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

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.

South Kensington Farmers' Market

Tuesdays
Imperial College London
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Every Tuesday, the market is open to all, providing great-tasting locally-sourced provisions on the Queen's lawn.

Boating in Hyde Park

April-31st Oct
10am til sundown
Hyde Park
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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.

Kensington Garden cafes

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.

Family Explorer Trails: Creative Quarter

Get out and about this summer with the Mayor’s new London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails which includes the 'Creative Quarter' in South Kensington. Taking you on a circular trail starting at the V&A, up Exhibition Road and through the Royal Parks.

The Sunken Garden

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.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Explore and adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.

Princess Diana Memorial walk

Daily
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.

Kensington Gardens

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Tree-lined avenues and flower beds provide a stunning back drop to Kensington Palace.

London's secret gardens

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.

Hop on a Santander bike

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.

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

Daily
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 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.

Free

The Italian Gardens

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.

Hyde Park Explorer

Available until end Dec
Hyde Park
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A free scavenger hunt game for your mobile phone that takes you on an adventure through one of London’s most popular parks. Move at your own pace between the park’s most interesting sights uncovering photo challenges, amazing facts and games for all ages to enjoy.

Walking Tours in the Parks

Various dates
Hyde Park
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Discover the hidden secrets of London’s historic green spaces on a Royal Parks walking tour. From an underground river running beneath Hyde Park, to a hidden hollow tree in Kensington Gardens. Monthly walking tours let you experience the Royal Parks from a whole new perspective.

Free

Open House London: Institut français du Royaume-Uni

21-22 September
11:451m-6pm
Institut français
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1939 Art Deco Grade II listed building refurbished in 1950, then restructured and modernised in 2014. Contains an authentically classic cinema, private salons and multimedia library. Tours every 60 minutes, pre-booked from 12noon-5pm

Free

Open House London: Serpentine Pavilion 2019 designed by Junya Ishigami

21-22 September
10am-5:00pm
Serpentine Galleries
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The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, celebrated for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena, has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019.

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Open House London: South Kensington Tube Station

21-22 September
10am-3pm Tours pre-booked
South Kensington Estates
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In honour of the 150th anniversary of the District line, this tour will discuss the history of the station, the architectural features dating from the Victorian, Edwardian, and modern eras, and the operational functions of the station. Staff-led tours every 60 minutes, pre-booked.

Free

Open House London: The Ismaili Centre

22 September
10am-4pm
Ismaili Centre
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Part of an international family of Ismaili Centres, a religious, cultural and social space for the Shia Ismaili Muslim community. The serenity of the entrance fountain to the roof garden reflects Muslim traditions in architecture and design. Tours every 15 minutes, 10am-3pm

Global Design Forum

14-22 September
Times vary
V&A
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Global Design Forum is London Design Festival’s curated thought leadership programme, celebrating design and the minds shaping its future. Taking place throughout the Festival at the V&A, the Forum features a unique mix of talks, debates, tours and workshops that together reflects the most innovative thinking in the world of design today.

Exhibition Road Day of Design

22nd Sept
11am - 5pm
V&A
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For the finale of London Design Festival, there will be a special event on Exhibition Road focusing on design solutions to the climate emergency. There will be a street celebration to look at the role that design thinking can play in fostering new ideas and changing attitudes to the way we consume food, use energy and deal with waste.

Free
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Hyde Park Self Guided Walks

All Year Round
Hyde Park
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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.

London Design Festival 2019

14th - 22nd Sept
V&A
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This September the V&A will be transforming iconic spaces across the museum with specially-commissioned projects by leading international designers and hosting an inspirational line up of talks, debates, daily tours and workshops.

Lee Ufan: Relatum - Stage

From Feb 2018
Serpentine Galleries
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Artist Lee Ufan brings new public sculpture to Kensington Gardens. Comprised of two, angled, mirrored, steel sheets and two different-sized stones, Relatum – Stage will merge the natural and industrial in an installation that reflects the surrounding environment of the Park.

Discovery Days

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11am - 3pm drop in
Hyde Park
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Hyde Park's expert education team run a range of free and exciting nature-inspired activities for families. You could be pond dipping, helping your children discover an underwater world, sweep netting in the meadow or bug hunting at the minibeast hotel.

Serpentine Pavilion 2019 designed by Junya Ishigami

21st June - 6th Oct
Serpentine Galleries
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The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, celebrated for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena, has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019.

Free
Tours

The Holland Park Circle: Artists Houses Tours

Every Thurs and Sat
11am
Leighton House Museum
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Join the guided walks around the exterior of the unique group of studio-houses built by Victorian artist and President of the Royal Academy, Frederic, Lord Leighton and his contemporaries. Discover the fascinating story of how this corner of Holland Park became synonymous with a group of the leading artists of the late Victorian period.

COS x Serpentine Park Nights

5th July - 27th Sept
8pm
Serpentine Galleries
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COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019, the Serpentine Galleries’ annual series of experimental, interdisciplinary commissions in the Serpentine Pavilion, will present eight new works by international practitioners in the fields of art, music, poetry, theatre, augmented reality and fashion.

Outdoors

Walking the City: London Ecologies

25 July - 15 September
Design Museum Kensington
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Join architecture collective Something & Son and invited guest speakers for a series of walks around kensington and Chelsea that explore how our every-day actions can benefit nature, rather than destroy it.

The Brompton Design District

14th - 22nd Sept
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During the annual London Design Festival, Brompton plays host to a series of exhibitions and events discovered in shops, showrooms, galleries and institutions, and a curated design programme within temporary spaces in the District. The theme for the 2019 programme is 'Nature / Nurture'; exploring what design is doing to protect and learn from the natural world.