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If you are looking for ideas for what to do in South Kensington, try something different today. Discover jewellery, earthquake simulators, journey to space, fashion. and so much more.

Engineer your future

Daily
10am-6pm
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Could you shape the world we live in? Find out if you've got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.

Ciné Lumière

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Institut français
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Showcasing the best of foreign film - it screens a mix of French, European and Global films - with subtitles.

Human Evolution

Daily
Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
Natural History Museum
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Meet your ancient relatives, trace the origins and evolution of our species, and explore what makes us human.

A Beautiful Planet 3D (U)

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Experience Earth like never before in a breath-taking portrait of the planet captured from the International Space Station on the biggest screen in Europe. See fantastic images of the Earth from the Space Station and gain a new understanding of how wonderful and unique our planet is.

V&A jewellery collection

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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One of the finest collections of jewelry in the world - over 3,500 jewels, including pendants given by Queen Elizabeth I.

Fashion

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Spanning five centuries, the Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dresses in the world.

Information Age

Daily
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The Information Age gallery celebrates more than 200 years of innovation in information and communication technologies. Relive some remarkable moments of history.

Theatre & Performence

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Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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The collections document current practice and the history of all areas of performing arts in the UK, including drama, dance, opera, circus, puppetry, comedy, musical theatre, costume, set design, pantomime, popular music and much more...

The Vault

Daily
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Some of nature's most unique and valuable treasures are on display in the Vault gallery. See the world's largest collection of coloured diamonds, discover gems that glow in the dark, and marvel at rare meteorites from out of this world.

Is there Anybody Out There?

9th Feburary
7:30pm-8:45pm
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Are we alone in the universe or is there extra-terrestrial life out there? Join the Science Museum for this panel discussion and hear what the experts have to say. How are real-life scientists looking for alien life? Where in the universe might we find it? What will it look like if we ever do encounter it?

BBC at 100

From 27 July 2022
10am-6pm
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Celebrate 100 years of the BBC with a new display that explores how the BBC has used broadcast technologies to deliver its mission to inform, educate and entertain its audiences.

Adult Learning Workshop Compose your own ASMR Soundscapes

4th March
10am-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Are you a sound and music enthusiast? Join an immersive and creative workshop with sound/performance artist Lou Barnell and musician/sound artist Ian Thompson. Experiment with instruments, objects, and electronics to record, edit and mix your own ASMR soundscape.

Festive Screen Printing

3rd Dec
12pm-4pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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Join our festive workshop with George Prints Design Studio and create your own unique Christmas gift. Learn how to screen print onto fabric, as you are expertly guided through the process from sketching out design ideas, to cutting stencils through to working with screens and inks.

Story Time

3rd & 13th Dec
11am
Institut français
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Let your kids’ imagination run wild through listening to our favourite stories from French authors. With a new theme each month, these sessions are also a good occasion to develop the sensibility to French for young learners.

Who’s Playing Silly Games? Lovers Rock explored

3rd Dec
2:30-5:30pm
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Did the creation of Lovers Rock as music for women, challenge or uphold stereotypical views of Black women, their presence, resistance, and contribution in Britain? Discover more about this first sub-genre of Reggae created outside of Jamaica.

Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur

31st March-7th Jan 2024
10am-6pm
Natural History Museum
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Step into the world of the colossal titanosaur Patagotitan mayorum, the largest known creature to have ever walked our planet. On display for the first time ever in Europe, this is your chance to meet this extraordinary dinosaur up close.

Visible Mending Workshop - Sashiko

25th Feb
10:30am-12pm
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Sashiko has been used since the Edo era in Japan to reinforce or repair worn out garments. Join the V&A's visible mending workshops and learn how to use this traditional technique in a contemporary way with Hannah Porter from Restoration London.

Onsite Talk: His Dark Materials: Dressing Mrs Coulter

15th Dec
7pm-8:45pm
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Join costume designer Caroline McCall and actor Ruth Wilson as they discuss the process of creating the stunning costumes for this iconic character for the hit HBO/BBC television series.

