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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

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

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 Midsummer Night's Dream

5th, 6th, 8th, 10th March
7pm
Royal College of Music
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Based on Shakespeare's comic play, RCM alumnus Benjamin Britten’s much-loved opera A Midsummer Night's Dream has enchanted audiences since its first performance at the Aldeburgh Festival over 50 years ago.

A Palace Princess

Various dates
10.30am, 12.30pm
Kensington Palace
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SEND pupils can explore the palace in which Victoria spent her childhood, learning about some of her favourite toys. This session is based partly in a classroom and partly on route in the palace, and lasts around 75 minutes.

Advanced Photography

16th Jan - 13th Mar
10.30 - 1pm
V&A
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Take your photography to the next level with this eight-week course. Learn how to achieve great photographs by exploring texture, light and composition, along with how to prepare your images for print.

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.

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Anthony Crickmay: Photographing People and Performance

On til 10th June
V&A
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This display, celebrating the career of internationally acclaimed photographer Anthony Crickmay in his 80th year, includes photographs of theatre, fashion, Morocco, and Crickmay’s principal interests, dance and portraitures.

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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 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.

Bach Cantatas

4th March
3pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra come together to perform two joyous cantatas by JS Bach.

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Backpacks

Until 7th March
10am - 5pm
V&A
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Available to borrow from Level 1, Sackler Centre, the V&A's award-winning backpacks are recommended for 5-12 years, whilst under 5s can explore sounds and textures with the Agent Animal bag. Discover curious ceramic objects, architectural inventions and incredible interiors.

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.

Beyond Words: Photomontage Workshop

31st March
10.30-4.30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Create your own political graphics in this workshop with designer, artist and activist Noel Douglas.

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.

Black Voices - Late Night Jazz

1st March
Doors 9:10pm; Starts 9:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Black Voices is the leading, all-female a cappella collective in Europe, and are globally celebrated for bringing the black oral tradition to the a cappella world stage. They have opened for some of the greatest names in music, including Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Fisk Jubilee Singers and Take 6.

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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.

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.

César & Her

4th - 31st March
Various times
Institut français
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Celebrating International Women's Day and a century of women's suffrage in the UK, take a look at the women that were celebrated in France’s most prestigious Cinema Award ceremony, the César.

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.

Cine Lumiere

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

Cinema Made in Italy 2018

7th - 11th March
Various times
Institut français
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Ciné Lumière teams up again with Istituto Luce Cinecittà and the Italian Cultural Institute in London to present the 8th edition of Cinema Made in Italy. Expect a brand-new array of cinematic delights, melding all genres from hilarious romcoms to action thrillers.

Circque du Soleil - Ovo

7 Jan - 4 Mar
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.

Classical Spectacular Schools' Matinee

16th Mar
12.50pm
Royal Albert Hall
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This dazzling classical music concert with incredible lights, lasers and special effects is suitable for students of Key Stages 2 and 3. A teachers' resource pack will be available from January. Booking required.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert

14th June
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Steven Spielberg’s 1977 UFO blockbuster Close Encounters of the Third Kind will be screened at the Royal Albert Hall, with John Williams’ groundbreaking score performed live to picture by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and English Chamber Choir, conducted by Ernst Van Tiel.

Cocoon

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

Collections Events

12th, 19th Feb, 5th Mar
2.30-4pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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A series of afternoon talks given by speakers whose work is closely connected to the Society’s Collections and inspired by travel, exploration, people and places.

Composition for Screen Showcase

16th March
7.30pm
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Don’t miss this chance to hear music by current RCM composers as it’s meant to be experienced – performed live to new films by young producers, projected above the players in the atmospheric Britten Theatre.

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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.

Crime Scene Live

2nd Feb, 9th Mar 2018
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.

DAOWO - Blockchain Labs & Debates for reinventing the arts

26th Oct - 29th Mar 2018
Various
Goethe-Institut
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This series brings together artists, musicians, technologists, engineers, and theorists to join forces in the interrogation and production of new blockchain technologies.

