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Early Finish Fridays in South Ken!

With more companies embracing flexible work practices, 'Summer Fridays' or 'Early Finish Fridays' are a great opportunity to unwind and catch some culture in South Ken, without the weekend hustle and bustle. Take advantage of the extra time off with these top picks:

1. Catch an exhibition, without the busy crowds

Get away from the crowds and explore some of the amazing exhibitions you've been dying to see! Some of this summer's top picks include Windrush 75 at the V&A, WAVE: Currents in Japanese Graphic Art at Japan House, and The Offbeat Sari at the Design Museum. If you want to find out more, check out some of the other Great Exhibitions in South Ken. 

2. Battle against your friends at the Science Museum’s Power Up

Immerse yourself in this hands-on gaming experience, featuring the very best video games and consoles from the past 50 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 beat your family at Mario Kart. 

3. Kick your feet up at the IMAX Ronson Theatre

Treat yourself to a trip to the IMAX, hosting newly released blockbusters, stunning 3D documentary films and cinema classics as well as an array of live events. Relax, kick your feet up and immerse yourself in the big screen!

4. Take a splash in the Serpentine Lido

The Serpentine Lido is, arguably, London's most iconic 'open water' swimming location. Take a dip in the cool waters, relax on the grassy banks, and soak up the sun while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding nature. The Lido is open until 6pm, offering a rejuvenating escape from the urban buzz.

5. Get creative at Park Nights 2023

Park Nights returns for a series of interdisciplinary artistic engagements on selected Friday evenings staged in the Serpentine Pavilion 2023. Stimulate your mind and immerse yourself in a thought-provoking evening including new works across art, music, film, theatre, dance, literature, philosophy, fashion, and technology.

6. Take a stroll in the Royal Parks

After a week in the office, why not stretch your legs and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Royal Parks. Take a leisurely stroll under the leafy canopies, discover hidden gardens, and marvel at the magnificent Kensington Palace. Why not take a look at our GoJauntly walking tours, and find out the 'Story of South Ken'.

7. BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

The return of the BBC Proms brings the UK together in celebration of classical music with eight weeks of concerts at the Hall. £8 Day Promming tickets are available on the day of the concert from 10.30am every day throughout the season.

8. Uncover South Ken's hidden gem, Leighton House Museum

Discover how the home of Frederic Leighton, the painter, sculptor and public figure who lived at 12 Holland Park Road, came to embody the idea of how a great artist should live.

9. Grab a bite to eat!

If you're spending your afternoon in South Kensington, there are lots of delicious places to eat or enjoy a drink both inside and outside while the sun is out! From cafes, bars, afternoon tea to indoor picnic areas - there is plenty of choice!

10. Spend some quality time with the kids!

If you're looking to spend your afternoon off cherishing some quality time with the kids, South Ken is a great place for them to explore and experiment. With activities for families in science, history and the arts there is so much to explore, from performances, film, parks, playgrounds, and simulators to exciting exhibitions.  

Embrace Summer Fridays and let South Ken's cultural wonders enrich your day, leaving you refreshed and ready to enjoy the weekend ahead! Find out what's on or sign up to our fortnightly newsletter to keep up to date with the latest extraordinary exhibitions, incredible events, brilliant festivals and fantastic competitions from the cultural venues in South Kensington

WAVE: Currents in Japanese Graphic Arts at Japan House London.

Power Up at the Science Museum

BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

Narcissus Hall, Leighton House. Image by Will Pryce.

The Royal Parks

The De Morgan Café at Leighton House

The De Morgan Café at Leighton House. Image Dirk Lindner.