ

Blyth Gallery

The Blyth Gallery, curated by Mindy Lee, is an artist-run space for creative exploration of ambitious visual projects, hosting a range of exhibitions throughout the year including Imperial College student and staff shows, exhibitions of postgraduate Fine Art student work and work by visiting professional artists. 

V&A

From architecture to fine art and covering centuries of creativity, the V&A museum has something for everyone’s taste. Grab a map or enjoy getting lost in the halls of artistic and historic treasures.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 2RL

Cafés

Take a break in one of the V&A's cafés whilst you plan your route through the museum. With three to choose from, including the new Courtyard café, there's plenty of options - and you could even book a Victorian Afternoon Tea if you're visiting on a Sunday!

Europe 1600-1815

Have a browse through over 1100 objects from the V&A’s collections of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design, displayed in a suite of seven galleries. The collection comprises some of the most magnificent works held by the V&A and can be found in Rooms 1-7.

Paintings

The V&A Paintings collection includes British and European oil and watercolour paintings as well as over 2,000 miniatures, for which the Museum holds the national collection. Find them in Rooms 81-82 and 87-88a up on the 3rd floor.

Sculpture

With masterpieces by Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin, the National collection includes sculpture from the 4th century to the present, in a vast range of materials, from bronze, marble, terracotta and wood, to alabaster, amber, wax, lapis and shell. Rooms 21-24, 26, 27, 111 and 117.

Science Museum

Take a look at the changing exhibits in the Media Space, drop into the café or look for artistic inspiration amongst the other galleries.

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Media Space

The Science Museum's Media Space is a photography and art gallery located on the second floor of the museum. The space regularly features artistic projects and events which merge science, the arts and other creative pursuits. 

Cafés and restauarants

Time for a snack stop? The Science Museum is home to three cafés for light refreshments, the Deep Blue Diner for something a little more substantial. For something sweeter, don't forget to design your own ice cream milkshake at the Shake Bar.

Natural History Museum

Beyond it's impressive collections of flora and fauna specimens, the Natural History Museum is also home to some impressive works of art.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 5BD

Images of Nature

See how artists and scientists view the natural world in more than 100 images from the Museum's collection in the Images of Nature gallery including historic prints, watercolours and paintings spanning 350 years alongside modern images created by scientists, imaging specialists, photographers and micro-CT scanners.

Treasures

Explore 22 objects spanning 4.5 billion years of the Earth's history. Each exhibit tells a remarkable story and has been chosen for its scientific, historical and cultural importance - enjoy the man-made artworks and be inspired by the natural world.

Café

Finish your day with an afternoon tea in one of the Natural History Museum cafés with selections of sandwiches, pastries and hot drinks, or enjoy a late lunch at the T. Rex Grill.

The Royal Society of Sculptors

The Society has a membership of around 650 professional sculptors and promotes excellence in the art and practice of sculpture. The Society was founded in 1905 and is now based in the beautiful Dora House.

108 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3RA

Exhibitions and Events

The Society have a programme of exhibitions and events which are designed for visitors and participants to experience a diverse range of contemporary work through original exhibitions, artists' talks and creative workshops. Pop in and explore their current exhibition - entry is free. Top tip - on the third Thursday of every month there is a chance to learn a new creative skill.

Science and Technology in South Kensington

Natural History Museum

Since 1881, London's Natural History Museum has been sharing the wonders of nature with visitors, and this is the perfect place to begin your South Kensington science experience. 

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 5BD

Dinosaurs

Start your day with a visit to the Natural History Museum's world-famous dinosaurs. Meet the first T. rex fossil ever found, see the skull of a Triceratops and wander among fossils in the Dinosaurs gallery.

Mammals

Look up and see the NHM's blue whale model, seemingly swimming with the other cetacean skeletons and replicas suspended from the ceiling. On the ground examine extinct mammoths and giant elk and their living relatives, as well as giraffes, hippos and horses.

Birds

Discover an extinct dodo, the historical hummingbird cabinet, and a Victorian avian anatomy display in the Birds gallery. From endangered species to native British breeds and contemporary conservation efforts, explore the wonders of the NHM bird collection.

Earth's Treasury

Discover gemstones, rocks and glow-in-the-dark minerals in the Earth's Treasury gallery. A glittering display includes everything from gold nuggets to Stonehenge rock and kryptonite. Find out how diamonds are formed and cut, and examine royal links to precious stones.

