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Free Events in South Kensington

Discover an unforgettable day in South Kensington with our guide to free events. Delve into guided tours through galleries, embark on self-led walks, immerse yourself in our new series of Lates events, explore captivating free displays, and journey through miles of galleries showcasing art, science, design, natural history, and beyond. 

Energy: Sparks from the Collection

Until 18th May 2025
10am - 6pm
V&A South Kensington
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This display shines a light on the diverse kinds of energy in photography, from the hidden processes intrinsic to creating a picture, to the subjects in front of the camera.

Young V&A

Opens 1st July
10am-5:30pm
V&A South Kensington
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Get ready to spark your creativity at Young V&A – the museum where children, young people and families can imagine, play and design. From 1 July 2023, be inspired by spaces, explore our collection and get creative. Right now, keep in touch on social.

Quiet and Scenic Walking Routes Around South Ken

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If you’re planning your trip to South Kensington, why not take a look at our brand new walking map, created in collaboration with Footways. Get off the tube a stop early and explore London’s home of arts, science and inspiration by foot.

Leslie Linder: Decoding Beatrix Potter

Until 15th Sept
10am - 5.30pm
V&A South Kensington
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On the 50th anniversary of Leslie Linder’s gift to the V&A, This display celebrates his unrivalled Beatrix Potter collection and shines a light on Linder’s contribution to our knowledge of the world-famous author and illustrator.

Outdoor Activities for Kids

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Natural History Museum
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Fun, free things to do in a park, on the street, or anywhere outdoors.

Quiet walking routes to and around South Ken

Discover South Kensington
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If you’re planning your trip to South Ken, take a look at our new walking map, created with Footways, where you can discover a range of wonderful routes to take a quiet stroll & discover our extraordinary history. Get off the tube a stop early and explore London’s home of arts, science and inspiration by foot.

Seeing Things Queerly

10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Follow this self-led trail to discover some of the objects on display at the Science Museum that tell stories of queer communities, experiences, and identities.

BBC World Service: The Engineers

Royal Commission for the Exhibition 1851
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Each summer, the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 holds an Albertopolis event in partnership with the BBC World Service bringing together three ground-breaking engineers and a public audience.

Power Up

10am - 5.30pm
Science Museum
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Immerse yourself in this hands-on gaming zone, 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.

Design Researchers in Residence 2023/24 SOLAR

21st June - 22nd Sept
10am - 5pm
Design Museum
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The Design Museum will be opens a new thought-provoking display showcasing this year’s Design Researchers in Residence work on the theme of ‘solar’, exploring the role of design in our relationship with the heat and light of the sun.

Wonderlab

Daily
10am - 5.30pm
Science Museum
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At this interactive gallery, discover the beauty of the science and math that shape our everyday lives. This unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination, and inspire you to see the world in new and exciting ways.

Taylor Swift | Songbook Trail

Opens 27th July
All day
V&A South Kensington
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Explore a free trail across the museum celebrating Taylor Swift, with a range of her iconic looks on display. The costumes will sit alongside instruments, music awards, storyboards and previously unseen archival which will explore her childhood and recording legacy, many on display for the first time.

Luca Bosani: Costume Design Residency Open Studios

26th July
6pm - 9pm
V&A South Kensington
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Meet the V&A's current Costume Design Artist in Residence Luca Bosani, as they open their studio on site and learn more about their practice and process.

Rachel Sale: Illustration Residency Open Studios

31st Aug
1pm - 4pm
V&A South Kensington
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Meet the V&A's current Illustration Artist in Residence Rachel Sale, as she opens her studio on site and learn more about her practice and process.

GRAND SUMO Highlights at Japan House London

12th - 28th July
5.30pm
Japan House London
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Follow the action and experience the excitement of the July 2024 Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya with a daily screening of NHK WORLD-JAPAN’s GRAND SUMO Highlights.

Pavilion Family Day

21st July
11am - 3pm
Serpentine
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Enjoy a free drop-in event with storytelling under the trees and discover hands-on activities and creative workshops throughout the day. All families are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy on the Serpentine Lawn.

Seeing is Believing

Until 15th Sept
11am - 7pm
Cromwell Place
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An exhibition of paintings, photography and sculpture by gallery artists who share unique perspectives that awaken us to new ways of seeing the world.

Summer Show 2024

20th July - 21st Sept
11am - 5pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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This year's annual Summer Show's theme is Reality Check selected by the guest curator David McAlmont. Explore a fabulous showcase of members' and fellows' work at Dora House.

Inside Out

Various Dates
Various Times
City of Westminster
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At this year's Inside Out outdoor festival, there will be inspiring guided walks, dance and drama performances, family workshops, live music and more, with something to delight everyone. Showcasing London's vibrant art and culture scene in streets and open spaces!

Summer Family Activities

27 July – 1 Sept
11am - 4.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Throughout the Summer holidays discover the Natural History Museum's new gardens and enjoy a whole bunch of free family activities from pond dipping to nature-themed arts and crafts.

London Design Festival 2024

Opens 14th Sept
Various Times
V&A South Kensington
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Experience how design can shape a space, bring people together and foster rituals, through a series of installations exploring global cultures across the V&A.

Social Space

24th August
12pm - 4.30pm
V&A South Kensington
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Create space in the museum with an afternoon of creativity exploring the themes of Wellbeing, Sustainability, and the Future.

Pop up Performance: Anansi and the Lost Sun

31st Aug
11.00am – 3.40pm
V&A South Kensington
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Join Swallow’s Wings Puppetry for a performance mixing puppetry, storytelling, and traditional West African music.

Science City 1550-1800: the Linbury gallery

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Science Museum
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Discover the world’s oldest collection of timepieces at the Science Museum. See over 600 watches and clocks charting the history of clock making in London.