Some Things to Do This Weekend

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Into the Woods: Trees in Illustration

On until 23rd Jan 2018
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Many children's stories and fairy tales take place in a wood or forest. This display shows a variety of illustrations featuring trees and wooded landscapes, with watercolours by Beatrix Potter alongside drawings by E H Shepard for A A Milne's Pooh stories and his verses in Now We are Six.

Designing the V&A

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Designing the V&A explores through drawings and photographs the history of the V&A's buildings, from the 1850s to the present day. It highlights the architects, artists, designers and engineers who created the Museum.

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The Vaults

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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.

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.

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Numberjump

22nd July - 3rd Sept
11am, 2pm weekdays, 3.30pm weekends
Science Museum
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From aeroplanes to enigmas, find out how mathematics affects our everyday lives by playing the Science Museum's exciting new board game, Numberjump. Compete against your family and friends in a race to the finish line. Age 5+

Science Museum's Shake Bar

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Cool off at the ice-cream and milkshake bar. Indulge your sweet tooth with sundaes and milkshakes or design your own ice cream tubs. Find the Shake Bar right outside Wonderlab.

Drop-in: Design Summer

16th July - 24th Sept
Sundays, 10.30- 5pm
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On Sundays, pick up a design brief and bring your creative ideas to life. Create your own design using a wide range of materials inspired by the Museum’s collection. Recommended for ages 3+

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.

Dunkirk: The IMAX Experience

21st July - 17th Aug
4.30pm, 7.30pm
Science Museum
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From 26 May–4 June 1940 an extraordinary and unprecedented evacuation took place. They couldn’t get home, so home came to them. Experience the intense and breathtaking Dunkirk on one of the biggest screens in the UK.

Family Fun - Last Saturday of the month

Last Sat of the month
10-4pm
Kensington Palace
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Enjoy activities for all the family and discover the stories of Kensington Palace. Time Explorers Station - activity bags for all ages from babies to 13 years & trails. Or Story Time - enjoy a well known story in the comfort of the palace and join in with themed toys. Aimed at 3 - 7 years olds,

BBC Proms Extra

14th July - 9th Sept
Imperial College London
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Proms Extra are fun participatory events, for all ages and musical ability, that happen around the Proms concerts, including free workshops, talks and special events at the Imperial College Union.

BBC Proms for all the Family

14th July - 9th Sept
Royal Albert Hall
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With over 90 concerts taking place during the summer holidays the BBC Proms are the perfect place to introduce your family to the wonderful world of classical music. Take your pick from this selection of Proms guaranteed to appeal to the whole family.

Late Night Proms worth staying up for

14th July - 9th Sept
Royal Albert Hall
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The Late Night Proms are a highlight of the Proms season, showcasing an eclectic array of music that goes beyond classical and blurs the line between different genres. This year, sample one of these 5 alternative music concerts.

What is Promming?

14th July - 9th Sept
Royal Albert Hall
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The practice of ‘Promming’ is an essential part of the Proms, and a unique tradition as old as the concerts themselves. Embrace the experience of queuing for £6 tickets for the evening’s concert and here's a handy guide to Promming and Prom-tiquette!

Story of the Proms

14th July - 9th Sept
2..30pm, 3.45pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Get a unique insight into the history of the BBC Proms and classical music at the Royal Albert Hall on an insightful tour led by a friendly and knowledgeable guide.

Hinze Hall Opening

Now open
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Natural History Museum
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Hinze Hall is now open after a spectacular redevelopment. The space features new specimens and exhibits that reflect the story of evolution, diversity in the world today, and our role in protecting the planet.

Building of the Royal Albert Hall

6th May - 7th Jan 2018
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2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall’s creation. This display, supported by the Royal Albert Hall, explores the fascinating story of the Hall’s design through a variety of historic models, photographs and casts. Gallery 127

BBC Proms

14th July - 9th Sept
Royal Albert Hall
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The BBC Proms returns to the Royal Albert Hall for its 123rd season. From Stravinsky to Sibelius, and from Bach to Brahms, the Proms is a celebration of classical music from around the globe.

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.

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The Art of British Natural History

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This art exhibition celebrates the unique nature on our shores. With over 70,000 documented species, the British Isles have a diverse and distinctive natural history. Admire artworks of some of Britain's most iconic species.

Plywood: Material of the Modern World

15th July - 12th Nov
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Light, strong, affordable and versatile, plywood is the unlikely material behind a surprising array of groundbreaking designs that will be celebrated this world-first exhibition. More than 120 objects will be brought together in an exploration of how the product has helped create the modern world.

The White Garden

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

Another Russia: Post-Soviet Printmaking

on til 15th Aug
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Discover how the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 coincided with a period of creative innovation in Russia. Print has become an important component of recent Russian art practice.

Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions

8th June - 10th Sept
Serpentine Galleries
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The Serpentine presents the work of the acclaimed US filmmaker, cinematographer and artist Arthur Jafa in his first solo UK exhibition. Jafa has developed a multidisciplinary practice ranging from films and installations to lecture-performances.