Human Evolution

Meet your ancient relatives, trace the origins and evolution of our species, and explore what makes us human with exhibits including the Gibraltar 1 skull - the first adult Neanderthal skull ever found - and fascinating insights into the cultural practices of early modern humans in Britain.

Café

Take a quick break before you head to your next stop, with a visit to one of the Natural History Museum's Cafés for a snack or to the T. rex Grill for lunch.

Science Museum

Right next door to the NHM is the London Science Museum, home to some of London's best displays celebrating science and its history.

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Exploring Space

From rockets to satellites, probes to landers, this gallery showcases some out-of-this world objects. You’ll be able to see a full-sized replica of Eagle—the lander that took astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin to the Moon in 1969, and even a piece of the moon itself. 

Making the Modern World

This gallery presents some of the Museum’s most remarkable objects. Come face-to-face with the Apollo 10 command module, Stephenson’s Rocket, Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 1, Crick and Watson’s DNA model and the first Apple computer.

Information Age

Enjoy a celebration of more than 200 years of innovation in information and communication technologies in the Information Age gallery. Re-live remarkable moments in history, told through the eyes of those who invented, operated or were affected by the new wave of technology, from the first BBC radio broadcast in 1922 to the dawn of digital TV.

Mathematics Gallery

This bold and thought-provoking gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, examines the fundamental role mathematicians, their tools and ideas have played in building the world we live in. The objects in Mathematics: The Winton Gallery reveal how mathematics connects to every aspect of our lives.

Secret Life of the Home

From pop-up toasters to horse-drawn vacuum cleaners, take a closer look at the development of household appliances. How do CD players, washing machines and toilets work? Interactive exhibits in the gallery will help you find out, and you can play the world’s first home video game 'Pong' too. 

V&A

Throughout the halls of the V&A you can find examples of how art and science cross paths, from engineering and mathematics to the merging of design and technology.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 2RL

The Architecture Rooms

Explore over 1 million drawings by major British architects from the 15th century to the present plus important foreign groups in rooms 127-128a. And don't forget other magnificent large-scale architectural objects around the museum, including the eighteenth-century Norfolk House Music Room, part of the colonnade from the fort at Agra and casts of antique and medieval building details.

Tipu's Tiger

The museum is home to nearly 60,000 objects from South and South-East Asia, showcasing technological developments across many industries and arts. In particular, take a look at the beautiful 'Tipu's Tiger', an 18th century semi-automaton. Rooms 41 and 47b.

Jellyfish Installation

The V&A's glass collection is one of the largest and the most comprehensive in the world, showcasing the development of design and technology in glass-making over 3,500 years. A particular highlight is Steffen Dam's Jellyfish Installation, featuring a series of glass jellyfish 'specimens'. Room 131.

Sketch Chair

The V&A has been collecting furniture and woodwork for over 150 years. This diverse collection is unrivalled for breadth and quality, spanning over six centuries of British and international furniture production, including the Sketch chair - a 3D-printed chair from Finland. Rooms 133-135.

Cafés

Take a break in one of the V&A's cafés to discuss your finds so far. With three to choose from, including the new Courtyard café, there's plenty of options - and you could even book a Victorian Afternoon Tea if you're visiting on a Sunday!

Imperial College London

Nestled deep within the cultural hub is the Imperial College South Kensington campus. Take a tour or visit the university's monthly Fringe festival or annual Imperial Festival.

South Kensington Campus, , London SW7 2AZ

Tour

You can book a student-led tour, running on Wednesdays at 2pm, or make use of the self-guided tour brochure developed by the college. Take a look around the location of many historical scientific discoveries, and exciting ongoing scientific and technological work.

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

The Royal Geographical Society hosts public events plus a series of exhibitions covering geography, exploration, research and art.

1 Kensington Gore, , London SW7 2AR

Exhibitions

The RGS Pavilion is home to a constantly changing programme of displays that include exhibitions created by external organisations, broadly linked to geographical themes and also by selected sponsors of the Society. The Pavilion is open to the public from Monday to Friday, 10am - 5pm unless stated otherwise.

