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Summer in South Ken

This summer there is lots to do in South Kensington if you are looking for a great day out - from boating on the Serpentine, visiting some of South Ken's brand new exhibitions, enjoying a big-screen experience at the Science Museum's IMAX cinema and so much more...

T. Rex Show with Teach Rex

30th July - 29th August
Various Times
Natural History Museum
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Teach Rex use life-like dinosaurs to perform their show about the anatomy and life of Tyrannosaurus rex, one the most amazing creatures to have ever roamed our planet.

BST Hyde Park Open House presents All Things Orchestral

28th June
All Day
Hyde Park
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American Express presents BST Hyde Park will host the hugely popular summer event Open House. This year's edition will begin by hosting a very special classical music live experience - All Things Orchestral. Presented by Myleene Klass.

Future Observatory display

20th Nov - 31st Aug
10am - 5pm
Design Museum
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The first display in a new space for research at the Design Museum is now open. The Future Observatory display showcases six researchers who are confronting environmental concerns and working towards liveable futures.

Grazie Enzo: Contemporary Responses to Enzo Mari

29th March - Feb 2025
10am - 6pm
Design Museum
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Accompanying the retrospective exhibition 'Enzo Mari Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli', this free display will showcase the work of 14 London-based designers, studios and collectives whose work shares an affinity with Mari's work.

Design Discoveries: Towards a DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN

15th May – 8th Sept
10am - 8pm
Japan House London
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This free exhibition sees seven major Japanese designers, from filmmakers to architects, consider what they would select for a permanent design collection in Japan. Displays range from Jōmon pottery to sportswear, musical instruments to festivals, together with their story.

Yinka Shonibare CBE: Suspended States

12th April - 1st Sept
10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Suspended States is the artist’s first London solo exhibition in over 20 years. It showcases new works, interrogating how systems of power affect sites of refuge, debates on public statues, the ecological impact of colonialisation and the legacy of imperialism on conflict and consequential attempts at peace.

Journey of Life Lates

4th July
6.30pm - 10pm
Science Museum
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The July Late has been announced at the Science Museum. This themed late will explore the progress we’ve made in health around the world and how we might tackle the next big challenges, highlighting cutting-edge scientific research and technological innovations!

Judy Chicago: Revelations

23rd May - 1st Sept
10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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This exhibition is the artist’s largest solo presentation in a London institution. It focuses on drawing – a medium Chicago has explored for over six decades and traces the arc of the artist’s career, bringing together archival and never-before-seen artworks.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival

15th - 16th June
Great Exhibition Road Festival
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With less than a month to go before the festival, register now and explore extraordinary events in South Kensington (many of which are free)!

BBC Proms 2024

19 July - 14 Sept
Various Times
Royal Albert Hall
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Tickets are selling fast for this years BBC Proms! See your favourite classical standards, a wealth of special guests, contemporary concerts including Florence and the Machine, Sam Smith, and the return of the CBeebies Prom, and much more this summer.

Natural History Museum Gardens Opening Soon!

Daily
10am - 5.50pm
Natural History Museum
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It's official on July 18th will unveil its new gardens! Discover a haven for wildlife sights and sounds this summer season.

T. Rex Show with Teach Rex

Various Dates
Various Times
Natural History Museum
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Teach Rex use life-like dinosaurs to perform their show about the anatomy and life of Tyrannosaurus rex, one the most amazing creatures to have ever roamed our planet.

Young People: Portrait Photography with Smartphones

8th June & 27th July
2pm - 4pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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Learn from the original selfie king, Linley Sambourne, and discover the skills to take your own high quality portraits, inspired by Sambourne's street photography showcased in their exhibition Out in Paris (as part of Out Shopping: The Dresses of Marion and Maud Sambourne (1880-1910).

Serpentine Pavilion 2024 Archipelagic Void by Minsuk Cho, Mass Studies

7th June - 27th Oct
Serpentine
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Opening soon! The 23rd Serpentine Pavilion envisions a unique void characterised by a constellation of smaller, adaptable structures strategically positioned at the periphery of the lawn, intertwining with its natural ecology and temporal conditions.

Image credit: Historic Royal Palaces / Alex Rory Jacobs

The Orangery Restaurant re-opens

Daily
10am - 6pm
Kensington Palace
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After extensive conservation work, the 18th-century Orangery at Kensington Palace has reopened its doors. Serving elegant lunches and indulgent afternoon teas, it's the perfect spot for a summer treat.

BST Hyde Park Open House presents All Things Orchestral

28th June, 1st July to 3rd July and 8th July to 11th July.
Open Daily
Hyde Park
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American Express presents BST Hyde Park will host the popular summer event Open House. 2024's edition will begin by hosting a very special classical music live experience - All Things Orchestral. Presented by Myleene Klass.

Image credit: 1962 Barbie Dream House c. Mattel, Inc.

Barbie: The exhibition

5th July 2024 - 23 Feb 2025
10am - 5pm
Design Museum
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Opening to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the Barbie brand in 2024, the exhibition will map the Barbie legacy that started in 1959. It will explore the story of Barbie through a design lens, including fashion, architecture, furniture and vehicle design.

Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre

24th May - 5th Jan
10am - 5.50pm
Natural History Museum
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Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre explores the world of birds like never before. From surviving the mass extinction that wiped out all the other dinosaurs to their remarkable evolution into more than 11,000 species.

Focus on Mizoguchi Kenji

18th Feb - 19th June
Various Times
Japan House London
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Japanese film critic and scholar Alexander Jacoby has specially curated a selection of screenings, choosing to focus on Mizoguchi’s last years, when he realised many of his finest achievements.

Adventures Babies

Various Dates
Various Times
Natural History Museum
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Delight the little ones with this sensory storytelling class at the Natural History Museum. Take part in a host of activities designed specifically to engage babies and encourage their development.

Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence

2nd March - 22nd Sept
10am - 5.45pm
V&A South Kensington
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An exhibition exploring Tropical Modernism - an architectural style developed in the hot, humid conditions of West Africa in the 1940s. After independence, India and Ghana adopted the style as a symbol of modernity and progressiveness, distinct from colonial culture.

Enzo Mari

29th March - 8th Sept
10am - 5pm
Design Museum
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Celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century, Enzo Mari, in this major exhibition. Explore the exhibition with The Fable Family Trail featuring activities for children and young people.

Metalworking Now

23rd March - 31st Dec
10am - 5.45pm
V&A South Kensington
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Contemporary metalworking is a dynamic field and today’s metalsmiths continue a long tradition of experimentation in a range of metals to create exciting and innovative work. This display highlights a selection of work by metalsmiths from across the world that have been collected by the V&A since 2010.

Swan Lake in-the-round

12th - 23rd June
Various Times
Royal Albert Hall
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With 60 ballerina swans shimmering in white tutus, moving in unison across the Hall, this outstanding production will captivate and enthral you. Experience a choreographic kaleidoscope as the Royal Albert Hall is transformed into a magical lake for the world’s favourite ballet.