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Józef Rotblat: Keeper of the Scientist’s Conscience

25th Sep
7.30pm
Ognisko Polskie
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The Lecture Series continues this September with Prof. John Finney speaking on Polish scientist and Nobel Prize laureate - Joseph Rotblat. The talk will be in English followed by a Q&A and a wine reception.

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.

After School Club

19th Oct
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.

Albert's Band Presents: Heroes and Heroines

27th Oct
12pm & 2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of our Festival of Film, join the Royal Albert Hall’s resident Education & Outreach orchestra, Albert’s Band, as they perform a concert of music which celebrates some famous heroes and heroines from stage and screen.

Albertopolis companion

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The Albertopolis companion has been written by Royal College of Art students - it is an alternative guide and history of South Kensington.

Anne Boleyn's Music Book

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

Austentatious

21st Oct
2.30-4pm
Kensington Palace
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An entirely improvised comedy play in the style of Jane Austen. Join the cast as they create a riotously funny new literary masterpiece, based on a title suggested by the audience. They will perform in full Regency costume, with live musical accompaniment.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

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

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.

Belle de Jour

18th - 21st Sept
Varies
Institut français
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An exquisite tale of self-discovery and tragic passion, enjoy the re-release of Brunel's classic starring Catherine Deneuve.

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.

Brunchtime Lecture: Victoria & Abdul

23rd Sept
11-12.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Hear about the inspiration behind author Shrabani Basu's book Victoria & Abdul which is now a film starring Judi Dench (released 8th September). What truths informed her story and what can it tell us about Queen Victoria's relationships and influence on and by India.

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.

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.

Chamber Orchestra of Europe: Schumann’s Symphony No 2

5th Oct
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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The Royal College of Music welcome back principal players from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, who are renowned for their enthusiastic performances and shared love of music-making between members of various cultural backgrounds.

Christie's South Kensington cafe

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

Christies auction house

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

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 Despicable Me and Paddington.

Cine Lumiere

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

Circque du Soleil - Ovo

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

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

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

Cocoon

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

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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 Quarter at Imperial College London

17th Nov
Imperial College London
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Find inspiration through interactive demonstration lectures or a series of smaller career insight sessions where you get to meet one of the scientists working at Imperial and hear what it is like to be a science professional. Students can also get involved on the day with hands on science activities.

Creative Quarter at the Goethe-Institut

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

Creative Quarter at the Natural History Museum

17th Nov
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Visit the Natural History Museum to meet scientists, discover more about cutting-edge scientific research going on behind-the-scenes, and ask questions about careers in science. Discover more about our scientific research in a behind the scenes tour and meet treasures such as the giant squid and specimens collected by Charles Darwin. To book please call 020 7952 5555 and quote Creative Quarter.

Creative Quarter at the Royal Albert Hall

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

Creative Quarter at the Science Museum

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

Creative Quarter at the V&A

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

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Creative Quarter Engineering Tour

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

Crime Scene Live

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

Cycle through History

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

Design Museum Equinox Yoga

30th Sept
8-10am
Design Museum Kensington
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In celebration of International Yoga Month, join Equinox at the Design Museum for a 60 minute vinyasa yoga session with mindful movement and meditative breathwork set to a live pianist backdrop in the inspiring museum atrium. The morning includes a private view of California: Designing Freedom.

Designing the V&A

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

Despicable Me

22nd Oct
11am
Institut français
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Surrounded by an army of little yellow minions and his impenetrable arsenal of weapons, super-villain Gru hatches a plan to steal the moon and is ready to vanquish all who stand in his way.

Despicable Me 2

28th Oct
2pm
Institut français
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The second comedy adventure of former super-villain Gru, his adorable girls, and the unpredictably hilarious Minions.

Despicable Me 3

29th Oct
11am
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In the latest sequel of the series, Gru, his teammates Lucy, Margo, Edith and Agnes – and the Minions of course – set out for new adventures involving Gru’s long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother, Dru.

Diana: Her Fashion Story

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

Digital Design Weekend

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

Dino Snores for Grown Ups

22 Sep, 10 Nov
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

9 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 18 Nov, 20 Jan
Natural History Museum
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Ever wondered what goes on at the Museum when everyone has gone home? Find out on a sleepover for kids.

