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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

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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.

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.

Out Shopping: The dresses of Marion and Maud Sambourne (1880-1910)

23rd March - 20th Oct
10am - 5.30pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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A curated selection of spectacular outfits, several never displayed before and others rare surviving examples by leading dressmakers of the era, this exhibition will tell the story of Marion Sambourne and Maud Messel, at a moment in history that significantly shaped the way fashion is consumed today.

Imperial's Big Step Challenge

Until 3rd March
Various Times
Imperial College London
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Every Monday up until the 3rd of March Imperial are doing a big step challenge. Pick the lunchtime walk or the after Work Walk and join Move Imperial for a 45 minute loop around South Kensington to beat the midday slump or switch off after work and get those steps in!

Leighton and Landscape

16th Nov - 27th April 2025
10am - 5.30pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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This first major exhibition of Frederic Leighton’s work, following the reopening of the museum in October 2022, will focus on the artist’s production of small en plein air landscape sketches, created between 1850 up until his death in 1896.

SpaceRace

Until 2nd March
11am - 7pm
Cromwell Place
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An exhibition curated by Dexter Wimberly, that gathers five artists whose work is informed by a masterful understanding of pattern, materiality, and symbology.

Carribean Collection: Family Activity

Until 28th Feb
10am - 5.45pm
V&A
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Explore the Caribbean Collection with a free family activity with the V&A's Learning Centre. Join a guided adventure, discovering the stories of creative artists and designers, and learn how their Caribbean heritage inspired their work.

The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2024

2nd Feb - 15th April
10am - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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The third year of the Design Musuem's annual prize in partnership with the Saltzman Family Foundation celebrating emerging product designers in recognition of Ralph Saltzman’s design legacy.

Polar Silk Road

Until 24th Nov
10am - 6pm
Natural History Museum
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Gregor Sailer's photography exhibition The Polar Silk Road explores the existing, potential, and unexpected impacts of this new global trade route and documents this fast-changing region at a pivotal moment in its history.

Go behind the railings of the Albert Memorial

15th March
12.30pm - 3.30pm
Hyde Park
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Delve deeper into the history and stories of this incredible monument to Albert, Prince Consort Queen Victoria’s beloved husband and enjoy an exclusive experience underneath the Albert Memorial, the under croft, an area seldom opened to the public.

Go behind the scenes of Hyde Park’s Plant Nursery

19th April
11am - 2pm
Hyde Park
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Enjoy a tour of the Hyde Park's brand new plant nursery, learning about its history, the sustainable building and practices that help the team grow over 1,400 varieties of plants. Plus, enjoy a tasty lunch before creating your own hanging baskets similar to those hung in the Royal Parks to take home.