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23 things Londoners should do in Hyde Park

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

3D Red Arrows

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

A Beautiful Planet

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

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.

Art Club

Thursdays
4pm
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Explore art history and sharpen your pencils with these hands-on workshops. Recommended to book 3 sessions in a row to insure participants can learn, enjoy and create in the best conditions.

Babies Corner

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

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.

Beazley Designs of the Year

18th Oct - 28th Jan 2018
Last entry 5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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The annual Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition returns, providing a snapshot of the very best in innovative and exciting design from the past year bringing together over 60 global projects across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport.

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
Institut français
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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
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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

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Choirs by Candlelight: Poulenc, Un soir de neige

22nd Dec
7.30 - 8.30pm
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Poulenc's setting of Paul Eluard's Un soir de neige, written over Christmas of 1944, forms the centrepiece for this programme of festive choral music. Featured alongside other reflections on festive texts, this short recital will provide a moment of calm.

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Choirs by Candlelight: The Royal College of Music

8th Dec
7.30 - 8.30pm
V&A
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A festive concert performed by students from The Royal College of Music, one of the world's greatest conservatoires. Free, drop-in.

Christie's South Kensington cafe

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

Christies auction house

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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.

Christmas at the V&A

Opening 27th Nov
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Tune into the Christmas season with the V&A’s music themed festive programme. Take part in a range of events and activities for all ages, from choirs and soundscapes to candlelit concerts and a singing Christmas tree created by set designer Es Devlin.

Free

Christmas Bazaar

2nd-3rd Dec
From 12pm
Ognisko Polskie
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Enjoy live music and a selection of Christmas drinks and food while you browse stalls with lovely things to buy for presents, to decorate your house and tree or something special for yourself. All proceeds from the Bazaar will be going to Medical Aid for Poland Fund.

Christmas Festival

13th - 24th Dec
Royal Albert Hall
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Treat your family to the best festive entertainment in town with Raymond Gubbay’s Christmas Festival! The Royal Albert Hall is the perfect setting to hear wonderful artists and music at this special time of year.

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
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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.

Crime Scene Live

5th Jan, 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.

Designing the V&A

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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.

Free

Digital Kids: Musical Christmas

9th, 10th, 16th, 17th Dec
10.30-5pm
V&A
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Design your own interactive musical decoration for our Christmas tree or for you to take home.

Dino Snores for Kids

9 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 18 Nov, 20 Jan
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.

Dino Snores for Kids - Christmas Special

9th Dec
Natural History Museum
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This sleepover is an excellent opportunity for kids aged seven to 11 to explore the Museum after dark in a special Christmas setting. They'll take part in fun, educational activities with a Christmas touch and discover our T. rex hidden in shadows.

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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

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.

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 Places - Bolivia

22nd Nov
7pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Discover the best of Bolivia with an independent, expert panel. They will explore lively cities, imaginative landscapes and colourful market towns. There will be plenty to discover during this informative evening for first-time travellers to Bolivia.

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 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.

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.

Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World

22nd June - Nov 17
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Kensington Palace
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Enlightened Princesses tells the fascinating story of three German princesses who, through their wide-ranging interests and marriage into the British royal family, played pivotal roles in the age of enlightenment in Britain.

Europe 1600-1815

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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.

Self-Led
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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

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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.

Fashioned from Nature

Opens 21st April 2018
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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.

Father Christmas at the Hall

5th -24th Dec
9.30 - 5pm
Royal Albert Hall
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This winter, the Royal Albert Hall has been transformed into a festive wonderland, where you’ll discover snowy scenes and enchanting characters behind mysterious doorways. Come on an immersive, interactive journey to meet Father Christmas!

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 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.

Festive Family Rave

30th Dec
2-4pm
V&A
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Wear your festive best for a fun family get together with rave music, crafts and merry-making with award winning Big Fish Little Fish.

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Festive Physics

9th - 1st Jan
Times vary
Science Museum
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Find out how reindeer can fly, why you might not like Brussels sprouts and what makes crackers crack. This funny and exciting Christmas show will make you go 'Ho, ho, ho'!

From the Soundhouse: RCM Studios at 50

5th Dec
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the RCM Studios, significant works from each decade will be performed by professors and students who have been associated with the Studios during this time

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Games Lab: Video Games & Apps

Various Saturdays
2.30pm
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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

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.

Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze

On until 3rd Sep 2017
Kensington Gardens
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Gorilla Circus flying Trapeze School returns for a summer of Flying Trapeze in Kensington Gardens. Anyone can come and learn to fly in one of our two hour drop-in classes or courses, our youngest students are 8, our oldest (so far) 78!

Harlem Quartet

4th Dec
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Continuing its three-year residency, New York’s Harlem Quartet returns to the RCM for a concert of exciting works, featuring pieces by Beethoven and Webern.

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.

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

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.

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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!

