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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.

3D Red Arrows

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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.

A Beautiful Planet

Science Museum
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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.

A new series of chamber music at the Institut française: Nash Ensemble

28th June
7:30pm
Institut français
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Performers: Ian Brown (piano), Benjamin Nabarro (violin), Adrian Brendel (cello). A major contributor towards the recognition and promotion of contemporary composers and little-known or neglected works, the Nash Ensemble is the Resident Chamber Ensemble at Wigmore Hall since 2010.

A new series of chamber music at the Institut française: Trio Métral

14th July
12:30pm
Institut français
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Performers: Joseph Métral (violin), Justine Métral (cello), Victor Métral (piano) To celebrate Bastille day, the promising young French ensemble Trio Métral will perform a programme ranging from Haydn to Mendelssohn.

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.

Afternoon tea in Kensington

Enjoy the timeless tradition of English afternoon tea in a Grade II listed Vanderbilt hotel, with handcrafted pastries, fresh scones and finger sandwiches on artisan breads. All accompanied by a range of teas and coffees.

Albert Memorial

Daily
2pm, 3pm
Kensington Gardens
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Located in Kensington Gardens, it is one of London's most ornate ornaments. Public tours are available between March and December.

Albertopolis companion

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The Albertopolis companion has been written by Royal College of Art students - it is an alternative guide and history of South Kensington.

Amadeus Live

2nd Nov
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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This unmissable screening of the film (winner of eight Academy Awards, four BAFTAs and four Golden Globes), will feature live music performed by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, who recorded the original film soundtrack, and the Philharmonia Chorus, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

Anita Rani in Conversation

2nd July
7pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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From fronting global documentaries such as My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947, to jumping into a pair of muddy wellies on Countryfile, it’s hard to turn on the TV without seeing her.

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Asia

The Victoria and Albert Museum's Asian collections include objects from East Asia, South and South-East Asia, and the Middle East. They are rich in a broad range of artistic media and illustrate many different aspects of religious, courtly and everyday life.

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Atmosphere

Open Daily
Science Museum
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The Atmosphere gallery is an exciting place to make sense of the climate—the science of how it works, what it’s doing now and what it might do next. Uncover the secrets of ice cores and stalagmites, then head for the future to wonder at the latest ideas for a low-carbon life.

Azzedine Alaia - the Last Great Craftsman

10th July
6.30-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Azzedine Alaïa’s use of traditional craftsmanship techniques, while embracing the latest technological advancements, have helped to modernise the idea of luxury dressing today. Join leading names in fashion to explore the work of a man described as ‘fashion’s last great craftsman’.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

10th May - 7th Oct
Design Museum Kensington
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Celebrate the timeless beauty of the female form with thirty-five years of haute couture from Azzedine Alaïa, and discover the mastery of cut, tailoring, fit, innovative form and materials behind the designer's unique creations.

Babies Corner

Wednesday & Saturday
11am
Institut français
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Read, play, sing, grow! Whether you love drawing, reading, clapping or dancing there will be something to enjoy on Wednesdays & Saturdays!

BBC Proms 2018

13th July - 8th Sept
Royal Albert Hall
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See the full line up of events for this year's 124th BBC Proms. Tickets are now on sale.

BBC Proms 2018: Nine Late Night Concerts to stay up for

13th July - 8th 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. This year try one of these nine late night gigs, which blur the lines of the classical genre.

BBC Proms: Stars of the Season

13th July - 8th Sept
Royal Albert Hall
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This summer the Hall welcomes back some of classical music’s biggest names to the BBC Proms. The big names are pretty easy to spot, as in most years, but what about the rising stars and new names to watch? Here are some tips on who to watch this season.

Behind the Scenes spirit tour

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

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Behind the Scenes Tours of the Conservation Studios

Every 2nd & 3rd Wednesday of the month
11-12pm
V&A
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Discover how the Museum examines, conserves, preserves and prepares collections for display in the public galleries and exhibitions. This volunteer-led tour of the paper, books, sculpture and textiles conservation studios is an opportunity to see the fascinating work which goes on behind the scenes.

Ben Okri in conversation with Waldemar Januszczak: Art, Storytelling, and Political poetry

22nd June
7pm-8pm
V&A
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Join Booker-prize winning writer Ben Okri and painter Rosemary Clunie in conversation with renowned art critic Waldemar Januszczak as they take the audience on an absorbing literary and visual journey to explore the dual aspects of creativity. The evening is in celebration of their collaborative work 'The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age', a collection of enchanting and poetic narratives illustrated with dreamlike original paintings.

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.

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Blyth Gallery

Open Daily
9am-9pm
Imperial College London
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The Blyth Gallery, curated by Mindy Lee, is an artist-run space for creative exploration of ambitious visual projects. Exhibitions include Imperial College students and staff shows, exhibitions of postgraduate Fine Art student work and work by visiting professional artists.

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.

Britain 1500-1900 Tour

Monday, 1 January – Monday, 31 December 2018
14.30 – 15.30
V&A
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Join this daily volunteer-led tour which introduces the V&A's stunning British Galleries which house the most comprehensive collection of British design and artworks in the world.

Campus Visits for Schools

Imperial College London
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Tours of Imperial College London are available for groups of students between 13 and 18 years old. These visits include a tour of the South Kensington campus, as well as a presentation and potential subject-specific tours for older students. Email to book a tour.

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Ceramics

Visit the V&A's amazing collection of ceramics, first opened in 1868. The galleries include the stunning Ceramic Staircase which was designed by Frank Moody, a master in the Schools of Design, together with his students. 

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and the Mastaba

19th June - 9th Sept
Serpentine Galleries
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Christo and Jeanne-Claude are celebrated for their ambitious sculptural works that intervene in urban and natural landscapes and temporarily alter both the physical form and visual appearances of sites. This summer, Christo will present The Mastaba, a temporary floating sculpture on The Serpentine lake.

Chucs Serpentine Restaurant & Cafe

9am - 9pm
Serpentine Galleries
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The restauratn was designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid. Chucs Serpentine offers an all-day menu, a £25 three-course set menu, children’s classics, homemade ice creams and cocktails. A take-away menu is also available. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Ciné Kids

Various
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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 Despicable Me and Paddington.

Ciné Lumière

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

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.

Classical Spectacular

22nd - 25th Nov
3pm, 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The most popular classical music show in the UK returns to the Royal Albert Hall in November. From the very best classical music and state of the art technology to electrifying multi-coloured laser displays and our famous thundering finale to the music of the 1812 Overture!

Clockmakers' Museum

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Discover the world’s oldest clock and watch collection in its new home at the Science Museum, including more than 1000 watches, 80 clocks, 25 marine chronometers and a number of fine sundials and examples of hand engraving.

Cocoon

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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.

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Create and Make

Last Sunday of every month
11-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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A drop-in workshop for families inspired by the museum and the exhibitions. Free but bookable, these informal sessions focus on design and making activities for children aged 5–11. Last Sunday of every month.

