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23 things Londoners should do in Hyde Park

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

3D Red Arrows

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

A Beautiful Planet

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

A tribute to Maria Callas

27th June
7pm
Ognisko Polskie
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On the 40th anniversary of her death the author and journalist Helena Matheopoulos will be giving a talk in tribute to Maria Callas. She will provide insight into her revolutionary career and unique soul.

After School Club

7th July
7pm-1am
Natural History Museum
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Join an evening of retro fun for grown-ups as night descends on the Museum. After being welcomed into a house by the Museum Headmasters, you'll take part in activities as you explore the Museum after hours learning about the natural world.

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.

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Albert's Band: Symphonic Superstars

2 June
12pm, 2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join the Royal Albert Hall’s resident Education & Outreach orchestra, Albert’s Band, as they perform a countdown of their top ten favourite pieces of classical music.

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.

Another Russia: Post-Soviet Printmaking

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

Art Club

16th May, 20th June
4pm
Institut français
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Explore art history and sharpen your pencils with these hands-on workshops. Master Chinese arts or paint like Matisse.

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

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

Kids

Babies Corner

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

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

From May 27th
10am - 5.30pm
V&A
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Discover how couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga's exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs shaped the modernity of 1960s fashion and continues to shape fashion today.

BBC Proms

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

Beauty and the Beast

10th, 11th, 17th & 18th June
11am, 2pm
Institut français
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An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love against all odds, and thus break a terrible curse.. In English or French

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.

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.

BST Hyde Park

30th Jun - 8th July
Hyde Park
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Once again hosting some of the biggest and best live acts in the world of music. This year sees a stellar line-up of headliners including Phil Collins, Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Building of the Royal Albert Hall

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

California

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

Cartier in Motion

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

Casino Royale in Concert

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

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Christie's Lates: Luxury Living

6th June
6-8.30pm
Christie's South Kensington
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Join a night of activities and talks inspired by their upcoming London luxury sales. Includes talks on watchmaking, jewellery stories from the Saleroom and enjoy a dazzling live performance from Charlotte Broker.

Christie's South Kensington cafe

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

Christies auction house

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

Ciné Kids

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 Ballerina, BFG and more.

Cine Lumiere

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

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.

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Classical for kids: Fantastic Flutes

3 June
11am, 1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Introducing little ears to the world of classical music, Classical for Kids concerts are aimed at children of all ages and their families to enjoy. Buggies, babies and budding musicians all welcome!

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.

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Comedy Club 4 Kids

30 May
1pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Cracking stand up comedy for everyone over the age of six! Comedy Club 4 Kids has stand up from grown up, high-quality acts, who perform their usual sets without the swearing or rude bits.

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Create and Make

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

Creative Diagrams: Drawing about Thinking

28th May
1-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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A master-class in how to unlock your creative thinking using story-telling and illustration techniques. Timelines, family trees, and instructions are all examples of systems diagrams used to communicate complicated ideas to a broad audience. Age 12-16.

Creative Quarter at the V&A

17th Nov
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Visit the V&A for Art, Design and Performance. Your students will get advice from and be inspired by leading professionals across the Creative Industries, including Jaguar, Arup, the makers of Minecraft Xbox 360 and Punchdrunk. Take part in exciting drop-in events and hands-on workshops including fashion design, ceramics, architecture and much more…

Crime Scene Live

18th Aug, 30th Oct, 13th Nov
6.30-10.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Become a crime scene investigator for the night and work with the Natural History Museum's scientists to solve a murder mystery. This thrilling interactive experience combines real science with crime fiction for an unforgettable night out in London.

Cycle through History

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

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 club 5+

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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.

Digital Missions

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

Dino Snores for Kids

25th Feb, 11th Mar, 8th Apr
Natural History Museum
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Ever wondered what goes on at the Museum when everyone has gone home? Find out on a sleepover for kids.

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Dinosaur Trail

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.

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: John Sergeant

11th July
7-8.15pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Join a conversation with the journalist, broadcaster, political author and former Strictly contestant as he discusses his distinguished career and reveals a passion for India's railways and Britain's canals. John Sergeant will be interviewed by Libby Purves.

Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

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

Disney Fantasia - Live in Concert

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

Engineer your future

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

Europe 1600-1815

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

Exhibition Lates:

15th May, 11th June, 17th July
6.30-8.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Enjoy the new Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition at an exclusive evening event, complete with a glass of fizz, music and an opportunity to view the White Garden. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy pop-up talks on the inspirations behind the iconic looks.

Exhibition Road Engineering Resident: Julian Melchiorri

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

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Explorer Trail

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

Exploring 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.

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Exploring the Archives

26th June
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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For the final concert in this series, RCM musicians perform a selection of rare works and all-time favourites from the late-18th to early-19th centuries.

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Family film: The Jungle Book

31 May
10am
Royal Albert Hall
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50 years after The Jungle Book was first released into cinemas, rejoin Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan and Kaa on the big screen in this anniversary screening of the Disney classic.

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.

Festival of Film

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

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Flauto Dolce

3-4th July
10am, 2pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM professors María Ayerza and Julien Feltrin present a two-day recorder festival exploring renaissance and contemporary repertoire.

Get into Design Family Workshop

25th June
1-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join this fun-packed, three hour workshop session to design and make your own board game to take home. Children will be guided through the processes of collage, illustration, graphic design, typography and layout to produce a beautiful finished product to take home.

Gilbert Collection Resident: Silvia Weidenbach

3rd May, 19th May, 31st May, 30th June
V&A
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Visit the studio of the first Gilbert Collection Resident to find out more about her artistic practice as a jeweller fusing historical techniques with 3D printing and learn about her plans to make a 21st century treasure chest inspired by the snuffboxes in the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection.

Goethe at Lux Resident Artist - Liz Rosenfeld

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

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

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

Guardian Live: A Robots World? Panel discussion

30th June
7-8.30pm
Science Museum
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This panel talk brings together leading thinkers in robotics, economics and politics to look at the influence of robots, artificial intelligence and increasing levels of automation on jobs, industry and the economy.

Half term at Kensington Palace

28th May - 3rd June
11-4pm
Kensington Palace
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Discover the surprising stories and amazing art of the Georgian Court. Get dressed up as a Georgian Courtier and pick up an activity bag or trail from the Time Explorers Station, with activities for babies to 13 year olds.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert

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

Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour

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

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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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.

Illuminating India

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

Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution

15th Mar-4th June
Design Museum Kensington
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Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, this exhibition explores Moscow as it was imagined by a bold new generation of architects and designers in the 1920s and early 1930s.

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.

InTRANSIT 2017

8-25th June

InTRANSIT is an annual showcase of newly commissioned, site specific participatory arts and performance, taking place throughout the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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.

Jaws in Concert

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

Kensington Garden cafes

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

Kensington Gardens

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

Kensington Palace

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

Kensington Palace - family activities

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

Kensington Palace Talks and debates

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

Kids Tales

29th Apr, 20th May, 17th June
11am
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These interactive Kids sessions will bring a touch of magic to your Saturday mornings. Fun, educational and exciting discoveries ahead.

Music

Late Night Jazz

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

Late Night Laughs at the Royal Albert Hall

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

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.

Lecture Series: Perspectives on the Music of Karol Szymanowski

12 June
7.30pm
Ognisko Polskie
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An evening lecture / recital on acclaimed Polish composer Karol Szymanowski. The talk will be in English followed by a wine reception.

Live Science

On til 2nd July except Tue & Weds
11-1pm, 2-5.30pm
Science Museum
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Are there differences between people’s facial expressions? How can we measure these small variations? Come and help researchers from Imperial College London learn more about how we can record and measure the small differences in everyone’s facial expressions. Age 5+

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.

Lubna Chowdhary: V&A Ceramics Resident

17th & 20th May, 21st & 24th June
1-4pm
V&A
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Visit the V&A's ceramic resident Lubna Chowdhary in her studio in the ceramic galleries. Find out more about her practice, ranging from architectural to sculptural ceramics.

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.

Make-It: Music Festival

29th May - 2nd June
10.30am, 2.30pm
V&A
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Led by a music producer and promoter, work with other families to create your very own music festival. Booking essential.

