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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...

Family Trails at the Science Museum

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Go on a journey of discovery and exploration around the Science Museum.

Giants of Today Trail

Natural History Museum
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From hefty herbivores to jungle jumbos, discover who's topping the charts when it comes to being the biggest, the tallest and the heaviest of them all. Follow the trail to meet some of world's biggest animals and to find out all about the highs and lows that come with being so big.

Out Shopping: After Hours

19th July
6.30pm - 9pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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Experience the unique surroundings of Leighton House after hours, through the lens of sustainability, recycling and upcycling. Inspired by the temporary exhibition Out Shopping: The Dresses of Marion and Maud Sambourne (1880-1910), showcasing art, fashion and photography for the first time!

Leslie Linder: Decoding Beatrix Potter

Until 15th Sept
10am - 5.30pm
V&A South Kensington
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On the 50th anniversary of Leslie Linder’s gift to the V&A, This display celebrates his unrivalled Beatrix Potter collection and shines a light on Linder’s contribution to our knowledge of the world-famous author and illustrator.

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.

Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries

Daily
10-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Showcasing extraordinary medical artefacts including the world’s first MRI scanner, Fleming’s penicillin mould, a professional pianist’s prosthetic arm and even robotic surgery equipment.

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.

Behind the Scenes Tour: Spirit Collection

Daily
11am, 3pm
Natural History Museum
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Go behind the scenes with our knowledgeable science educators for a look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit.

Engineers

Daily
10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Engineers shape the world that we live in, creating bold, ground-breaking innovations that respond to global challenges and improve billions of lives. But how much do we know about the people behind these innovations?

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.

The Italian Gardens

Daily
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.

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.

Image credit: Salto Film

Sven O. Hill: Coup

31st July
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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This month's film is a deadpan comedy about twenty-two-year old Rüdi who lives a double life. A suit-wearing banker during the day and a rocker by night who defrauds his bank for millions.

GRAND SUMO Highlights at Japan House London

12th - 28th July
5.30pm
Japan House London
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Follow the action and experience the excitement of the July 2024 Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya with a daily screening of NHK WORLD-JAPAN’s GRAND SUMO Highlights.

Rachel Sale: Illustration Residency Open Studios

31st Aug
1pm - 4pm
V&A South Kensington
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Meet the V&A's current Illustration Artist in Residence Rachel Sale, as she opens her studio on site and learn more about her practice and process.

Luca Bosani: Costume Design Residency Open Studios

26th July
6pm - 9pm
V&A South Kensington
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Meet the V&A's current Costume Design Artist in Residence Luca Bosani, as they open their studio on site and learn more about their practice and process.

Design Researchers in Residence 2023/24 SOLAR

21st June - 22nd Sept
10am - 5pm
Design Museum
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The Design Museum will be opens a new thought-provoking display showcasing this year’s Design Researchers in Residence work on the theme of ‘solar’, exploring the role of design in our relationship with the heat and light of the sun.

French Camp for Kids & Teens

From 8th July
Various Times
Institut français
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Fusing together French courses with exciting cultural activities, The French Camp will be an unforgettable French immersion journey!

Playday

7th August
11am - 4pm
Design Museum
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Join the Design Museum for UK Playday, an annual celebration of playfulness. Explore the rich and lively culture of children’s play throughout the building.

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.

Saturday Talks: Diane Gelon on Judy Chicago: Revelations

27th July
3pm
Serpentine
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Diane Gelon, friend and collaborator of Judy Chicago and The Dinner Party Producer, leads a tour of Judy Chicago: Revelations.

Wild Life Drawing Workshop

26th July & 30th August
6.45pm – 9.30om
Natural History Museum
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From Jurassic botanicals to urban wildlife, capture the natural beauty of the Natural History Musuem gardens in this special botanical drawing workshop perfect for beginners and seasoned artists.

Ocean Odyssey

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Embark on an extraordinary journey through Earth’s vast ocean highways with a baby humpback whale to uncover the secrets of ocean currents.