Summer in South Kensington

This summer there are lots of things to do with kids in South Kensington or even if you are looking for a great day out - from boating on the Serpentine, learning to trapeze, exploring the Serpentine Pavilion, visiting a great exhibition or more...

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

2nd Feb - 1st Sept 2019
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Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition will trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain.

Mary Quant

6th April 2019 - 8th March 2020
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From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

On til 15th Sept 2019
Design Museum Kensington
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Step inside the world of Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. It will offer a unique insight into the director's vast archive through original props and costumes, set models and rare photographs, while tracing the design story behind Kubrick’s body of work.

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Luchita Hurtado

23rd May - 8th Sep
10-6pm, closed Mondays
Serpentine Galleries
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Luchita Hurtado (b. 1920 Caravas, Venezuela) is an artist whose approach over the course of a long career is characterised by continuous experimentation, with her paintings and drawings united by a compelling sense of colour, light and movement. The Serpentine exhibition will be her first in an institution.

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Faith Ringgold

6th Jun - 8th Sep
10-6pm, closed Mondays
Serpentine Galleries
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Working prolifically since the early 1960s, Faith Ringgold (b. 1930, Harlem, New York) is recognised for her politically charged paintings, story quilts, prints, children’s books, soft sculptures, masks and performances which consistently challenge the perceptions of American identity and gender inequality.

Food: Bigger than the plate

18th May - 20th Oct
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From gastronomic experiments to urban farming, this exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.

Prince Albert: Science & the Arts on the Page

On til 1st Sep
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This display highlights Prince Albert’s relationship with the V&A library. The selection of books he chose to make accessible to the public demonstrates his desire to promote knowledge and learning in science and the arts.

Victoria & Albert's Museum

13th May - 26th Aug
10 - 5.30pm
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This display traces the crucial role that the royal couple played in the formation of the V&A and its collection, with the Great Exhibition as a starting point. The display showcases objects that were bought, lent and presented to the museum up until the death of Prince Albert in 1861.

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Investigate for Families

Til 1 September 2019
Times vary
Natural History Museum
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Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence Museum scientists use in their daily work.

Companion: Moon

17th May - 29th Aug
Various Thur, Fri & Sat
Natural History Museum
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Join interactive theatre-makers Coney in an experience where you can join in or observe as multiple art forms combine. The performances are inspired by artist Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon artwork and conversations with Museum scientists. Performance lasts 15 mins.

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Driverless: Who is in control?

12th Jun 2019 - Oct 2020
10.00–18.00
Science Museum
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For decades, autonomous vehicles have been heralded as a new technology that could change the way we live our lives. Driverless: Who is in control? opening on 12 June 2019 at the Science Museum will explore how close we are to living in a world driven by thinking machines.

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Designing the V&A Tour

Til 31 December
11am-12noon
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Join this architectural tour by one the V&A's fantasticeVolunteer Guides, who will take you through the history of the building, in a tour that focuses on the setting for the collections, rather than the collections themselves.

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.

Lates

Silent Disco

26 Jul, 30 Aug, 25 Oct, 29 Nov
10.15pm - 1am
Natural History Museum
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Choose your side as three DJs do battle over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics. Don a headset and carry on the party into the night in the spectacular Hintze Hall.

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Pop-up Performance: Victoria and Albert Season 2019

25th May - 31st Aug
11.00, 13.00 & 15.00
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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.

Seeing Through Babel

1st July - 15th Aug
The Ismaili Centre
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The work of the Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad, Seeing Through Babel uses the artist’s trademark techniques – monotypes and drawing onto the surface of the work – and is designed to allow visitors to walk in and around it, Drop-in and see him at work from .21 — 30 June , 11am–6pm

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.

COS x Serpentine Park Nights

5th July - 27th Sept
8pm
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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.

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Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security

10th July - 23rd Feb 2020
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Discover the remarkable world of codebreaking, ciphers and secret communications in our upcoming must-see, free exhibition. Explore over a century’s worth of communications intelligence through hand-written documents, declassified files and previously unseen artefacts.

Music

BBC Proms 2019

19 July - 14 Sept
Royal Albert Hall
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The world's largest classical music festival returns for its 125th season.

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Create and Make

Last Sunday of every month
11-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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A drop-in workshop for families inspired by the museum and the exhibitions. Free but bookable, these informal sessions focus on design and making activities for children aged 5–11. Last Sunday of every month.

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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.

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.

Nature Explorers: Water World

30 July
10am-3pm
Hyde Park
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Drop your young explorer off during the summer holiday to spend the day exploring Hyde Park's waterways. This day long session for 8-11 year olds brings together like-minded children to enjoy nature and grow their sense of adventure.

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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,

Tiny Space Explorers: a Sensory Experience

5th-9th Aug
10.30am - 5.15pm
Natural History Museum
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Our family-friendly inflatable planetarium will transport you and young explorers across the cosmos. Using footage from the Royal Observatory Greenwich and vibrant space-inspired imagery, this unique experience will stimulate children's senses and ignite their curiosity about outer space. Runs 20 mins

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Discovery Day - Wild Water

7 August
11am-3pm
Hyde Park
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Take a closer look at the incredible variety of life in the Royal Parks' water bodies. Activities for your little ones include pond dipping, creating a water creature and trying their artistic hand with a massive pond mural.