Mammals

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

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

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

Musical Moments

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

Kids

My Orchestral Adventure

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

Natural History Museum Lates

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

NHM Cafe and Restaurants

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

Kids

Nick Cope's family songbook

29 May
11am, 1pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Monkeys, bears, socks and mud, this man sings about everything children are really interested in. Sit back and relax, or get up and dance at this interactive concert for families!

Ognisko Dining Club: Table 55

28th June
7pm
Ognisko Polskie
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The first meeting of the new Ognisko dining club, Table 55, will include a speaker, James "Ox" van Often, a former NASA astronaut, who will speak of some of his experiences.

Orchestral Masterworks

5th May, 22nd Jun
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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Beat the rush-hour and join the RCM Philharmonic for spectacular short concerts featuring popular symphonic hits and well-known concertos.

Our Lives in Data

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

Pandora's Box

31st May
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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In one of the Weimar cinema’s boldest silent classics, the dazzling Louise Brooks stars as showgirl Lulu whose unabashed sexuality leads to her ruin.

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 Revealed

5th July
7-1opm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Key members of the team behind the landmark BAFTA award-winning BBC series take us behind the scenes of Planet Earth II to discover worlds of surprising opportunity – with animal life thriving in seemingly hostile environments.

Plywood: Material of the Modern World

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

Free

Pop-up Performance

27th May - 4th June
V&A
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Experience a playful and interactive performance as two best friends come together to create their own Music Festival!

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.

Free

Prix Pictet

6-28th May
V&A
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The Prix Pictet is recognised as the world’s leading prize for photography. Now in its seventh cycle, the theme for this years prize is 'Space'. Twelve photographers have been shortlisted and their work will be exhibited in the V&A’s Porter Gallery.

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.

Free

Raw Truth: Plastic - a journey from source to solution

24th May - 14th June
10-5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Leading a world's first expedition, Melinda Watson set off to explore the length of Africa, A Powerful Photographic exhibition to challenge and educate a global audience about plastic pollution.

RCM Brass Ensemble

21st June
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM Brass Ensemble returns with an all-Strauss programme, including an arrangement of Also Sprach Zarathustra.

RCM Masterclasses

Various
Royal College of Music
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The Royal College of Music regularly welcomes some of today’s greatest artists to work with star RCM musicians. This season includes masterclasses with Maxim Vengerov and James Galway.

RCM New Perspectives

3rd July
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM's flagship contemporary group presents three works by Pierre Boulez, alongside a world premiere by RCM composer Yun-Ho Jeong.

RCM Saxaphone Ensemble

6th July
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM Saxophone Ensemble presents a programme of ambient soundscapes.

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 Symphony Orchestra

29th-30th June
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM Symphony Orchestra are joined by guest conductor Jac van Steen to perform an impressive programme of orchestral masterpieces.

RCM Wind Ensemble

27th June
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Head of Woodwind Simon Channing directs Gounod's little symphony for flute and wind ensemble, alongside an arrangement of Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn.

Robots

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

Robots 3D film

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

Royal Albert Hall - Time Machine

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

Royal Albert Hall Food & Drink

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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
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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
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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.

Royal College of Music Concerts at the V&A

19th May, 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd June
6.30-7.30pm
V&A
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Musicians from the Royal College of Music perform at the V&A on the first three Fridays in the month in Gallery 4 - The Globe .

Royal Gun Salute

21st Apr, 2nd & 10th June
Hyde Park
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Royal Gun Salutes mark special royal occasions. On these days salutes are fired from locations in London and other authorised stations in the United Kingdom and the Union flag is hoisted on government buildings.

Sacconi Quartet

29th June
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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The award-winning Sacconi Quartet presents a thrilling programme of contrasting passions and sentiments.

Saturday classes for Kids at Imperial

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

Free

Science Museum Lates: Robots Takeover

31st May
6.45-10pm
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The Science Museum invites you to discover more about the mysteries and marvels of robot science. Visit the Robots exhibition then see all the robots plus live music and one of the best silent disco in town.

Science Museum cafes

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

Science Museum Lates

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

Science Night

3rd June
6.45pm-10am
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Science Night is a special overnight event for 7-11 year olds featuring exciting hands-on workshops, science shows, a sleepover at the Science Museum among the amazing exhibits, followed by a tasty breakfast and a breathtaking film in the IMAX Theatre.

