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....

Wildlife Garden

11am - 5pm (Apr-Oct); 11-3.30pm (Nov-Mar)
Natural History Museum
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Explore nature in the flourishing Wildlife Garden, a tranquil haven for plants and animals in the heart of the city. The garden is home to thousands of British flora and fauna.

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.

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Boating in Hyde Park

April-31st Oct
10:30am-6pm
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.

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.

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Princess Diana Memorial Playground

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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.

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.

Kensington Gardens

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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

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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 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.

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.

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

From Sat 22 May
Wed-Sun 11am-7pm
V&A
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Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.

Women Pioneers of French Cinema

Until 14 July 2021
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Institut français
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As part of the Institut français' Women Shaping the World strand, this film series presents the work of the pioneering female filmmakers who, from Alice Guy, the first person to make a fiction film, to Chantal Akerman and Diane Kurys, are sometimes unsung trailblazers in the history of cinema.

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Heartbeat Heroes

Saturday & Sunday
11:15-11:45am
Science Museum
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Listen up and hear the beat! Time to take a closer look at this hidden hardworking hero… your heart. Get your blood pumping in this fun, family-friendly workshop where you can make your very own working stethoscope and put it to the test.

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Curious Cures

Saturday & Sunday
1:30pm-4pm; 3pm-3:30pm
Science Museum
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Discover more about some of the curious and creepy cures used to keep us healthy in days gone by. This interactive science show will delight and disgust the whole family!

Image credit: Sue Lindenberg

Help Nature Thrive

The Royal Parks
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The Royal Parks is launching a campaign urging visitors to ‘Help Nature Thrive’ in some of the capital’s largest and busiest green spaces. Hyde Park attracts almost 13 million visits a year. Its popularity results in high volumes of wildlife feeding, which is upsetting the park’s delicate ecosystem.

Gonna Get CrayCray Summer Exhibition

28 Jun - 19 Sep
11am - 5pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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The theme for this year's summer exhibition is 'Gonna get craycray'. History shows us that after a major global impact, society reacts with a break with tradition. As explained by curator Sigrid Kirk "The past year has confronted us with many voices claiming that we are on the cusp of unprecedented change, or are things just gonna get craycray?

Image credit: © Zak Ové

Zak Ové

21 June – 31 August
K+C Festival
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KCAW is proud to collaborate with artist Zak Ové and the Design Museum to bring a public installation of Ové’s sculpture, Autonomous Morris. Standing at approximately 3-metres high, Autonomous Morris is a monumental sculpture made from deconstructed and collaged vintage car parts, welded together to produce a futuristic yet retro, cross-cultural totemic mask.

Image credit: © Tere Chad

Are We Sinking?

8 Jun - 28 Jun
On the terrace
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Three vultures watch a paper boat that could be about to capsize. The artist Tere Chad wonders, "are we sinking?" She was inspired by the story of Noah's Ark and how a dove with a leaf provided a symbol of hope. Chad would like suggestions for names of the three birds. Go to Instagram and use the hashtag #arewesinking.

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Hidden Stories of Hyde Park

Frid 9 July / Fri 13 Aug 2021
12:00-13:30
The Royal Parks
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During this walking tour, explore the history of Hyde Park through the decades, including the notorious criminals that met their untimely end at the Tyburn Tree, the inception of Speakers' Corner and the park's instrumental role during WW1. Experience the magic of Hyde Park where Peter Pan had his first adventure in JM Barrie's novel "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens". Finally, finish with an exclusive visit to their Victorian Pet Cemetery, the first public Pet Cemetery in Britain, where over 1,000 pets have been buried.

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Asmaa Alanbari: Gilgamesh

Fri 2 July | 4-8pm with live music at 6pm
Sat 3 July + Sun 4 July | 3-7pm
Institut français
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Asmaa Alanbari is an exhibition curator interested in telling the stories of communities through immersive experiences. She directs the interplay of light, colour, form and sound, bringing to life plans of the imagination into three dimensions. Her new exhibition ‘Gilgamesh’ (2,500 BC Babylon, Iraq) fuses painting, video projections and music to reinterpret the ancient myth in a contemporary way.

Royal College of Art 2021

26 June - 4 July
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Royal College of Art
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During Kensington+Chelsea Artweek, discover graduate work by Royal College of Art students from around the world. Engage with a programme of events, explore collections by guest curators, and immerse yourself in the thinking of the world’s most talented emerging artists and designers.

Kensington+Chelsea Festival

21 June – 31 August
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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K+C Festival is re-imagining creativity and culture for everyone. Public art and curated tours, ballet and street art, broken beats and orchestras, circus arts and gaming culture, exhibitions and workshops. All will feature in well-known and unexpected places across Kensington and Chelsea’s iconic venues and public spaces, with online and interactive ways to get involved and enjoy the festival. It kicks off with the return of Kensington + Chelsea Art Week.

23 things Londoners should do in Hyde Park

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Swim, stroll, play, eat, relax, row - some top tips of things to do in Hyde Park from Buzzfeed.

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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.

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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With summer officially here and London gradually re-opening, why not 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.

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Summer in the Royal Parks

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The Royal Parks are pleased to announce that almost all cafes and catering kiosks are open in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, and for their youngest visitors, the playgrounds are due to open imminently.

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Get active: Take a stroll around 'Albertopolis'

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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Crisp autumn days are wonderful for walking, and it’s a great way to explore this cultural district. 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 in the Royal Parks

The Royal Parks
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Being in the fresh air and close to nature is crucial for mental and physical wellbeing. Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are open during lockdown, and this time playgrounds and outdoor catering will stay open too. If you’re not nearby, there’s plenty of ideas on the Royal Parks website to try at home or in your local green spaces.

Serpentine Pavilion

11 June – 17 October 2021
Tue-Sun 10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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The 20th Serpentine Pavilion has been designed by Counterspace, an all-woman Johannesburg-based practice. The Pavilion's varying scale of design reflect London's past and present - its places of meeting, organising and belonging. From the intimacy of restaurants and bookshops to markets and places of worship.

Movies

The Luna Cinema at Kensington Palace

12 - 15 August 2021
Doors 7pm; Film 8:30pm
Kensington Palace
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The Luna Cinema returns to Kensington Palace with a line-up of classic and feel-good films to brighten your summer evenings. Head outside for a memorable cinematic experience under the stars. Add great food and a full bar (both with click and collect service) and you have the perfect summer night out.