Design Museum Kensington

The Design Museum pays homage to designers and creators who have shaped contemporary society, with science often playing a big part. To get home, take the tube from High Street Kensington station.

Kensington High Street, , London W8 6NQ

Designer Maker User

The museum's Designer Maker User permanent exhibition is a fascinating visit for those interested in science and technology, as you trace the origins of some of the most well-loved and well-used science and tech inventions of contemporary society. 

Exhibitions

With an ever-changing selection of exhibitions and displays, the Design Museum offers insights into a wide variety of technologies and their uses in design, art and the wider world. Take a look at their exhibitions page to see what's currently on offer.

Food and Drink

Finish your day with a meal at the Parabola, or if you're looking for something a little more casual, there's also the Coffee Juice counter open all day on the ground floor.

Day out with the Kids

V&A

The V&A is one of South Kensington's iconic museums, with a huge variety of galleries as well as a changing calendar of exciting temporary exhibitions.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 2RL

Cafés

Start your day in one of the V&A's cafés whilst you plan your route through the museum. With three to choose from, including the new Courtyard café, there's plenty of options.

Family activities

There's plenty on at the V&A for families, including crafts, discovery areas and performances, including those focussed around current special exhibitions. Take a look at their website to find out what's on when you're visiting.

Hands-on exhibits

Look for the hands-on exhibits symbol on the V&A map for lots to do, make, try on and find in many of the galleries.

Trails

Visit the Sackler Centre on the first level to pick up a trail guiding your kids around the museum. Or access the Secret Seekers website on your phone for a treasure hunt guided by characters from the V&A's history.

Backpacks

The V&A's award winning Backpacks are recommended for 5-12 years and are available to borrow from the Sackler Centre on level 1. For under 5s, go on an adventure to find animals, explore sounds and textures on level 1 with the Agent Animal bag.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum has plenty of exhibits that kids can explore, including hands-on activities that look after themselves.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 5BD

Wildlife Garden

Open from the 1st April to early November, the NHM Wildlife Garden is a tranquil haven for plants and animals in the heart of the city, and hosts regular free family events.The garden is home to thousands of British flora and fauna. More than 3,130 species have been identified in the garden since it opened in 1995.

Investigate

Drop in to the NHM's hands-on science centre Investigate, where children and adults can explore animal, plant and geological treasures from the museum's collection. Designed especially for families with children aged 5-14, Investigate has over 300 specimens to explore and spark your curiosity. You'll discover remarkable objects ranging from trays of fossils and beetles to larger bones, skins, minerals and much more. Everything in Investigate can be held or touched, so pick an object to study and unleash your inner scientist.

Spirit Collection tours

Go behind the scenes with the Museum's knowledgable science educators for a look at their fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit. Explore some of the Darwin Centre’s 27 kilometres of shelves and encounter numerous treasures hidden among the 22 million animal specimens housed here. You’ll meet Archie, the 8.62-metre-long giant squid, view specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself and learn more about our cutting-edge research. Suitable for children over 8, and is ticketed.

Dinosaurs

One of the Natural History Museum's most popular exhibitions, you can take a look at the first T. rex fossil ever found, an Iguanadon or real dinosaur eggs.Explore the different time periods dinosaurs lived, sort the facts from the myths about why they died out and find out what our scientific research has taught us about these prehistoric giants.

Science Museum

The Science Museum has activities for every occasion, or if you're looking for something a little laid back, the museum has you covered too.

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

The Garden

Down in the basement of the museum, you'll find an exciting interactive space, created especially for children aged 3–6 and their parents and carers. It's an ideal place to discover science through play, exploring construction, water, light and sound.

Wonderlab

Open daily on level 3, the Wonderlab has over 50 mind-blowing exhibits, shows and demonstrations to enjoy with loads of opportunity to get hands on with scientific phenomena. The gallery reveals the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives Tickets required.

Energy

Thought-provoking and interactive, this gallery is a great place for children aged 7–14 and their families to explore how energy powers every aspect of their lives. From giant spinning drums to dance-floor footpads, come to this exciting hands-on gallery to discover more about energy.

Pattern Pod

An amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old, the Pattern Pod is full of interactive exhibits encouraging them to recognise and copy patterns—or create entirely new ones of their own.

IMAX

If you want to give your feet a break, sit down and enjoy a film in the Science Museum's IMAX theatre - one of the largest screens in the UK.

Hyde Park

Enjoy a picnic in the sunshine in Hyde Park, take a trip across the boating lake, or have a look at the park's range of children's outdoor activities.

Hyde Park, , London W2 2UH

Boating

Enjoy Hyde Park from a different angle, with a trip out on the Serpentine. Take the UK's first Solarshuttle, gliding across the lake and powered by the sun, or hire out a rowing or pedal boat.

Diana Memorial Playground

Inspired by the story of Peter Pan, kids can enjoy a sensory trail, teepees, a beach around the pirate ship and various toys and play sculptures; all set against a lush backdrop of trees and plants. There's plenty of seating so the grownups can relax too.

Diana Memorial Fountain

On warmer days, take a picnic and sit by this unique memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales while the family enjoy dipping their toes in the cool water.

Outdoor activities

Head to The LookOut in Hyde Park for a range of children's activities with Discovery Days every Wed and Thurs during school holidays, occasional Nature Explorer holiday sessions and walking tours to enjoy as a family.

Serpentine Bar and Kitchen

If you haven't brought your picnic (or if the weather's not quite what you wanted!) head to the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen for lunch. With a wide menu, including a good kids' selection, it's a great place to stop for a snack.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace has free entry for children with a range of activities to keep them occupied, and is surrounded by beautiful gardens which make it a perfect outdoor destination. 

Kensington Gardens, , London W8 4PX

Family Trails

Head to the trail stand in the White Court for a fun family trail aimed at children aged 5-11 and explore the fascinating stories of Kensington Palace. 

Digital Missions

Download the free "Time Explorers" app and go on an interactive adventure at Kensington Palace. Meet a character from history, explore all around you, do challenges and win a badge!

Tiny Explorers

Explore and play together at Kensington Palace through music, movement, messy play and more, as you and your little one are transported into a magical world of stories. Check the website for session dates.

Storytastic Sundays

Explore the palace with activity bags from the Time Explorers Station, listen to Story Time or take part in a Make History workshop. Check the website for dates and times.

Design Museum Kensington

Finish your day at the Design Museum, situated on High Street Kensington and right next to Holland Park. It's full of fascinating exhibitions, with plenty of activities for kids.

Kensington High Street, , London W8 6NQ

Create and Make

These informal sessions focus on light-touch design and making activities for children aged 5–11, and run as a drop-in on the last Sunday of every month.

Get into Design

Families with children aged 7-11 can enjoy an afternoon of family fun, working together to tinker, test, and play through creative making. Check the website for dates and booking details.

Designer Maker User

Designer Maker User uses the museum’s collection to look at the development of modern design through these three interconnected roles. Find out more about how things are made and experiment with designing things for yourself in this free permanent exhibition.

Food and Drink

Finish your day at the Parabola for anything from a light snack, through afternoon tea, to a delicious evening meal. Or if you're looking for something a little more casual, there's also the Coffee Juice counter open all day on the ground floor.

Kids: Sunshine in South Kensington

Design Museum Kensington

Situated right next to Holland Park on Kensington High Street, the Design Museum is the perfect place to begin your day.

Kensington High Street, , London W8 6NQ

Cafe

Start your day with brunch in one of the museum's cafes, open from 10am - choose from the Parabola Restaurant or the more casual Coffee & Juice Counter.

Designer Maker User

The museum's permanent exhibit, Designer Maker User, is fully of familiar objects kids will love exploring. Find out more about how things are made and experiment with designing things for yourself! The permanent exhibition is free.

Create and Make

On the last Sunday of every month, the Design Museum holds a drop-in activity for families inspired by the museum and the exhibitions. Free, drop-in, these informal sessions focus on light-touch design and making activities for children aged 5–11.

Kensington Palace

Explore beautiful Kensington Palace with lots of fun family activities or relax outside in the palace grounds.

Kensington Gardens, , London W8 4PX

Family Trails

Explore fascinating stories of Kensington Palace aimed at ages 5-11 - head to the trail stand in White Court to get started!

Digital Missions

Download the free 'Time Explorers' app to go on an interactive adventure with a character from history, exploring, and completing challenges.

Storytastic Sundays

Enjoy family activities on the last Sunday of every month, including activity bags for 0-13 year olds, activity trails and digital missions plus storytime for under 7s and Make History workshops for 5-12 years. 

Kensington Gardens

With wonderful scenery and an amazing playground, Kensington Gardens is the perfect place to stop for a picnic in the sunshine.

Kensington Gardens, , London W2 2UH

Italian Gardens

Believed to have been a gift from Prince Albert to Queen Victoria, these gardens are full of statues, ponds and park benches. You can also find the Italian Gardens Cafe close by for a quick snack or leisurely lunch.

Peter Pan Statue

The Peter Pan statue stands down by the Long Water, providing a great place for a picnic with a bit of duck watching at the same time. It's also part of the Talking Statues project so you can arrange a special call-back from Peter Pan.

Diana Memorial Playground

Find a sensory trail, teepees, a beach around the pirate ship and various toys and play sculptures all set against a lush backdrop of trees and plants in this beautiful playground. And there's plenty of seating so the grownups can relax too!

Broadwalk Cafe

Next to the Diana Memorial Playground, the Broadwalk Cafe offers a wide variety of hot food, as well as coffees, cakes and ice cream.

Serpentine Galleries

Take a look at some of the amazing art on show at the Serpentine Galleries, or visit the Serpentine Pavilion, designed new every summer.

Kensington Gardens, , London W2 3XA

Serpentine Galleries

With regularly changing exhibitions and free entry, the Serpentine Galleries are a great place to stop in whilst enjoying your walk through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.

Serpentine Pavilion

Open during the summer months, the Serpentine Pavilion is designed by a different artist each year, and makes for a lovely stop on your route.

Hyde Park

Wander through Hyde Park taking in the sights, head out onto the Serpentine by boat or enjoy family activities in nature.

Hyde Park, , London W2 2UH

Lido Cafe

With stunning views along The Serpentine and a large alfresco dining area, The Lido Café and Bar provides the ideal setting to drink and dine whilst watching the world go by.

Boating

Rent out one of Hyde Park's fleet of pedal and rowing boats, and enjoy the sun from the middle of the Serpentine - open from April to October.

Solarshuttle

This solar-powered boat travels between the south side of the Serpentine to the new Boat House on the northern edge of the lake near the newly-refurbished Dell restaurant, running full-time between June and August.

Diana Memorial Fountain

Have a sit down and splash your feet in this beautiful memorial water feature, a great place to stop for a picnic before carrying on around Hyde Park.

Discovery Days

Taking place on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the school holidays, there's lots of activities suitable for the whole family including nature trails and arts and crafts at the LookOut in Hyde Park on these Discovery Days.

Nature Explorers

Aimed at 8-11 year olds, these days are led by the expert education team and are packed with nature activities based on various themes. Check the website for dates and booking details.

Walking Tours

Covering around 1.5 miles, these guided walks are a perfect way to spend time with your family and see the Royal Parks from a new perspective. 

V&A

There's so much going on inside the museum, but this is also a lovely place to stop for a lunch in one of the cafes or picnic in the garden.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 2RL

Courtyard Cafe

As you head down Exhibition Road, enjoy lunch in the Victoria and Albert's beautiful Courtyard Cafe or go through to the Garden Cafe for snacks, drinks and ice creams. 

Family Activities

There's plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy at the V&A - take a look at their Families site to find out what's on during your visit.

Backpacks

Head to the Sackler Centre (or the Grand Entrance during holidays) to pick up an activity backpack that will guide 5-12 year olds around the museum, or grab an Agent Animal bag for under 5s.

John Madejski Garden

Have a splash in the John Madejski Garden water feature when the weather is hot. You'll find the outdoor café and picnic areas where you can sit and enjoy the sunshine while the kids enjoy the open space.

Natural History Museum

End your day by getting back to nature in the Wildlife Garden or enjoy the wonderful butterfly exhibition at the museum.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 5BD

Wildlife Garden

Open from April to November, the Wildlife Garden is home to thousands of British fauna and flora - a beautiful place to spend a sunny afternoon in nature.

Sensational Butterflies

Follow the trail through a jungle habitat in the heart of London as butterflies fly around you. Kids and families can find out fascinating butterfly facts and learn more about their behaviour and diversity. Open from March to September.

Kids: Rainy days in South Kensington

V&A

With a direct entrance from South Kensington station's underground walkway, the V&A is the perfect place to start a rainy day out.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 2RL

Food and Drink

Start your morning with snacks and drinks at one of the V&A's cafes - there's one in the courtyard as you enter or head through to find the world's first museum cafe.

Back-Packs

Discover curious ceramic objects, architectural inventions and incredible interiors with these award winning Back-Packs for 5-12 years. For under 5s, go on an adventure with the Agent Animal bag.

Trails

You'll find a huge variety of exciting family trails to guide you around the museum, exploring different galleries, levels and themes.

Secret Seekers

Meet a cast of characters, collect gems and reveal the Museum's secrets in this interactive online game.

Fashion

This display is full of beautiful clothes from throughout the ages - wander round to explore history in a wonderfully unique way. Spanning five centuries, the Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dresses in the world.

Jewellery

Dazzle your kids (and yourselves) with this extraordinary collection with over 3,000 jewels telling the story of jewellery in Europe from ancient times to the present day.

Theatre & Performance

Find out about the fascinating past of theatre and performance, including displays on costumes, set design, puppetry, musical theatre and much more.

Natural History Museum

There's so much to do here, with all sorts of amazing and educational exhibitions.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 5BD

Red Zone

Enter the museum from Exhibition Road and you'll find the stunning entrance to the Red Zone in front of you. Discover earthquakes, fossils and volcanoes and, for a comprehensive tour, use this trail.

Mammals

Head to the Blue Zone for this spectacular collection exploring the diversity of mammals including a blue whale model, extinct mammals alongside their living relatives, and insights into dolphins, narwhals and evolution.

Human Biology

Learn how hormones affect your body, how senses influence perception, how our memories function, and how the brain and other organs work together. See giant blood cells, hear a baby in the womb, and test your memory skills in this interactive gallery.

Investigate for Families

Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence Museum scientists use in their work. Check the website for dates and times.

The Vault

Some of nature's most unique and valuable treasures are on display in the Vault gallery. See the world's largest collection of coloured diamonds, discover gems that glow in the dark, and marvel at rare meteorites from out of this world.

Food and Drink

If you fancy stopping for a snack there's plenty of options - tea and cake at The Coffee House, a light lunch at the Central Cafe or The Kitchen or a full meal to warm you up in the T. rex Grill

Science Museum

There's lots of activities perfect for kids of all ages in this exciting museum!

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Exploring Space

From rockets to satellites, probes to landers, this gallery showcases some out-of-this world objects. You’ll be able to see a full-sized replica of Eagle—the lander that took astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin to the Moon in 1969. Then discover how we are able to live in space—to breathe, eat, drink and go to the toilet.

Pattern Pod

Visit Pattern Pod on the ground floor of the Museum—it’s a fun and stimulating place where children can learn through play to develop their science skills. Children can explore water ripples without getting their feet wet, create symmetrical images on touch screens, follow robot trails and much more. 

Food and Drink

Stop to regain your energy at one of the Science Museum's family friendly cafes and restaurants. There's a diner, several cafes, and even the Shake Bar up on level 3, where you can design your own ice cream tub or get a delicious made-to-order milkshake.

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

Fuel your imagination and immerse yourself in a world of wonder at the most spectacular interactive gallery in the world. Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity and fuel your imagination.

The Garden

For children aged 3-6, this fun interactive gallery is a great way to discover science through play. Your kids can explore the main areas—construction, water, light and sound. While playing, they can find out about floating and sinking, shadows and reflections, and much more.

Space Descent VR

The European Space Agency's first British astronaut, Tim Peake, is your guide for an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot's seat of a Soyuz capsule. Book online to make sure everybody gets a go!

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace is a royal wonder for children of all ages, and a great place to while away the hours on a rainy day.

Kensington Gardens, , London W8 4PX

Storytastic Sundays

Enjoy fun family activities on the last Sunday of every month - there's activity bags and trails at the Time Explorers Station, Story Time for under 7s and Make History workshops for 5-12 years, all themed around a different historical theme!

Family Trails

Pick up a family trail from the trail stand in White Court to explore the secrets of Kensington Palace with childen aged 5 to 11 years.

Digital Missions

Download the free 'Time Explorers' app to go on an interactive adventure at Kensington Palace. Meet a character from history, explore all around you, do challenges and win a badge!