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.

Design Museum x Equinox Yoga

14th April
8am
Design Museum Kensington
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Start your morning with vinyasa yoga hosted by Equinox at the Design Museum. Under the guidance of Adam Husler, practise to the accompaniment of pianist Karim Kamar and a live performance by singer Laura Keetle. Following this, a private viewing of Ferrari:Under the Skin.

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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.

Designers in Residence Takeover

10th March
12 noon - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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This one day event brings together a spectacular line-up of speakers across the fields of design, architecture, science, film, food and performance to reflect on topics including; machine intelligence, diasporic identities, homelessness, and representations of nature through technology.

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.

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Digital Kids: Easter holidays

30th March - 3rd April
10.30am - 5pm
V&A
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Get creative with technology and transport yourself across the globe. Recommended for ages 5+, you can find this free drop-in event in the Digital Studio at the Sackler Centre.

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.

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

23rd Mar
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

13th April, 4th May
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.

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Discover the Suffragettes

Various dates between 14th Mar - 27th Apr
10.30am - 12.15pm, 1.30pm - 2.45pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Key Stage Two students can participate in discussion and fun activities during a workshop and an exciting tour of the historic Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. Free of charge but booking required.

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.

Discovering People: Simon Armitage

22nd March
7pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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The Society invite public figures who have interesting personal views on society, the environment, and the world in general to share their thoughts and experiences. This spring they welcome multi-award-winning poet Simon Armitage to the Society in conversation with Martine Croxall.

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.

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Drop-in Design

7th Jan - 25th Mar
10.30 - 5pm
V&A
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Create your own mobile inspired by a classic children’s story or a storybook and see your tale come to life on the page. Make words bounce and climb around your favourite scenes

Easter family activities

30th March - 6th April
Kensington Palace
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Meet Queen Mary II at Kensington Palace this Easter, with drop-in sessions and family activities exploring her story and offering visitors the opportunity to create paper Chinese vases to add to her precious collection.

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.

Equality and Conductors

7th March
7pm
Institut français
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To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Institut français is hosting a panel of women conductors (Claire Gibault, Eìmear Noone and Alice Farnham) to debate on gender equality issues in the domain of classical and contemporary music with Lydia Connolly (Harrison Parrott).

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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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.

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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.

Exhibition Road Engineering Resident: Julian Melchiorri

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

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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 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.

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

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

Opens 21st April 2018
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.

Ferrari: Under the Skin

15th Nov - 15th April 2018
Daily
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 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.

Five Last Days

28th Feb
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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The five days between Sophie Scholl’s arrest and her execution on 22 February 1943 as experienced by her cell neighbour Else Gebe. A stripped-down, theatre-like approach which gives room to Scholl’s thoughts, her convictions and joys.

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!

Focus on Belgian Cinema

22nd - 25th Feb
Various times
Institut français
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Focus on Belgian Cinema lifts the lid on a multicultural, environmentally conscious, at times cynical society, to portray an altogether modern view on the world we live in. Organised by Wallonie-Bruxelles International and Flanders House, in collaboration with Ciné Lumière.

Free

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

Serpentine Galleries
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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

Geographical journeys: microlectures

15th Mar
7pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Join an action packed evening of adventure and discovery from the next generation of speakers. Six adventurers will have just 10 minutes to share their inspiring journeys in an illustrated short talk with a geographical theme.

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.

Free

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.

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.

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Hands-on Discovery Areas

Until 7th March
10am - 5.45pm
V&A
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Dance with a Venetian Harlequin in the ballrooms of Europe, draw and decorate your own silver trophy, try on a medieval gauntlet or fabulous corset, or challenge yourself to become a master of your craft. Look for the hands-on exhibits symbol on the V&A’s map.

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.

Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban

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.

