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People and Place by Paul Vanstone and Natasha Kumar

7-18th March
10am-5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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A significant exhibition of the latest oils and works on paper by one of this country’s leading British-Indian artists, Natasha Kumar, and one of its most prominent figurative sculptors in stone, Paul Vanstone.

23 things Londoners should do in Hyde Park

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

3D Red Arrows

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

A Beautiful Planet

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

Music

A celebration of World Voices

15th April
5pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A host of leading youth choirs from around the world unite for a unique evening of performance, as young singers from as far afield as South Africa, Israel and Indonesia take to the Royal Albert Hall stage.

A World View: John Latham

2nd March - 21st May
Serpentine Galleries
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This spring, the Serpentine hosts a new exhibition that encompasses all strands of Latham’s extraordinary practice, including sculpture, installation, painting, film, land art, engineering, found-object assemblage, performance and the artist’s theoretical writings.

Abbaophonic

10th May
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Celebrating ABBA’s greatest hits in all their show-stopping glory, West End stars Abbie Osmon and Emma Kershaw will perform an amazing line-up of the Swedish pop group’s timeless classics in the RPO’s popular show, ABBAphonic.

Afternoon tea at the Royal Albert Hall

2.-4.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Afternoon Tea includes finger sandwiches, musically-themed sweet treats, homemade scones and a pot of fine tea, provided by the East India Company.

Afternoon tea with Live Opera - Fleur de Bray

4th March
3pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea of sandwiches, sweet treats and homemade scones in the elegant surroundings of the Hall’s Verdi restaurant, whilst experiencing a live performance from one of the UK’s most promising soprano talents.

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.

Alison Balsom and Friends

12th March
3pm
Royal Albert Hall
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One of Britain’s most beloved classical musicians, trumpet-player Alison Balsom, will return to the Royal Albert Hall next year for Alison Balsom and Friends. Part of Love Classical Festival

Alison Balsom Workshop

7th March
10-10m
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of our Love Classical Festival, world renowned trumpeter Alison Balsom will be offering the unique chance for young brass players to take part in an inspiring workshop. Young musicians are invited to perform as part of a brass ensemble.

All About Piano

31st March - 2nd April
Institut français
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All About Piano! returns for its 5th edition, with a programme as exciting as ever: from concerts to talks, cine-concerts, masterclasses, free tuitions, kids’ activities and even an art exhibition: there is an event to suit all! Three days of music and fun.

America Calls!

12-14th March
Various
Royal College of Music
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The Royal College of Music’s ever-popular keyboard festival is back! This year we celebrate composers who have moved from their home countries to live and work in the USA.

American Frontiers

Until 14th March
Royal College of Music
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For more than 100 years, America has been a melting pot for musicians from around the world. The Royal College of Music’s Spring Season delves into a host of works from and inspired by its shores.

An evening with Paul Smith

8th March
5.45-7.30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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How can you find inspiration in everything? Fashion designer and businessman Paul Smith talks about the inspirations and obsessions that have driven his forty year career. After the talk Paul Smith will host a book signing.

Art Club

21st Feb, 21st Mar
4pm
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Explore art history and sharpen your pencils with these hands-on workshops. Master Chinese arts or paint like Matisse.

Astronights

13th Jan, 4th Mar
7pm - 9.30am
Science Museum
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Join us for Astronights and spend a night at the Science Museum with exclusive access to galleries after hours and the chance to sleep among our incredible objects.

AXA PPP Health Tech and You 2017

25th April - 8th May
Design Museum Kensington
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The AXA PPP Health Tech & You programme discovers, promotes and supports health tech inventors and innovations from across the world. Free, pop- up exhibition on Level 2.

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Babies Corner

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

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.

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.

Free

Bethan Lloyd Worthington - V&A Ceramics Resident Bethan Lloyd Worthington - V&A Ceramics Resident

15th Feb, 4th Mar, 15th Mar
1-4pm
V&A
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Visit Bethan in her studio on Level 6 to find out more about her practice, her residency plans and her research on the ways that ceramics have dealt with landscape, nature and place.