Creative Quarter at Imperial College London

23rd Nov
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Find inspiration through a series of career insight sessions and trails where you get to meet one of the scientists working at Imperial and hear what it is like to be a science professional. Students can also get involved on the day with hands on science activities.

Creative Quarter at the Goethe-Institut

23rd Nov
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The Goethe-Institut cinema will offer film screenings for students which focus on young people’s lives in Germany. The films will be introduced by experts on German films. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the German language and culture through the films and Q&A sessions following the screenings.

Creative Quarter at the Natural History Museum

23rd Nov
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The Natural History Museum is one of the best-known museums in London, home to some 80 million life and earth science specimens. Discover the origins and hidden secrets of this amazing ‘cathedral’ through our art and architecture and discover how exhibitions are developed behind-the-scenes whilst exploring the creative skills of our teams who pull it all together! More details on bookings coming soon.

Creative Quarter at the Royal Society of Sculptors

23rd Nov
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Ever dreamed of becoming a sculptor? Join us at the Royal Society of Sculptors to meet with a professional sculptor to learn about a career in the arts. Learn about getting your own art studio, selling your art work and how to exhibit in galleries. Students will also have a chance to see and discuss our latest exhibition. Email to Learning@sculptors.org.uk

Creative Quarter at the Science Museum

17th Nov
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Join the Science Museum to see engineering from a different perspective. There’ll be the chance to watch a fast-paced show all about how engineering impacts on our everyday lives, explore our Engineer Your Future gallery to practice your skills and meet practicing engineers to find out about who they are and the work they do. To book email edbookings@sciencemuseum.ac.uk or call 020 7942 4777

Creative Quarter at the V&A

23rd Nov
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Visit the V&A for Art, Design and Performance. Your students will get advice from and be inspired by leading professionals across the Creative Industries, including Ustwo Games Design, Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners, Katie Jones and Punchdrunk. Take part in exciting drop-in events and hands-on workshops including fashion design, ceramics, architecture and much more…

Crime Scene Live

14th May, 25th Jun, 20th July, 16th Aug
6.30-10.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Become a crime scene investigator for the night and work with the Natural History Museum's scientists to solve a murder mystery. This thrilling interactive experience combines real science with crime fiction for an unforgettable night out in London.

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.

Day Promming

13th July - 8th Sept
Royal Albert Hall
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A BBC Proms concert is never ‘sold out’ before the day because for each Prom up to 1,350 standing, or ‘Promming’ places are available in the Arena and Gallery on the day. A limited number of these tickets are released online in the morning and the rest are sold in person when the doors open. Find out how to get your £6 Promming ticket.

Design Museum Self-Guided Visits

10am - 4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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The Design Museum has three exhibitions available for self-guided visits - Designer Maker User (free), Ferrari: Under the Skin and Beazley Designs of the Year. Booking required in advance, with a suggested viewing time of 60 minutes per exhibition.

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Designer Maker User

Open daily
10am - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Designer Maker User, the Design Museum's only permanent exhibition, features almost 1000 items of twentieth and twenty-first century design viewed through the angles of the designer, manufacturer and user, including a crowdsourced wall.

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Destination Space Family Show

Dates and times vary
Science Museum
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Help to explode some rocket-fuelled bubbles, melt some marshmallows, and learn all about the challenges of space in this free interactive family show. This show is suitable for children aged 5 and above.

Diana: Her Fashion Story

On until 2018
Kensington Palace
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Trace the evolution of Diana, Princess of Wales' style, from the demure, romantic dresses and other outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. Recently re-opened with a selection of new outfits.

Digital Missions

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

Digital Workshops

Selected weeks Mon - Fri
10.45am, 1.15pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Tailored for Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5, pick from 1.5-hour workshops covering app design, digital graphic design and 3D printing and are accompanied by a visit to a relevant Design Museum temporary gallery.

Dino Snores for Grown Ups

13th May, 13th July, 29th Sept
6.30pm - 9.30am
Natural History Museum
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Sleep at the Museum and enjoy a unique night of music, food, science, art and cinema.

Dino Snores for Kids

3rd Aug, 7th Sept, 13th Oct, 10th Nov
Natural History Museum
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Ever wondered what goes on at the Museum when everyone has gone home? Find out on a sleepover for kids.

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Dinosaur Trail

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

Dinosaurs

Natural History Museum
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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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Discover Design

Design Museum Kensington
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A brilliant online resource that can be used in schools to accompany D&T lessons, or alongside a trip to the Design Museum. This site looks at the design of objects and the story behind designs, and includes teacher guidance.

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.

Discovery Days

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11am - 3pm drop in
Hyde Park
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Hyde Park's expert education team run a range of free and exciting nature-inspired activities for families. You could be pond dipping, helping your children discover an underwater world, sweep netting in the meadow or bug hunting at the minibeast hotel.

Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

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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.

Drop in Design: Refugee Week

24th June
10.30 -5pm
V&A
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What objects from the museum would you like to share with others? Make a parasol decorated with Museum objects that mean the most to you. This event is led by the Drop-in Design team and part of the nationwide Refugee Week.

Engineer your future

Extended to continue in 2018
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.

Europe 1600-1815

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

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Events Management Workshop

6th Mar, 13th Jun, 11th Oct 2018
9.30am - 4pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Year 10 and Year 11 students can learn about non-performance careers in the Arts Industry and how a world-class venue operates, in this unique hands-on workshop, including a chance to explore the Royal Albert Hall. Free event - email to register interest.

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Explorer Trail

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

Exploring Careers in Music with the Royal College of Music

23rd Nov
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Keen to take your music-making further? Join the Royal College of Music and the Tri-borough Music Hub to explore some inspiring future musical pathways. Bookings open soon.

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.

Faces of Sculpture: Portrait of a Profession, an exhibition of photographs by Anne Purkiss

14th May - 14th July
Mon-Fri 11-5pm, Sat 1-5pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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The exhibition celebrates the release of Purkiss’ new book Sculptor: 1986 – 2016 featuring members of the Society and Royal Academicians and forms part of RA250:UK exhibitions and events around the UK to celebrate 250 years of the Royal Academy of Arts.

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.

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,

Family Trails

Available every day
Kensington Palace
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Pick up a family trail activity from the trail stand in White Court for a fun way to spend the day at Kensington Palace with children aged 5-11 years.

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Family Weekend: We are the real sculptures!

30th June & 1st July
1-5pm
Serpentine Galleries
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Responding to the materials, architecture and landscape of the Serpentine Galleries, families are invited stack, repeat and move their bodies to create sculptural forms.

Fashion

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

Fashioned from Nature

On til 27th Jan 2019
V&A
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This exhibition will present fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.

Festival of Science: Space

2nd May - 28th June 2018
Royal Albert Hall
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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.

Flow Yoga in Hyde Park

2nd July, fortnightly
6.30-8pm
Hyde Park
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The Royal Parks have partnered up with Avni Dhanani, a qualified yoga practitioner specialising in Ashtanga and Vinyasa, to bring you a series of fortnightly yoga sessions held at the idyllic haven in the heart of Hyde Park. No previous experience necessary.