Dino Snores for Kids - Christmas Special

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

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Dinosaur Trail

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.

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.

Disney in Concert: Beauty & the Beast

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

Dream Big 3D Film

On til 13th Nov
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Science Museum
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From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big: Engineering Our World celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small.

Drop-in: Design Summer

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

Engineer your future

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

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

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

Europe 1600-1815

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

Exhibition Road Engineering Resident: Julian Melchiorri

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

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Explorer Trail

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

Exploring Careers in Music with the Royal College of Music

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

Exploring space

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

Family Fun - Last Saturday of the month

Last Sat of the month
10-4pm
Kensington Palace
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Enjoy activities for all the family and discover the stories of Kensington Palace. Time Explorers Station - activity bags for all ages from babies to 13 years & trails. Or Story Time - enjoy a well known story in the comfort of the palace and join in with themed toys. Aimed at 3 - 7 years olds,

Fashion

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

Ferrari: Under the Skin

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

Festival of Film

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

Film Quiz for Kids:

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

From the Soundhouse: RCM Studios at 50

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

Fun DMC Film Special

26th Oct
10am & 1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The daytime hip hop party for kids and parents is back for a cinematic special as part of the Hall’s Festival of Film. Featuring a screen showing (clean!) video clips from famous hip hop videos and films alongside classic tracks from the movies.

Goethe-Kino: 24 Hours

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

Goethe-Kino: Deadweight & Q&A

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

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

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

Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze

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

Guests, Ghosts, Hosts: With Manthia Diawara, Alexander Kluge, Sarah Morris and Richard Sennett

6th Oct
7-10pm
Serpentine Galleries
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As a prelude to the 2017 Marathon, filmmaker and theorist Manthia Diawara and artist Sarah Morris discuss their recent films with filmmaker and author Alexander Kluge and professor and author Richard Sennett in a conversation moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Harlem Quartet

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

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert

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

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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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

4 Oct to 31 Mar 2018
Science Museum
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This autumn there will be season of exhibitions and events dedicated to the people, culture and skills of India. The programme will centre on two exhibitions celebrating the country's rich culture and history of innovation.

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Imperial Festival 2018

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

Free

Imperial Fringe: Space Odeyssy

10th Oct
5-8pm
Imperial College London
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A Space Odyssey is the latest in Imperial College’s Fringe series of public evening events exploring science at its most engaging and fun. Celebrate the finale of Cassini's mission to Saturn with a journey through ‘out of this world’ science at Imperial

Information Age

Daily
Science Museum
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The Information Age gallery celebrates more than 200 years of innovation in information and communication technologies. Relive some remarkable moments of history.

Into the Woods: Trees in Illustration

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

Investigate for Families

Daily
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.

James Horner: A Life in Music

24th Oct
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The World Premiere of James Horner: A Life in Music is a celebration of the composer’s greatest music for film, including the epic scores to Braveheart, Titanic, Glory, Field of Dreams, Apollo 13, Avatar and Aliens.

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®.

Jean-Pierre Melville Season

On until 1st Oct
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A master of the Film Noir à la française, Jean-Pierre Melville is celebrated through this season on his centennial. Reflecting the broad array of his talent, this selection of films includes Melville’s mythic and stylish Le Samouraï, Le Doulos and Le Silence de la mer.

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

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

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 French Lab

23rd Sep, 28th Oct, 11th Nov
11am
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Kids French Lab now offers a fun-filled approach to learning French for kids, through songs, games and storytelling.

Music

Late Night Jazz

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

Late Night Laughs - Comedians Cinema Club

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

Le Café Aubaine

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Le Café Aubaine is a French-style café-restaurant serving French breakfasts, freshly baked bread and cakes, and traditional bistro meals as well as a wide selection of French wines in a stylish and welcoming environment.

London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails: Creative Quarter

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

London Design Festival

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

London Design Festival at the Design Museum

16th - 24th Sep
Design Museum Kensington
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The Design Museum will be taking part in this year’s London Design Festival which celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. Now in its fifteenth year, the Festival will be returning to venues and institutions across the city.

London's secret gardens

A suggested route where you can enjoy a ride through some of London's hidden gardens and get a glimpse of some of the Parks including Hyde Park along your way.