Here and there Exhibition

21st March - 4th April
Ognisko Polskie
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Dominik Klimowski is a photographer and filmmaker. As part of our Ognisko Art Series we will feature selected work from Dominik Klimowski made over the past two decades, which relate to growing up in two quite different countries. Free to members and guests.

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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

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

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

Hyde Park
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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.

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 Got Life! + Q&A

21st March
6.30pm
Institut français
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Blandine Lenoir’s first feature is a cri du coeur to women over fifty with a heartfelt performance by French actress Agnès Jaoui (Le Goût des autres). This preview screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Blandine Lenoir.

Free

Ian Cheng

6th March - 28th May
10am - 6pm, except Mondays
Serpentine Galleries
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Ian Cheng will populate the Serpentine with artificial life drawing on principles of video game design, improvisation and cognitive science, Encounter BOBs (Bag of Beliefs) which will grow and evolve at all hours of the day as you find yourself being exhibited to them...

Free

Illuminating India

4 Oct to 31 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.

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

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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.

Free

Imperial Festival 2018

28th-29th April
12pm - 5pm
Imperial College London
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Make a date with discovery at Imperial Festival - a free weekend of exciting science, new technology, live music, fascinating talks, creative workshops and tasty freshly cooked grub!

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.

Free

Indian Spring Festival

25th Feb
11-5pm
V&A
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Take part in this free festival of Indian music and dance with performances given by members of the Bhavan Centre of Indian culture, art and heritage.

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.

International Women's Day

8th March
11-3pm
Kensington Palace
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This International Women's Day, discover more about the women who lived at Kensington Palace and how they helped changed society, through pop-up talks with tea and cake in Queen Victoria's Bedroom

International Women's Day at the RCM

8th March
6pm
Royal College of Music
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On International Women's Day RCM musicians celebrate the talents of groundbreaking female composers, including vocal works by Clara Schumann, Lili and Nadia Boulanger and Judith Weir.

Into The Woods: Trees in Photography

Until 23 March
V&A
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Trees have long been a source of inspiration for artists. This display explores the diverse representation of trees in photography – as botanical subjects and poetic symbols, in the context of the natural and human worlds.

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.

Is Luxury Sustainable?

27th Feb
6.30 - 7.45pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Luxury brands are rapidly expanding in societies across the globe. With this expansion, luxury is becoming increasingly accessible and losing its exclusivity. Join the Design Museum for an evening talk on luxury, sustainability and design.

Jazz for Kids - Women of Jazz

31st March
1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of Women and the Hall season, join the jazziest members of Albert’s Band as they explore songs performed by some of the amazing female jazz vocalists who have performed at the Hall throughout the years. Buggies, babies and budding musicians all welcome!

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

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

Kensington Palace

Daily
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

Daily
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.

Free

Keyboard Festival: Fin de la Belle Époque

11th March
11am
Royal College of Music
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This spring the annual keyboard festival marks the centenary of Debussy’s death with a complete performance of his evocative piano Préludes, interspersed with movements from Louis Vierne’s Symphony no 3 for organ. Doors are open all day.

Kids Tales 3-6

27th Jan, 10th Feb, 17th March
11am
Institut français
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These interactive Kids sessions will bring a touch of magic to your Saturday mornings. Fun, educational and exciting discoveries ahead in Power to the Imagination (27th Jan), Gluttony (10th Feb) and Like Two Peas in a Pod (17th March).

Kinoteka: Bestia

17th March
6pm
Ognisko Polskie
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The silent film stars Pola Negri in one of her first roles as a young cabaret dancer who falls in love with a married man. He abandons his wife for her, but when Pola realises he already has a family she wants nothing to do with him. Screening to be accompanied by a piano recital featuring Artur Haftman.

Kinoteka: Moonlight Sonata

18th March
6pm
Ognisko Polskie
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If you’re a fan of old-time love stories and classic piano, then this is the screening for you. The famous pianist Jan Paderewski plays himself as a house guest to a Swedish baroness. At the house her granddaughter is wooed by a smooth-talking charlatan. Screening followed by a piano recital.

