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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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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.

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.

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.

Anne Boleyn's Music Book

24th Sept
2pm
Royal College of Music
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The Anne Boleyn Music Book is one of the most significant books of Renaissance music in Britain and one of the RCM’s greatest treasures. Join short talks by experts and a performance of excerpts of the manuscript music by Alamire ensemble.

Another Russia: Post-Soviet Printmaking

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

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

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

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

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

BBC Proms

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

BBC Proms Extra

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

BBC Proms for all the Family

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

Behind the Scenes spirit tour

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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.

Bibliothèque Quentin Blake

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

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.

Building of the Royal Albert Hall

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

California

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

Cartier in Motion

25th May - 28th July
Design Museum Kensington
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Curated by Lord Norman Foster, this exhibition explores the creativity of Cartier and design. Cartier in Motion includes over 170 exhibits alongside rare insights into the research and work of the designers at Cartier, through extracts from material found in the Cartier Archives.

Casino Royale in Concert

30th Sept & 1st Oct
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Casino Royale will be screened for the first time with the score performed live by a full symphony orchestra. The entire Bond score will be performed live, as the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra play David Arnold’s powerful score in sync with the film on the big screen.

Christie's South Kensington cafe

Christie's South Kensington
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Open weekdays - pop in and enjoy a fresh coffee and browse the UK's busiest salesroom.

Christies auction house

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

Ciné Kids

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

Cine Lumiere

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

Circque du Soleil - Ovo

7 Jan - 11 Feb
3pm, 3.30pm, 7.30pm, 8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Cirque du Soleil returns to the iconic Royal Albert Hall in 2018 with its never before seen in the UK show, OVO! A colourful carnival of crazy crickets, amazing ants and flexible fleas, Rush headlong into an ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and love.

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.

Cocoon

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

Kids

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

17th Nov
Imperial College London
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Find inspiration through interactive demonstration lectures or a series of smaller career insight sessions 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

17th Nov
Goethe-Institut
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Sessions for students will focus on careers and opportunities with German and science, sport, design, theatre and film as well as business. The sessions will be led by experts who have combined their knowledge of the German language and their professional skills. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the German language and culture. Bookings opening soon.

Creative Quarter at the Natural History Museum

17th Nov
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Visit the Natural History Museum to meet our scientists, discover more about cutting-edge scientific research going on behind-the-scenes, and ask questions about careers in science.

Creative Quarter at the Royal Albert Hall

17th Nov
10am, 2pm
Royal Albert Hall
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From Ed Sheeran and Adele to Harry Potter book launches and Bond premieres – have you ever wondered how the Royal Albert Hall does it all?! A Day in The Life shows the insider perspective on how we run one of London’s most iconic and versatile venues. Bookings will be made through the Education & Outreach team at education@royalalberthall.com and each tour will have 20 places available.

Creative Quarter at the Science Museum

17th Nov
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Join the Science Museum to see where science skills can take you and discover how scientists, engineers, designers and photographers really have shaped our world. There’ll be chance to explore our Media Space photography exhibition and the Engineer Your Future gallery alongside exclusive workshops and activities. To book email edbookings@sciencemuseum.org.uk

Creative Quarter at the V&A

17th 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 Jaguar, Arup, the makers of Minecraft Xbox 360 and Punchdrunk. Take part in exciting drop-in events and hands-on workshops including fashion design, ceramics, architecture and much more…

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Creative Quarter Engineering Tour

17th Nov
10.45am - 2.45pm
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Join a special Creative Quarter tour where volunteers from Imperial will take you on a South Kensington tour of engineering. Starting at the V&A, hear about Arup's innovative engineering solutions, then take a tour at the Royal Albert Hall for an insider perspective on how they run one of London’s most iconic and versatile venues and finally hear from Imperial's team about how robotics can reproduce missing human limbs giving complete dexterity and could soon even surpass our own biology. For further details and to book please contact outreach@imperial.ac.uk. The booking for one group of 20 people.

Crime Scene Live

18th Aug, 30th Oct, 13th Nov
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.

Designing the V&A

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

Diana: Her Fashion Story

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

Digital Design Weekend

23rd-24th Sept
10.30-5pm
V&A
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Bringing together artists, designers, engineers, technologists and the public to celebrate and share contemporary digital art and design. Participants take over the Museum with pop up installations, robotics, creative electronics, talks, workshops, family-friendly events and more.

Digital Missions

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

Dino Snores for Kids

25th Feb, 11th Mar, 8th Apr
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

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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

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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.

