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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

April-31st Oct
12pm- 8pm (July & Aug), 7pm (Sept)
Hyde Park
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Head to the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen to hire a boat on the Serpentine Lake over the summer for either 30 or 60 minutes. Take advantage of the stunning views over the Serpentine from the popular terrace area of the restaurant and make a day out of your trip.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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 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.

Artist Walking Tours with K&C Festival

Weekly on Sun & Thur til end Aug
11am - 12.30pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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This summer and as part of the Kensington and Chelsea Festival, join a free guided walk exploring the unique group of Victorian studio-houses built on Holland Park Road and Melbury Road (Kensington, West London) by the so-called 'Holland Park Circle' of artists, sculptors and architects.

Wildlife Garden Explorers

1 April - 31 Oct
11am - 5pm
Natural History Museum
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Go on a small safari with a handy guide to the minibeasts that live in the Wildlife Garden and their habitats. Then, complete the NHM's leaf bingo by spotting fabulous foliage in the Museum's outdoor space. There's an incredible variety and volume of life in the garden just waiting to be discovered.

KCAW Art Trail

On until 31 Aug
Kensington & Chelsea
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Kensington + Chelsea Art Week presents its fifth annual Public Art Trail. with vibrant and immersive public art, free for all to enjoy for the duration of the summer. Featuring world-class sculpture, installations and exhibits throughout the borough including Kaleidoscopic Minds on Exhibition Road by local artist, Azarra Amoy.

The Sunken Garden

Wed - Sun
9.30-17.45
Kensington Palace
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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.

Kensington + Chelsea Festival

1 July - 31 Aug
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Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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K+C Festival returns with a programme, full of free and pay-what-you-can events. Be inspired by theatre, wowed by circus and try something new with a range of extraordinary talent spread right across the borough. The Festival re-imagines the borough’s well-known and less-discovered places.

Kaleidoscopic Minds on Exhibition Road

From 18 June
Exhibition Road
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Local artist, Azarra Amoy, celebrates neurodiverse people and their contribution to the arts and sciences in South Kensington, through a series of colourful kaleidoscopic artworks on Exhibition Road. Azarra uses a kaleidoscopic spectrum of colours to represent the uniqueness of an individual’s neurodiversity.

Royal Borough Kensington Chelsea Bee Superhighway

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Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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The borough is buzzing thanks to the Bee Superhighway which aims to protect and enhance habitats by increasing wildflower and pollinator-friendly planting throughout Kensington and Chelsea.

Royal Albert Hall Southern Steps

Thur-Sun 11am- 5pm or 8pm on show days
Royal Albert Hall
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As you walk up the steps towards the Hall’s new outdoor terrace café, take a look either side - new planting reflects the site’s Victorian history when the Royal Horticultural Society’s conservatory stood here. The café is open to all offering coffee, wine, beer or a light bite.

NHM's Urban Nature Gardens

Natural History Museum
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The Natural History Museum is set to transform five-acres of London gardens into the country’s urban nature ‘epicentre’ as national biodiversity programme is announced. Sir David Attenborough says the Urban Nature Project will allow young people to “fall in love with the nature on their doorsteps.”

Kensington Gardens

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Open from 6am
Kensington Gardens
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Formal avenues, magnificent trees, ornamental flower beds, and wildflower meadows outside Kensington Palace make this a stunning end to our trail as well as home to the Princess Diana Playground, the Italian Water Gardens and the Albert Memorial.

Footways - exploring London on foot

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Why not plan your visit to South Ken using the new Footways walking map available at railway stations and also online. You can plan your route away from the busy roads and discover a quiet and alternative side to London.

Natural History Museum Wildlife Garden

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11-5pm
Natural History Museum
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Escape the city bustle with a wander through a tranquil haven for plants, pondlife and insects. Home to thousands of British plants and animals, more than 3,300 species have been identified in the garden since it opened in 1995. Advanced booking to the Museum is recommended.

Serpentine Pavilion 2022: Black Chapel by Theaster Gates

June — 16 Oct 2022
Tues - Sun 10am-6pm
Serpentine
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Designed by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates with the architectural support of Adjaye Associates, the Serpentine Pavilion 2022: Black Chapel draws inspiration from the architectural typologies of chapels and the great kilns of Stoke-on-Trent.

John Madejski Garden & Café

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10am - 5.45pm
V&A
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Recharge and cool down in the heart of the V&A. A place for kids to paddle in the courtyard shallow pool or grab a drink while surrounded by summer planting and stunning Victorian architecture. Admission is free but book tickets online.

Image credit: © Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.

Back to Earth: Pollinator Pathmaker

22 June - 18 September 2022
Tuesday - Sunday (Open Bank Holiday Mondays) 10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg kicks off Back to Earth 2022 activations, including a major exhibition, at Serpentine in June. as well as a garden at North Flower Walk in Kensington Gardens comprising 4,471 plants including over 60 different species which will come into bloom in early summer.

Platinum Jubilee Blooms

1 June - Sept 2022
Kensington Palace
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Kensington Palace is joining in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer with a vibrant, colourful display of flowers and patterns in the palace gardens.

London Design Festival - Placeholders

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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Discover the enduring possibilities of reusing stone with this outdoor installation and documentary as part of London Design Festival. Historic, large and precious stone that previously made up the V&A building, now makes a comeback in the form of street furniture.

Hyde Park

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Hyde Park
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One of the greatest city parks in the world covering 142 hectares with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and further ornamental flower gardens, all here in the home of London’s arts and science district.

The Urban Nature Project

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The Natural History Museum's five-acre gardens in South Kensington are going to be transformed into a welcoming, accessible and biologically diverse green space in the heart of London.

Serpentine Lido

Mid-May to mid-Sept
10am-6pm
The Royal Parks
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The Serpentine Lido is, arguably, London's most iconic 'open water' swimming location. The Lido is open for public swimming on weekends from mid-May, and every day between June and Mid-September.