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Imperial Fringe - Walking on Air

5th Dec
5-8pm
Imperial College London
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How do we investigate the invisible gases that surround us? How does Christmas affect our atmosphere? Find out as you enter a supersonic wind tunnel, hold a cloud in your hand and explore London’s air pollution and its impact on your health. Drop-in event.

India in Space: Moumita Dutta in Conversation

29th Nov
7.30pm
Science Museum
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Join The Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock in discussion with Moumita Dutta exactly how the ISRO managed to send a probe 33.9 million miles across the solar system to Mars for less than it cost to make the film Gravity, and enlightening us on India’s upcoming lunar mission.

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.

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

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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.

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 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.

Lady Rose Cholmondeley Charity Concert

23rd Nov
7.30pm
Ognisko Polskie
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Lady Rose Cholmondeley, chair of the Chopin Society, will be hosting a fundraising event for the Irena Sendler Award. It will include a concert, auction, raffle and canapes and wine.

Music

Late Night Jazz

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

Le Café Aubaine

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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'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.

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

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

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.

Musical Moments - Iyad Sughayer

4th Dec
7.30pm
Ognisko Polskie
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'Musical Momments' concerts take place on the first Monday of every month and are followed by a buffet with wine. December welcomes Jordanian-Palestinian pianist Iyad Sughayer who has performed numerous recitals and concertos across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East.

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National Opera Studio at the V&A

Until 22nd Feb 2018
1-2pm
V&A
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Experience free lunchtime concerts and see live opera performances from National Opera Studio Young Artists and alumni every Thursday* lunchtime throughout Opera: Passion, Power and Politics. (Excl 26th Oct, 7th Dec, 28th Dec, 15th Feb)

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Open til 7th Jan 2018
11-9pm (times vary)
Natural History Museum
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Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Enjoy skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine in the air or soak up the atmosphere from the Café Bar and balcony.

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.

New Year's Eve: Under the Sea

31st Dec
7.30pm-1am
Natural History Museum
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Dance the night away under our colossal blue whale as you ring in 2018 with an underwater twist at the Natural History Museum's New Year’s Eve party.

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.

Free

NHM Lates: Toxic

24th Nov
6 - 10pm
Natural History Museum
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Discover the toxic organisms that surround us, and how their poisons and venoms can be put to ingenious uses, both for them and for us. From stinging scorpions to biting black mambas, there are hundreds of thousands of plants and animals that can pack a punch in nature.

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble perform Sriyah

24th & 26th Nov
7.30-9pm
Science Museum
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To celebrate the Illuminating India exhibition, the Science Museum are welcoming the world-renowned Nrityagram Dance Ensemble for two very special intimate evenings of dance and live music.

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.

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

30th Sept 2017 - 25th Feb 2018
V&A
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This is the 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: Wagner

30th Nov
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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In our final Orchestral Masterworks concert of the year, the RCM Philharmonic and Martyn Brabbins showcase some of Wagner’s greatest orchestral music, including much-loved favourites such as the Ride of the Valkyries.

Film

Paddington 2

26th Nov, 3rd & 9th Dec
11am (2pm on 9th Dec)
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Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Part of Late Night Laughs: Arabs are not funny

24th Nov
9.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join some of comedy’s finest up and coming and established names in the Elgar Room as Late Night Laughs presents Arabs Are Not Funny – the best in stand-up comedy from the Arab world and surrounding regions.

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.

Percussion Showcase

12th Dec
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM’s Percussion Faculty returns for another thrilling showcase, featuring one of John Cage's iconic works for percussion.

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Pop up Performance

28th Dec - 2nd Jan
11 - 3.30pm
V&A
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Sing-along to Christmas classics from around the world with Captain Christmas and his musical elves from Chickenshed and create new festive jingles for everyone to enjoy.

Pop Up Performance Festive Weekends

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd Dec
11-3.30pm
V&A
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Experience the spirit of Christmas at the V&A with making and performance activities for all the family. Join students from the Royal College of Music as they play festive music for all to enjoy.

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.

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.

Queen Victoria on TV

9th Dec
11-12.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Discover the secrets behind the popular ITV series, Victoria with series Production Designer, Michael Howell as he discusses bringing these royal stories to our screens with Historic Royal Palaces' Senior Curator, Deirdre Murphy.

RCM International Festival of Viols

27th & 28th Nov
Royal College of Music
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The RCM’s International Festival of Viols is one of the leading events in the musical calendar, taking in concerts, masterclasses and lectures. This year features the talents of virtuoso viola da gamba player, Hille Perl.

RCM New Perspectives

7th Dec
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM’s flagship contemporary music group presents two exciting world premieres from RCM composers, alongside works by Harrison Birtwistle and George Benjamin.

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

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 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.

Sacconi Quartet

24th Nov
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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It is said that Haydn traded his ‘best manuscript’ for a pair of razors, resulting in the unusual nickname of the opening quartet in tonight’s concert, which is followed by Janáček, Haydn and Shostakovich.

