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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...

Wonderlab

Daily
10am - 5.30pm
Science Museum
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At this interactive gallery, discover the beauty of the science and math that shape our everyday lives. This unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination, and inspire you to see the world in new and exciting ways.

The Garden

Daily
Open 10am- 3:40pm term time, 10am-5:40pm weekends and school holidays
Science Museum
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The Garden is an exciting interactive space, created especially for children aged 3–6 and their parents and carers in the basement of the Museum.

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.

Park Nights 1014: Temporal Magic

19th July
8pm
Serpentine
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An evening of poetry that brings together the voices of distinct literary scholars, including Anne Boyer, Don Mee Choi and Denise Riley.

Social Space

24th August
12pm - 4.30pm
V&A South Kensington
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Create space in the museum with an afternoon of creativity exploring the themes of Wellbeing, Sustainability, and the Future.

Echoes of Untold Lives: Live Performances

21st July - 31st August
11am - 3.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Through live performances and conversations with our expert palace guides, discover their forgotten histories in Echoes of Untold Lives, inspired by our Untold Lives exhibition.

Image credit: Matthew Kaltenborn

August Design Camps

26th - 29th August
Various Times
Design Museum
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A fun and engaging in-person creative workshops suitable for children aged 8 – 11 and young people aged 11 – 14. Learn skills such as creating with natural dyes, lino printing or skateboard deck design!

Pop up Performance: Anansi and the Lost Sun

31st Aug
11.00am – 3.40pm
V&A South Kensington
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Join Swallow’s Wings Puppetry for a performance mixing puppetry, storytelling, and traditional West African music.

Summer Family Activities

27 July – 1 Sept
11am - 4.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Throughout the Summer holidays discover the Natural History Museum's new gardens and enjoy a whole bunch of free family activities from pond dipping to nature-themed arts and crafts.

Inside Out

Various Dates
Various Times
City of Westminster
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At this year's Inside Out outdoor festival, there will be inspiring guided walks, dance and drama performances, family workshops, live music and more, with something to delight everyone. Showcasing London's vibrant art and culture scene in streets and open spaces!

Summer Show 2024

20th July - 21st Sept
11am - 5pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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This year's annual Summer Show's theme is Reality Check selected by the guest curator David McAlmont. Explore a fabulous showcase of members' and fellows' work at Dora House.

Weaving with Kunisaki Shichitōi Grass

26th & 27th July
Various Times
Japan House London
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Led by local experts, guests learn how to weave with shichitōi, a type of grass used to make tatami mats which is today cultivated exclusively in this region.

Changing Spaces: Habitat Lates Event

18th July
6.30pm - 9pm
Design Museum
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An evening delving into the themes and inspiration behind Changing Spaces, a new interactive installation celebrating 60 years of design with Habitat. The event will feature a panel discussion titled "The Art of Home," which delves into how our homes have evolved over the years, centered around the saying, "Home is where the heart is."

Seeing is Believing

Until 15th Sept
11am - 7pm
Cromwell Place
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An exhibition of paintings, photography and sculpture by gallery artists who share unique perspectives that awaken us to new ways of seeing the world.

Cromwell Place Café

Daily
Cromwell Place
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The Café serves breakfast, lunch, and aperitivo, alongside tea, coffee, and drinks. Open to all visitors it provides a space to meet, relax and eat.

Cromwell Place - what's on

Daily
Cromwell Place
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Five townhouses in South Kensington hosts a year-round free programme of diverse, interdisciplinary exhibitions and events across beautiful gallery spaces, open to all.

Careers Live

5th - 30th August
11am - 4pm
Science Museum
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Meet environmental experts from the Environment Agency and take part in our free, interactive, family-friendly activities. Discover the skills needed to build a more sustainable future, learn how to encourage thriving habitats and design flood defences using our wave machine. ​

Inside Out 2

19th July
1.20pm
Institut français
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A relaxed screening catered for children with sensory difficulties. Inside Out 2 returns to the mind of newly teenage Riley, just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions!

Hidden Stories of Hyde Park Walking Tour

27th July
10.30am & 1.30pm
Hyde Park
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In the heart of the city, Hyde Park is one of London's most iconic and well-known green spaces. Discover its history like never before on a guided tour!