Bibliothèque Quentin Blake

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

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Brassed Off Live!

9th May
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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British classic Brassed Off comes to the Royal Albert Hall for a special screening with live accompaniment by the brass band that inspired the story.

Catrin Finch

8th March
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Welsh harpist Catrin Finch is internationally known as one of the most accomplished harpists of her generation. This performance, as part of the Hall’s Love Classical Festival, will mark the release of her new album in March 2017.

Christie's South Kensington cafe

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

Christies auction house

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

Free

Christie’s Lates - Handpicked: Artists Selected by the Saatchi Gallery

7th March
6-8.30pm
Christie's South Kensington
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An evening of talks and activities inspired by Handpicked: Artists Selected by the Saatchi Gallery, Join a tour of the Handpicked preview exhibition, listen to a panel discussion on modern patronage, watch a livestream auction or browse the Handpicked Pop-up Shop.

Ciné Kids

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

Cine Lumiere

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

Cinema Made in Italy

1st-5th March
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This 7th edition of the festival brings a brand new array of cinematic delights, with an alluring line-up of recent Italian productions, including Q&A sessions with the film-makers.

City of Towers, 2010 (part of the Collection Display)

Design Museum Kensington
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City of Towers is an installation presenting research into a new concept for the design and construction of high-rise buildings. City of Towers explores the concept of the tower through the lens of Parametricism – an architectural style created by the use of 3D software that renders shapes and forms using complex mathematical formulas. These 3D printed studies are sculptural in quality, precise in their creation, and sometimes appear to imitate natural forms.

Classical Coffee Mornings - Victor Maslov

12th March
11am
Royal Albert Hall
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Watch inspirational performances by outstanding young performers from the Royal College of Music whilst enjoying a hot drink and a pastry. Russian pianist Victor Maslov, has given solo performances at international music festivals across the world. Part of Classical Love Festival.

Classical for kids - Spectacular Strings

4th March
10.30am, 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!

Classical Music on Film

6th March
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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In this special screening event, as part of the Hall’s Love Classical festival, documentary maker and master of music film, Christopher Nupen, will take us on a close-up tour of some of his most famous music films. Followed by a screening of Nupen’s legendary 1969 concert film The Trout.

Classical Spectacular

16-19th March
3pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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From the very best classical music and state of the art technology to electrifying multi-coloured laser displays and our famous thundering finale to the music of the 1812 Overture – the March 2017 season promises to be bigger and more thrilling than ever!

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.

Conrad Shawcross

17th March
7pm
V&A
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Sculptor Conrad Shawcross is known for his intricate, mechanical, often large-scale works, drawing inspiration from a mix of philosophy, history and science. Join the artist for a discussion of his latest works.

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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.

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Create! Costume Design

1st April
11am - 4pm
V&A
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Capture your costume design ideas on paper. Focusing on a design brief, find out how professional costume designers present their design ideas. Event for ages 13 - 15 years.

Crime Scene Live

17th Mar, 7th Apr, 5th May, 23rd Jun
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

Opens 24th Feb 2017
Kensington Palace
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Twenty years on from Diana, Princess of Wales' death, a new exhibition and temporary garden celebrating her life will be 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.

Free

Digital Design Drop-In

18th March, 18th April
1-4pm
V&A
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Drop-in and meet digital artists and designers who explore intersections of art, design, craft and technology. See ‘show and tell’ presentations of new cutting-edge projects and chat with them about their work.

Digital Kids

28th May - 5th June
10.30-5pm
V&A
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Create your own incredible architecture using elements of nature, technology and the world around you using digital collage.

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Digital Kids - Easter Holidays

8th April - 17th April
10.30am - 5pm
V&A
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Create a postcard souvenir and transport yourself into Botticelli paintings with green screen photography.

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 Grown Ups

28th Jan, 24th Mar, 19 May
Natural History Museum
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Sleep at the Museum and enjoy a unique night of music, food, science, art and cinema.

