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

Daily
2pm, 3pm
Kensington Gardens
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Located in Kensington Gardens, it is one of London's most ornate ornaments. Public tours are available between March and December.

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.

Flow Yoga in the Park

Fortnightly until 29th July
6.30-7.30pm
Hyde Park
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The Royal Parks have partnered up with Avni Dhanani, a qualified yoga practitioner specialising in Ashtanga and Vinyasa, to bring you a series of fortnightly yoga sessions held at The LookOut, our very own idyllic haven in the heart of Hyde Park. No previous experience is required.

Free

Discovery Day - Mission Invertebrate

31 July / 1 Aug
11am-3pm
Hyde Park
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Visit the Park's invertebrate bugmobile where you'll learn about mini critter crafts, planting for pollinators and hunting for bugs in our local habitats, and hear bug-inspired stories,

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.

Luna Cinema

30th July - 2nd Aug
Film starts at 9pm
Kensington Palace
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The Luna Cinema returns to Kensington Palace with three of the hottest smash hit movies, The Favourite, A Star is Born and Mary Poppins Returns alongside the 2009 film Young Victoria.

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Pop-up Performance: Victoria and Albert Season 2019

25th May - 31st Aug
11.00, 13.00 & 15.00
V&A
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Explore some of the secrets and surprises of the museum’s story with Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Jim the Dog. Meet Queen Victoria, Prince Albert or Jim the Dog. Journey around to dig up some secrets and surprises of the museum and life in Victorian times.

Free
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.