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.

Free

Behind the Scenes Tours of the Conservation Studios

Every 2nd & 3rd Wednesday of the month
11-12pm
V&A
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Discover how the Museum examines, conserves, preserves and prepares collections for display in the public galleries and exhibitions. This volunteer-led tour of the paper, books, sculpture and textiles conservation studios is an opportunity to see the fascinating work which goes on behind the scenes.

Albert Memorial

Daily
2pm, 3pm
Kensington Gardens
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Located in Kensington Gardens, it is one of London's most ornate ornaments. Public tours are available between March and December.

Kensington Palace Talks and debates

Various
11-12.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Come along to a unique programme of talks and debates to learn more about the intriguing Kensington Palace.

Free

Serpentine Mobile Tour

Serpentine Galleries
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Serpentine Mobile Tours offer visitors an interactive gallery experience providing access to additional content, including artist interviews and curator tours, from the Serpentine’s internationally acclaimed Exhibition and Architecture Programmes.

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.

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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Guided tours offer the inside story of the Royal Albert Hall, taking you on a fascinating journey through its unique history, incredible architecture and legendary performances.

V&A Free tours & talks

Daily
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.

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.

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Dinosaur Trail

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

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Explorer Trail

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.

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.

Digital Missions

Daily
Kensington Palace
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Download the free Time Explorers app and try the new Digital Mission at Kensington Palace for children and their families.

Tour: Art & Design and Theatre & Performance Archives

20th Sept
2-3pm
V&A
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Join a curator-led tour of the V&A Archive of Art & Design and Theatre & Performance archives, held at Blythe House.. The tour will take in a range of items from across the collections, including designs, costumes and model boxes.

Tour: Behind Scenes at the V&A's Clothworkers' Centre

19th Sept
2-3pm
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A state-of-the-art facility in Blythe House that offers visitors a unique opportunity to study one of the most important collections of textiles and fashion in the world. Glimpse inside our storage units, hear about how we care for textiles and fashion and see highlights of the collection close up!

Tour: V&A Furniture & Woodwork Archives

21st Sept
11-12pm
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Join a curator-led tour of the V&A Furniture & Woodwork Archives, held at Blythe House.. The V&A Furniture collection consists of more than 14,000 pieces from Britain, Europe and America, dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Free

Faculty of Natural Sciences Research Showcase 2018

26th Sept
9.30am-7.30pm
Imperial College London
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Showcasing innovative research from across the sciences, join Imperial for a full day of presentations and stimulating discussions with academics and prize-winning PhD students from the Faculty of Natural Sciences. This event is open to everyone.

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Planet 2.0 - European Researchers' Night

28th Sept
6-10pm
Natural History Museum
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Join over 200 scientists and find out how their research will transform our relationship with the Earth, and move us to Planet 2.0, where both people and planet thrive. Part of European Researchers' Night, this is a free event and offers you the chance to chat to scientists and uncover cutting-edge research.

15 Million Degrees: Lucie Green in Conversation with Maggie Aderin-Pocock

28th Nov
7.30-8.30pm
Science Museum
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Royal Society Research Fellow, solar physicist and author of '15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the Sun', Professor Lucie Green joins a fascinating discussion about how the Sun works, the latest research in solar physics, and how a solar storm could threaten everything we know.

Inside North Korea

17th Sept
7-8.45pm
V&A
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Join journalist and photographer Oliver Wainwright as he charts the evolution of Pyongyang as the showcase capital of the “socialist fairyland” and heads on an eye-opening tour behind closed doors in the most secretive country in the world.

Re-considering Canon in a Diverse World

15th Sept
2-5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join this half day event comprising talks, round table discussions and screenings, bringing together leading curators and designers to explore how design canons are formed.

Design Connections: 10x10

19th Sept
6-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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In collaboration with the British Council’s Architecture, Design and Fashion team, the Design Museum is hosting the 2018 edition of Design Connections: 10x10 - an event showcasing ten emerging designers in the UK.

Free

The #I_Belong Salon

18th Sept
Various
Design Museum Kensington
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A salon programme that invites you to explore this question through a series of visual talks and interactive panel discussions with some of London’s leading designers, artists and creative practitioners across the fields of beauty, fashion and music.

Britain 1500-1900 Tour

Monday, 1 January – Monday, 31 December 2018
14.30 – 15.30
V&A
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Join this daily volunteer-led tour which introduces the V&A's stunning British Galleries which house the most comprehensive collection of British design and artworks in the world.

Heiner Goebbels in conversations with Hartwig Fischer

15th October
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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Acclaimed German composer and artist Heiner Goebbels discusses his work, past and present, following the premiere in Manchester of his latest piece Everything that happened and would happen with British Museum Director, Hartwig Fischer.

Free events at the Proms

13th July - 8th Sept
Imperial College London
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Every day of the Proms season you will find a free pre-concert event at Imperial College Union’s Beit Venues, offering opportunities to look deeper and learn more about the ideas and history behind some of the music at the Proms. The events range from talks, discussions and readings to film screenings and live recordings of favourite radio programmes.

Free

Garden History Tours

Every Tues, Thurs, Sat 2nd - 29th Sept
12pm, 4pm
Kensington Palace
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These FREE tours will allow you to get up close and personal to the magnificent statue of Queen Victoria, admire the iconic Gold Gates and pause and reflect by the enchanting Sunken Garden, the planting of which takes inspiration from the dresses of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Let there be Light & Panel Discussion

26th April
7.30-9.45pm
Science Museum
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Jim Al-Khalili and a panel of energy experts join the Museum to discuss the future of nuclear fusion and solar power, following a screening of the absorbing documentary 'Let There Be Light'.