Food and Drink

Before you leave the Palace, take a quick stop at one of the cafes - the beautiful Orangery or the Palace Cafe at the front of the building.

Design Museum Kensington

Situated on High Street Kensington, this amazing museum is the perfect place to end your rainy day out.

Kensington High Street, , London W8 6NQ

Designer Maker User

Enjoy the museum's free permanent exhibition, Designer Maker User. An introduction to the museum’s collection, this looks at the development of modern design through these three interconnected roles. Plus find Explorer Kits for ages 5-11 on the Work in Progress table.

Create and Make

Each month the Design Museum holds a Sunday drop-in activity for families inspired by the museum and its exhibitions. These informal sessions focus on light-touch design and making activities for children aged 5–11. Check their website for dates and details.

Get into Design

Check out this variety of workshops for families with children aged 7-11, and for young people aged 12-16. Led by specialist tutors, they include input and inspiration from some of the rising stars in contemporary design. Take a look at the calendar for details.

Food and Drink

Finish your day with a meal at the wonderful Parabola Bar Café Restaurant, or nip down to the ground floor to the Juice Bar for something a little more casual (but still delicious!)

Students in South Kensington

V&A

Start here to take your pick of amazing displays covering a huge number of subjects across history, with free entry.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 2RL

Food and Drink

Start your day with coffee in the V&A's Courtyard Cafe, right at the Exhibition Road entrance and open from 8.30.

Tours

If you fancy taking a more logical route through the miles of galleries than just wandering freely, there are a wide variety of free tours to introduce you to the museum's amazing exhibits, with a general intro tour or some more specialised topical ones.

Asia

The Asia section is huge (take your time with this one!) and incredibly beautiful, ranging across history and telling stories through extraordinary objects from East Asia, South and South-East Asia, and the Middle East. 

Fashion

Next door to the Asia section, Fashion traces clothing through time, explaining how what we wear has always been influenced by the world around us, from politics to colonialism. Spanning five centuries, this is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dress in the world. 

Lates

Join the V&A on the last Friday of every month for a drop-in late event from 6.30-10pm to enjoy an ever-changing, programme of live performances, fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings.

Natural History Museum

Pop over the road to indulge your interest in the natural world at this stunning museum.

Cromwell Road, , London SW7 5BD

Hintze Hall

You'll find the famous skeleton of 'Hope' the blue whale in this stunning entrance hall, Hinze Hall, and it's a great place to start exploring everything on offer in the amazing Natural History Museum.

Trails

If you don't know where to start with the musuem's huge range of collections, check out these suggested routes and take a wander through your favourite section.

Zones

To help you navigate, there's four zones - blue (animals from dinosaurs to humans), green (fossils and minerals), red (human evolution, volcanoes and earthquakes) and orange (the Darwin Centre and Wildlife Garden).

Fossils

Enjoy a traditional museum experience by taking a look at the Fossils collection - see some of the most complete fossils of these prehistoric sea animals, including ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, and learn about the work of pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning.

Sensational Butterflies

If you're visiting during the summer months (March to September), this amazing butterfly exhibition is a fan favourite and features a huge variety of these beautiful insects, ethically sourced from Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Behind-the-scenes Tour

Go behind the scenes with the Museum's knowledgable science educators for a look at the fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit. You’ll encounter numerous treasures hidden among the 22 million animal specimens housed here including Archie, the 8.62-metre-long giant squid.

Lates

Another late night option, these events are free entry on the last Friday of every month (with some paid activities) and allow you to enjoy exhibitions, talks, science demos, food and drinks by night

Science Museum

Next door, you'll find this collection of amazing science exhibitions and interactive displays.

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Who Am I?

Who Am I? invites you to explore the science of who you are through intriguing objects, provocative artworks and hands-on exhibits. Discover what your voice sounds like as a member of the opposite sex, morph your face to see what you’ll look like as you age, or collect DNA to catch a criminal in our brand-new interactive exhibits.

Lates

Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the museum on the last Wednesday of every month. Each month tackles a different theme as well as regular events such as a silent disco, museum highlight tours, hidden gems - items from the museum's collection not normally on display and discounted rates on the simulators. Entry is free.