Magazine Restaurant

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

Mammals

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

Marmen Quartet

6th Oct
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The Marmen Quartet – the Royal College of Music’s new Artist Diploma in Chamber Music string quartet – perform lyrical quartets by Brahms, Haydn and Janáček.

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.

Mozart's Requiem

9th & 10th Nov
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Monumental, mysterious and tragic, Mozart died before finishing what turned out to be his own Requiem. It remains a timeless choral classic, and will be performed by RCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

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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 Ice Rink

26th Oct - 7th Jan
11-9pm (times vary)
Natural History Museum
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Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Enjoy skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine in the air or soak up the atmosphere from the Café Bar and balcony.

Natural History Museum Lates

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

New Year's Eve: Under the Sea

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

NHM Cafe and Restaurants

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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.

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble perform Sriyah

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

Ocean Liners

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

Ognisko Book Club

26th Sep
6.30pm
Ognisko Polskie
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Ognisko Book Club meets monthly in the second-floor Members’ room to discuss both Polish (in translation) and contemporary international fiction and non-fiction titles. Run in collaboration with South Kensington Books, meetings are free of charge and tea & coffee will be served.

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

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

Orchestral Masterworks: Songs of the Auvergne

12th Oct
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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Martin André conducts the RCM Philharmonic and mezzo soprano Katie Coventry in Canteloube’s lush collection of folk songs from the Auvergne region of France, sung in the Occitan language.

Orchestral Masterworks: Wagner

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

Paddington

4th & 5th Nov
11am, 2pm
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A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not at all what he had imagined…(In French)

Park Nights

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

Part of Late Night Laughs: Arabs are not funny

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

Pattern Pod

Daily
Science Museum
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Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns.

Percussion Showcase

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

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.

Power Up: The Ultimate Gaming Experience

20th - 31st Oct
Science Museum
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This hands-on, fully interactive gaming event will feature the best video games and consoles from the past 40 years. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone—whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to get competitive with your family.

Princess Diana Memorial fountain

Daily
Hyde Park
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A unique fountain memorial to Princess Diana designed to reflect her spirit of life and love of children.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Explore and adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.

Princess Diana Memorial walk

Daily
Hyde Park
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The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk takes visitors through four of the most beautiful parks in the world, including Hyde Park and Kensington Palace.

Queen Carolines Temple

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Explore Queen Caroline's Temple which is a classical style summer house overlooking the Long Water, east of Lancaster Walk, Hyde Park.

Queen Victoria on TV

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

RCM Brass Ensemble

11th Oct
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Stefan Dohr, Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic and RCM Visiting Professor of Horn, joins Nigel Black and the RCM Brass Ensemble for an exhilarating and varied programme.

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RCM International Double Bass Festival

5th Nov
10am
Royal College of Music
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The RCM International Double Bass Festival returns with another action-packed day of inspiring performances, masterclasses and seminars, including world premieres of works by David Heyes and John Alexander.

RCM International Festival of Viols

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

RCM New Perspectives

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

RCM Sparks

Various
Royal College of Music
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From babies to teens, RCM Sparks run a variety of inspiring events for a range of abilities, including family workshops, concerts and courses

Robots 3D film

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

Rosie Wylie

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

Royal Albert Hall - Time Machine

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

Royal Albert Hall Food & Drink

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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.

Sacconi Quartet

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

Saturday classes for Kids at Imperial

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

Science Museum cafes

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

Science Museum Lates

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

Science Museum's Shake Bar

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

Science Night

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

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Science Uncovered

29th Sept
6-9.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Part of European Researchers' Night, this annual festival of science is free and offers you the chance to chat to scientists and uncover cutting-edge research. See hundreds of behind-the-scenes specimens and take part in talks, tours and special events linked to marine science.

Serpentine Marathon 2017: Guest, Ghost, Host: Machine!

7th Oct
10am - 10pm
Serpentine Galleries
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The 2017 Marathon brings together artists, scientists, engineers, poets, AI developers, sociologists, philosophers, filmmakers, writers, anthropologists, occultists and musicians to consider the impact of artificial intelligence and its relationship to human development on planet earth. Hosted at City Hall

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Serpentine Pavilion

On until 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.