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 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.

Disney Fantasia - Live in Concert

23rd Oct
1.30pm, 6.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Over half-term, as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film, enjoy best-loved moments from Walt Disney’s original 1940 Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 on the big screen, with live music from the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Disney in Concert: Beauty & the Beast

9th December
2pm, 6.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told, is presented live in concert for the first time ever, with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Drop-in: Design Summer

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

Dunkirk: The IMAX Experience

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

Engineer your future

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

Europe 1600-1815

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

Course

Evening Classes at Imperial

Oct 2017-Mar 2018
6-8pm
Imperial College London
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Sign up for a course at Imperial where a wide variety languages are offered at different levels as well as an expanding range of Arts, Humanities and Science courses.

Exhibition Road Engineering Resident: Julian Melchiorri

Various dates between Oct-Mar '18
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Visit the first engineer in residence in his studio to find out more about his ground-breaking research in the field of bio-engineering and his residency at the Museum tied to the Engineering Season and the Exhibition Road Building Project.

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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

17th Nov
Royal College of Music
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What does a creative career in music look like? From performing to teaching, composing and more, this session will explore potential musical pathways and feature guest speakers, live music and interactive workshop elements. Join us and take away a knowledge of the skills required for a successful portfolio career in music. To book please telephone the RCM Box Office on 020 7591 4314

Exploring space

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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.

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,

Fashion

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

Ferrari: Under the Skin

15th Nov - 15th April 2018
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Design Museum Kensington
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A major exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, celebrating one of the great adventures of the industrial age. A behind-the-scenes look at the design, manufacturing and engineering of one of the most iconic car brands on the planet.

Festival of Film

7 Oct - 3 Nov
Royal Albert Hall
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The Festival of Film returns, celebrating the magic of the movies, while shining a spotlight on cinema’s most stunning scores. Packed with immersive movie and music experiences, including a host of screenings, concerts with a film flavour, exhibitions, talks and tours.

Film Quiz for Kids:

24th Oct
10.30am, 2pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A runaway hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this brand new family fun quiz is unlike anything you have seen before. Hosted by one of the UK’s favourite stand-ups, Patrick Monahan, this quiz goes where no quiz has gone before.

Outdoors

From Baroque to Rock

18th Aug
6.30-9.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - famous for putting classical music in new places without the rules - are coming to Kensington Palace for a special outdoor summer gig. A concert inspired by the palace and its current Enlightened Princesses exhibition, Bring a blanket & a picnic!

Futuropolis: Young People's Festival

12th August
11-5pm
V&A
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Futuropolis explores the urban environment highlighting the biggest issues affecting young people today, from the housing crisis to sustainability and innovation. A day of free drop-in talks, workshops, displays and performances devised by young people.

Gallery Talk: Jon Abbott (Barnbrook) and Brian Studak (Plaid)

31st July
6.15-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join designers Jon Abbott and Brian Studak on an exclusive after-hours tour of the Design Museum exhibition ‘California: Designing Freedom’ offering an insight into the design process and spatial narrative behind the exhibition.

Get into Design Family Workshop

27th Aug
1-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join the team from OKIDO in this fun-packed, three hour workshop session to design and make your model vehicle to take home. Families will have the chance to race and test drive their vehicles and learn how to design through making.

Goethe at Lux Resident Artist - Liz Rosenfeld

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

Goethe-Kino: 24 Hours

27th Sept
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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This engaging drama follows popular stand-up comedian Astrid, whose unborn child has been diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. Her decision to keep the baby is much celebrated in the media. Things change when the child’s condition turns out to be worse.

Goethe-Kino: Deadweight & Q&A

25th Oct
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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Pressed for time, Ahti Ikonen, the captain of a large container ship, orders his crew to illegally unload cargo. When one of the crew dies, Ahti has to face the moral consequences. A stunningly shot insight into the global shipping industry.

Goethe-Kino: Don't Look at me that way

29th Nov
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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Neighbours Hedi and Iva meet through Iva’s young daughter Sofia – the pawn in the fast evolving love affair between the two very different women. When Iva’s estranged father enters the picture, Hedi makes a calamitous move. A tense and challenging exploration of desire and power.

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

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

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert

27th-28th April 2018
1pm, 6pm, 7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Harry Potter™ will return to the Royal Albert Hall with a sensational live orchestral screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. Projected in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.

Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour

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

Hinze Hall Opening

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

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.

How to photograph a night sky

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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

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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.