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

Layale Chaker - Free Friday Music

2nd March
12:00 noon
Royal Albert Hall
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Layale Chaker, a globe trotting violinist, composer and improviser, will be playing at the Free Friday Music concert in the Royal Albert Hall's Verdi Italian Kitchen.

Le Booktube Club 8+

20th Jan, 10th Feb, 17th March
11am
Institut français
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Join the vibrant BookTube community! Have a shot at live blogging and put together filmed book reviews. Bring your favourite novel (20th Jan), comic book (10th Feb) or mystery story (17th March) and have a go.

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.

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.

Let the Sunshine In

8th March
8.40pm
Institut français
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Juliette Binoche is both incandescent and emotionally raw in Claire Denis’s Let the Sunshine In as Isabelle, a middle-aged Parisian artist in search of definitive love. This special screening is in celebration of International Women's Day.

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

LOEWE Craft Prize 2018

4th May - 17th June
Design Museum Kensington
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Featuring the nominees of the 2018 LOEWE prize, this exhibition seeks to reflect the merits of modern craftsmanship. The imagination, diversity, and techniques on display will attest to the crucial role artisans have in the ongoing construction of cultural heritage.

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.

Lustrous Surfaces

14th Oct - 26th Apr 2018
V&A
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Featuring 110 objects located throughout the Museum, including shrines, chests and rare Latin American examples, this display will highlight 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. -

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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.

Free

Mette Theatre: V&A Opera Resident

17th Jan - 23rd Mar
1-4pm
V&A
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Metta Theatre is a theatre company in residency at the V&A. During their residency they are collaborating with composer Oliver Brignall to develop a new opera 'roles' exploring canonical female characters emancipated from the historically male gaze.

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Moomins and the Comet - Live re-score

3rd June
5pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Following the album release of the acclaimed soundtrack to the UK TV version of the The Moomins, one of its original composers, Graeme Miller, has created a new full re-scoring of Tove Jansson’s second Moomins book, Comet in Moominland.

Movie Nights at the Museum

2nd & 3rd March
7.15pm, 10.15pm
Natural History Museum
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See your science fiction favourites - Star Wars and Star Trek - on the big screen with Movie Nights at the Museum. See some of the iconic galleries after hours and free from the crowds, before settling in for an evening of cinema.

Free

Music and Ideas: Redefining classical concerts for online audiences

8th March
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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In this presentation Matt Parkin explores how various elements of the concert experience are being delivered in the online world. Tickets free but booking required.

Free

Music and Shakespeare

5th March
5.15pm
Royal College of Music
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Ahead of our first performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, join us for a celebration of Shakespeare’s texts set to music by Schubert, Schumann, Quilter, Joseph Horovitz, Finzi and Poulenc in this pre-opera event. Tickets free but booking required.

Music Rendezvous with Da Silva

28th Feb
7.30pm
Institut français
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Always keen on experimenting with new sounds, Da Silva‘s music incorporates influences from blues, fado and electronic music. His tone is one of somber melancholy, making for captivating performances. The show will be followed by an intimate chat with the public.

Music Rendezvous with Malik Djoudi

28th March
7.30pm
Institut français
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Backed by minimal electronic sounds, Malik Djoudi‘s beautiful androgynous voice offers a mesmerizing musical experience. The show will be followed by an intimate chat with the public.

My Great Orchestral Adventure

26th May
1pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Aliens have arrived on planet Earth and they are not happy! The record player on their spaceship is broken - help the Orchestra of Adventurers bring musical harmony back to the galaxy with music from Grieg, Holst and Star Wars!

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

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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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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.

