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Tours and Talks

Enjoy a talk, join a debate, take yourself on a tour,  or book into one of the guided tours in South Kensington.

Albert Memorial

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Located in Kensington Gardens, it is one of London's most ornate ornaments. Unveiled in 1872, The Albert Memorial commemorates the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, who died of typhoid fever at the age of 42. Public tours are available.

Tour of the Great Exhibition

Online
The Royal Parks
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Navigate through a virtual Crystal Palace and experience Prince Albert's great achievement and see what captured the hearts of the Victorian world.

Discovering Britain: Albertopolis Walk

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Take a self-guided tour and explore how London’s quarter for the arts and sciences was created. Discover more about it's great institutions and magnificent buildings.

Royal Albert Hall Tours

Most days of the year
Royal Albert Hall
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Take a peek inside London's most iconic music venue. Did you know that the Royal Albert Hall once hosted a séance; flooded the auditorium with 56,000 litres of water for an opera concert; and that criminals, as well as musicians and politicians, have graced the Hall’s stage?

V&A free tours & talks

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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Get closer to the Museum and its incredible collections with our wide range of free or paid-for bespoke tours.

Princess Diana Memorial walk

Daily
Hyde Park
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The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk takes visitors through four of the most beautiful parks in the world, including Hyde Park and Kensington Palace.

Dinosaur Trail

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Are you big on museums, but short on time? NHM's knowledgeable visitor assistants have designed just the dinosaurs tour for you. It will introduce you to some of the Museum's most famous and imposing specimens. One hour

Explorer Trail at the Design Museum

Daily
Design Museum Kensington
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The trail will include creative looking, thinking and drawing activities as you explore the museum and exhibitions. The trail asks the user to consider what it's like to be a designer, maker and user of some of the wonderful objects in the collection. Takes 30 - 40 minutes.

Park Nights 2022

24th June - 13th Oct
8pm
Serpentine
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Each year, Park Nights presents a series of new performance commissions conceived in response to the Serpentine's annual architectural commission, the Serpentine Pavilion which offers audiences unique ways to experience architecture and performance.

Imperial Lates: Tiny Science

10th Nov
6pm-9pm
Imperial College London
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Shrink down to explore the little discoveries changing the world with a fun evening of talks, stands and art workshops delivered by Imperial’s scientists. Explore the big questions around the tiny plastics in our air, the potential of quantum computing and the next 10 years of atom smashing at the Large Hadron Collider.

Royal Albert Hall Presents Letters Live

27 - 28 Oct
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Letters Live is an unmissable celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence: an unforgettable live experience that pairs word-class performers with remarkable letters written over the centuries.

Lunchtime Lecture: Visions of Ancient Egypt at the V&A

20th October
1-1.55pm
V&A
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Sainsbury Centre Norwich’s exhibition 'Visions of Ancient Egypt', in partnership with the V&A, explores how artists and designers have looked to Egypt as inspiration for centuries. Co-curator Benjamin Hinson will shine a spotlight on the V&A’s relationship with ancient Egypt. Free, drop-in.

Mystery at the Museum: The Search for Dippy

28th Oct & 25th Nov
6:30pm-9:45pm
Natural History Museum
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The year is 1905 and the Natural History Museum has invited you to a special preview of its newest display - 'Dippy the Diplodocus'. Follow the clues, question the suspects and track down the culprit before the King and notables arrive for the display's launch the following night. Can you help the curators prevent a national scandal?

Women in Science Tour: Space

8th, 15th, 22nd, 27th & 30th Oct
2.15 - 3pm and other times
Natural History Museum
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Discover the fascinating work of women scientists - past & present - who have focused on space, meteorites and planetary materials as you take a guided tour of the first floor Hintze Hall balconies and the Minerals gallery Meet at 'Guy' the Gorilla, Hinze Hall.

‘Becoming expert - why it matters to us all’, an Evening Lecture with Roger Kneebone

19th Oct
6-8pm
V&A
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Drawing on his recent book Expert, Professor Roger Kneebone explores the nature of expert practice and asks how craftspeople, performers, clinicians and scientists can enrich one another’s understanding of the embodied activity on which their work depends. Free, but book ahead.

Imperial Events online

Varies
Imperial College London
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You can join Imperial from wherever you are in the world with their online content and events!

Hidden stories of Hyde Park

21st Oct
12pm - 1:30pm
The Royal Parks
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Explore the history of Hyde Park through the decades, including the notorious criminals that met their untimely end at the Tyburn Tree, the inception of Speakers' Corner and the park's instrumental role during WW1.

V&A Highlights Tour

Til Sun 1 January 2023
10:30am & 2pm
V&A
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Join one of the V&A's volunteer guides on this free tour and discover the origins of the Museum while learning about the many fascinating treasures held in the V&A’s extensive collection. Every day at 10:30am and 2pm

Out-of-hours Dinotours

Wed, Fri, Sun in March 2022
9am - 9:45am
Natural History Museum
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Have you ever wondered what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur, what they really looked like and why we continue to study them today? Book a Dinotour with one of the Museum's knowledgeable tour guides to get up close and personal with all the main characters in their world-famous Dinosaurs gallery.

The Queen's State Apartments

Daily
Kensington Palace
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William III and Mary II were crowned as joint monarchs in 1689, after they were invited by Parliament to take the throne in the place of Catholic King James II, Mary’s father. They bought Kensington Palace to become their new home, away from the bustle of Whitehall Palace, and transformed the building into a royal home.

Exploring Space Gallery Tour

Daily
10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Discover space firsts such as Sputnik, Yuri Gagarin and the work of Sergei Koralev. Delve into an amazing history, bringing to life objects from our Exploring Space gallery.

Hyde Park Self Guided Walks

All Year Round
Hyde Park
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Discover the magic of Hyde Park and head on a self-guided walk. All of the activities are guaranteed to get you walking and discovering interesting things about the history, wildlife and horticulture around you.