Edward Bulmer: The Colourful Past

13th Dec
7pm-8:45pm
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Join the V&A and explore the past, present, and future of the English Country House in this inspiring discussion between designer Edward Bulmer and broadcaster Philip Mould.

Daphne Guiness in Conversation

8th Dec
7pm-8pm
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Join the V&A for this online talk with fashion designer, musician, stylist and perfumer Daphne Guinness, in conversation with fashion curator NJ Stevenson, for an exploration of her design inspirations and the collaborative power of the muse.

Crown to Couture

5th April-29th Oct
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Kensington Palace
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From the glittering world of the Georgian court to the high glamour of the modern-day red carpet, this exhibition at Kensington Palace will see dazzling contemporary couture worn by celebrities including Lizzo and Lady Gaga, displayed alongside beautiful historic costume.

Italy and the Islamic World: 1300–1700

24th Feb- 31st March
10:30am-1pm
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Discover the rich, complex and sometimes surprising story of interaction between Italy and the Islamic world. Explore the luxury goods imported to Italy and the inspiration they offered to Italian artists…

In Practice: Visible Mending with Restoration London

10th Jan
6pm-7:30pm
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Using traditional Sashiko and Boro stitching, Hannah will show you how to turn a tear into something beautiful and unique, and share the skills and techniques needed to breathe new life into damaged garments.

In Practice: Pattern Cutting with Monisola Omotoso

14th Feb
6pm-7:30pm
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Join designer and educator Monisola Omotoso from Pattern Cutting Deconstructed for this practical online demonstration, aimed at developing your pattern-cutting skills. Explore how to recreate specific pattern-cutting techniques inspired by the exhibition.

Digital Textile Design

25th March
10:30am-6pm
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Join artist and designer Silvia Ospina to explore the endless possibilities of digital design in textiles and create your own scarf inspired by the V&A Fashion Collection. Following a step-by-step guide, learn the fundamentals of creating patterns by combining hand-painted techniques with digital tools.

Neon Dance: Last and First Men

4th May 2023
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A future race of humans finds itself on the verge of extinction. Almost all that’s left in the world are lone and surreal monuments, beaming their message into the wilderness. Neon Dance presents a contemporary dance based on the ground-breaking 1930 novel by Olaf Stapledon, 'Last and First Men'.

In Practice: Watercolour Techniques with Leo Crane

14th March
2pm-3:30pm
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From medieval miniatures to Turner, Constable and Hockney, you will discover how artists over the centuries have conjured mood and movement with the lively and luminous medium of watercolour.

Bauhaus

21st Feb-28th March
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This course tells the story of the Bauhaus, the twentieth century’s most influential school of art and design. Its curriculum became a blueprint for later design education and its stellar practitioners created a canon of modernist products in all fields of visual art.

Lot

7th-11th Dec
10am-6pm
Cromwell Place
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Cromwell place presents a solo exhibition of Oriel Zinaburg’s new work. Zinaburg is inspired by the desert - and the thrilling idea that through one backward glance the fluidity of life and emotion can be stilled forever.

Alone with Trees 3

7th-11th Dec
10am-6pm
Cromwell Place
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During 2022 Andrew Gifford's new work took him to the fringes of wilderness in Scotland's ancient Caledonian forest, in Ireland and Yorkshire. The stimulus for this new series of paintings was the ancient Caledonian forests of Aberdeenshire.

Sven Berlin

30th Nov-4th Dec
10am-6pm
Cromwell Place
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A winter exhibition dedicated to the animal drawings of 20th-century pioneer Sven Berlin. Characterised by the artist’s playful style, these drawings reflect Sven’s love of animals, from a bulldog to a stag’s head, from a swallow in flight to a leaping hare.