Fly 360°

Open Daily
10am - 5pm
Science Museum
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Have you ever wanted to fly your own jet? Come and take the controls on Fly 360°, the hands-on flight simulator. Get your adrenaline flowing by performing your very own aerobatic displays, barrel rolls and loop-the-loops, all as if you were really flying!

Free events at the Proms

13th July - 8th Sept
Imperial College London
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Every day of the Proms season you will find a free pre-concert event at Imperial College Union’s Beit Venues, offering opportunities to look deeper and learn more about the ideas and history behind some of the music at the Proms. The events range from talks, discussions and readings to film screenings and live recordings of favourite radio programmes.

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Free Friday Music

Fridays
12pm/8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Enjoy great food, drink and free live music in the Hall’s Verdi – Italian Kitchen the perfect place to wind down, laugh and eat well with friends and family over a bottle of great Italian wine. These concerts take place at lunchtime and dinner - booking in advance is recommended.

French Day à la Carte

Booking required
Institut français
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A full day of French culture including a visit to the Institute's library - storytelling for younger children, and useful resources for teens - and a viewing of a celebrated French film, chosen by you with the help of the Institute's staff.

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

16th Jun - 4th Nov
V&A
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This exhibition will present an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.

Gallery Hire at the Serpentine

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Available for corporate and private hire, the Serpentine Gallery, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and the Magazine restaurant are contemporary art spaces in which to hold beautiful events.

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Games Lab: Video Games & Apps

Various Saturdays
2.30pm
Institut français
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Discover a series of playful, recreational & instructional digital sessions, where we explore the potential that video games and apps may hold. In French, ages 6-12

Free

Garden History Tours

Every Tues, Thurs, Sat 2nd - 30th June
12pm, 4pm
Kensington Palace
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These FREE tours will allow you to get up close and personal to the magnificent statue of Queen Victoria, admire the iconic Gold Gates and pause and reflect by the enchanting Sunken Garden, the planting of which takes inspiration from the dresses of Diana, Princess of Wales.

German Translators' Workshop

5th July
6:30pm - 8pm
Goethe-Institut
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Usually held on the first Thursday of every month, a regular drop-in peer-to-peer workshop for literary translators between German and English. Participants can bring passages or queries from a translation they are working on to discuss with the group or just come to listen and offer feedback. Please bring several copies of original and translation if possible

Gladiator Live in Concert

23rd June
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Ridley Scott’s legendary five-time Academy Award®-winning film will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performing Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard’s complete Oscar®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning score live, conducted by Justin Freer, with vocal soloist Lisa Gerrard.

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Glass

Open Daily
V&A
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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. Find the exhibition in rooms 131, 129 and 83-84.

Goethe Kino: Love Steaks

27th June
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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In a luxury hotel, surrounded by luxury clientele and irritable staff, a couple might fall in love or they might leave their relationship in its raw state.

Grow Your Classroom

Hyde Park
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Bring the wonder of Hyde Park right into your classroom with this informative hands-on session. Expert Learning staff will spend the day at your school, leading the “Grow Your Classroom” workshop for Key Stage 2 students. Available to most London schools in Autumn and Spring terms.

Growing up at Kensington: Queen Victoria

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10.30am, 11.45am, 1,15pm
Kensington Palace
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This drama-based historical enquiry session, delivered by a costumed presenter, offers Key Stage 2 pupils the opportunity to extend their chronological knowledge beyond 1066 by examining Queen Victoria's life at Kensington Palace. Session lasts 60 minutes.

Hands On Design Workshops

Mon-Thurs during term time
10.30am, 11.45am, 1.30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Suitable for Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5, available workshops include Stranger by Design, Chairs and Seating, and Designer Maker User and leads pupils to creating their own products based on a brief. Sessions run for one hour and are accompanied by a visit to the Designer Maker User gallery.

Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban

23rd & 24th Oct
1pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Relive the magic of your favourite wizard in Harry Potter in Concert. Based on the third instalment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

Hart Beeps: Baby Beeps

5th June - 10th July
10am
Hyde Park
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Baby Beeps is a bouncy, interactive baby development class that focuses on early language acquisition. Every class is a fun-filled adventure through imaginary ‘Baby Land’ with wacky characters, lighting effects, cool props and parachutes that you won't see anywhere else.

Hartbeeps Baby Bells

5th June - 10th July
11am
Hyde Park
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Babies are taken on a themed journey in a warm, sensory inspired room, guided by friendly Hartbeeps staff. Set to music and nursery rhymes, props and accessories will help children of any age develop their confidence and allow an even stronger bond between baby and adult to form.

Heiner Goebbels in conversations with Hartwig Fischer

15th October
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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Acclaimed German composer and artist Heiner Goebbels discusses his work, past and present, following the premiere in Manchester of his latest piece Everything that happened and would happen with British Museum Director, Hartwig Fischer.

Hidden Universe

Science Museum
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Experience an inspiring story of human endeavour, bringing our universe to life in this stunning IMAX 3D presentation with real images of distant galaxies, the sun and Mars, taken by Hubble and the world’s most powerful telescopes

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Hintze Hall

Open Daily
Natural History Museum
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Walk beneath the largest animal on Earth and explore dozens of other exhibits representing 4.5 billion years of natural history in the gateway to the museum's collections and galleries.

Hire the Look Out in Hyde Park

The LookOut is an enclosed and flexible event space set within an acre of beautiful gardens in the heart of Hyde Park. A great venue for hosting conferences, private celebrations, press events and summer parties.

Hire the Royal College of Music

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As part of our continued investment in facilities, the Royal College of Music is embarking on a major £40m project to create a range of new spaces, including new performance areas and public spaces. Currently they are not accepting commercial or external event bookings.

Hiring the Royal Albert Hall

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There is limited availability to hire the iconic auditorium but with a broad selection of event spaces outside the main auditorium, the Hall is the ideal venue to host daytime meetings or bespoke evening functions with capacities from 12 to 500 people.

Holding events Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens

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The Royal Parks have a history of hosting events from small events such as sponsored runs, community sports, guided walks, competitions, picnics etc to major events and celebrations.

Home Alone in Concert

22nd Dec 2018
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Cinematic Sinfonia and Crouch End Festival Chorus, conducted by Ben Palmer.

Home Futures

7th Nov - 24th March 2019
Design Museum Kensington
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Explore today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination. Are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers throughout the 20th century predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change?

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.

Hope to Nope Graphics and Politics

28th Mar - 12th Aug
Design Museum Kensington
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Hope to Nope will explore the diverse methods that have been used to construct and communicate political messages over the past ten years. As traditional media rubs shoulders with the hash-tag and the meme, never has graphic design been more critical in giving everyone a political voice.

How to photograph a night sky

Online
Natural History Museum
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Taking pictures of distant stars is no longer just the work of astronomers. Find out the secret of success for photographing night skies.