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

8th June - 10th Sept
Serpentine Galleries
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This summer Grayson Perry, one of the most astute commentators on contemporary society and culture, will present a major exhibition of new work. The works will touch on many themes including popularity and art, masculinity and the current cultural landscape.

Wildlife Garden

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

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The Italian Gardens

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

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Serpentine Pavilion

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

Boating in Hyde Park

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

Valentina Tereshkova

On until 17th Sept
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On 16 June 1963 twenty six year old Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to go into space. Visit the Exploring Space gallery to discover her achievements and ongoing legacy. These are revealed through her personal artefacts, images and film.

Digital Missions

Daily
Kensington Palace
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Download the free Time Explorers app and try our new Digital Mission at Kensington Palace for children and their families.

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Voyages

On until 30th July
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Using innovative methods of photography, Anderson & Low have created a series of beautiful and ethereal images which capture the collection in a new light, reimagining the models as epic voyagers.

Sensational Butterflies

31st March - 17th Sept
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Follow the trail in the tropical butterfly house through a tropical habitat of flowers, vines and foliage. As butterflies fly overhead, you'll pass chomping caterpillars, glistening chrysalises and busy feeding stations.

Robots 3D film

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Robots 3D showcases the latest developments – both successes and failures – of robotics around the world. and failures – of robotics around the world. 39 minute film.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

On until 18th Feb 2018
10am - 5.30pm
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Discover how couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga's exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs shaped the modernity of 1960s fashion and continues to shape fashion today.

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Explorer Trail

Daily
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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.

Dinosaurs

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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.

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Dinosaur Trail

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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

Victorian afternoon tea at the V&A

Every Sunday
3-5pm
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The V&A have recreated Queen Victoria’s afternoon tea. Served in the historic Morris Room, the menu includes sweet & savoury delicacies from the Victorian period such as Mrs Beeton’s cucumber sandwiches, Indian ham sandwiches and fruit sconelets, served with tea of your choice.

Soyuz TMA-19M: Tim Peake's Spacecraft

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The soyuz capsule that brought Tim Peake home is being exhibited at the Science Museum, complete with scorch marks from its re-entry through the atmosphere. Soyuz TMA-19M is the first flown, manned spacecraft in the UK’s national space technology collection.

Space Descent with Tim Peake

From 24th March 2017
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As the European Space Agency's first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station. Using VR technology, get a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule and retrace Tim's 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS.

Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour

28th Jun-24th Sept
Design Museum Kensington
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Drawing on years of research, designer Hella Jongerius presents Breathing Colour; an installation-based exhibition that takes a deeper look at the way colour behaves, exploring shapes, materials, shadows and reflections.

California

24th May - 15th Oct
Design Museum Kensington
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While California’s mid-century modernism is well documented, this is the first exhibition to examine its current global reach. Picking up the story in the 1960s, the exhibition charts the journey from the counterculture to Silicon Valley’s tech culture.

Whales: Beneath the Surface

On until 28th Feb 2018
Natural History Museum
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Dive deeper into the mysterious world of this group of mammals in a new summer family exhibition. Explore the remarkable bodies of the largest creatures to have lived on earth, and how they are much more similar to us than you may think.

Diana: Her Fashion Story

On until 2018
Kensington Palace
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Twenty years on from Diana, Princess of Wales' death, a new exhibition and temporary garden celebrating her life have opened at Kensington Palace, her home for over 15 years.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery & Magazine Restaurant

Serpentine Galleries
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The Serpentine Sackler Gallery & adjoining Magazine Restaurant, opened in 2013, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The Serpentine is now two contemporary art galleries in the heart of the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens in central London.

City of Towers, 2010 (part of the Collection Display)

Design Museum Kensington
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City of Towers is an installation presenting research into a new concept for the design and construction of high-rise buildings. City of Towers explores the concept of the tower through the lens of Parametricism – an architectural style created by the use of 3D software that renders shapes and forms using complex mathematical formulas. These 3D printed studies are sculptural in quality, precise in their creation, and sometimes appear to imitate natural forms.

Robots

On until 3rd Sep 2017
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Robots explores the 500-year story of humanoid robots and the artistic and scientific quest to understand what it means to be human. Featuring over 100 robots, from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research labs.

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

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Mathematics is too often perceived as dry and complex, but this new gallery will tell stories that place the subject at the heart of our lives, exploring how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Opens 13th May 2017
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Experience an unprecedented, innovative and multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd's extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut to the present day.

Photography

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

On til 10th Sept 2017
Natural History Museum
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From intimate portraits to dramatic landscapes, see how photographers' passion for the natural world produces startling images. This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries.

Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

Science Museum
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Based on the Apollo lunar landings, this film's exceptional 3D computer animation will fly you to the moon, where you can experience the sights and sounds of an Apollo expedition.

