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.

Collections Events

17th Feb, 2nd & 23rd Mar
2.30-4pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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A series of afternoon talks given by speakers whose work is closely connected to the Society’s Collections and inspired by travel, exploration, people and places.

Albert Memorial

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.

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.

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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

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

Self-Led
Free

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.

Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain UK Premiere + Q&A

21st February
7:30 - 9:45pm
Science Museum
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Blockchain has promised to revolutionise the global economy and cybersecurity, but how many of us really understand how the technology works? Alex Winter’s excellent documentary explains it all.

Humanities@70: The art and science of saving Venice - Jane da Mosto

10th March
5.30 - 6.30pm
Imperial College London
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Join a special talk by environmental scientist and Imperial alumna Jane da Mosto focusing on Venice. Last November Venice hit the world’s headlines with the worst flooding in the city for over 50 years. This impacted not only the historic art and architecture of Venice, but the lives, homes and businesses of the city’s inhabitants and the eco-system of the lagoon.

Be Inspired: Fighting the evils of the Nile slave trade in Victorian times - David Baker

2nd March
2:30 - 4pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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In 1869 the explorer Sir Samuel Baker FRGS was commissioned by the Khedive of Egypt, “To supress the slave trade”. He and Lady Baker faced immense difficulties. They faced opposition from local officials, hostile terrain and difficulties navigating Indigenous differences before finally the slavers were beaten.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival

4th & 5th July
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The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a free three-day celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration in South Kensington. The Festival brings together science and the arts in a unique programme of creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances.

Be Inspired: Bloody ivory: artistic endeavour to endangered species - David Hogg

23th March
2:30 - 4pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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David demonstrates how the investigation of an ivory casket held at the V&A leads to fundamental questions on the ivory trade and the future of African and Asian elephants.

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Ecology and Utopia from Cities to Spheres

26 February
7pm
Institut français
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French artist Cyril de Commarque invites Catalan architect and curator Eva Franch i Gilabert, director of the Architectural Association School in London, to discuss and present a series of projects, visions and positions that can help us expand our horizons.

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Society 5.0

25 February
6:30-7:30pm
Japan House London
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Society 5.0 is a new concept launched by Japan in its 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan (2016–2020), as a way by which to guide and mobilize action in science, technology and innovation (STI) to achieve a prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive future.

Free

Shōchū & Awamori: Spirits of Japan

27 February
7pm-8pm
Japan House London
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A fascinating evening learning about the lesser known alcoholic beverages shōchū and awamori from a prominent panel of experts and a chance to sample these distinguished Japanese drinks amongst others.

Free

Reading Group: Transit by Anna Seghers

4th April
12:30pm-1:30pm
Goethe-Institut
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One of the great classics of exile literature, Transit brilliantly captures Segher's own experiences escaping from Nazi Germany. A young German is asked to deliver a letter to a writer, a favour that takes the unnamed protagonist on a journey through France to Marseille in late 1940s. The reading group will explore some of the themes raised and the cultural and historical context in which it was written.

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Queer Lives at the Palace

Until 26th July
6:30pm; 7:30pm; 8:30pm
Kensington Palace
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Queer Lives at the Palace is part of Historic Royal Palaces’ dedicated programme of LGBT+ events in 2020 sharing the intriguing and little known stories of the royal courts.

Michele de Lucchi: Earth Station

10th March
6:30 - 8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join Italian architect and designer Michele de Lucchi to explore Earth Stations. How can technology help us design work environments for the future?

Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain UK Premiere

21st Feb
7.30 - 9.45pm
Science Museum
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Blockchain has promised to revolutionise the global economy and cybersecurity, but how many of us really understand how the technology works? Alex Winter’s excellent documentary explains it all.

Free
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The Holland Park Circle: Artists Houses Tours

Every other Sunday
11am-12 noon
Leighton House Museum
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Join the guided walks around the exterior of the unique group of studio-houses built by Victorian artist and President of the Royal Academy, Frederic, Lord Leighton and his contemporaries. Discover the fascinating story of how this corner of Holland Park became synonymous with a group of the leading artists of the late Victorian period.

Liberty Drives

1st May - 31st October
10:00am - 4:30pm
Hyde Park
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Liberty Drives is a voluntary service, helped by sponsors and donations, for people who find walking difficult. A fleet of six electric buggies can accommodate five passengers plus one person in a wheelchair. The tours last up to one hour and show visitors around the main sights.

Sea Shambles

17th May 2020
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Exploring an ocean of science, music, comedy and wonder, this inspiring and exhilarating new variety show will see the iconic Auditorium transformed into a virtual underwater playground with live performances, special effects, puppetry and lasers!

Free
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Hyde Park Self Guided Walks

All Year Round
Hyde Park
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Discover the magic of Hyde Park in the palm of your hand! A free scavenger hunt game using mobile phones that takes you on an adventure through one of London's most popular parks.

Walking Tours in the Parks

Friday of every month
10:30am-12pm
Hyde Park
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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. Visit the Serpentine where Peter Pan had his first adventure in JM Barrie's novel Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.

Lates
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Imperial Lates: Beautiful Data

12th March
6-9pm
Imperial College London
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Data, data everywhere but perhaps we should stop and think? This precious commodity could deliver breakthroughs from medicine to understanding the universe but does the data revolution also threaten our personal privacy?

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A Closer Look Tour

28 Oct, 25 Nov, 27 Jan, 24 Feb
2pm-3:30pm
V&A
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Come and explore a wide-range of objects and artworks from different collections at the V&A. These bespoke dementia-friendly tours will be run by our expert guides, on the last Monday of each month.

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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.

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Leighton & Whistler: An Unlikely Pair

25th March
6:30-8:30pm
Leighton House Museum
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Most people think of Frederic Leighton and James McNeill Whistler as opposites, both personally and artistically. Join author Daniel E. Sutherland as he explores the lives and work of two of the most fascinating artists of the nineteenth century.