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.

Hyde Park cafes and restaurant

Hyde Park
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A range of cafes, restaurants and kiosks offering everything from ice creams, sandwiches to three course meals.

Hyde Park for Preschool and Primary

Hyde Park
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Lots of fun activities for preschool and primary age children, based at The LookOut in Hyde Park. Sessions are particularly tailored towards topics such as wildlife, changing seasons, food chains and colour, pattern, and shapes. Enquire online.

Hyde Park for Secondary

Hyde Park
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Plenty of sessions for KS3, KS4 and post-16 pupils. Tailor your day by selecting modules from a wide range of topics including mapping, scientific investigations, practical ecology, plants and food chains. Enquire online to organise your visit.

Hyde Park Special Educational Needs

All year round
10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
Hyde Park
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Based at The LookOut, Hyde Park, there are several 1-2 hour sessions available that can be run all year round. Activities include exploring seasons, practical outdoor skills and feeding the birds. A private sensory room is also available, and can be led by your staff.

I, Claude Monet

13th - 28th June
Institut français
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This documentary based entirely on Claude Monet’s personal letters draws a portrait of the businessman and lover behind the artist. Brought to life by actor Henry Goodman, Monet’s letters record his tumultuous inner life marked by depression, remarkable encounters and the joy of painting.

Free

Images of Nature

Open Daily
Natural History Museum
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See how artists and scientists view the natural world in more than 100 images from the Museum's collection. Historic prints, watercolours and paintings spanning 350 years hang alongside modern images created by scientists, imaging specialists, photographers and micro-CT scanners.

Imperial College London Venue Hire

Imperial College London
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The South Kensington Campus offers a diverse range of spaces, from grade II listed buildings to modern meeting spaces all in one great central location. From venues for conferences, meetings, training sessions to private parties, weddings, dinners and receptions.

Imperial CREST Academy

Imperial College London
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16-18 year old students can pair up with an Imperial scientist to undertake a British Science Association bronze, silver and gold CREST awards (the 'Duke of Edinburgh awards for science!'). Email the CREST academy team for more details.

Imperial Outreach

Available for booking
Imperial College London
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Plenty of opportunities for your students to get an insight to the world of STEM through visits from Imperial College London student ambassadors, talks from world-leading academics or having a go at scientific experiments with exciting equipment.

In the Locked Room & The Lighthouse

27, & 29 June, 2 & 3 July
7pm
Royal College of Music
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Join singers from the RCM International Opera School as they present a double bill of thrilling British operas: In the Locked Room by Huw Watkins and David Harsent, and The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies.

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.

Institut Français at Your School

Institut français
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A range of possibilities for your school including the French Box, a collection of resources available for hire, activities with the Bibliothèque Quentin Blake team for 3-12 year olds and with the Language Centre team for 7-18 year olds.

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.

Free

IVF 6 Million Babies Later

5th July - Nov
Science Museum
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Explore the remarkable story of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) from the opposition and immense challenges faced by early pioneers to the latest research today. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 'miraculous' birth of Louise Brown on 25 July 1978.

IVF at 40: Louise Brown & Roger Gosden in Conversation

25th July
7-7.45pm
Science Museum
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The Museum will be celebrating the 40th birthday of Louise Brown at the Museum, the first person to be born through IVF. She will be joined by Roger Gosden, a former doctoral student of IVF pioneer Robert Edwards and expert in female infertility, for a one-off in-conversation event. Part of the Lates.

Free

Jameel Prize 5

28th June - 25th Nov
V&A
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Experience eight exceptional contemporary artists and designers working in fields as diverse as fashion, multi-media installation, and painting in the Jameel Prize 5 showcase.

Jurassic Park - in Concert

29th Sept
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Celebrate one of the biggest movie franchises of all time with the Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary! Dinosaurs once again roam the Earth in an amazing theme park on a remote island. The action-packed adventure finds man up against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival.

Kensington Garden cafes

Kensington Gardens
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The Broadwalk Cafe and Playcafe serves a great range of pizza, salads, wraps and sweet treats as well as a children's menu.

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.

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!

Free

Kensington Palace Classroom Resources

Kensington Palace
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Plenty of exciting classroom resources and activities based around the Historic Royal Palaces, including a look at the Kensington Palace timeline and the royal family trees. Free to download.

Kensington Palace School Visit

Kensington Palace
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School groups are able to plan a self-led visit - check website for booking details and term dates. Schools can also book their group into one of a variety of fun school sessions, most running on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Kensington Palace Talks and debates

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

Kids French Lab

28th Apr, 12th May, 23rd June
11am
Institut français
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Kids French Lab now offers a fun-filled approach to learning French for kids, through songs, games and storytelling.

La Fête des mères + Q&A with actress Audrey Fleurot

24 June 2018
8:30pm
Institut français
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Presidents, nannies, bakers, actresses, teachers, florists, journalists, doctors… These women are progressive, benevolent, clumsy, absent, omnipresent, overworked, guilt-laden… Their children both long and fear to spread their wings and leave the nest. When daughters become mothers, they realise it’s all fun and games! This ensemble film gathers on screen a first class cast including Audrey Fleurot and Carmen Maura.

La Médiathèque

Institut français
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This is the largest French library in the UK, and also contains the Bibliothèque Quentin Blake, which is full of exciting and educational materials for children up to 12.

Music

Late Night Jazz

Various Thursday's
Royal Albert Hall
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An intimate Late Night Jazz series presents sensational music in the sultry setting of the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. Various Thursday nights

Le Café Aubaine

Institut français
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Le Café Aubaine is a French-style café-restaurant serving French breakfasts, freshly baked bread and cakes, and traditional bistro meals as well as a wide selection of French wines in a stylish and welcoming environment.

Learning resources at the Science Museum

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This site brings together learning resources from their four Museums, including activities, games and videos. Browse all the resources and discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics for use in the classroom, in museum galleries and beyond.

Lee Ufan: Relatum - Stage

From Feb 2018
Serpentine Galleries
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Artist Lee Ufan brings new public sculpture to Kensington Gardens. Comprised of two, angled, mirrored, steel sheets and two different-sized stones, Relatum – Stage will merge the natural and industrial in an installation that reflects the surrounding environment of the Park.

Free

Let's Play! 5-12

Tuesdays
4pm
Institut français
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There’s a time to work and there’s a time to play! Discover board and role-playing games, from the good old classics to the newest creations. Bilingual and easy French

LGBTQ Tour

30 June; 28 July; 25 August; 29 September; 27 October; 24 November; 29 December
16:00 - 17:00
V&A
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Join this volunteer-led tour which explores gender and sexual identities through a selection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer related objects in the V&A's rich collections.

Life in the Dark

13th July - 31st Jan 2019
Natural History Museum
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Meet creatures that thrive at night, in the total darkness of caves and deep in the ocean. Get up-close to specimens with fascinating adaptations and find out how they navigate their environment, hunt, mate and evade predators. Discover nocturnal animals through sight, sound, touch and smell.