New Works - Natasha Kumar and Paul Vanstone

6th - 17th March
10am - 5pm weekdays, or until 4pm Saturdays
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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This significant exhibition of works by leading British-Indian Artists Natasha Kumar, and one of its most prominent figurative sculptors in stone, Paul Vanstone will be their fifth exhibition together at the Royal Geographical Society.

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: Mates Lates

23rd Feb
6-10pm
Natural History Museum
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Birds do it, bees do it, and even baboons do it. Join the Lates to explore social behaviours in the animal kingdom. From courtship to co-operation, discover how relationships make the natural world go round.

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.

Ognisko Ensemble: Chopin, Tchaikovsky

22nd & 23rd Feb
7.30pm
Ognisko Polskie
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Founded and directed by violinist Michał Ćwiżewicz, the ensemble brings together leading chamber musicians in programmes featuring string and piano ensembles, song and instrumental recitals, as well as collaborating with illustrious guest artists from the UK and abroad.

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

30th Sept 2017 - 25th Feb 2018
V&A
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Last chance to see this first exhibition in the breathtaking new Sainsbury Gallery Together the V&A and the Royal Opera House present a landmark exhibition exploring a vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day.

Orchestral Masterworks: Ravel's Mother Goose Suite

8th March
7pm
Royal College of Music
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One of Ravel's most exquisite works, the whimsical suite of fairy-tales inspired by the Mother Goose stories is led by Assistant Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Holly Mathieson.

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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.

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.

Planet Earth II Live

13th May 2018
2pm, 6pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Planet Earth II Live in Concert brings us closer to the spellbinding animals, landscapes and wildlife dramas on our planet than ever before. This musical and visual concert features breath-taking footage from the BBC series, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers.

Play your Gender

8th March
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Women and the Hall season, join them on International Women’s Day for a special documentary screening of Play Your Gender. In this film producer Kinnie Starr speaks to music industry stars and veterans about the realities of being a woman in the recording studio.

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Pop-up Performance: Easter holidays

30th March - 3rd April
11am, 1pm, 3pm
V&A
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Join for adventures at sea around the world in an interactive and playful performance, with original music and songs by Jo Girdlestone. Performance duration approximately 30 minutes in room 41 on level 1.

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Pop-up Performance: Winnie-the-Pooh

6th Jan - 24th Mar
11am, 1pm, 3pm
V&A
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Celebrate the opening of the new Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibition this Winter with free performance activities for all the family, including early years on Saturdays.

Power UP

30th March - 15th April
Science Museum
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'Enter the game' this Easter and catch Power UP, back by popular demand for a third year. A whole area of the museum will be filled with all the essential retro games and over 180 consoles, so you can Power UP and game on.

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.

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.

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.

RCM Sparks Lunchtime Concert for Schools

7th March
1pm
Royal College of Music
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Join the Royal College of Music Philharmonic and presenter Hannah Conway and be enchanted by the fairytale magic of Ravel's Mother Goose Suite. For Key Stage 2. All schools booking receive a specially written teacher resource pack to accompany this concert.

RCM Symphony Orchestra: Stravinsky's Journey

27th Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Singers from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory join us for Renard – the fable of the Fox, the Cock, the Tomcat and the Ram – and Mavra, based on a poem by Pushkin, which tell nostalgic stories from Stravinsky's homeland in Russia.

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.

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

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 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.

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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.

Russian Chamber Music: Dance & Turbulence

16th May
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Mieczyslaw Weinberg's unique works are paired alongside chamber pieces by his good friend Shostakovich and Prokofiev’s 'Trapeze' quartet written for a travelling troupe in Paris.

Russian Chamber Music: News & Suspense

13th March
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Discover the revolutionary soundworld of Alexander Mosolov with one of his provocative miniatures for voice inspired by newspaper announcements.

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.

School Screenings

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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
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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.