Dino Snores for Kids

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: Shappi Khorsandi

1st March
7pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Comedian, broadcaster and author Shappi Khorsandi will be exploring how geography has influenced her life and shaped her thoughts in this in-depth conversation with BBC journalist Martine Croxall.

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Discovery Day - Hedgehog Heroes

April 5th and 6th
11am
Hyde Park
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There has been a worrying nationwide decline in hedgehog numbers in the last 25 years. Join us to discover more about the nation’s favourite species!

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Discovery Day - Spring Surprises

April 12th and 13th
11am - 3pm
Hyde Park
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Visit Hyde Park to discover more about the most exciting and beautiful season of the year, spring! Drop in any time between 11am and 3pm for a fun packed day of free and exciting activities.

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.

Engineer your future

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

Europe 1600-1815

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

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Evening Classes at Imperial

Oct 2016-Mar 2017
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 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.

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Explorer Trail

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

Exploring space

Daily
Science Museum
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Explore how we’ve sent spacecraft to other planets, walked on the Moon and peered into the heart of our galaxy and beyond.

Family Scavenger Hunt

April 4th
10.30am
Kensington Gardens
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Bring your children along for a fun and educational hunt around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens! Test your knowledge about the natural world, uncover the hidden histories and get creative!

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.

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World

On until 23rd April 2017
10-5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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The first exhibition in the Design Museum's new home presents eleven new installations by some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designers and architects working today.

Gary Ryan Lunchtime Recital

10th March
12.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Guardian Live Movies and Mechanoids Double Bill: Ex Machina and A.I. Artificial Intelligence

5th May
7-11.45pm
Science Museum
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This movie double bill focuses on artificial intelligence, with two features whose themes are decreasingly classifiable as science fiction; in fact we’re heading ever closer to a world where these subjects are science fact.

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.

Handel's Messiah on Good Friday

14th April
2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Royal Choral Society has performed Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday afternoon at the Royal Albert Hall every year since 1876. This annual concert is one of London’s great Easter traditions and the perfect way to spend Good Friday afternoon

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

11th-13th May 2017
2pm, 7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Harry Potte will make a magical Royal Albert Hall debut next year with a sensational live orchestral screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™

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.

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.

Imperial Festival

7-8th May
Imperial College London
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Every year, Imperial showcase the best in science and arts in the College. This free public event features interactive activities, performances and workshops.

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.

Investec Opera Holland Park - La Voix Humaine

22nd March
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Investec Opera Holland Park return to the Elgar Room, with an extraordinary one-act opera composed by Francis Poulenc. Based on a play by Jean Cocteau, La Voix Humaine portrays a woman’s final telephone conversation with a lover who has abandoned her.

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.

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

25th Feb, 18th Mar
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.

La Misanthrope

29th March
7.30pm
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Theatre Broadcast from La Comédie-Française with the troupe and actors of the Académie de la Comédie-Française . This comedy is in 5 acts. The characters are placed outside a mansion that is being renovated instead of the cosy setting of a salon.

Lang Lang

15ht March
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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World-famous piano superstar Lang Lang will return to London to play two recitals at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017, on 13 and 15 March. Part of Love Classical Festival.

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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 Jazz: Dominic Alldis Trio

9th March
9.45pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Dominic Alldis Trio brings a jazz approach to an eclectic repertoire, including themes from classical music and opera, folk songs and nursery rhymes, as well as original compositions. Part of Love Classical Festival.

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.

Kids
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Family

Little Red Hen and Chicken Licken

Various
12pm and 1.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Enjoy the popular stories of the Little Red Hen and Chicken Licken, brought to life in this interactive puppet show. The puppeteer will captivate the whole family with the amazing world of birds.

Live Music Brunch - Carlos Bonell

12th March
12pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Spend a lazy weekend listening to music by exceptional musicians from the London jazz scene and renowned world music artists at a delicious Live Music Brunch. Carlos Bonell's 2012 album Magical Mystery Guitar Tour went to number one on the UK classical iTunes charts.

Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London

On til 30th April
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Explore the life, work and lasting impact of John Lockwood Kipling (1837 – 1911), an artist, writer, museum director, teacher, conservationist and influential figure in the Arts and Crafts movement.