Santa's Little Helpers

27th- 28th Dec
11am, 2pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Little Blue Monster Productions present a tale of festive adventure set during Christmas Eve. Perfect for little people aged 3+ and their grown ups.

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.

Free

Science Museum Lates: Illuminating India

29th Nov
6.45-10pm
Science Museum
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Join the Science Museum as they celebrate the opening of our two new exhibitions 5000 Years of Science and Innovation and Photography 1857–2017 with a Lates themed around the sights, sounds and smells of India.

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.

Free

Serpentine Mobile Tour

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

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.

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Snow and Tell

9th Dec - 2nd Jan
11.30am, 3.30pm
Science Museum
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It's snowing in the museum: come along and help build a blizzard at our snowflake-making workshop. Use your cutting skills to make a unique snowflake to take away with you. Ages 5+

Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles

4th Nov - 19th Jan 2018
Goethe-Institut
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A visionary of the everyday, Iranian filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless was one of the great exiles of World Cinema with a unique perspective on migration and displacement. This first retrospective of the director’s work in the UK presents his films from the 1970s and 1980s.

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
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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.

Special Screening: Polina

23rd Nov
8.45pm
Institut français
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Polina recounts the fall from grace of a promising ballet dancer who turns her back to the prestigious Bolchoï when she discovers contemporary dance, following her love interest Adrien (Niels Schneider) to France to work for famous choreographer Liria Elsaj (Juliette Binoche).

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Special Screening: Silent Night

17th Dec
2 - 4.10pm
V&A
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Join the V&A for a free, festive screening of Silent Night, a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and German soldiers during World War I.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

From 14th Dec
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Luke Skywalker returns in the latest chapter of the Star Wars saga. Book your tickets with the Science Museum and experience this epic blockbuster on one of the UK's biggest screens in IMAX 15/70mm 2D. Demand will be high, so book early.

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Superbugs: The Fight for Our Lives

On until Spring 2018
Daily
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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.

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The Art of British Natural History

Natural History Museum
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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 Cunning Little Vixen

27th Nov - 2nd Dec
7pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM International Opera School and conductor Michael Rosewell present their autumn production of Janáček’s tragi-comic opera The Cunning Little Vixen, which explores the cycles of life and nature.

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The Design Museum Market

1st-3rd Dec
12-8pm (Fri), 10-6pm (Sat & Sun)
Design Museum Kensington
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The Design Museum Market presents a beautiful selection of jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, homewares, graphic design, digital and children’s products - everything from original stockingfillers to stand-out gifts.

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: Christmas & New Year

28th Dec - 2nd Jan
10.30 - 5pm
V&A
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Experience the spirit of Christmas at the V&A with making and performance activities for all the family. (Starts at noon on New Year's Day)

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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 Nutcracker

28th - 31st Dec
1pm, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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For the first time ever, Birmingham Royal Ballet brings an enchanting production of this Christmas favourite to the Royal Albert Hall. This magical ballet, with its ravishing Tchaikovsky score, is the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.

The Orangery

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

The 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 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
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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.

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.

Tuesday Fun Day

Every Tuesday
Institut français
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A new series of activities for kids on Tuesdays including book clubs, board games and workshops

Under the Christmas Tree

3rd, 10th, 17th Dec
Varies
Kensington Palace
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Discover Queen Victoria's Christmas. Find out why Christmas was such a special time for Queen Victoria and her family. Create your own Victorian style Christmas tree decoration and find out what you would have got for Christmas if you lived in the Victorian times.

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.

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V&A Lates: Sino Flux

24th Nov
6.30 - 10pm
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As plans are afoot to construct a new Silk Road and the world’s largest airport is being built in Beijing, the V&A ask how China is reshaping its position in today’s globalised world. Celebrate the contemporary art, design, sounds and states of China in flux.

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

Opens 10th Nov 2017
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.

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.

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Vienna Calling

10th Dec
3pm
Royal College of Music
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In this unique collaboration with the Vienna Conservatoire for the Performing Arts, state-of-the-art technology meets composition in astounding style. Musicians in London and Vienna perform four world premieres made possible by live-streaming software.

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.

Wade Guyton: Das New Yorker Atelier, Abridged

29th Sept - 4th Feb 2018
Serpentine Galleries
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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.

Walking Tour - Christmas with Victoria and Albert

9th Dec
10.30-12pm
Kensington Gardens
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As the year’s shortest day approaches, join a stroll in Kensington Gardens to discover how Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert introduced many of the traditions we recognise today. Age 8+

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.

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
V&A
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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.

Woman's Hour Craft Prize

On til 5th Feb 2018
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Organised in partnership with BBC Radio 4 and the Crafts Council, the Prize was launched to celebrate the 70th anniversary of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Twelve finalists have been shortlisted, whose work will be exhibited in this display.

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.

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.

Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care

On until 15th Jan
Science Museum
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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.