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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

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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.

Transforming Gardens in 19th Century Britain

Jan-Feb
2pm-3:30pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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From curious inventions of the industrial age to the enthusiasm of plant hunters to discover new species, join Imperial College London's Deborah Trentham at Leighton House on a fascinating journey through horticultural history.

Family Art Activity Tour

14th Feb
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Natural History Museum
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Ever wondered what would happen if exhibits came to life? Join our guides for a fun guided family tour of our best artworks as they entertain you with exciting stories of escapee animals and games that will spark your imagination and inspire you to create your own artwork.

Film for Freedom: Screening and Panel Discussion

2nd Feb
6:30pm-9:30pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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A screening of short films by Syrian refugee women living in Beirut’s camps from Makani’s 'Film For Freedom' project, followed by a panel discussion with inspiring women working in film and women’s rights.

Surrealism and Design: From Dalí to AI

18th, 25th Jan & 1st Feb
6:30pm-7:30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join the Design Museum for a 3-part online Surrealism Design History course. Find out how the art and literary movement that began in the 1920s came to shape the designed world. Discover the major designers and creatives responding to Surrealist ideas today.

Lunchtime Lecture: Across Time, Space and Culture - an Exploration of LGBTQIA+ Histories in the V&A'

2nd Feb
1pm-1:55pm
V&A
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This talk explores LGBTQIA+ histories in the V&A, looking at the vast collection that spans the globe and goes back thousands of years. Jack Shoulder will guide you through some key objects that tell the histories and contexts of the experiences of those who could be described as LGBTQIA+.

Imperial Lates: Drugs

9th Feb
6pm-9pm
Imperial College London
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Take a trip through the science of marvellous medicines, notorious narcotics, and everyday cravings at Imperial. From re-imaginings of the brain on psychedelics, to talks on science of microdosing, the Lates will bring together leading experts on drug design, development, use and abuse.

Hidden Stories of Hyde Park

10th February
1:30pm-3pm
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.

Winter Tree Identification Walking Tour

4th Feb
10:30am-12:30pm
Hyde Park
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Explore the stark beauty of Hyde Park's trees this winter with arboriculturist Greg Packman. Learn to identify winter trees through barks and buds. Nature doesn't disappear during winter; you just need to know where to look. Without their leaves, identifying trees can seem challenging.

The Noble Art of Walking

6th Feb
2pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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In this illustrated talk, author and traveller Nick Fielding will present a history of the noble art of walking from the ‘pedestrian’ travellers of the eighteenth century to the thousands of amateur globe-trotters who set off around the world for a legendary bet both before and after the First World War.

Celebrating England’s national nature reserves: their past, present and future - Dagmar Junghanns

31st Jan
7pm-8:30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Exploring England’s top nature reserves, their rich history and their place in our future nature. Dagmar has spent the last 15 years working with national nature reserves and today she leads the development of the national nature reserves series across England.

Nights of Ideas

9th Feb
6pm-10pm
Institut français
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Join institut français for the Night of Ideas, a night of thought-provoking and free debates, films and workshops exploring the question “More?” under the lens of societal challenges on 9th February.

Design on Film: The Lobster

5th Feb
3pm-5:40pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Selected by art director and set designer Shona Heath to celebrate the Design Museum's Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today exhibition, join them for the first in the museum's new film screening and talk series.

The Wisdom Hour: Our Future Selves

9th March
3pm-5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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The Wisdom Hour invites participants for a cup of tea and the opportunity to listen to, share experiences of getting older and possibly wiser, through stories of growth and leadership, quiet moments, magical accidents, and adventures at every age.

The Wild Escape: Art Highlights Tour

5th Feb
Times vary
Natural History Museum
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Take a short, guided tour of the Images of Nature gallery and see some of the most treasured artworks and archive items. On the tour, guides will explore the stories behind each exhibit and discuss how big issues relating to biodiversity and the environment can be addressed through art.

In Conversation with Pattie Boyd

24th Feb
6:30pm-9pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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An evening with iconic fashion model and muse Pattie Boyd. Famously the inspiration for George Harrison’s 'Something' and Eric Clapton's 'Wonderful Tonight', her portrait was captured by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century.

Sketching the Museum

4th Feb
10:30am-12pm
V&A
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Develop your drawing skills in the spectacular and inspiring surroundings of the V&A. Capture the museum in a guided sketching workshops led by artist Leo Crane. After an introduction by Leo, you’ll explore the galleries in a small group, capturing details from our vast collection.