London Contemporary Orchestra

4th March
4pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The London Contemporary Orchestra has established itself as one of the UK’s most innovative and respected ensembles, promoting the best new music and cross-arts collaborations to an increasingly wider audience. Part of Love Classical Festival

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.

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Love Classical

4-15th March
Royal Albert Hall
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Love Classical is a 12-day festival of classical music-themed events taking place across seven different spaces around the Hall, from the iconic auditorium to deep underground in our Loading Bay.

Free

Love Classical Exhibition

4-19th March
Royal Albert Hall
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This exhibition, part of the Hall’s Love Classical Festival, will provide an exciting opportunity to experience some of the highlights from the Royal Albert Hall’s archive. Featuring photos, handbills, programs, and other items from the Hall’s past.

Magazine Restaurant

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

Mammals

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

Martin Lovett 90th Tribute Concert

5th March
3pm
Royal College of Music
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Join us as we celebrate the distinguished career of cellist and RCM alumnus Martin Lovett, a member of one of the most celebrated string quartets of the 20th century.

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.

Meet the Author: Dominique Joly

25th March
2.30pm
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Dominique is the author of over 100 books among which, the famous series l’Histoire de France en BD with Bruno Heitz! She will share with you her writing secrets and show you tips on how to become a word expert. In French.

Film

Movies and Mechanoids Double Bill: The Terminator and Robocop

31st March
7-11pm
Science Museum
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This double bill presents arguably the two most iconic robots in screen history, beginning with James Cameron’s original 1984 thriller The Terminator, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the time-travelling robot assassin stalking the streets of downtown LA

Mozart's Requiem

7th May
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Mozart’s Requiem is one of the most popular of all choral works with as many as 2,000 singers performing, and with an intriguing history to add mystery to the music: Mozart, already a sick man, had illusions that he was writing the Requiem for himself!

Music & Ideas: Maria Callas, a Musical Friendship

16th March
5.15pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM alumnus Robert Sutherland shares his experience of coaching and accompanying Maria Callas on her final worldwide concert tour.

Music for Kids

25th Feb, 11th Mar
2.30pm
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Bilingual music session focusing on the luth and clarinet. For ages 5+

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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.

Kids

Nature Explorers - Spring Awakenings

April 11th
10am
Hyde Park
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An action packed day of fun and exploration in Hyde Park, discovering all about the marvellous world of nature. Guided activities for 8 to 11-year-olds.

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.

Nicholas McCarthy: Me and My Left Hand

7th March
9.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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One-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy returns to the Elgar Room this March as part of Love Classical. McCarthy is the only left-hand alone pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music in its 130 year history.

Nigel Kennedy & Friends: Gala Celebration

14th March
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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World-renowned violinist Nigel Kennedy will return to the Royal Albert Hall with a special headline show, as part of the Love Classical festival.

Our Lives in Data

On until 29th
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.

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.

Personal Shopper plus Q&A

8th March
6.30pm
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Kristen Stewart plays Maureen, a high-fashion personal shopper who is also a medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Parisian home, determined to make contact with him. Followed by a Q&A with costume designer Jurgen Doering.

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.

Photography

Priz Pictet

Opens 6th May
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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.

RCM Chamber Week

14-17th March
Various
Royal College of Music
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Join us for the first ever RCM Chamber Week as Royal College of Music students explore the delights of music-making in duos, trios, quartets, quintets and more.

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

Robot Surgery Live!

10th March
7-8.30pm
Science Museum
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Is robot-assisted surgery the way forward? This event represents a unique opportunity to witness first-hand a simulated operation performed by a surgical robot, the da Vinci Surgical System. Professor Kneebone will talk the audience through the operation as it is performed – on a surgical mannequin.

Robots

8th Feb - 3rd Sep 2017
Science Museum
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Robots will explore 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.

Adults

Robots Astronights

4th March
From 7pm
Science Museum
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At this robots-themed Astronights get access to the new Robots exhibition and Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery plus a midnight screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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.