Arcmanoro Niles, You Know I Used To Love You but Now I Don’t Think I Can

9th Nov-7th Jan
10am-6pm
Cromwell Place
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Lehmann Maupin presents You Know I Used To Love You but Now I Don’t Think I Can: There Ain’t No Right Way To Say Goodbye Again, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by New York-based artist Arcmanoro Niles.

Sketching the Museum

4th Feb
10:30am-12pm
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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.

Glory to Sound

6th Dec
6:30pm-9pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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'Glory To Sound' is a music event series founded by musician, DJ and broadcaster Nabihah Iqbal, with the aim of experiencing and exploring music from different perspectives and thinking about what it really means to us.

Children & Families at the Royal Albert Hall

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Enjoy a wide range of shows and events for children and families to get involved in, which all promise an unforgettable day out. From storytelling for babies and toddlers to interactive concerts featuring Albert’s Band.

Self-Guided Tours at the Natural History Museum

Daily
10am-5:50pm
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Whether you're visiting for the first time or the fiftieth, these tours and free things to do, will take you through the best the Museum has to offer.

Films in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

Oct- Dec
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Experience cinema’s most iconic films with the score performed live by an orchestra in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall. From Harry Potter, James Bond, to Home Alone there is a wide variety of films on offer each year.

Weird Sensation Feels Good

Til 10 April 23
Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm - Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Have you ever heard a sound that has brought you a sense of calm? Or even made your skin tingle? Step into an acoustically tuned world of ASMR and explore the emerging field of creativity that is shaped and shared by a novel online community.

Space Descent Virtual Reality with Tim Peake

Daily
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Tim Peake is your guide for an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a Soyuz capsule. As the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station.

Design 1900-Now Gallery

Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–17.45
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A gallery exploring how design shapes how we live, work, travel, communicate and consume. The gallery includes Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinneir’s iconic British road signage system, Kim Kardashian’s Selfish book and Nike’s Nigeria football shirt for the 2018 World Cup.

Out-of-hours Dinotours

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9am - 9:45am
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Have you ever wondered what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur, what they really looked like and why we continue to study them today? Book a Dinotour with one of the Museum's knowledgeable tour guides to get up close and personal with all the main characters in their world-famous Dinosaurs gallery.

Yoga at the Natural History Museum

Until March 2023
8am-9:15am
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Rise and shine with an invigorating yoga class followed by a live gong bath and exclusive access to one of the Museum's galleries while it is closed to the public. This class is suitable for all experience levels. Please remember to bring your own yoga mat for these events.

V&A tours are back

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Discover the work of the V&A's conservation studios, or join a guided tour through their unique galleries. Members can also explore hidden places and historical sites in and around London, often inaccessible to the public.

Hallyu! The Korean Wave

24 Sep - 25 June 2023
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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Hallyu! The Korean Wave will showcase the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea, exploring the makings of the Korean Wave and its global impact on the creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion.

Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination

6 Oct 2022 - 4 May 2023
Daily 10am-6pm
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Step aboard and voyage to the edge of imagination in this immersive, genre-defying exhibition! Visitors will be at the heart of an interactive science fiction story which is filled with objects that explore how scientists and science fiction creators have inspired each other through innovation and imagination.

The Royal College of Music Museum & Guided Tours

10:15am–5:45pm
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The Royal College of Music's Museum offers a unique opportunity to interact with over 500 years of musical history. Items include the world’s oldest guitar and earliest keyboard instrument with strings. Enjoy a tour of the Museum, led by their knowledgeable team on Wednesdays at 12:30pm.

Behind the Scenes Tour: Spirits Collection

Daily
11am, 3pm
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Go behind the scenes withthe science educators for a look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit. Explore some of the Darwin Centre's 27 kilometres of shelves, you'll encounter numerous treasures hidden among the 22 million animal specimens housed here.

Silent Disco at the Natural History Museum

28 Apr, 26 May, 30 June 2023
10pm - 1am
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Choose your side as three DJs do battle over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics. Don a headset and carry on the party into the night in the spectacular Hintze Hall.