Sir Thomas Allen: Enoch Arden

11th Oct
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM alumnus and renowned opera star Sir Thomas Allen CBE performs Strauss’ heart-breaking melodrama in English, accompanied by Michael Rosewell.

Slumdog Millionaire + Q&A

27th Oct
7.30-10.30pm
Science Museum
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The Illuminating India events programme celebrates Indian art and culture as well as science, technology & innovation. Enjoy a special screening of Slumdog Millionaire and join Oscar-winners Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy for a very special Q&A.

Soundtrack Silent Disco

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

South Kensington Farmers' Market

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

Space Descent with Tim Peake

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

Space Spectacular

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

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!

T(h)inker Club

16th Sep, 14th Oct, 11th Nov
2.30pm
Kensington Gardens
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Create your own design and devise your own machine by using soft circuits (electronics and paper), e-textile and recycled materials. This is the perfect workshop for little inventors to experiment with sciences, technology, design, arts & crafts.

The Addams Family in Concert

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

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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 Cunning Little Vixen

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

The Future of Health

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

The Garden

Open from 11.15 am
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.

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The Italian Gardens

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

The Orangery

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

Final Weeks

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Extended til 15th Oct
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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 Spanish Film Festival

21st - 24th Sept
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Institut français
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From clammy and gripping thrillers to hilarious comedies, seasoned directors comeback to debut films, all in all, expect glam, thrill and fun with the Spanish Film Festival!

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The Vaults

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Some of nature's most unique and valuable treasures are on display in the Vault gallery. See the world's largest collection of coloured diamonds, discover gems that glow in the dark, and marvel at rare meteorites from out of this world.

The White Garden

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

Theatre & Performence

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

Titans of the Ice Age 3D

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Meet the giant creatures – sabre-toothed cats, giant sloths, cave bears, dire wolves and mammoths – living in the frozen landscapes of our planet ten thousand years before modern civilization.

Torbjørn Rødland: The Touch That Made You

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

Tour of the Great Exhibition

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

Trio Apaches: Brahms

15th Nov
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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Trio Apaches performs Brahms’ second piano trio, which was declared by Clara Schumann as ’a great musical treat’. The trio is then joined by an RCM violist for Brahms’ turbulent third piano quartet.

Tuesday Fun Day

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

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
V&A
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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 Secret Seekers

V&A Secret Seekers is a new mobile game for families, launched to coincide with the opening of the V&A's Exhibition Road Quarter. Let eight characters from the V&A's history guide you on an exciting treasure hunt to uncover some of the secrets of the Museum.

Valerian & Laureline Disclosed

30th Sept
4.30pm
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Jean-Claude Mézières & Pierre Christin in Conversation. They will share and discuss with the audience what makes their collaboration unique, between political commentary and colourful art.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets + Q&A

30th Sept
6pm
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Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) brings to the screen the groundbreaking comic book by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières. Followed by a Q&A with Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin.

Venom: Killer and Cure

Opens 10th Nov 2017
Natural History Museum
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Venom will take visitors on a journey through the eyes of both predator and prey, exploring the effects caused by venomous attacks and the attempt to scientifically measure the power that venom holds.

Victoria Revealed

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

Victorian afternoon tea at the V&A

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

Free

Vienna Calling

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

Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917 (part of the Philharmonia Orchestra Series)

18th Oct - 13th Nov
Royal College of Music
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From chamber music concerts to a performance with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy at the Royal Festival Hall, we explore the varied music from the extraordinary period of the Russian Revolution.

Volcanoes & Earthquakes

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

Wade Guyton: Das New Yorker Atelier, Abridged

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

Walking Tour - Christmas with Victoria and Albert

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

Whales: Beneath the Surface

On until 28th Feb 2018
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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
Natural History Museum
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Explore nature in the flourishing Wildlife Garden, a tranquil haven for plants and animals in the heart of the city. The garden is home to thousands of British flora and fauna.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Opens 20th Oct 2017
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The exhibition of 100 images records the beauty and drama of the natural world, from tiny insects to massive mammals. This year's competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries.

Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic

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

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.

‘Europeans’ lunchtime concert

28th Sep
1pm
Ognisko Polskie
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In celebration of National Poetry Day, pianist and composer Guy Pearson presents a lunchtime concert featuring original musical settings to some of the best loved European poets.