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Out & About in South Kensington

South Kensington has plenty of great attractions for you to visit outside from boating on the Serpentine, walking tours around Albertopolis, Queen Caroline's temple, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, ice cream in Kensington Gardens, a trip to Princess Diana's Memorial Playground and so much more....

Albert Memorial

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Kensington Gardens
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Located in Kensington Gardens, it is one of London's most ornate ornaments. Unveiled in 1872, The Albert Memorial commemorates the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, who died of typhoid fever at the age of 42. Public tours are available.

Boating on the Serpentine

Daily except Nov- March (Wed - Sun)
From 10am (closing times vary)
Hyde Park
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Head to the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen to hire a boat over the summer. Recognised as one of the most famous boating spots in London, Hyde Park is the perfect place to take in the scenery, enjoy an ice cream and float down the Serpentine in the middle of the park.

Kensington Garden cafes

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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.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Daily
During winter/spring 6am-7:45pm
Kensington Gardens
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Explore and have a great adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.

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.

Queen Carolines Temple

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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.

Princess Diana Memorial walk

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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.

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.

The Italian Gardens

Daily
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.

Royal Albert Hall Café Terrace

Open show days
Open from 9 am
Royal Albert Hall
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Soak up the sunshine and take in spectacular views of a London landmark. The Royal Albert Terrace is now open to all visitors during the day, and is the perfect place to relax with a coffee, beer or light bite from their Door 12 Café Bar. Walk-ins welcome.

Kensington Palace Sunken Garden

Wed - Sun
10am - 6pm
Kensington Palace
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Walk in the footsteps of royalty in the beautiful gardens of Kensington Palace. The historic Sunken Garden is resplendent with white and pastel flowers to provide a picturesque setting for a new statue of Diana, Princess of Wales, unveiled to commemorate her 60th birthday.

Hyde Park Self Guided Walks

All Year Round
Hyde Park
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Discover the magic of Hyde Park and head on a self-guided walk. All of the activities are guaranteed to get you walking and discovering interesting things about the history, wildlife and horticulture around you.

Get active: Take a stroll around 'Albertopolis'

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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Explore this cultural district and discover the history of the area with this free walking tour from Go Jauntly, curated by the Royal Geographical Society as part of the programme for Kensington + Chelsea Art Week.

Get active: New cycle route and walking tour

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Footways
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Footways London map highlights quiet and characterful walking routes so you can explore Kensington at a different pace. The paper maps are available at some Central Network Rail stations or plan your quiet route via the new interactive map with geolocation

Hop on a Santander bike

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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.

Yinka Shonibare CBE: Suspended States

12th April - 1st Sept
10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Suspended States is the artist’s first London solo exhibition in over 20 years. It showcases new works, interrogating how systems of power affect sites of refuge, debates on public statues, the ecological impact of colonialisation and the legacy of imperialism on conflict and consequential attempts at peace.

Grazie Enzo: Contemporary Responses to Enzo Mari

29th March - Feb 2025
10am - 6pm
Design Museum
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Accompanying the retrospective exhibition 'Enzo Mari Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli', this free display will showcase the work of 14 London-based designers, studios and collectives whose work shares an affinity with Mari's work.

Gardens Evening View and Silent Disco

25th July
7pm - 12am
Natural History Museum
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Take a journey through the Natural History Museum's new gardens and explore the story of how life on Earth has changed over time, from the days of the dinosaurs through to today. Afterwards, make your way to the dance floor and enjoy a silent disco in the spectacular Hintze Hall.

BST Hyde Park Open House presents All Things Orchestral

28th June, 1st July to 3rd July and 8th July to 11th July.
Open Daily
Hyde Park
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American Express presents BST Hyde Park will host the popular summer event Open House. 2024's edition will begin by hosting a very special classical music live experience - All Things Orchestral. Presented by Myleene Klass.

Kensington and Chelsea Art Week's public Art Trail

20th June - 30th August
All Day
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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An unmissable highlight on London’s summer culture calendar, the Art Trail features world-class sculpture, installations, and murals throughout the borough inspired by thisyear’s curatorial theme Changing Landscapes.

Wild Life Drawing Workshop

26th July & 30th August
6.45pm – 9.30om
Natural History Museum
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From Jurassic botanicals to urban wildlife, capture the natural beauty of the Natural History Musuem gardens in this special botanical drawing workshop perfect for beginners and seasoned artists.

Open House at BST Hyde Park

28th June - 11th July
Various Times
Hyde Park
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American Express presents BST Hyde Park opens its doors in between the three weekends of legendary music, to host the hugely popular summer event Open House. For eight days across three weeks, Open House offers tons of activities for all the family, with free access to BST Hyde Park!

Growing Together: Summer Garden Assembly

6th July
2pm - 5pm
Design Museum
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Join gardener Ashley Edwards, photographer Claire Takacs and artist Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck for an afternoon of Summer bliss celebrating horticulture, design and creativity in the museum's Dame Sylvia Crowe Garden.

Park Nights 2024: Eun-Me Ahn

28th & 29th June
8pm
Serpentine
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The 2024 Park Nights season kicks off with the UK premiere of North Korea Dance from renowned choreographer, Eun-Me Ahn and her dance company. The piece explores the differences and similarities between North and South Korean dance and imagines a possible future beyond the border through shared movements.