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Race for Nature

19 August 2019
8:30am-11:30am
Natural History Museum
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Always wanted to dash like a dinosaur or gallop like a gazelle?Take part in a 5k or a 10k run in a special habitat: beautiful Hyde Park. Race for Nature and raise money for the Museum's vital work in tackling our world's biggest environmental challenges.

Anno

22nd Aug - 27th Oct
Japan House London
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This exhibition explores the work of Anno Mitsumasa, one of Japan’s greatest children’s book illustrators and authors, who is best known for his picture books, with few or no words, published from the late 1960s onwards. The display illustrates the story of Anno Mitsumasa’s life and creative journey.

Crime Scene Live

4 Oct, 1 Nov, 17 Jan, 20 Mar
6.30-10.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Become a crime scene investigator for the night and work with the Natural History Museum's scientists to solve a murder mystery. This thrilling interactive experience combines real science with crime fiction for an unforgettable night out in London.

DJ Yoda and House Gospel Choir Soundsyste

2nd Aug
From 7pm
Natural History Museum
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See DJ Yoda and House Gospel Choir Soundsystem perform in Hintze Hall. Kicking off with the Choir, outstanding singers and festival-circuit favourites bringing together gospel and house music. Then the multi-award-winning hip-hop producer DJ Yoda will bring his fresh beats centre stage.

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.

Behind the Scenes spirit tour

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

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Daily
Science Museum
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

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.

Kensington Palace - family activities

Daily
Kensington Palace
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There's lots for families to see and do especially in the holidays, as well as enjoying a family-friendly café and shop. Kids go free!

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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

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Mathematics is too often perceived as dry and complex, but this new gallery will tell stories that place the subject at the heart of our lives, exploring how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world.

Pattern Pod

Daily
Science Museum
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Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns.

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.

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.

V&A Secret Seekers

V&A Secret Seekers is a new mobile game for families, launched to coincide with the opening of the V&A's Exhibition Road Quarter. Let eight characters from the V&A's history guide you on an exciting treasure hunt to uncover some of the secrets of the Museum.

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.

Dinosaurs

Natural History Museum
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Explore the different time periods dinosaurs lived, sort the facts from the myths about why they died out, and find out what our scientific research has taught us about these prehistoric giants.

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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.

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.

Science Museum's Shake Bar

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Cool off at the ice-cream and milkshake bar. Indulge your sweet tooth with sundaes and milkshakes or design your own ice cream tubs. Find the Shake Bar right outside Wonderlab.

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Mission to Mercury: Bepi Colombo

Daily
10.00–18.00
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Come face-to-face with a full-size engineering model of BepiColombo, the European Space Agency’s first ever spacecraft to explore Mercury. Standing over six metres tall, this Structural Thermal Model (STM) of the spacecraft was used to test BepiColombo’s resilience during its seven-year journey to Mercury.

Victoria: A Royal Childhood

Opens 24th May
Kensington Palace
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Discover the story of Princess Victoria, the young girl destined to be queen, in the rooms where she was born and raised at Kensington Palace. This new permanent exhibition will explore how an indulged young princess blossomed into the independent and iconic monarch we remember.

Victoria: Woman and Crown

Opens 24th May
Kensington Palace
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Explore Queen Victoria’s private life behind her carefully-managed public image in Victoria: Woman and Crown. The new display, created to mark the 200th anniversary of Victoria's birth, will re-examine how she balanced her role as a wife and mother with that of Queen of an expanding empire.

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HABA Yoshitaka

Daily
10am-8pm; Sun 12noon-6pm
Japan House London
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The Library at Japan House offers a new approach to appreciate and engage with books, by displaying books in a particular way, and through bookshelf exhibitions curated by HABA Yoshitaka of BACH, a book specialist in Japan.

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Destination Space Family Show

Dates and times vary
Science Museum
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Help to explode some rocket-fuelled bubbles, melt some marshmallows, and learn all about the challenges of space in this free interactive family show. This show is suitable for children aged 5 and above.

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Deep Sea 3D (PG)

Dates & Times Vary
Natural History Museum
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Swim alongside some of the most exotic creatures on the planet, from the bizarre Rainbow Nudibranch to the Giant Pacific Octopus. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, Deep Sea 3D transports you below the ocean surface on a unique underwater adventure.

Lates: Space

26th July
6-10pm
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Blast off into space for a night that's out of this world at Lates. Celebrate 50 years since humans set foot on the Moon. Hold 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites, take a virtual tour of the volcanoes and canyons on the surface of Mars, get up-close to a beautiful replica of Neil Armstrong's iconic Apollo spacesuit.

Musical Storytime

22nd July - 2nd Aug
Mornings
Royal College of Music
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Explore our museum’s musical treasures with imaginative and interactive storytelling and live music - for under 5s with parents and carers. Various locations.