Live Music & Food

Most Fridays
8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A variety of Live Music & Food events take place in Verdi – the Royal Albert Hall's Italian Restaurant. From classical, jazz, gypsy swing to world music. We recommend you book in advance.

Free

London Design Festival

15th - 23rd Sept
V&A
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2018 marks ten years of the London Design Festival at the V&A. As the Festival hub, the V&A houses a broad range of installations by some of the world's most exciting designers, as well as a huge programme of talks, tours and workshops.

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.

Longing by Valeska Grisebach

4th July
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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A man and a woman live in a village not far from Berlin. Out here, it feels as though the city were miles away. The couple have loved each other since they were children. They are inseparable. One day the man goes on a trip and after a night of heavy drinking he wakes up in another woman’s apartment. He can barely remember what went on. His efforts to find out what did occur lead to a passionate affair.

Luna Cinema

7-9th Aug
8.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Join The Luna Cinema in the formal gardens for a night of cinema under the stars and enjoy three nights of fantastic films with Kensington palace and its grounds providing a stunning backdrop. Films include Romeo & Juliet, The Greatest Showman and Victoria and Abdul

Lustrous Surfaces

Daily
V&A
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Featuring 110 objects located throughout the Museum, including shrines, chests and rare Latin American examples, this display highlights the varied manufacturing techniques, surface treatments, decorative styles and application around the world.

Free

Making the Modern World

Open Daily
Science Museum
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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.

Free

Mammals

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

Mary Quant

6th April 2019 - 8th March 2020
V&A
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From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.

Free

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

Science Museum
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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.

Miniature Painting Demonstration with Wardha Shabbir

28th June
10:30-12:30
V&A
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Join us for this special lecture and demonstration of miniature painting techniques led by Jameel Prize nominee Wardha Shabbir. This lecture will cover some of the most important schools of miniature painting, including the Mughal, Indian and Persian schools. Afterwards, there will be a live demonstration of some of the meticulous techniques that go into creating these intricate works of art.

Mysteries of the Unseen World

Science Museum
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The naked eye perceives only a fraction of what there is to see on Earth; we are surrounded by things that are either too fast, too slow or too small for us to observe. Unlock the secrets of this unseen world in this stunning IMAX 3D film.

Myth and Mortality: the fairy-tale world of Carolein Smit

Until 30th September
10:00-17:30
V&A
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Drawing inspiration from religious art, mythology, and fairy tales of all cultures, Carolein Smit uses her sublime modelling skills to create highly seductive works with a strong emotional impact. This display brings together some of her latest creations, including a spectacular site-specific wall installation.

Natural History Museum Lates

Last Friday of every month
Natural History Museum
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The Natural History Museum comes to life after dark. Explore our galleries, exhibitions and shops after hours, and enjoy expert-led talks and events at Lates.

Natural History Museum Resources

Natural History Museum
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A collection of resources for teachers from the Natural History Museum. With options for all ages, these can build on a trip to the museum, or can even be used if you haven't had the chance to visit!

Natural History Museum Things to Do

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Natural History Museum
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Loads of exciting activities to take your school trip to another level. Pupils can become an explorer for the day, investigate some dinosaurs, stage a debate or hear from curators and researchers.

Naturenauts

Natural History Museum
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A new app from the Museum which encourages kids and their favourite grown-ups to head outdoors and learn fun facts about UK wildlife. Grab your phone or tablet to explore the nature on your doorstep.

NHM Cafe and Restaurants

Natural History Museum
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Family friendly cafes and restaurant with tasty, freshly prepared food. You can find vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options too.

NHM Lates - Beauty in the Beasts

29th June
6-10pm
Natural History Museum
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From wriggling worms to creepy, crawly creatures, many things in the natural world make us squirm. But why do we react that way, and are nature’s nightmares really so bad? Can parasites be positive? Do spiders have a softer side? Come and look for the beauty in the beasts.

Opening of Japan House London

22nd June
10-8pm
Japan House London
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Japan House London, opens its doors on 22nd June. It is a complete cultural experience, promoting Japanese innovation and creativity. This includes distinctive Japanese cuisine, high-quality products, language and the arts, the latest technologies, design and architecture.

Orchestral Masterworks

26th June
6,15pm
Royal College of Music
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Join the RCM Symphony Orchestra for our ever-popular rush-hour concert dedicated to orchestral favourites. Hear Bach performed as you've never heard it before in this unique arrangement of his Harpsichord Concerto.

Free

Paintings

Open Daily
V&A
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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.Highlights include the Raphael Cartoons and major works by J. M. W. Turner and John Constable.

Pandora's Box

15th - 26th July
Institut français
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In Weimar Germany, Lulu (Louise Brooks) is an entrancing and free-spirited girl who lives on the beneficences of the men who fall under her spell. Her current paramour is the highly-respectable Dr. Schön, who comes to believe he must marry her, even though he has been engaged to a more respectable woman. At their wedding, he becomes mad with jealousy, and tragedy ensues.

Park Nights

13th July - 21st Sept
8-10pm
Serpentine Galleries
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Park Nights, the Serpentine's annual series of experimental and interdisciplinary encounters, returns this summer to present eight international artists each responding to the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion designed by the award-winning architect Frida Escobedo.​

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.

Pride Month

12th June - 11th July
Institut français
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For Pride Month, Ciné Lumière waves the rainbow flag through a celebration of French LGBTQ celluloid culture, from the affecting documentary Les Invisibles to the flamboyant cult comedy of manners La Cage aux folles and the coming of age films Tomboy and Call Me By Your Name.

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.

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.

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.

Private Room Hire at Ognisko Polskie

Ognisko Polskie
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Ognisko is well suited to large corporate events, exhibitions, product launches, gala dinners, fashion shows, weddings and other private functions.

Proms for Families

13th July - 8th Sept
Royal Albert Hall
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There are regular matinees for all the family to enjoy, with tickets half-price for all young people aged 18 and under. Or for families looking to delve deeper into the music, the Proms Family series offers the perfect introduction to the classical Proms. Whether you play an instrument or sing, whether you are a complete novice or an aspiring virtuoso, come and join in the fun at our family-friendly workshops.

Proms in the Park

8th Sept
From 5pm
Hyde Park
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Join in the Last Night of the Proms celebrations in Hyde Park, hosted by Michael Ball. The open-air concert features a host of musical stars. The traditional Last Night anthems will be performed live on the Hyde Park stage by Proms in the Park favourites, the BBC Concert Orchestra..

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.

Rachel Kneebone at the V&A

10:00-17:45; Friday 10:00-22:00
V&A
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The monumental porcelain sculpture '399 Days' by contemporary British artist Rachel Kneebone will be displayed amongst the V&A's Medieval and Renaissance collection, highlighting the sculptors' shared interest in capturing highly emotive states.