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Science Museum Lates: Sweat, Tears and Triumph

28th Feb
6.45-10pm
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Try your hand at cricket in the batting cage and marvel at the aerial acrobatics of our BMX and trials bike riders performing stunts in the museum. Sport Relief are curating some very special events themed around their ‘BT Red Nose Climb’. Stellar guests include Kimberley Walsh and McFly / McBusted heart-throb Harry Judd.

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 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.

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.

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
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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.

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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!

Free

Sondra Perry; Typhoon Coming

6th March - 20th May
10-6pm, except Mondays
Serpentine Galleries
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This spring, the Serpentine presents the first European solo exhibition of American artist Sondra Perry, who explores the intersection of black identity, digital culture and power structures through video, media, installation and performance.

Free

South Asia

Open Daily
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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.

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.

Film

Special Preview: Western

28th March
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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This month's Geothe-Kino presents Western. When a German construction crew starts work in a remote part of Bulgaria, rivalries unfold with the local villagers. A true Western building up to the duel or perhaps aiming for something else?

Star Trek Beyond in Concert

3rd June
2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of a Star Trek weekend, Star Trek Beyond – In Concert will be screened in the Royal Albert Hall, with Michael Giacchino’s score performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Ernst Van Tiel.

Star Trek in Concert

2nd June
2.30pm, 7.30 pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Prepare for warp speed once again… set your phasers to stun… and get ready to boldly go where no one has gone before… Star Trek – In Concert, with Michael Giacchino’s score performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Ernst Van Tiel.

Storytelling and Music Sessions

9th Jan - 22nd March
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.

Suffragettes at the Hall Tour

8th Mar - 26th April
1pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Hear the undiscovered stories of the suffrage campaign, as part of our Women and the Hall season celebrating a centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. The Hall played an important role in the women’s struggle to gain this right to vote as the venue for women’s suffrage rallies.

Free

Superbugs: The Fight for Our Lives

On until Spring 2018
Daily
Science Museum
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This new 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.

Swing Dance

4th April
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Dance the Lindy Hop, Jive and Jitterbug as you spend the evening moving and grooving as Albert’s Big Band perform live renditions of classics. Whether you are completely new to swing dance or a seasoned pro, get on your glad rags and join us for a good old-fashioned knees up!

T(h)inker Club 9-12

13th Jan, 10th Feb, 10th March
2.30pm
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Create your own design and devise your own machine by using soft circuits (electronics and paper), e-textile and recycled materials. This is the perfect workshop for little inventors to experiment with sciences, technology, design, arts & crafts.

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.

That's What She Said

7th March
9.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of Women and the Hall, That’s What She Said presents a one-off night of fierce, feminist truth, fiction, politics and poetry, from the most incendiary, intoxicating women writers and performers around.

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 Big Space Day

6th May
11am
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of the Festival of Science: Space families and children of all ages are invited to come and explore the Royal Albert Hall’s intergalactic universe. This free family event features a host of interactive activities spread throughout our historic building.

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 Divine Order + Q&A

6th March
8.30pm
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Switzerland,1971. Despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women are still denied the right to vote. A dutiful housewife, Nora (Marie Leuenberger), becomes the poster child of her town’s suffragette movement.

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 Future of the Car

17th March
11-5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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This symposium brings together leading voices within the field of automotive design, spatial practice and technology to discuss the future of the car.

The Future Starts Here

12th May - 4th Nov 2018
V&A
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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.

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The Imagination Station: Easter holidays

30th March - 3rd April
10.30am - 5pm
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Come along for a sea-faring adventure, voyaging across the oceans of the world to discover treasures from countries near and far with plenty of free activities. Find it at the Sackler Centre for arts education reception.

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The Italian Gardens

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

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 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 School of Life

10th, 11th, 24th Feb
Various
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This film, in French with English subtitles, follows the adventures of a young boy freed from an orphanage to live on a vast estate in Sologne, exploring the forest and its secrets. Certified U.