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

Sensational Butteflies

Opens 31st March
Natural History Museum
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Escape the bustle of the city and bring the whole family to enjoy the beauty of Sensational Butterflies, returning to the Natural History Museum for the Easter holidays.

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.

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
V&A
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This display highlights the work of Contemporary British Silversmiths. It includes some of the best silversmiths practising in Britain today.

South Kensington Farmers' Market

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

Soyuz TMA-19M: Tim Peake's Spacecraft

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

Space Spectacular

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.

Speak: Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost and Cally Spooner

2nd March - 21st May
Serpentine Galleries
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This show proposes Latham as an ‘open toolbox’ for artists, revealing how his concepts of time, events, language, knowledge and society resonate today.

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.

Sunday French Classics

5th Feb - 26th March
2pm
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The season of Sunday French Classics features newly restored great classics of French cinema in the beautiful Cine Lumiere.

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!

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The Camera Exposed

On til 5th March 2017
V&A
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Every photograph in this display features at least one camera. This display focuses on the instrument itself with 120 photographs spanning the 19th century to the present day.

The Craft of Film

22nd-28th Feb
Goethe-Institut
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The Craft of Film is a film series with the Barbican highlighting various crafts, from cinematography to costume design, that make films great. Films are followed by ScreenTalks and two separate masterclasses by leading filmmakers. Screenings at the Barbican.

The Garden

Open from 11.15 am
Science Museum
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The Garden is an exciting interactive space, created especially for children aged 3–6 and their parents and carers in the basement of the Museum.

The Genders of Indian Music

5th March
6pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Asian Music Circuit presents a concert of North Indian Classical music, exploring the gender roles within this genre and how they have changed over time. Part of Love Classical

The Kanneh-Mason Trio

12th March
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Musical prodigies The Kanneh-Mason Trio will perform in the Hall’s Elgar Room as part of Love Classical. The trio consists of three siblings who have been performing in orchestral and chamber music concertos together and solo since they were very young.

The Man who knew Infinity

13th March
6.30pm, 8.30pm
V&A
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Part of the 19th London Asian Film Festival. Set in 1913 colonial India, the improbable true story of a unique genius whose pivotal theories propelled him from obscurity into a world in the midst of war, and how he fought tirelessly to show the world the genius of his mind.

The Music of Bond

11th April
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall to perform The Music of Bond, following its sensational sell-out performance in October 2015. Presented by A View to a Kill’s ‘Bond girl’ Fiona Fullerton.

The Orangery

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

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

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

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

30th June
7-8.30pm
Science Museum
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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 Sunday Sketch

3rd Sunday of every month
2-3pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Each month there is an expert illustrator on hand to lead you through a range of drawing activities in the Design Museum, from architectural drawing to studies of objects in the collection. All abilities welcome.

Theatre & Performence

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

Titanic Live

11th March 2017
2.30pm, 7.35pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Titanic Live returns to the Royal Albert Hall, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the beloved blockbuster. The event will see the film screened in high-definition, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

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.

Tribute to Jacques Becker

19th & 26th March
2pm
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Complementing the BFI season on Jacques Becker, Ciné Lumière will be showing two of his latest films, Les Aventures d’Arsène Lupin and Le Trou, offering the audience a chance to assess the diversity of his repertoire.

Uncommon Ground: New Art from the Landscape

15th Feb -2nd Mar
10-5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Free exhibition focusing on explorations on the landscape by 11 contemporary artists using a range of material processes and different observation methods.

Undressed: A brief history of underwear

On until 12th March 2017
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Discover the fascinating and sometimes controversial story of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day.

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
V&A
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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.

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

Volcanoes & Earthquakes

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games and our famous earthquake simulator, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live.

Voyages

14th March - 25th June
Science Museum
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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.

Photography

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

21st Oct 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.

Women in Music

8th March
1pm, 7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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To mark International Women’s Day the Royal College of Music presents an exciting series of events highlighting the wide-ranging exceptional female talent in music today.

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

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

Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care

On until 15th Jan
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.