Selling Freedom

13th June
6.15-7.30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join the Design Museum for an evening panel discussion to explore how Californian design has created, and undermined, the pursuit of freedom

Sensational Butterflies

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

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Serpentine Pavilion

23rd Jun - 8th Oct
Serpentine Galleries
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Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Burkino Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 - a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery & Magazine Restaurant

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

Silver Speaks

On until 2nd July 2017
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This display highlights the work of Contemporary British Silversmiths. It includes some of the best silversmiths practising in Britain today.

Soundtrack Silent Disco

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

South Kensington Farmers' Market

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

Soyuz TMA-19M: Tim Peake's Spacecraft

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

Space Descent with Tim Peake

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

Space Spectacular

16-17th June
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 & Q&A: Master and Tatyana

14th June
6.30pm
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In collaboration with Baltic View, this film garners testimonies on the tumultuous life of Lithuanian photographer Vitus Luckus (1943-1987). Q&A with director Giedre Žickyte

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Stories and poems with Michael Rosen

1 June
11am, 2pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Michael Rosen, one of the most well-known figures in the children’s book world, is coming to the Elgar Room to read some of his best-loved poems and stories for kids.

Summer of Love

1st May - 5th July
Royal Albert Hall
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In this series of talks, screenings and performances, the Royal Albert Hall celebrate the iconic artists and creative minds so strongly linked with the building’s history, who together pushed pop culture to its limits.

Surprise!

Last Tue of the month
4pm
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From board games to poetry writing, short screenings or origami, discover every month what surprise Institut francais have prepared for you!

Symphonic Star Wars

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

The Addams Family in Concert

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

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The Art of British Natural History

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

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

27th May - 4th June
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Explore unusual artworks created for iconic bands and design your own album cover. Recommended for ages 3+

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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 Luna Cinema at Kensington Palace

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

The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and more

18th June
6pm
Royal Albert Hall
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To mark what would have been Elmer Bernstein's 95th birthday, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra present the European premiere of a very special concert celebrating Elmer’s life through stories and music,

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 Piano Guys

3rd June
3pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Piano Guys have been delighting fans around the world with their innovative music & video compositions which blend classical and pop music alongside compelling video footage.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

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

The Royal Society: When will Robots Outsmart us? Panel discussion

30th June
7-8.30pm
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This panel discussion will explore the future possibilities for intelligent robots and discover what they will do, how we will use them, and how they might use us.

The Swinging Sixties: Bus and Hall Tour Experience

21st May, 25th June, 2nd July
12pm
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Take a trip back in time to experience a flavour of the sights and sounds of the 60s – hop aboard the Swinging 60s Shuttle Bus before enjoying taking lunch and experiencing the Sixties at the Hall Tour at the Royal Albert Hall.

The White Garden

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

Theatre & Performence

Daily
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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.

Trio Apaches

21st June
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Trio Apaches and RCM musicians explore more than 100 years of music for string ensemble.

Tuesday & Sunday French Classics

Til 28th May
2pm
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The season of Sunday French Classics features newly restored great classics of French cinema in the beautiful Cine Lumiere.

V&A Back packs

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

V&A cafe & Garden cafe

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

V&A Free tours & talks

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

V&A jewellery collection

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

V&A Lates

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

V&A REVEAL Festival

30th June - 7th July
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Explore the beautiful new public areas and gallery spaces of the new V&A Exhibition Road entrance, with a week-long festival celebrating the Museum's architecture, heritage and history.

V&A Yoga & Coffee Morning

3rd June
8.45-11am
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The V&A Yoga and Coffee Morning returns to the John Madejski Garden for the first of a summer series of yoga sessions this June.

Valentina Tereshkova

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

Victoria Revealed

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

Victorian afternoon tea at the V&A

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

Volcanoes & Earthquakes

Daily
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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.

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Voyages

On until 25th June
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Using innovative methods of photography, Anderson & Low have created a series of beautiful and ethereal images which capture the collection in a new light, reimagining the models as epic voyagers.

Whales: Beneath the Surface

Opens 14th July
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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 Garden

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

Photography

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

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

Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care

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