Atmosphere

Make sense of the climate in this brilliant exhibition - fascinating objects include a real Antarctic ice core, tree rings and scientists' instruments. Come to this gallery to get to grips with the latest climate news and investigate the important issue of climate change.

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

This stunning space, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, is fantastic to sit down and relax for a moment. Whilst it's less interactive, it contains some great pieces, including Florence Nightingale's little-known statistical work, and a wonderfully gruesome collection of glass eyes used in Victorian phrenology. 

Making the Modern World

Chart 250 years of science and technology and discover some of the most iconic items that have shaped our society. The Making the Modern World gallery presents some of the Museum’s most remarkable objects.

Shake Bar

Stop for a quick refreshment before you head back out with delicious made-to-order ice cream milkshakes or design your own ice cream tubs at the Shake Bar on Level 3.

Imperial College London

Nip in to this world-class university to check out the beautiful Queen's Tower and some unexpected art.

South Kensington Campus, , London SW7 2AZ

Queen's Tower

Take in some academic history by sitting in the shade of the beautiful Queen's Tower, all that now remains of the Imperial Institute, which was built to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. 

Blyth Gallery

The Blyth Gallery is an artist-run space for creative exploration of ambitious visual projects, including Imperial College students and staff shows, exhibitions of postgraduate Fine Art student work and work by visiting professional artists.

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

As you head up the road, take a quick look in here to see what events and exhibitions are going on.

1 Kensington Gore, , London SW7 2AR

Exhibitions

This often-missed building contains an exhibition space home to displays that cover a vast range of subjects, often looking at the overlaps of history, science and art, and are brilliantly curated and well worth a visit. You can also book into a Monday afternoon Collections talk given by speakers whose work is closely connected to the Society’s Collections and inspired by travel, exploration, people and places. Open to non members, tickets £5.

Kensington Gardens

View the Albert Memorial and some amazing art with the backdrop of these stunning gardens.

Kensington Gardens, , London W2 2UH

Albert Memorial

Looking across to the Royal Albert Hall, is the Albert Memorial . This is one of London's most ornate monuments and commemorates the death of Prince Albert in 1861 of typhoid. The memorial shows Prince Albert holding the catalogue of the Great Exhibition, held in Hyde Park in 1851, which he inspired and helped to organise. Marble figures representing Europe, Asia, Africa and America stand at each corner of the memorial, and higher up are further figures representing manufacture, commerce, agriculture and engineering. 

Serpentine Galleries

The Serpentine Galleries sit on either side of the Serpentine, and contain a changing variety of fantastic modern art exhibitions and installations. Plus, in the summer, you'll find the Serpentine Pavilion, designed each year by a different architect.

Serpentine Galleries

The Serpentine's two exhibition spaces host seasonal exhibitions programme of eight shows per year, as well as the annual Serpentine Pavilion during the summer months. Entry is free Tue-Sun 10-6pm.

Kensington Gardens, , London W2 3XA

Serpentine Galleries

The Serpentine Galleries situated in Kensington Gardens were established in 1970 and showcases emerging and established contemporary art and architecture. In the summer months the Serpentine Pavilion hosts a series of Park Nights, an annual programme of experimental and interdisciplinary evenings on selected Fridays. Entry to the Serpentine Pavilion and Galleries is free.

Hyde Park

Towards the end of your day with a wander around Hyde Park, enjoying the beautiful surroundings (and maybe a quick drink too!)

Hyde Park, , London W2 2UH

Boating

Hyde Park is lovely to walk through when it's warm, but if you're looking for some alternative activities, there's pedal boats and a solar-powered boat to enjoy the park from a different viewpoint.

Lido Café and Bar

Finish up your evening with a drink whilst looking out over the Serpentine - particularly lovely during the summer months, when the Café and Bar is open until 9pm.

Institut français

Founded in 1910, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni comprises a language centre, a cinema (Ciné Lumière), a multi-media library (La Médiathèque), a children’s library (Bibliothèque Quentin Blake) and a café-restaurant.

17 Queensberry Place, , London SW7 2DT

Ciné Lumière

Hosting a wide array of events from talks, music, films, exhibitions, this is a great place to go at the end of the day. Ciné Lumière screens French, European and World cinema, combining new releases, repertory screenings, previews and exclusive on-stage events attended by directors and actors. If you are 25 or under you can grab a ticket for a fiver!