Illuminating India

21 Sep to 25 Mar 2018
Science Museum
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This autumn there will be season of exhibitions and events dedicated to the people, culture and skills of India. The programme will centre on two exhibitions celebrating the country's rich culture and history of innovation.

Imagination Station: Summer Holidays

30th July - 1st Sept
10.30-5pm
V&A
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Transform the John Madejski Garden with new structures and surfaces. On Fridays, work with Architects from AL_A and engineers from Arup. Recommended for ages 3+

Information Age

Daily
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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.

Into the Woods: Trees in Illustration

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

Investigate for Families

Daily
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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.

Jaws in Concert

21st October
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Steven Spielberg’s original summer movie blockbuster Jaws will be screened at the Hall for the first time, accompanied by a live performance of the iconic score which won John Williams his first Academy Award®.

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!

Kensington Palace Family Fantastical

18th-20th August
12pm & 3pm
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Come to this exclusive family event at Kensington Palace and watch English National Ballet perform a version of Sleeping Beauty from their My First Ballet series. The Science Museum will perform a “greatest hits” of their awe-inspiring shows and there will be plenty of laughs thrown in along the way.

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.

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

Late Night Laughs - Comedians Cinema Club

27th Oct
9.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Chaotic, alcohol-fuelled and very funny indeed, Comedians Cinema Club brings together the UK’s best comedians and forces them to improvise their way through movies. These movies are brash, hilarious, nothing like the originals, and a sure-fire blockbuster hit!

Late Night Laughs at the Royal Albert Hall

Every Friday
Royal Albert Hall
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Every Friday night the Elgar Room has become the regular venue for stand up comedy featuring a range of brilliant comedians.

Late Night Proms worth staying up for

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

Le Café Aubaine

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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.

London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails: Creative Quarter

Get out and about this summer with the Mayor’s new London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails which includes the 'Creative Quarter' in South Kensington. Taking you on a circular trail starting at the V&A, up Exhibition Road and through the Royal Parks.

London Design Festival

16th-24th Sept
V&A
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As the festival hub, the V&A will house a broad range of specially-commissioned installations and displays around the Museum by some of the world’s most exciting designers, as well as a huge programme of events including 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.

Magazine Restaurant

Serpentine Galleries
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The Magazine was designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid. Open from breakfast through to lunch and afternoon tea, The Magazine also serves weekend brunch.

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. -

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.

Movie Nights at the Natural History Museum

12th-15th August
7.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Take your seat, grab some popcorn and snacks, and settle in for Movie Nights at the Museum. Celebrate the arrival of the blue whale in Hintze Hall with an ocean-inspired cinema season including Jaws, Free Willy, The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo.

Musical Moments

First Monday of every month
7pm
Ognisko Polskie
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These concerts take place on the first Monday of every month and are followed by a buffet with wine. Presenting young, highly talented musicians who are already making their mark in the music world.

Kids

My Orchestral Adventure

25th Oct
1pm, 4.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Help us navigate stormy seas and survive a shipwreck in this magical, musical journey for all the family! There will be singing, dancing and best of all, a full symphony orchestra will bring the adventure to life.

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.

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.

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Numberjump

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

Ocean Liners

3rd Feb - 10th June 2018
V&A
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Experience a unique journey through the design stories of the world's greatest ocean liners, including the Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra, and discover how these impressive vessels still loom large in our cultural imagination.

Our Lives in Data

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

Park Nights

30th June - 22nd Sep
8pm
Serpentine Galleries
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The Serpentine Galleries announces a new summer of Park Nights, its annual series of experimental and interdisciplinary encounters, sited in the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion designed by the award-winning architect Francis Kéré.

Pattern Pod

Daily
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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.

Plywood: Material of the Modern World

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

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.

Proms in the Park

9th Sept
From 5.15pm
Hyde Park
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Pop Legends Steps, Texas, Sir Ray Davies and Gilbert O’Sullivan celebrate the Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park. Hosted by Michael Ball, and featuring Sir Bryn Terfel, Elaine Paige and the BBC Concert Orchestra, this is a night you just can’t miss!

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.

Radical Kitchen - Recipes for Building Community & Creating Change

Wednesdays in July & Aug
1pm
Serpentine Galleries
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Radical Kitchen is a new series of community picnic talks that will take place in the Serpentine Pavilion. Mazi Mas, an award-winning roaming restaurant established by migrant women, will co-host London community groups and campaign organisations.

RCM Sparks

Various
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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

Robots

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

Robots 3D film

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

Rosie Wylie

29th Nov - 4th Feb
Serpentine Galleries
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Rose Wylie finds visual material for her large-scale paintings in a wide range of sources: from art history, cinema and comic books, to daily observations, news and celebrity stories.