Free

Radical Kitchen 2018: Jasleen Kaur: GRAINS

28th June
1pm
Serpentine Galleries
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Serpentine presents a second season of its lunchtime gatherings in the Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Frida Escobedo. On Thursday 28 June, artist Jasleen Kaur addresses grains. Radical Kitchen 2018 is a collaboration with Nicoletta Fiorucci, Founder of Fiorucci Art Trust.

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

RCM Sparks Gamelan

Royal College of Music
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Gamelan is the traditional orchestra of Indonesia, and the Royal College of Music has one of the largest sets in Europe. Workshops can be hosted at schools for free - the school just pays for the transport and set-up costs. Email gamelan@rcm.ac.uk for details.

Refugee Week

17th - 28th June
V&A
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Join the Museum for a week-long programme of music, workshops, and performances marking 20 years of Refugee Week, which celebrates the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees.

RGS Exhibitions

Monday to Friday
10am-5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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The Royal Geographical Society Pavilion has 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.

Robotics, Coding & Engineering Workshop

Various
11-4pm
Imperial College London
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These immersive workshops for 7-12 year olds, develop your child’s coding skills while embarking on a mission to Mars! Through a mixture of coding and robotics, games and art the workshop is creative, collaborative and educational. Children work at their own pace, while supported by expert leaders.

Room Hire at Institut français

Institut français
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The Institut can accommodate functions with a cultural focus, from large-scale parties to small group events. It also provides a stunning backdrop for filming and photoshoots. The Ciné lumière can also host private screenings for up to 229 people.

Royal Albert Hall - Time Machine

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Royal Albert Hall
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Take a journey through time and explore the Royal Albert Hall's rich history.

Royal Albert Hall Food & Drink

Royal Albert Hall
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The Italian Verdi restaurant and Café Bar are open all day to everyone. All other bars open 2 hours before concerts.

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.

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.

Free

Royal Geographical Society Teaching Resources

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Lots of resources and activities to take into your school, with something for every age group. A wide range of topics are available with subjects including maps, volcanoes, countries, trade and ecosystems.

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.

Scavenger Hunt

13th June & 11th July
6.30pm
Hyde Park
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Join a two-hour Scavenger Hunt which will see your team dashing around Hyde Park on a journey of discovery. Test your knowledge about the natural world, uncover the hidden histories of the park and get creative! The highest scoring team will be announced the winner of a goody bag filled with prizes!

School Screenings

Contact for film times
Institut français
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Bring your class to watch a celebrated French film from the general programme at Ciné Lumière – £5 per student, free for teachers.

Schools Challenge Programme

Imperial College London
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The Schools Challenge Programme is an exciting and hands-on programme where students work in teams with mentors to develop a problem-solving prototype based around Smart Cities and pitch their ideas. Email the team if you are a London school and might be interested in taking part.

Science Museum cafes

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The Science Museum has two main cafes and various smaller ones. You can also bring your own food, which can be eaten in the designated picnic areas.

Science Museum Lates

Last Wednesday of the month
6.45-10pm
Science Museum
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Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month.

Science Museum Lates - Sexuality

27th June
6.45-10pm
Science Museum
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The Science Museum is collaborating with Pride in London to bring you an LGBTQ+-inspired Lates, featuring live performance, talks, music and much more. Join their Drag Kings and Queens around the piano, get a make-up masterclass and take part in the drag race.

Science Museum's Shake Bar

Science Museum
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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.

Science Nights

Various dates
6.45pm - 10am
Science Museum
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Science Night is a special overnight event for 7–11-year-olds, featuring exciting hands-on workshops, science shows, and a sleepover at the Science Museum among the amazing exhibits—all followed by a tasty breakfast and a breathtaking film in our IMAX theatre.

Scoff & Banter

At Scoff & Banter Kensington, we celebrate hearty and contemporary British cuisine, just moments from world-famous museums. Discover a home from home with lovingly prepared seasonal British cooking, using the finest locally sourced ingredients.

Sculpture Exhibitions

The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Find a diverse range of contemporary sculpture and 3D art, alongside artist talks and workshops.

Secret Life of the Home

Science Museum
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From pop-up toasters to horse-drawn vacuum cleaners, take a closer look at the development of household appliances. You’ll find ancient Roman keys, 18th century cooking utensils and a 21st century robotic vacuum cleaner,

Sensational Butterflies

29th March - 16th Sep
All Day
Natural History Museum
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See hundreds of live butterflies and moths up-close in the tropical butterfly house. This technicolour exhibition features a huge variety of these beautiful insects, ethically sourced from Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Serenity

Hyde Park
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Serenity is a striking bronze sculpture located on the south side of the Serpentine, near the Diana Memorial Fountain. The sculpture is inspired by the Egyptian goddess of nature. It was designed by British sculptor Simon Gudgeon and was installed in the park in 2009.

Serpentine Galleries Exhibitions

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Take a look at the regularly-changing exhibitions, displays and residences in the two Serpentine Galleries, on either side of the river in the centre of Hyde Park.

Serpentine Galleries School Visits

Open Tuesday - Sunday
10am - 6pm
Serpentine Galleries
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Organise a self-guided visit and explore the exhibitions at your own pace. A team of gallery attendants are on hand to field any questions your group may have and Mobile tours are available across the sites to support your visit. Booking required for school groups.

Free

Serpentine Mobile Tour

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Serpentine Mobile Tours offer visitors an interactive gallery experience providing access to additional content, including artist interviews and curator tours, from the Serpentine’s internationally acclaimed Exhibition and Architecture Programmes.

Free

Serpentine Pavilion 2018 Designed by Frida Escobedo

Opens 15th June
10am - 6pm
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Architect Frida Escobedo, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2018. Harnessing a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry, her atmospheric courtyard-based design draws on both the domestic architecture of Mexico and British materials and history.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery & Magazine Restaurant

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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.

Set French Days

Various dates
10.30am
Institut français
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Set French Days involve an activity morning followed by a film screening after lunch. Upcoming topics include French Cinema, Wildlife in France, and Everyone's a Superhero!

Simone Veil, Une histoire française

26 June 2018
8:10pm

Haunted by the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps and the loss of her mother, father and brother, French politician Simone Veil showed in the course of her career a profound integrity that led her to champion the European reconciliation and French women’s rights. This documentary looks back over the major battles in her life, providing an opportunity for her to talk about the reasons for her political career and her beliefs.

Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future

22nd June - 5th Aug
Japan House London
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The exhibition explores the innovative works of one of Japan’s most influential contemporary architects, Fujimoto Sosuke. It looks at not only current projects but also Fujimoto’s architectural experiments for the future asking the visitor to share in imagining a variety of futures of the future.

Free

South Asia

Open Daily
V&A
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The collections from South and South-East Asia comprise nearly 60,000 objects, including about 10,000 textiles and 6,000 paintings covering the Indian subcontinent south of the Himalayas. Find the collection on rooms 41 and 47b.

South Kensington Farmers' Market

Tuesdays
Imperial College London
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Every Tuesday, the market is open to all, providing great-tasting locally-sourced provisions on the Queen's lawn.

Space Descent with Tim Peake

From 24th March 2017
Science Museum
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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.