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

Daily
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

Royal College of Music Chamber Concerts

Most weekdays
Royal College of Music
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Witness the talent of outstanding young musicians studying at the Royal College of Music in this free lunchtime and rush-hour concert series.

A Beautiful Planet

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Experience Earth like never before in a breath-taking portrait of the planet captured from the International Space Station on the biggest screen in Europe.

Our Lives in Data

On until 1st Sep
Science Museum
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Visit Our Lives in Data to uncover some of the diverse ways our data is being collected, analysed and used - discover new tools to protect your data.

Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care

On until 15th Jan
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Commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the huge medical and human impact of wounding during and beyond the First World War.

Fashion

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Spanning five centuries, the Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dresses in the world.

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.

The Garden

Open from 11.15 am
Science Museum
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The Garden is an exciting interactive space, created especially for children aged 3–6 and their parents and carers in the basement of the Museum.

Titans of the Ice Age 3D

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Meet the giant creatures – sabre-toothed cats, giant sloths, cave bears, dire wolves and mammoths – living in the frozen landscapes of our planet ten thousand years before modern civilization.

London's secret gardens

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

Cycle through History

Meander from Clerkenwell, through our Museum quarter and through historic Hyde Park. Here is a suggested route from TfL and Santander Cyles.

Hop on a Santander bike

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

Afternoon tea at the Royal Albert Hall

2.-4.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Afternoon Tea includes finger sandwiches, musically-themed sweet treats, homemade scones and a pot of fine tea, provided by the East India Company.

RCM Sparks

Various
Royal College of Music
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From babies to teens, RCM Sparks run a variety of inspiring events for a range of abilities, including family workshops, concerts and courses

V&A jewellery collection

Daily
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One of the finest collections of jewelry in the world - over 3,500 jewels, including pendants given by Queen Elizabeth I.

V&A Back packs

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Borrow a V&A back-pack and embark on an adventure across the Museum. Back-packs are free to borrow and do not need to be booked.

Theatre & Performence

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V&A
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Set design, costumes, make-up, posters - and the first folio of Shakespeare's play.

Europe 1600-1815

Daily
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Show casing over 1100 objects from the V&A’s collections of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design in a suite of seven galleries.

V&A Free tours & talks

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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.

Pattern Pod

Daily
Science Museum
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Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns.

3D Red Arrows

Daily
Science Museum
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With stunning high definition 3D vision and flight simulator motion technology, you can see and feel for yourself what it’s like in the cockpit of a Red Arrow.

Information Age

Daily
Science Museum
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The Information Age gallery celebrates more than 200 years of innovation in information and communication technologies. Relive some remarkable moments of history.

Exploring space

Daily
Science Museum
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Explore how we’ve sent spacecraft to other planets, walked on the Moon and peered into the heart of our galaxy and beyond.

Engineer your future

On until 16th December 2017
Science Museum
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Find out if you’ve got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.

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.

Volcanoes & Earthquakes

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games and our famous earthquake simulator, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live.

Human Evolution

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Meet your ancient relatives, trace the origins and evolution of our species, and explore what makes us human.

Cocoon

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Inside the Cocoon see hundreds of Museum specimens. Marvel at beetles and butterflies, metre-high plants, huge tarantulas and historic herbaria.

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.

Investigate for Families

Daily
Natural History Museum
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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 daily work.

Mammals

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Natural History Museum
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Explore the rich diversity of mammals, from polar bears to pygmy shrews in the Mammals gallery. -

23 things Londoners should do in Hyde Park

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Swim, stroll, play, eat, relax, row - some top tips of things to do in Hyde Park from Buzzfeed.

Victoria Revealed

Daily
Kensington Palace
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Explore Queen Victoria’s long and fascinating life in her childhood home, Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

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Kensington Palace
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Home to the royal family for centuries and the birthplace of Queen Victoria, it is an exquisite palace with acres of manicured gardens.

Kensington Palace - family activities

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Kensington Palace
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There's lots for families to see and do especially in the holidays, as well as enjoying a family-friendly café and shop. Kids go free!

Queen Carolines Temple

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

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

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

Kensington Gardens

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

Cine Lumiere

Various
Institut français
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Showcasing the best of foreign film - it screens a mix of French, European and Global films - with subtitles.

Ciné Kids

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Institut français
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Ciné Kids screenings cater to children aged 4 and over – and their families – so they can discover the best animated films. In English, French or French with subtitles. Including Ballerina, BFG and more.

Bibliothèque Quentin Blake

10am-9.30pm
Institut français
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The children's library has reopened providing children with easy access to a wide range of interactive resources.

Saturday classes for Kids at Imperial

Saturdays
Imperial College London
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Based at Imperial College London, a unique Saturday science tuition featuring specialists in science education and highly qualified scientists.

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.

Princess Diana Memorial fountain

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

Christies auction house

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Christie's South Kensington
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Open seven days a week, Christie’s South Kensington is place where visitors can view and buy an extraordinary range of art and objects with over 60 auctions held a year.