Royal Albert Hall - Time Machine

Online
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 - Exploring Careers in Music

17th Nov
Royal College of Music
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What does a creative career in music look like? From performing to teaching, composing and more, this session will explore potential musical pathways and feature guest speakers, live music and interactive workshop elements. Join us and take away a knowledge of the skills required for a successful portfolio career in music. To book please telephone the RCM Box Office on 020 7591 4314 (open weekdays 10am – 4pm).

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.

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.

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
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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's Shake Bar

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

Science Night

8th Jul, 16 Sep, 7 Oct, 11 Nov, 9th Dec
6.45pm-10am
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Science Night is a special overnight event for 7-11 year olds featuring exciting hands-on workshops, science shows, a sleepover at the Science Museum among the amazing exhibits, followed by a tasty breakfast and a breathtaking film in the IMAX Theatre.

Sensational Butterflies

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

Free

Serpentine Pavilion

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

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.

Soundtrack Silent Disco

20th Oct
10pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A special late night Silent Disco in the Loading Bay, deep below the Hall’s iconic auditorium. Come along dressed as your favourite movie character and dance the night away listening to some of cinema’s most iconic soundtrack hits!

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.

Soyuz TMA-19M: Tim Peake's Spacecraft

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

Space Descent with Tim Peake

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

Space Spectacular

11-12th May 2018
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A voyage through a galaxy of favourite music from deep space and beyond, with lights, lasers and indoor fireworks. Space Spectacular will feature works by Holst, Strauss and John Williams.

Story of the Proms

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

Summer Sparks Events

23rd July - 5th Aug
Various
Royal College of Music
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Over the Summer holidays, come along to the Royal College of Music Mini Sparks & Family Create events - be part of an orchestra and make music! For various ages.

Symphonic Star Wars

29th Oct
3pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Feel the force of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a one-off spectacular family show featuring the most iconic music by John Williams from the Star Wars® films in a dazzling light show!

The Addams Family in Concert

26th Oct
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Barry Sonnenfeld’s delightfully twisted comedy fantasy The Addams Family (1991) will enjoy its world premiere screening accompanied by live orchestra as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film!

Free

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.

The Future of Health

23rd Sept
2-5.30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join the Design Museum to explore how smart technology is transforming healthcare and our relationship to the human body, in partnership with Imperial College London.

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.

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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 Luna Cinema at Kensington Palace

8th-11th Aug
7pm
Kensington Palace
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Four nights of fantastic films, with Kensington Palace and its grounds as the most stunning backdrop imaginable. Films include Bridget Jones' Baby, The Goonies, Moulin Rouge and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

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 Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

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

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The Vaults

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.

The White Garden

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

Theatre & Performence

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

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.

Torbjørn Rødland: The Touch That Made You

29th Sept - 19th Nov
Serpentine Galleries
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Torbjørn Rødland is a Los Angeles-based photographer who creates portraits, still lives and landscapes, which simultaneously inhabit, defamiliarise and disrupt the realm of the everyday.

Tour of the Great Exhibition

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Navigate through a virtual Crystal Palace and experience Prince Albert's great achievement and see what captured the hearts of the Victorian world.

V&A Back packs

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

V&A cafe & Garden cafe

Enjoy a wide selection of food and drink in three beautifully designed period rooms, in the world's oldest museum restaurant.

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 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: Hack. Make. Create

28th July
6.30-10pm
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Join London’s maker spaces to resist mass production and uncover how hacked machines and open source design are changing the way we make and live. Explore production process and question whether this a sustainable movement?

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.

Valentina Tereshkova

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

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.

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.

Free

Voyages

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

Wade Guyton: Das New Yorker Atelier, Abridged

29th Sept - 4th Feb 2018
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American artist Wade Guyton uses digital technologies – iPhones, cameras, computers and consumer-grade Epson printers – as tools to create both large-scale paintings on linen and smaller compositions on paper.

Whales: Beneath the Surface

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

What is Promming?

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

Wildlife Garden

1st April - early Nov
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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.

Photography

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

Daily
Science Museum
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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.

Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care

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

Yoga and Coffee Morning at the V&A

5th Aug
8.45-11am
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Join Yoga instructor Aoife Espinosa for an hour long Dynamic Hatha Yoga session suitable for all levels of experience before the doors open to the public. Then enjoy a specially created tour of the V&A collections to get your weekend off to the best possible start.