Stein's Berlin Restaurant

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Stein's Berlin Restaurant is a new and exciting addition to the well loved Stein's group of German restaurants. ​Their modern contemporary restaurant inside a Grade 2 listed building also features a fantastic terrace overlooking Princes Gardens. ​

Storytastic Sundays

Last Sunday of every month
Event times vary
Kensington Palace
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There is something for everyone on a Storytastic Sunday. Explore the palace with activity bags, listen to Story Time or get creative in Make History workshops. Head along to Kensington Palace on the last Sunday every month to join in!

Storytelling and Music Sessions

9th Jan - 27th June
10am, 11am, 12pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Seasoned storytellers deliver a series of sessions for babies and toddlers, aiming to engage and encourage interaction between parents/carers and their little ones using musical instruments, singing, movement and stories.

Style In My DNA: Lorna Holder

24th June
14.00 – 16.30
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Join Lorna Holder as she discusses her 35-year career in the fashion and retail industries, whilst exploring the strengths and sometimes the challenges faced as a successful black woman in business.

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Superbugs: The Fight for Our Lives

On til Spring 2019
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The Science Museum's exhibition explores how society is responding to the enormous challenge of antibiotic resistance, featuring scientific research from across the globe and the personal stories of those waging war on the superbugs.

Teatime and Toys

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10.30am, 11.45am, 1.15pm
Kensington Palace
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Key Stage 1 students can examine the toys and household objects used in the Victorian times, and are able to handle replica objects, as well as making their own thaumatrope to take back to school. Session lasts 65 minutes and student admission to the palace is free.

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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.

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The Cadogan Gallery

Daily
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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.From a meteorite to Darwin's pigeons, uncover some of the most extraordinary specimens in our collection.

The Changing Power of Kings and Queens

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10.30am, 11.45am, 1.15pm
Kensington Palace
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A costumed presenter will lead Key Stage 2 pupils though the lives of those who lived at Kensington Palace, including Queen Victoria, William and Mary, discovering how the role of the monarchy in Britain has changed. Session lasts 60 minutes.

The English Patient Live

18th Oct
6.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience the multi-Academy Award® winning 1996 motion picture, The English Patient on a vast HD screen while Gabriel Yared’s Oscar-winning score is performed live in-sync by a full orchestra, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione

Set in an elegant Victorian building nestling in the lush beauty of the private Egerton Gardens, The Franklin combines the warmth of a private home with the impeccable service of a luxury hotel. The hotel has recently been refurbished by celebrity designer Anouska Hempel, who created a temple to hospitality.

The Future Starts Here

12th May - 4th Nov 2018
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Exploring the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow. From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, this exhibition will bring together more than 100 objects as a landscape of possibilities for the near future.

The Garden

Open from 11.15 am
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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.

The Gore London – Starhotels Collezione

Brimming with Victorian eccentricity, The Gore represents a piece of British history. Since it opened in 1892, in an enviable location among the high-life hotspots of Kensington, it has been celebrated as one of London’s most enchanting hotels.

The Happy Prince

29 June - 7 July 2018
Institut français
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As Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed, the past comes flooding back to him, transporting him to other times and places. The Happy Prince, Rupert Everett’s poignant dramatisation of Oscar Wilde’s final years in exile, is a powerful parable of the passion of a genius and the redemption of a spent force.

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The Italian 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.

The Kensington

Traditional service and Victorian grandeur come together with sleek style and contemporary comfort at the Kensington, in one of London’s most cosmopolitan neighbourhoods. Embrace a sophisticated member’s club vibe, whether over afternoon tea in the light, lively drawing rooms, cocktails in the glamorous K Bar, or dinner in the refined Town House.

The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)

19th June - 23rd Sept
Serpentine Galleries
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Artist Christo has created a temporary sculpture in Hyde Park, titled The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake), which will float on the Serpentine Lake this summer. It is an opportunity for visitors to experience the work of one of the most pioneering artists working today.

The Nutcracker

28th - 31st Dec
12pm, 1pm, 2pm. 4pm, 5.30pm, 7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Birmingham Royal Ballet brings its especially-created version of this Christmas ballet back to the Hall. This enchanting production wowed audiences with its spectacular setting, grand ensemble pieces and ravishing Tchaikovsky score – it is without a doubt the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.

The Orangery

Kensington Palace
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One of the most elegant venues in London, with an outdoor terrace for fine days and beautiful views of the palace and its gardens.

The Pelham London – Starhotels Collezione

The Pelham is an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of South Kensington. It has the aristocratic atmosphere of a London townhouse and its interiors are a romantic mix of elegant patterns and rich tones, complemented by the warm welcome and flawless service of a noble residence.

The Piano

9th-21st July
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First female director to win a Palme d’Or in Cannes, Jane Campion sets her brooding and haunting drama in the brave new world of New Zealand in the mid-nineteenth century. Ada, a mute woman, lands with her daughter and beloved piano on unwelcoming shores to be wed to a stranger.

The Rembrandt

The Rembrandt is a four-star hotel bursting with culture and history. The beautifully modernised Edwardian rooms were originally apartments for Harrods. The Rembrandt also boasts modern event suites, a stylish restaurant, plus Aquilla Health and Fitness featuring an indoor pool.

The Royal Photographic Society’s International Images for Science exhibition

12th June - 10th July 2018
Royal Albert Hall
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Over 3,500 images were submitted to the competition, of which just 100 were selected for exhibition by an expert panel. To make the grade, every picture has had to have a story to tell, but had to do so in a visually stunning way – a true meeting of art and science.

The Science and Music and Mood

25th July
8.30-9.30pm
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Internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter Joe Stilgoe, invites you to help him explore what science can reveal about the mood of music with the help of Philip Ball, science writer, polymath and musician.

The Snowman and Paddington Bear

20th Dec
2.15pm, 5.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Delight your family with a double-bill of classic musical stories for children at the Royal Albert Hall, with the charming Paddington Bear’s First Concert and seasonal favourite The Snowman™. The score is performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Sun: Living with our Star

6th Oct - 6th May 2019
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The awesome power, beauty and dark side of the sun is revealed in a major new exhibition this Autumn. Spectacular interactive experiences, unique artefacts, and stunning imagery shed fresh light on our evolving relationship with our closest star.

The Sunken Garden

Kensington Palace
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The beautiful Sunken Garden was planted in 1908, transforming part of the gardens previously occupied by potting sheds into a tranquil ornamental garden. Today, the garden continues the tradition of rotational flower displays in the spring and summer.

The Vanderbilt Hotel

The 4-star Vanderbilt hotel is a 19th century, Grade II listed townhouse situated on Cromwell Road. Combining historical features with modern style, the beautiful bedrooms and Italian marble bathrooms all boast individual layouts, thanks to the building’s history.

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The Vault

Daily
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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.

