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.

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Evening Classes at Imperial

27th April - 27th June
6-8pm
Imperial College London
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Sign up for a course at Imperial where a wide variety languages are offered at different levels as well as an expanding range of Arts, Humanities and Science courses.

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

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.

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.

Kids
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Drop-in

Moon Mice Workshop

Weekends & Everyday in Half Term
11-11:20am
Science Museum
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Meet a mouse on a mission—a mission to the Moon! Find out all about rockets in this wonderful workshop. Make your very own rocket mouse and see how high you can blast them into space.

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Talk

The Social Side of the Killer Whale

12th & 26th May
12.30-1pm & 2:30-3pm
Natural History Museum
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Orcas are notoriously formidable predators, which is probably what earned them the rather fierce name of 'killer whale'. But becoming such adept ocean hunters requires a certain level of complex behaviour. Join Museum scientist Ellen Coombs and find out more about the social side of orcas.

'Apollo's Moon Shot' & Teeth of the Sea live score

21st June
7.30-10pm
Science Museum
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Join a unique preview of Smithsonian Channel's new series 'Apollo’s Moon Shot' with a live score from Teeth of the Sea. There will be screening an abridged feature-length cut of the documentary series, with a live score performed by London psychedelic rockers Teeth of the Sea.

Free

8 Days: To the Moon and Back Q&A

28th June
7.30-9.30pm
Science Museum
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Eight days, three hours, 18 minutes, 35 seconds. That’s the total duration of the most important and celebrated space mission ever flown. Join a special preview screening of a brand new BBC Two docu-drama to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Martin Rees in Conversation with Brian May

24th May
7-9.30pm
Science Museum
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Astronomer Royal Martin Rees joins astrophysicist and legendary Queen guitarist and songwriter Dr Brian May to discuss the past, present and future of space travel.

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Family activities: Young Victoria

25th May - 2nd Jun
11am-5pm
Kensington Palace
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Experience Queen Victoria's life as a teenager at Kensington Palace. Wander the rooms where she grew up as a princess and discover what life was like for her. Catch the puppet theatre performance, then create your own stories and perform them with your very own puppet theatre.

Free

Isaac Newton and The Haven-Finding Art

10 October
6:30-7:30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Isaac Newton never went to sea, but maritime affairs played an important role in his career, in studies ranging from resistance to the movement of hulls to the vexed problems of longitude determination. These techniques were mapped out by E.G.R. Taylor in her history of navigation, The Haven-Finding Art.

The AI Revolution

30th May
5.30-6.30pm
Imperial College London
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Artificial Intelligence has become the subject of widespread excitement as well as substantial investment by governments and industry. In this talk Professor Chris Bishop will explore key ideas behind modern machine learning and conclude by looking at ways this technology could influence our lives.

Reintroducing Our Pioneering Women

5th June
6.30-8.30pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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The Society’s ‘Pioneering Women’ project aims to shine a light on the lives, careers and legacies of some of our early female members. This first event focuses on sculptor Anne Crawford Acheson (1882-1962) who was one of our earliest female members.

Free

Designing the V&A Tour

Til 31 December
11am-12noon
V&A
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Join this architectural tour by one the V&A's fantasticeVolunteer Guides, who will take you through the history of the building, in a tour that focuses on the setting for the collections, rather than the collections themselves.

Lecture

Creating the V&A: Victoria and Albert's Museum

23 May
7pm-8:45pm
V&A
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Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word and Image at the V&A, has researched a new history of the museum’s collections that reveals the personal contribution of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, exploring how the young royal couple played key roles as public supporters and as large-scale lenders.

Free
Tours

The Holland Park Circle: Artists Houses Tours

Every Thurs and Sat
11am
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.

Responsible Travel

30th May
7-9pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Are you determined to reduce the impact of your holidays on the planet? If so, join our panel of experts as they discuss the various approaches you can take and answer the question: what does it mean to travel well?

Design
Talk

Kubrick’s London

28th May
6:30-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Stanley Kubrick moved to Hertfordshire during the filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey. He lived there for 28 years until his death in 1999. This talk explores Kubrick’s love affair with London and how he managed to morph the city into something entirely new in each film.

Design
Adults

Tricky Design: Design Ethics for a Complex World

7th & 8th Jun
11:00-17:30
Design Museum Kensington
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This two-day conference invites citizens, designers, academics, journalists and educators to consider what design ethics, and design as an ethical discipline, should look like in the 21st century. Focused on particular examples including migration; suicide; decolonization and the politics of the body.

Design
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John Akomfrah in Conversation

11th Jun
6:30-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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John Akomfrah is a renowned artist and filmmaker, whose works are characterised by their investigations into memory, post-colonialism and often explores the experiences of migrant diasporas globally. The discussion will be on the architecture of memory, migration and multiculturalism.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival

28th-30th June
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This summer join us for a weekend of curiosity, discovery and exploration, bringing together science and the arts. From drones to design, and from symphony orchestras to brass bands, get stuck into a unique programme of creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances.

LGBTQ Tour

16:00 - 17:00
V&A
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Join this volunteer-led tour which explores gender and sexual identities through a selection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer related objects in the V&A's rich collections.