The Shape of Water

16th Feb - 1st March
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During the Cold War, in the hidden US high-security laboratory where she works as a cleaner, Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation until she discovers a secret experiment… A frontrunner for the 2018 Oscars, and leads BAFTA nominations with 12 nods.

The Sound of Music

3rd - 25th Feb
Various times
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From 3 to 25 February, Ciné Lumière pays tribute to multi-awarded composer Alexandre Desplat, and to other great French score composers. Alexandre Desplat will grace Ciné Lumière with an exclusive on-stage discussion, before attending the BAFTA Awards Ceremony, on 18 February.

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.

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The Vaults

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

Thomas Trotter Recital

25th Feb
5pm
Royal College of Music
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Experience the full power of the RCM's new organ with a rush-hour concert from world-renowned organist Thomas Trotter, to end the day-long organ festival celebration.

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.

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Tomorrow's World

Open daily
Science Museum
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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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Treasures

Open Daily
Natural History Museum
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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.

TriOperas performing live in the Opera: Passion, Power & Politics exhibition

16th - 25th Feb
1-1.30pm
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The grand finale to Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition is a series of free lunchtime performances giving you a sneak peek of the hit show, TriOperas. Three legendary operas - Turandot, Madam Butterfly and Carmen - come together for a journey of love, vengeance, tears and laughter.

Unravelling French Cinema

27th Feb
7pm
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Cinema experts, scholars and authors Ginette Vincendeau, Alastair Phillips, Michael Temple and Michael Witt gather to celebrate the releases of Paris in Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur (BFI), and of the second edition of The French Cinema Book (BFI).

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 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 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 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: The Future of Dating

23rd Feb
6.30-10pm
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With dating apps ever increasing, finding love is now as much about an algorithm as physical attraction. Join this Late to swipe, like, and explore the future of dating. What role do data and technology play, and what is at stake in terms of chemistry, privacy and who knows our preferences best?

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.

Venom: Killer and Cure

On until 13th May 2018
Natural History Museum
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Venom will take visitors on a journey through the eyes of both predator and prey, exploring the effects caused by venomous attacks and the attempt to scientifically measure the power that venom holds.

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.

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.

Wear & Seek: Designing Camouflage with Peut-Porter

24th March
10.30-4.30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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This workshop invites you to design your own camouflage-wear for the age of digital surveillance. Through discussion and live-demonstration, you will explore new forms of human and machine vision, including augmented and virtual reality.

Whales: Beneath the Surface

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

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Who Am I?

Open Daily
Science Museum
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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 28th May 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.

Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic

9th Dec 2017 - 8th April 2018
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This multi-sensory and playful exhibition explores the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh - one of the most adored fictional characters of all time. Includes sketches, proofs, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion.

Women and the Hall

25th Jan - 26th April
Royal Albert Hall
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Women and the Hall celebrates the women who formed the Royal Albert Hall’s history and were instrumental in the fight for women’s suffrage, and provides a platform for the women who are shaping our future, through a season of talks, film screenings and performances.

Women at Imperial

5-9th March
Imperial College London
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Women@Imperial is an annnual celebration that celebrates female staff and students at Imperial, past and present, and to raise awareness of the schemes that the College runs to support women. Includes a series of events including an exhibition in the Main Entrance, lectures and screenings.

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

3rd June
8.15-9.30am
Natural History Museum
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Rise and shine at the Natural History Museum with a unique yoga class hosted in collaboration with East of Eden. After your class enjoy exclusive access to an exhibition or gallery before the Museum opens.

Yoga with Live Music

3rd March
10.30 am
Royal Albert Hall
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Join yoga teacher Jasmine Pradhan and cellist Timothée Botbol for a special Yoga and Live Music session in the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room.

Zazie dans le Métro + intro

27th Feb
8.45pm
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Zazie dans le Métro is a merry farce depicting a satirical view of the French society in the early 60’s. In French with English subtitles, this film will be introduced by Ginette Vincendeau, Professor in Film Studies at King’s College London.