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.

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.

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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.

Kensington Gardens

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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.

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.

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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.

Royal Albert Hall Café Terrace

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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.

Liberty Drives

1st May - 31st October
10:00am - 4:30pm
Hyde Park
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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.

Literary Haunts & Jaunts in the Park

Kensington Gardens
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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.

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.

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.

Schools

Science Museum's new Interactive Careers Gallery

Daily
Wed - Sun 10am-6pm
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Step into the fascinating world of technicians for a peek behind the scenes in the Science Museum's brand new interactive gallery. Experience what it’s like to create visual effects on a blockbuster film set or operate a robot in a manufacturer's workshop,

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The Mythology and Folklore of trees

Sat 11 June 2022
10:30am-12:30pm
The Royal Parks
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Discover the folklore and myths that surround Kensington Gardens' trees with arboriculturist, Greg Packman. Find out why oak trees were seen to be symbols of the gods; why rowan trees were considered to be protective against witchcraft; and which of our trees above all symbolise renewal and purification.

Adults

Science Museum Lates: Cancer Revolution

Wed 25 May 2022
6:15pm-10pm
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Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the museum on the last Wednesday of every month. This May celebrates the opening of their new exhibition, Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope. There’ll be fascinating talks, illuminating tours, hands-on workshops and much more to explore!

Photography

The other Shakespear

Tue 10 May 2022 - Mon 6 June 2022
Open daily 10am - 5.pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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An exhibition of photographs, maps and other ephemera chronicling the adventures and explorations in Arabia of Captain William Shakespear. Shakespear was a British civil servant and explorer who mapped uncharted areas of Northern Arabia and became close friends with the Abdulaziz Ibn Sa'ud, founder of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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June Discovery Days: Royal Celebration 2022

Tues 31 May - Wed 1 June 2022
11am - 3pm
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Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by exploring the past, present, and future of the Royal Parks with hands-on activities that will inspire you and your little ones to protect and preserve your parks for the next 70 years!

Free

The V&A Platinum Jubilee emblem competition

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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The Royal Household in partnership with the V&A invited young people aged 13 – 25 to design an emblem for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and 19 year-old Edward Roberts, a graphic design student from Nottinghamshire, studying at Leeds University, has won the national competition.

V&A tours are back

Dates & times vary
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Discover the work of the V&A's conservation studios, or join a guided tour through their unique galleries. Members can also explore hidden places and historical sites in and around London, often inaccessible to the public.

Image credit: © 2022 Theaster Gates Studio
Free

Serpentine Pavilion 2022: Black Chapel by Theaster Gates

Fri 10 June — Sun 16 October 2022
Tues - Sun (Open Bank Holiday Mon) 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, England.

John Madejski Garden & Café

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10am - 5.45pm
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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.

Music & Performance

BBC Proms 2022

Fri 15 July - Sat 10 September 2022
Times vary
Royal Albert Hall
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This year’s eight-week celebration will feature 84 concerts, with 73 of these taking place in the Royal Albert Hall's spectacular auditorium. The season will feature large-scale repertoire not heard at the festival since 2019, plus the return of international orchestras including the newly-formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra.

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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.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: Alienarium 5

Til 4 Sep 2022
Tues - Sun (Open Bank Holiday Mon) 10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Alienarium 5 is a speculative environment that invites us to imagine possible encounters with extra-terrestrials. The exhibition is a culmination of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's decades-long interest in science fiction and continued research into deep space and alien life.

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Self-Guided Tours at the Natural History Museum

Mon-Sun
10am-5:50pm
Natural History Museum
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Whether you're visiting for the first time or the fiftieth, these tours will take you through the best the Museum has to offer.

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.

Great Exhibition Road Festival 2022

Sat 18 - Sun 19 June 2022
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Great Exhibition Road Festival
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Join us in South Kensington this June as Exhibition Road is transformed into a huge festival to explore the extraordinary as we celebrate London’s trailblazing innovators, scientists, artists and designers and the everyday heroes who inspire us all.

Free

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.

Kensington Gardens

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Open from 6am
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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.

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.

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Albert Memorial Walking Tour

Tue 24 May 2022
10:30am - 12pm
The Royal Parks
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On Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday, join a fascinating tour of the Albert Memorial which will take you beyond the railings. Get a closer look at the Frieze of Parnassus and other fine details of the greatest monument of the Victorian era.

Mission: Invertebrate

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Download Mission: Invertebrate's free activities and information sheets to see London’s green spaces in a whole new way. Whether you’re at home, in your local park or one of the incredible Royal Parks, these resources will help you and your family discover fascinating nature on your doorstep.