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.

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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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.

Free

Open House London: South Kensington Tube Station

21-22 September
10am-3pm Tours pre-booked
South Kensington Estates
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In honour of the 150th anniversary of the District line, this tour will discuss the history of the station, the architectural features dating from the Victorian, Edwardian, and modern eras, and the operational functions of the station. Staff-led tours every 60 minutes, pre-booked.

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Open House London 2019

21-22 September
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Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to over 800 buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year.

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.

Imperial Lates: Infectious

12th Nov
6-9pm
Imperial College London
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Join ‘infectious’ scientists to get hands on with everything from superbugs to a zombie apocalypse and state of the art diagnostics to STIs. Hear stories from the front line of the fight against disease, watch antimicrobial resistance theatre and try not to spend too long in our Infectious Arcade!

Imperial Lates: Science without borders

9th Oct
6-9pm
Imperial College London
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Our scientists are a globe-trotting, mountain climbing, ocean crossing and jungle trekking community whose careers take them all over the globe.... They will tell stories of exploration in a free evening of hands-on science, tech demos, geeky bar games, creative art workshops and lively talks.

Walking Tours in the Parks

Various dates
Hyde Park
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Discover the hidden secrets of London’s historic green spaces on a Royal Parks walking tour. From an underground river running beneath Hyde Park, to a hidden hollow tree in Kensington Gardens. Monthly walking tours let you experience the Royal Parks from a whole new perspective.

RCM International Festival of Viols

18th & 19th Nov
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Royal College of Music
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The annual Viol Festival returns with plenty of performances and special guests. This year's guest performers and lecturers include Sarah Cunningham and The Spirit of Gambo.

Free

Open House London: South Kensington Tube Station

21-22 September
10am-3pm Tours pre-booked
South Kensington Estates
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In honour of the 150th anniversary of the District line, this tour will discuss the history of the station, the architectural features dating from the Victorian, Edwardian, and modern eras, and the operational functions of the station. Staff-led tours every 60 minutes, pre-booked.

Free

Open House London: Institut français du Royaume-Uni

21-22 September
11:451m-6pm
Institut français
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1939 Art Deco Grade II listed building refurbished in 1950, then restructured and modernised in 2014. Contains an authentically classic cinema, private salons and multimedia library. Tours every 60 minutes, pre-booked from 12noon-5pm

The Forgotten Women of Bauhaus

26th Sept
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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To celebrate the centenary year of the era-defining Bauhaus school for art and design, join novelists Naomi Wood (The Hiding Game) and Theresia Enzensberger (Blueprint) for an evening of discussion about some of the most exciting designers and artists of the 1920s avant-garde.

Faculty of Natural Sciences Research Showcase 2019

25th Sept
9.30 - 6.30pm
Imperial College London
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Join a full day of presentations and stimulating discussions with the academics, research fellows and prize-winning PhD students in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and find out about our innovative work. It's a great opportunity to engage with academics, early career researchers and postgraduate students.

Exhibition Road Day of Design

22nd Sept
11am - 5pm
V&A
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For the finale of London Design Festival, there will be a special event on Exhibition Road focusing on design solutions to the climate emergency. There will be a street celebration to look at the role that design thinking can play in fostering new ideas and changing attitudes to the way we consume food, use energy and deal with waste.

World Wild Webs: Our Interconnected Planet

27th Sept
6-9.30pm
Natural History Museum
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It's been 50 years since the Internet revolutionised human connections. Join over 150 scientists to explore networks in nature, sustainable solutions to today's environmental issues and how delving into the past is key to protecting the future of our planet..

Global Design Forum

14-22 September
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V&A
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Global Design Forum is London Design Festival’s curated thought leadership programme, celebrating design and the minds shaping its future. Taking place throughout the Festival at the V&A, the Forum features a unique mix of talks, debates, tours and workshops that together reflects the most innovative thinking in the world of design today.

Building Brains - artificial & biological intelligence

1st Oct
5.30-6.30pm
Imperial College London
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Celebrating the DSI’s 5th Anniversary, you are invited to the DSI Distinguished Lecture programme with invited speaker Prof Stephen Furber who is ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester

Automated Science using Robotic Scientists

17th Sept
5.30-6.30pm
Imperial College London
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Ross D. King is Professor of Machine Intelligence at the University of Manchester, UK. He originated the idea of a ‘Robot Scientist’: integrating AI and laboratory robotics. His Robot Scientist ‘Adam’ was the first machine to autonomously discover scientific knowledge. His Robot Scientist ‘Eve’ is currently searching for drugs against neglected tropical diseases, and cancer.

Frontiers in Traumatic Brain Injury 2019

16th Sept
8am - 6pm
Imperial College London
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This conference showcases the latest scientific and clinical work in Traumatic Brain Injury. It is a multidisciplinary conference with multiple themes, and this year we'll be covering paediatrics, mild TBI, CTE, the use of technology and more! Held at Queens Square in UCL.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Outdoors

Walking the City: London Ecologies

25 July - 15 September
Design Museum Kensington
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Join architecture collective Something & Son and invited guest speakers for a series of walks around kensington and Chelsea that explore how our every-day actions can benefit nature, rather than destroy it.

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.

Book Launch: 'Flaming Dene' a Victorian stunner, model and actress

16th Sept
6.30 - 9pm
Leighton House Museum
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The model for Fredric Leighton's famous painting 'Flaming June' is Dorothy Dene with whom the artist became obsessed and helped her get work. Authors of a new book will give a talk titled 'Because of her personal worth' which will take place in Leighton's studio with the opportunity to meet the authors.

Drink and Draw

1st Oct & 13th Nov
6.30-9pm
Leighton House Museum
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Leighton’s studio opens up for an special evening to treat all your senses. Following a sell-out run the last season, Leighton House Museum, in collaboration with London Fine Art Studios, hosts a new series of Drink & Draw sessions that unite music, fine art and a tasting experience.