Theatre & Performence

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

Theatre and Performance Tour

Until 31st December
14.00 – 15.00
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Take a guided tour of the V&A's exciting theatre and performance collections. Discover the Theatre & Performance collections that document current practice and the history of all areas of performing arts in the UK, including magnificent theatre costumes, puppets, stage sets and more.

Third Thursday

The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Join in on the third Thursday of every month for fun craft evenings and pick up new and exciting crafting skills

Third Thursday Event - Pyrography

19th July
6.30pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Pyrography literally means fire-writing! You will be using the best Pyrography irons with a range of different hot branding tips for you to use. Have a practise on some wood offcuts before you start burning on to chopping boards, kitchen utensils, keyrings and more that you can take home with you.

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.

Tomma Abts

7th June - 9th Sept
Serpentine Galleries
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Tomma Abts first solo exhibition in a UK public institution. One of the most significant artists of her generation and the winner of the 2006 Turner Prize, Abts is known for her acrylic and oil paintings whose extraordinary magnetism belies their modest scale.

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Tomorrow's World

Open daily
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How do today’s scientific discoveries shape tomorrow’s world? Get the scoop on the most surprising science stories and the biggest breakthroughs in the Tomorrow's World gallery.

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Trails

Daily
10am - 5.45pm
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Uncover the hidden views and go on a visual treasure hunt with a range of exciting trails to guide your family through this amazing museum. Suitable for ages 3+

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Treasures

Open Daily
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Explore 22 objects spanning 4.5 billion years of the Earth's history in this collection of some of the museum's most extraordinary specimens.. Each exhibit tells a remarkable story and has been chosen for its scientific, historical and cultural importance.

Tribute to Marcel Carné

3 June - 22 July
2pm
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The Institut français is paying tribute to Marcel Carné, a monstre sacré of French cinema, with a film season screening some of his greatest works. Hailed as the greatest metteur en image, he made a point of exploring the genres of poetic realism and noir through his collaboration with French poet Jacques Prévert, and emblematic actors such as Jean Gabin and Arletty, to name only a few.

V&A - Professional Development

Jan - June 2018
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Develop the professional skills you need to work in today's museum sector. Led by expert staff, these intensive part-time courses use V&A case studies to provide unique insights into their collections, work and best practice.

V&A Backpacks

Daily
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Borrow a V&A backpack and embark on an adventure across the Museum. Backpacks are free to borrow and do not need to be booked.

V&A cafe & Garden cafe

Enjoy a wide selection of food and drink in three exceptional spaces: the world's oldest museum restaurant with its beautifully designed period rooms, the Garden Cafe or the new Courtyard Cafe in the Exhibition Road Quarter.

V&A Free tours & talks

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

V&A Illustration Awards 2018

Until 24th June
10:00-17:00
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The V&A Illustration Awards are held annually to recognise the very best of book, editorial and student illustration in the UK. Previous winners include Ralph Steadman, Posy Simmonds, Michael Foreman and Sara Fanelli.

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 Lates

Last Friday of every month
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An ever-changing, programme of live performances, fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings.

V&A Lates - WTFuture

29th June
6.30-10pm
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Today’s fantasies of the future help to shape tomorrow’s lived realities. This Friday Late, the V&A turn to speculative and imagined worlds to reveal possibilities for the future - from artists looking forwards to heal the scars of the past, to designers using science fiction to interrupt reality.

V&A Primary Schools

Special event dates vary
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A wide variety of possibilities at the V&A for primary school children. Including information about planning a visit, discovery sessions, literacy live storytelling, practical workshops and special events.

V&A Secondary Schools and Colleges

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A huge variety of options for secondary and college students at the V&A including exhibition visits, art workshops, DesignLab, performing arts projects and bespoke sessions. Booking essential so check website for details.

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.

Venue hire at Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace
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Discover the stylish spaces available for events at Kensington Palace catering for weddings, stylish dinners and receptions, private tours or for staging large-scale commercial events.

Venue hire at the Design Museum

Design Museum Kensington
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Host your event in London’s newest venue located on Kensington High Street with beautiful views over Holland Park. The stunningly refurbished 1960s building features an incredible hyperbolic paraboloid roof and features five beautiful spaces for hire.

Venue hire at the Natural History Museum

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The Natural History Museum is one of London's most iconic venues. Its magnificent architecture and collections create the perfect backdrop for any event. From informal and intimate to creative and spectacular, the Museum's variety of spaces will suit any corporate event, private party or wedding.

Venue hire at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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The Society provides the perfect location for everything from strategy away-days to investor relation events and major conferences, with meeting rooms and the Ondaatje Theatre offering capacities from 20 to 700 delegates. There are also private dining spaces for parties, dinners and weddings.

Venue hire at the Science Museum

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The museum offers the perfect destination for an inspirational and accessible event experience. The Science Museum has a wide range of unique galleries and blank canvas spaces to accommodate from 10 to 1500 guests for either events in the day or evening.

Venue hire at the V&A

The magnificent gallery spaces and stunning John Madejski Garden combine to make the V&A a unique venue for corporate entertaining. The Museum is available to hire for a range of events, from breakfasts and private views to fundraising dinners and awards ceremonies. Also available for filming.

Victoria Revealed

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

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.

Videogames

8th Sep - 24th Feb 2019
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This exhibition will explore the design and culture of videogames since the mid-2000s, investigating ground-breaking contemporary design work, creative and rebellious player communities and the political conversations that define this movement.

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.

What's On Kids & Families

Institut français
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There is something for everyone at the Institut Français over the summer. From workshops for creative photography, science and design, to game labs, art clubs and animated film. And much, much!

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Who Am I?

Open Daily
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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.

Wildlife Garden

1st April - early Nov
10am - 5pm
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.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

On until 1st July 2018
Natural History Museum
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The exhibition of 100 images records the beauty and drama of the natural world, from tiny insects to massive mammals. This year's competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries.

Windswept Baby: Ceramics, Writing and Art

10:00-17:30
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Collections can inspire other art forms in unexpected ways. Poets, writers and an artist have collaborated in response to objects in the Ceramics Collection. Instigated by artist and former V&A Ceramics Resident Bethan Lloyd Worthington, this interdisciplinary display explores tacit connections, material and poetic meanings.

Without Walls: Disability and Innovation in Building Design

Daily
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Buildings dictate who feels welcome – this is particularly the case for disabled people. This display charts the shift in design practice from designing for, to designing with, disabled people and asks how we can achieve truly universal design.

Women in Engineering Festival

23rd June
11-5pm
Science Museum
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At the Women in Engineering Family Festival, you could race a robot, try and outsmart a computer, build a fake knee or even make pigs fly. In the wide and exciting world of engineering, anything is possible!

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.

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Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care

On until June
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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.

Yoga at the Natural History Museum

19th Aug, 9th Sep, 7th Oct, 18th Nov, 9th Dec
8.15-9.30pm
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Rise and shine at the Natural History Museum with a unique yoga class hosted in collaboration with East of Eden, before the Museum opens its doors for the day, After your class enjoy exclusive access to an exhibition or gallery before the Museum opens.