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

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

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.

Beazley Designs of the Year 2019: Multisensory Tour

8th February
10:30 - 12:30
Design Museum Kensington
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Join this Multisensory Tour for blind and partially sighted visitors to discover influential designs from the fields of fashion, architecture, transport, product, graphics and digital.

Mars: Designing for the Red Planet

7th February
2 - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join leading designers, scientists, engineers, theorists and innovators for a half-day symposium exploring the challenges of designing for Mars, in collaboration with Imperial College London.

Design Change Makers: Mental Health & Well-Being

5 February
11 - 4:30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join Creative Conscience to discuss how design can help face challenges around mental health and wellbeing.

Space Architecture: Part 2

4th February
6:30 - 8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join architect and technologist Xavier De Kestelier as he speculates on the future of architecture beyond planet Earth.

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Leighton's Travels to Spain

11 February
6:30pm-8:30pm
Leighton House Museum
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A lecture that sheds light on Leighton's interest for Spanish art and culture, delivered by art historian Véronique Gerard Powell.

The future of food

20th February
7 - 9:00 pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Hungry to know how you can eat more sustainably? Curious about the future of the food on our plates? Our expert panel will look at food security and the potential role of new technology, as well as how we can be more mindful of seasonality, production processes, consumption and waste.

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On View: through a photographer’s lens

17th February
2:30 - 4pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Join Alasdair MacLeod for an introduction to the Society’s photographic collection. From earliest images to recent acquisitions, including original negatives and equipment, this display illustrates the importance of photography as a method of geographical observation from the 1860s onwards.

Night of Ideas

30th Jan
Institut français
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The Night of Ideas, is a thought-provoking programme of free debates, screenings and concerts - this year the theme is 'Alive' which is the common thread to tackle the latest ideas behind issues central to our times.

Friday Late: In the Palm of your Hand

31st Jan
6.30 - 10pm
V&A
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Question the ritual of handshaking, explore the future of prosthetic hand design, and help your fingers cope with smartphone withdrawal. Take part in a workshop to question the ritual of handshaking and explore the language of hands through dance.

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.

Beazley Designs of the Year: British Sign Language Tour

8th February
12 - 1pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join this British Sign Language tour to discover the most groundbreaking designs of the last 12 months across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design.

Young Creatives Takeover Event

16th February
12:30 - 4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join the Young Creatives as they host a day of workshops and talks exploring the theme Impact.

Fashionopolis

14th February
7 - 8pm
V&A
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Join bestselling author of 'Gods and Kings' and 'Deluxe', Dana Thomas this February during London Fashion Week for a special in-conversation on her latest book 'FASHIONOPOLIS: The Price of Fast Fashion and Future of Clothes' which offers investigation into the damage wrought by the clothing industry.

Sculpture Slam Talks

12th February
6:30 -8pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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To coincide with our 2019 Gilbert Bayes Award winners exhibition, Alex Chinneck MRSS will again host the Sculpture Slam - a lively evening of short talks by each of this year's award winners.

Reintroducing our Pioneering Women

4th February
6:30 - 8:30pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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We are pleased to announce the next ‘Reintroducing our Pioneering Women’ event. The Society’s Pioneering Women project aims to shine a light on the lives, careers and legacies of some of our early female members.

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.

Ali Sethi live in London

16thFebruary
6pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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This special evening is a journey of globally inspired south Asian poetry dating from the 14th century through to the millenium, brought to life with music sung by renowned artist Ali Sethi.

Stop talking about migration and start discussing inequality - Professor Heaven Crawley

10th February
5:30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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The Director of the world’s largest migration research project argues that inequality should be central to our thinking about migration and how inequality is an important analytical tool for understanding migration processes and outcomes.

School Member lecture: Natural justice - Professor Lorna Dawson

5th February
5 - 6:30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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School Member lecture: Natural justice - Professor Lorna Dawson

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?

Industry Insights: Designing How We Learn

4 March
2:30 - 5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Explore how designers are developing alternative spaces and tools for design education in this talk for university students, early-career practitioners and design-educators.

Roads to Freedom: Power, Pimping and Pride

7th February
6 - 9:45pm
V&A
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Join artists, broadcasters, and historians to explore alternative accounts of conflict, provocation, safety, independence, self-esteem and designed identities.

Imperial Lates: Future Commuter

13th Feb
6-9pm
Imperial College London
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Ever experienced the joys of the London commute, sat in traffic on the M25 or worried about the carbon footprint of a summer get away, you may have wondered what the future of transport might deliver. Well now is your chance. Meet the scientists and engineers exploring the probabilities of our future mobility.

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. Experience the magic of Hyde Park as you visit the Serpentine, where Peter Pan had his first adventure in JM Barrie's novel Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. Finally, finish with an exclusive visit to our Victoria Pet Cemetery, the first public Pet Cemetery in Britain, where over 1,000 pets have been buried. Monthly walking tours let you experience the Royal Parks from a whole new perspective.

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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.

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!

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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.

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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.

Free

Saturday Talks: Claude Adjil on Patrick Staff

8 Feb
3pm
Serpentine Galleries
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Curator Claude Adjil leads a tour of the Patrick Staff exhibition. BSL interpretation is available on request for all our Saturday Talks.

UPOPOY: Ainu Musical Culture & Crafts

16th Jan - 15th Feb
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Japan House London
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The event series celebrates the opening of Upopoy, Japan’s first national museum featuring the history and culture of the Ainu. Japan House will host concerts by contemporary Ainu musicians and other events include talks and workshops on Ainu decorative needlework traditions and patterns.

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Re-envisioning the Promised Land: Orientalism Through 'Olana' and Leighton House

27th January
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Leighton House Museum
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This talk centres on themes of American Orientalism as seen through the work of New York-based artist Frederic Church (1826-1900) and his home, Olana, in the Hudson Valley of New York.

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Women in Science Tour

30th Jan
12:30 - 1:15pm
Science Museum
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From well-known scientists to previously unrecognised female figures, discover how extraordinary women have defied the odds and changed the face of scientific exploration and innovation.

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Surrealism Then and Now - with Shona Heath

28th January
7-8:45pm
V&A
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Join the V&A for an exploration of the enduring influence of surrealism.

Pedal Power: The Science of Cycling

29th Jan
7.30 - 8.45pm
Science Museum
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Professional road-racing cyclists are among the fastest humans on the planet. But what does it take to propel them to such speeds? The discussion will explore the rigours that the human body endures to withstand the punishing World Tour season, examining the physiology, biomechanics and nutritional needs of elite riders.