Royal Albert Hall Tours

Most days of the year
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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?

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Daily
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

Dino Snores for Grown Ups

1st Apr, 16th June, 4th August
6:30pm - 10am
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Set your inner child free with a sleepover at the Museum. This one's not for the kids. Enjoy a three-course meal, a pub quiz, stand-up comedy, a live animal workshop, and in the morning a cooked breakfast.

My Christmas Orchestral Adventure

11th Dec
1pm & 4:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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An introduction to classical music for children, delivered through a Christmas adventure story. Through classical favourites, the orchestra creates ice skating on frozen lakes, sleigh rides and a white Christmas, all without leaving the Royal Albert Hall’s auditorium.

The Lost Rhino – an Art Installation with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

From 16th Dec
9am-5pm
Natural History Museum
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The Lost Rhino is a free display that explores extinction, conservation and technology. Focused around four depictions of a rhino, each of them imperfect in their own way, the display examines our relationship with endangered species.

Women's Rights Now!

2nd Nov-8th Dec
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Join Institut Francais for a series of films and discussions tackling issues faced by many women around the world: violence, inequality, lack of freedom and the denial of education.

The Atlas of Interior Design: 20th & 21st Century Homes

4th Nov-9th Dec
10am-1pm
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Celebrating some of the most original houses and apartments right across the globe, from Europe to Australasia and across the Americas, this adventure in design examines the work of a wide range of leading designers and architects along with the characterful rooms and residences that they have created.

Spanish Art and Identity: 1800-2000

1st Nov-6th Dec
10:30am-1pm
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Between 1800 and 2000 Spain’s tumultuous history careered from an Enlightened period of Liberalism into more wars and eventually entry into the European Union. The course will consider how this fascinating history of an ever-changing national identity is reflected in the Art of the period.

Science Fiction Astronights

12th Nov, 10th Dec, 13th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Mar
6:45pm
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Have you ever wanted to have a sleepover in a museum? With workshops, shows and activities—rounded off with breakfast and a trip to Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination—it will be a sleepover the little ones will never forget!

The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2023

2nd Feb-23rd April 2023
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Design Museum Kensington
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The Design Museum's annual prize in partnership with the Saltzman Family Foundation is back, celebrating emerging designers in recognition of Ralph Saltzman’s design legacy. The Prize reflects the Museum’s overarching commitment to champion new talent and nurture the development of a vibrant design sector.

Carols at the Royal Albert Hall

17th Dec-24th Dec
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The sing-along carol concerts at the Royal Albert Hall have become a festive favourite! From traditional carols such as ‘Silent Night’ to modern wintertime arrangements like ‘Winter Wonderland', this event is set to ignite the Christmas spirit.

A Christmas Gaiety

3rd Dec
7;30pm
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Drag sensation Peaches Christ, conductor Edwin Outwater and the BBC Concert Orchestra will turn the Royal Albert Hall into a camp Christmas party as part of this year’s festive celebrations, with help from special guests.

New Year's Eve: Jurassic Party

31st Dec- 1st Jan 2023
8pm-1:30pm
Natural History Museum
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The Natural History Museum's iconic New Year's Eve event is back, giving you the chance to disco with dinos and party it up Jurassic style. Get ready to throw some shapes beside a Diplodocus, roar at their silent disco and marvel at the Jurassic-themed performers. Assemble your friends for a night you won't forget!

Cirque di Soleil - Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities

13th Jan-12th Feb 2023
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Royal Albert Hall
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Discover a world of wonders at Cirque du Soleil’s European Premiere of Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. Gasp at the daring acrobatics, clever contortion and breath-taking talent of Cirque du Soleil that will delight all ages.

Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery

Opens 3rd Nov
10am-6pm
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Step into the fascinating world of technicians for a peek behind the scenes in the Science Museum's brand new interactive gallery. Experience what it’s like to create visual effects on a blockbuster film set or operate a robot in a manufacturer's workshop,