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....
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.
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.
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.
The Broadwalk Cafe and Playcafe serves a great range of pizza, salads, wraps and sweet treats as well as a children's menu.
The beautiful Sunken Garden was planted in 1908, transforming part of the gardens previously occupied by potting sheds into a tranquil ornamental garden. Today, the garden continues the tradition of rotational flower displays in the spring and summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore Queen Caroline's Temple which is a classical style summer house overlooking the Long Water, east of Lancaster Walk, Hyde Park.
A unique fountain memorial to Princess Diana designed to reflect her spirit of life and love of children.
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.
Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.
As part of the Institut français' Women Shaping the World strand, this film series presents the work of the pioneering female filmmakers who, from Alice Guy, the first person to make a fiction film, to Chantal Akerman and Diane Kurys, are sometimes unsung trailblazers in the history of cinema.
Listen up and hear the beat! Time to take a closer look at this hidden hardworking hero… your heart. Get your blood pumping in this fun, family-friendly workshop where you can make your very own working stethoscope and put it to the test.
Discover more about some of the curious and creepy cures used to keep us healthy in days gone by. This interactive science show will delight and disgust the whole family!
The Royal Parks is launching a campaign urging visitors to ‘Help Nature Thrive’ in some of the capital’s largest and busiest green spaces. Hyde Park attracts almost 13 million visits a year. Its popularity results in high volumes of wildlife feeding, which is upsetting the park’s delicate ecosystem.
The theme for this year's summer exhibition is 'Gonna get craycray'. History shows us that after a major global impact, society reacts with a break with tradition. As explained by curator Sigrid Kirk "The past year has confronted us with many voices claiming that we are on the cusp of unprecedented change, or are things just gonna get craycray?
KCAW is proud to collaborate with artist Zak Ové and the Design Museum to bring a public installation of Ové’s sculpture, Autonomous Morris. Standing at approximately 3-metres high, Autonomous Morris is a monumental sculpture made from deconstructed and collaged vintage car parts, welded together to produce a futuristic yet retro, cross-cultural totemic mask.
Three vultures watch a paper boat that could be about to capsize. The artist Tere Chad wonders, "are we sinking?" She was inspired by the story of Noah's Ark and how a dove with a leaf provided a symbol of hope. Chad would like suggestions for names of the three birds. Go to Instagram and use the hashtag #arewesinking.
During this walking tour, explore the history of Hyde Park through the decades, including the notorious criminals that met their untimely end at the Tyburn Tree, the inception of Speakers' Corner and the park's instrumental role during WW1. Experience the magic of Hyde Park where Peter Pan had his first adventure in JM Barrie's novel "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens". Finally, finish with an exclusive visit to their Victorian Pet Cemetery, the first public Pet Cemetery in Britain, where over 1,000 pets have been buried.
Asmaa Alanbari is an exhibition curator interested in telling the stories of communities through immersive experiences. She directs the interplay of light, colour, form and sound, bringing to life plans of the imagination into three dimensions. Her new exhibition ‘Gilgamesh’ (2,500 BC Babylon, Iraq) fuses painting, video projections and music to reinterpret the ancient myth in a contemporary way.
During Kensington+Chelsea Artweek, discover graduate work by Royal College of Art students from around the world. Engage with a programme of events, explore collections by guest curators, and immerse yourself in the thinking of the world’s most talented emerging artists and designers.
K+C Festival is re-imagining creativity and culture for everyone. Public art and curated tours, ballet and street art, broken beats and orchestras, circus arts and gaming culture, exhibitions and workshops. All will feature in well-known and unexpected places across Kensington and Chelsea’s iconic venues and public spaces, with online and interactive ways to get involved and enjoy the festival. It kicks off with the return of Kensington + Chelsea Art Week.
Swim, stroll, play, eat, relax, row - some top tips of things to do in Hyde Park from Buzzfeed.
Discover the magic of Hyde Park in the palm of your hand! A free scavenger hunt game using mobile phones that takes you on an adventure through one of London's most popular parks.
Liberty Drives is a voluntary service, helped by sponsors and donations, for people who find walking difficult. A fleet of six electric buggies can accommodate five passengers plus one person in a wheelchair. The tours last up to one hour and show visitors around the main sights.
With summer officially here and London gradually re-opening, why not explore the parks through the works of some famous writers - discover J M Barrie’s ultimate fancy, Peter Pan, walk in the steps of Virginia Woolf through Kensington Gardens, or visit the famous Speaker’s Corner, George Orwell’s ardent haunt.
The Royal Parks are pleased to announce that almost all cafes and catering kiosks are open in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, and for their youngest visitors, the playgrounds are due to open imminently.
Crisp autumn days are wonderful for walking, and it’s a great way to explore this cultural district. 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.
Being in the fresh air and close to nature is crucial for mental and physical wellbeing. Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are open during lockdown, and this time playgrounds and outdoor catering will stay open too. If you’re not nearby, there’s plenty of ideas on the Royal Parks website to try at home or in your local green spaces.
The 20th Serpentine Pavilion has been designed by Counterspace, an all-woman Johannesburg-based practice. The Pavilion's varying scale of design reflect London's past and present - its places of meeting, organising and belonging. From the intimacy of restaurants and bookshops to markets and places of worship.
The Luna Cinema returns to Kensington Palace with a line-up of classic and feel-good films to brighten your summer evenings. Head outside for a memorable cinematic experience under the stars. Add great food and a full bar (both with click and collect service) and you have the perfect summer night out.