The Student's South Kensington Bucket List

If you're looking for a low-budget, quick-plan day (or night) out, look no further! There's plenty for anyone on a budget, with mind-opening galleries, exhibitions and events to help you with your subject, broaden your perspective or just relax and enjoy a nice break from studying!

Natural History Museum Lates

Last Friday of every month
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The Natural History Museum comes to life after dark. Explore our galleries, exhibitions and shops after hours, and enjoy expert-led talks and events at Lates.

Science Museum Lates

Last Wednesday of the month
6.45-10pm
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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.

Free

Atmosphere

Open Daily
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The Atmosphere gallery is an exciting place to make sense of the climate—the science of how it works, what it’s doing now and what it might do next. Uncover the secrets of ice cores and stalagmites, then head for the future to wonder at the latest ideas for a low-carbon life.

Free

Blyth Gallery

Open Daily
9am-9pm
Imperial College London
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The Blyth Gallery, curated by Mindy Lee, is an artist-run space for creative exploration of ambitious visual projects. Exhibitions include Imperial College students and staff shows, exhibitions of postgraduate Fine Art student work and work by visiting professional artists.

Free

Who Am I?

Open Daily
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Explore the science of who you are through intriguing objects, provocative artworks and hands-on exhibits. Discover what your voice sounds like as a member of the opposite sex, morph your face to see what you’ll look like as you age, or collect DNA to catch a criminal.

Free

Designer Maker User

Open daily
10am - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Designer Maker User, the Design Museum's only permanent exhibition, features almost 1000 items of twentieth and twenty-first century design viewed through the angles of the designer, manufacturer and user, including a crowdsourced wall.

Free

Hintze Hall

Open Daily
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Walk beneath the largest animal on Earth and explore dozens of other exhibits representing 4.5 billion years of natural history in the gateway to the museum's collections and galleries.

V&A cafe & Garden cafe

Enjoy a wide selection of food and drink in three exceptional spaces: the world's oldest museum restaurant with its beautifully designed period rooms, the Garden Cafe or the new Courtyard Cafe in the Exhibition Road Quarter.

Hyde Park cafes and restaurant

Hyde Park
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A range of cafes, restaurants and kiosks offering everything from ice creams, sandwiches to three course meals.

Behind the Scenes spirit tour

Daily
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Join expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.

Volcanoes & Earthquakes

Daily
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Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games and our famous earthquake simulator, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live.

Free

Tomorrow's World

Open daily
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How do today’s scientific discoveries shape tomorrow’s world? Get the scoop on the most surprising science stories and the biggest breakthroughs in the Tomorrow's World gallery.

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.

Fashion

Daily
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Spanning five centuries, the Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dresses in the world.

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Mammals

Daily
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Explore the rich diversity of mammals, from polar bears to pygmy shrews in the Mammals gallery. -

Serpentine Galleries Exhibitions

Serpentine Galleries
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Take a look at the regularly-changing exhibitions, displays and residences in the two Serpentine Galleries, on either side of the river in the centre of Hyde Park.

RGS Exhibitions

Monday to Friday
10am-5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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The Royal Geographical Society Pavilion has a constantly changing programme of displays that include exhibitions created by external organisations, broadly linked to geographical themes and also by selected sponsors of the Society.

V&A Free tours & talks

Daily
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Get closer to the Museum and its incredible collections with our wide range of free or paid-for bespoke tours.

Kensington Gardens

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

Free

Asia

The Victoria and Albert Museum's Asian collections include objects from East Asia, South and South-East Asia, and the Middle East. They are rich in a broad range of artistic media and illustrate many different aspects of religious, courtly and everyday life.

V&A Lates

Last Friday of every month
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An ever-changing, programme of live performances, fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings.