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There is so much to discover from underwater virtual reality journeys, jewellery, earthquake simulators, fashion to experiencing a live auction at the UK's busiest salesroom. Try something different today.

Engineer your future

Wed to Sun
10am-6pm
Science Museum
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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.

Space Descent with Tim Peake

Daily
Science Museum
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As the European Space Agency's first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station. Using VR technology, get a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule and retrace Tim's 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS.

23 things Londoners should do in Hyde Park

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Swim, stroll, play, eat, relax, row - some top tips of things to do in Hyde Park from Buzzfeed.

A Beautiful Planet 3D (U)

Dates & Times vary
Science Museum
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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

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V&A
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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

Daily
V&A
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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
Science Museum
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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

Daily
V&A
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Set design, costumes, make-up, posters - and the first folio of Shakespeare's play.

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The Vault

Daily
Natural History Museum
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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.

London Design Festival

18-26 September 2021
Times vary
London Design Festival
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London Design Festival returns to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world. and takes place across the city and South Kensington. The V&A will once again be the hub of the Festival, exploring the challenges of climate change through design through installations, events, tours, and talks..

Adventure Babies

Every Tuesday 7 Sept to 14 Dec
Times vary for baby-pre crawlers/Toddlers/Little ones
Natural History Museum
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Delight the little one with a sensory storytelling class designed to boost their development and nurture a love for books. And afterwards, don't miss the chance to explore the rest of the Museum with a ready-written self-guided tour.

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Go Jauntly around South Ken

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Discover South Ken has teamed up with Go Jauntly to produce a fun walk around South Kensington. Download the free app and explore the area as it comes alive with new installations and a green trail for visitors.

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Green Poems for a Blue Planet

Sat 9 October 2021
Timings: 10.30am-11.30am; 1pm-2pm
Great Exhibition Road Festival
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As part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival, join acclaimed green poet Martin Kiszko an inspiring, engaging and hilarious stand-up poetry show for children. Book your free ticket and head over to the Royal Albert Hall and enjoy in the relaxed setting of the Elgar Room..

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Chelsea History Festival

17-26 September 2021
Various Times
Chelsea History Festival
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Chelsea History Festival is taking place 17 - 26 September 2021 and there's plenty for all the family! They have a variety of events to inspire budding young authors and their new ‘Street through Time’, where you can journey through 2000 years of London history and clash blades at Sword School.

Creative

October Third Thursday

Thurs 21 October
6.30pm - 8.00pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Join London Terrariums for one of their highly popular terrarium making workshops at the Royal Society of Sculptors. Learn to make one of these stunning objects and watch them grow for years to come.

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Drawn to Sustainability

Sat 9 October 2021
10:30; 12:00; 1:30pm
Great Exhibition Road Festival
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Who do you think needs better buildings and places, and can you design them a building that has sustainability and environmentally conscious design at its heart?

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Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Monday-Sunday
10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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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.

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Make a Balcony Allotment - Hanging Pots

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The Royal Parks
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Save floor space in your balcony or window allotment with these pretty hanging plant pot.

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Recyling old into new

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V&A
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A key part of design is to look at the world around us and see how we can make it better. This could be making an invention that helps us in some way, or even something that makes life more fun

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How to create a wildlife friendly garden

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Natural History Museum
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Seven simple ways to create a wildlife-friendly garden. The amount of wildlife on our doorsteps is astounding but is increasingly being lost to hard surfacing and paving. Wildlife needs a helping hand. and even small changes can help. Here are seven easy ways to make your garden a haven for wildlife.

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How to press flowers

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Natural History Museum
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Once you've mastered this simple technique, you'll find many uses for the flowers and leaves you press. Why not embark on a craft project and decorate special cards for family and friends, create beautiful art, or make a collection of herbarium sheets recording the plants growing in your garden?

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Magical mystery nature tour

Online and outside
Natural History Museum
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Boost your family's wellbeing with a magical mystery nature tour. Time in nature is essential for keeping us healthy and happy, even through winter's colder, darker months. Explore some of the key reasons why and venture out for some nature therapy.

Cirque du Soleil - LUZIA

Wed 12 January – Sat 12 February 2022
Starts: 11:30am, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Cirque du Soleil sun is rising! The intermission is over: Cirque du Soleil will reopen their dazzling luminous spectacle, LUZIA, at the Royal Albert Hall in January 2022. 2022 will also mark 25 years since Cirque du Soleil first brought its captivating magic to our stage with now over 3.5 Million spectators witnessing its awe-inspiring acrobatics.

Japan House Pedestrian Crossing

14 - 22 September 2021
Japan House London
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Kensington is embarking on a mission to rebrand and revitalise Kensington High Street. As part of London Design Festival two ‘creative crossings’ were unveiled to the public. This large scale geometric project, unveiled by Chelsie Giles, bronze medallist for Judo at the Tokyo 2020 Games, was designed by award-winning Artist Tokolo Asao.

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Natural History Museum Ice Rink

22 October 2021 - 16 January 2022 Closed 25 December
11.00-22.00 daily (times may vary)
Natural History Museum
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Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Whether you can dance on ice like Torvill and Dean, or you skate more like Bambi, a visit to the Museum’s Ice Rink is a must this festive season.

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Inspired Writers: Become a screenwriter

Thurs 25 November & Thurs 2 December 2021
4pm
Institut français
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Feeling inspired and creative? Want to be the next Amma Asante or Michaela Coel? Join the Institut français' writing workshop to stimulate and unearth those hidden talents. Suitable for ages 6+.

Inspired Writers: Write a short crime novel

14 & 21 October 2021
4pm
Institut français
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Feeling inspired and creative? Want to be the next Agatha Christie or Robin Stevens? Join the Institut français' writing workshop to stimulate and unearth those hidden talents. Suitable for ages 6+.

Free

The Big Draw 2021 ‘Make The Change’

25 Oct - 27 Oct
11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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The Big Draw Festival #MakeTheChange is a timely development on last year's exploration into the relationship between people and our living environments.Take part in this year's drop-in workshop to create, draw and build a playful collaborative map as we think about what changes we could make to create a healthier and happier city.

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Upcycle Workshop

Tues 12 October 2021
10am-4pm
Goethe-Institut
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This drop-in style workshop will offer you the chance to transform a range of threads and off-cuts into something completely new. The finished pieces can be stuck to recycled greetings cards on which messages about recycling and sustainability can be added in German or English.

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Create Your Own “Windflower”

Sat 9 October 2021
11am-2pm
Goethe-Institut
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Creating their installation “Windflower” on Exhibition Road, was a complex process for Urban Radicals' designers. Join their workshop to learn how you can use found materials to create something that will catch the wind while finding out about wind energy and recycling. Suitable for children aged 6–11.

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Green Sauce Cookshow

Sat 25 September 2021
Online 6pm-7pm
Goethe-Institut
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Try something different. Are you living in the UK or Germany? Are you aged 16-19 years old? Join the Goethe-Institut who have teamed up with Newkinco for an intercultural virtual cooking show. You don't have to be a great cook or even speak German!

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Ain Bailey: Atlantic Railton

Until 24 September 2021
Daily at 11am and 5pm
Serpentine
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How do we collectively honour, celebrate and remember significant sites of community, organising, and resistance in London? Ain Bailey’s new sound commission Atlantic Railton reflects on three sites of community organising in Brixton, South London that existed between the 1970s and 2000s; Brixton Neighbourhood Community Association, Big Up and Lambeth Women’s Project.

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Curious Alice: the VR experience

Until Friday, 31 December 2021
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Experience a mind-bending virtual trip into Wonderland... Curious Alice invites audiences to tumble down the rabbit hole and embark on a mind-bending trip into Wonderland through the playful dimension of virtual reality (VR).

Design Researchers in Residence

Deadline: Monday 27 September 2021
9am
Design Museum Kensington
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In recent years, research and critical thinking have come to define contemporary design practice. Designers today are not only problem solvers or product creators but also catalysts for knowledge and the circulation of ideas. This year's theme is Restore.

Image credit: © Goethe-Institut London

CROWD

Throughout 2021
Goethe-Institut
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CROWD is the Goethe-Institut’s international dance residency programme developed together with European partners in a time when we feel international sharing and human connection is needed more than ever.

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Wildflower Meadows

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The Royal Parks
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Say the word meadow and it immediately conjures up images of distant lazy days, the smell of hay and wildflowers, the sizzle of summer heat and the sound of the wind and crickets in long grass. Meadows are often portrayed as a natural habitat but that’s not quite the case. Find out what makes a meadow and why they are so important or better yet learn how to create your very own wildflower meadow.

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How to grow a wildflower point for pollinators

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Natural History Museum
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Growing native wildflowers is an excellent way to provide the right food for pollinating insects, making life better for your local wildlife. If you haven't got a lot of space, you can grow wildflowers in a container. You'll be able to enjoy a burst of colourful and interesting flowers while watching visiting bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

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Brilliant Bats Walking Tour

Thursday 23rd Sep 2021
7pm-8:30pm
The Royal Parks
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Join the Royal Parks' hunt for bats in the heart of Londonas they come out to play.. Be guided through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park at night to search for bat species such as common pipistrelles, soprano pipistrelles and noctules.

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The Artist Studio

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Leighton House Museum
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For all who love creating beautiful things or simply being inspired by other's creativity, don't miss Leighton House Museum's new series The Artist Studio, featuring three contemporary artists who respond to Leighton House collections using their craft.

Van Gogh Alive

June 4 - September 26, 2021
10am-8pm
The Royal Parks
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This summer, the stunning Kensington Gardens will host Van Gogh Alive, ‘the world’s most visited immersive, multi-sensory experience’ that exhibits the life and work of the seminal Dutch artist.

Morning yoga at the Natural History Museum

Sun 19 September 2021
8am-9:15am
Natural History Museum
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Find your zen at the Natural History Museum with a unique yoga class hosted in collaboration with East of Eden. Rise and shine with an invigorating yoga class followed by a live gong bath and exclusive access to the Dinosaur gallery while it is closed to the public.

Image credit: © Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Autumn 2021
Serpentine
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Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is designing a garden for birds and bees and other pollen-carrying species. Ginsberg has developed a special algorithm that optimises garden designs – including plant species and layout – for pollinators rather than humans. This will result in a new outdoor garden in Cornwall and a website where you can replicate the design using the same algorithm.

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Ai-Da the Humanoid Robot Artist

From Tuesday 18 May
9:30am - 9pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Meet Ai-Da, a humanoid robot artist who can draw and engage in lively discussion. Whose ‘self-portraits’ use artificial intelligence to open up questions about human identity and creativity. Explore a series of self-portraits created through a blend of Ai-Da's brushstrokes, AI and the human hand, and her first prototype robotic arm.

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Explore the Natural History Museum from your home

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The Natural History Museum's virtual tour allows you to explore 14 exhibitions and access 300,000 specimens. Zoom in on the tiny details of the main hall's gilded ceiling or take a closer look at the marine reptiles discovered by Mary Anning. Enjoy a day at the Museum without even having to leave your home!

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The Great Exhibition Road Festival 2021

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Discover South Kensington
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Join us for a celebration of science and the arts. Discover the Festival at home with our new exhibition, Fantasies of Exhibition Road, and a year-round digital events programme for all ages, featuring talks, workshops, interviews and more each month.

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If you would like to keep up to-date with everything that is happening at our amazing science and arts institutions in South Ken, why not sign-up to our weekly newsletter. Bursting with great content, you'll be spoilt for choice. Every fortnight, there's something different to see and do, from fantastic new exhibitions and wonderous collections to unique, one-off events to tantalise and excite.

Happy Walking!

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Planning a visit to the museums in South Kensington? What better way than by walking - safe, easy and now even more enjoyable with Footways' fantastic new walking map. Not just any map but a profusion of interesting streets woven together across London.

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Imax: The Ronson Theatre

Wednesday - Sunday
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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Following a major revamp, the Science Museum's popular IMAX cinema has now re-opened. Enjoy heart-pounding audio, awe-inspiring images and immersive 3D shots on a screen the size of four double decker buses.

Literary Haunts & Jaunts in the Park

Kensington Gardens
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With summer officially here and London gradually re-opening, why not explore the parks through the works of some famous writers - discover J M Barrie’s ultimate fancy, Peter Pan, walk in the steps of Virginia Woolf through Kensington Gardens, or visit the famous Speaker’s Corner, George Orwell’s ardent haunt.

Professional Development at the V&A

Whether seeking guidance across a broad area, or niche support on topics such as, audience development, forging new revenue streams, organising private hire events, and collections management, there’s a plethora of subjects to choose from. Led by expert staff, learn and share best practice with colleagues from fellow UK and international cultural organisations.

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HABA Yoshitaka

Daily
10am-8pm; Sun 12noon-6pm
Japan House London
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The Library at Japan House offers a new approach to appreciate and engage with books, by displaying books in a particular way, and through bookshelf exhibitions curated by HABA Yoshitaka of BACH, a book specialist in Japan.

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Dino Snores for Grown Ups

Fri 27 Aug / Fri 10 Sept / Sat 27 Nov 2021
4:30pm - 10am
Natural History Museum
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If you thought sleepovers were just for kids, think again. Join the Natural History Museum after the Sun's gone down and let your inner child go wild for a night of fun and games. Sleep beneath the beloved blue whale in the iconic Hintze Hall, and enjoy a three-course dinner as well as loads of awesome activities to keep you entertained all night.

Win a Royal Albert Hall VIP Experience

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As the Hall reopens they're giving everyone the chance to win a ticket to their 150th anniversary gala. Become a VIP for the night or live the full Royal Albert Hall experience by entering their 150th Raffle. Tickets cost £5 each.

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Dino Snores for Kids

Fri 13 Aug; 3 Sept; 24 Sept; Sat 23 Oct
6:45pm-10am
Natural History Museum
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Have you ever wanted to have a sleepover with a giraffe? Or spend the night camped beneath a blue whale? This unique sleepover gives kids aged 7 to 11 the chance to explore the Museum after dark while taking part in fun and educational activities.

Webs of Life by Tomás Saraceno

On until 17th Oct
Daily
Serpentine
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These striking Augmented Reality (AR) creatures encourage you to reconsider your relationship with spiders – moving you from fear to protection. Two giant AR spiders lurk outside the Gallery and if you share a photo of a real spider or web, you will be able to interact with a third!

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RBKC's Summer of Love

Until September 2021
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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Get ready to fall in love with Kensington and Chelsea again this summer post-lockdown. They’re celebrating what the borough has to offer with exciting events and activities taking place from June to September and you’re invited to join in the fun. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from parks, high streets and museums, to libraries, local businesses and more.

More Than You Might Expect

24 Jun - 19 Sep
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Sophie Kemp is a young sculptor and Royal College of Art 2020 graduate who likes to use “bright, shonky, hand-made materials”. Her large-scale works combine a sense of humour and the absurd. Inspired by iced gem biscuits.

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Supernova

3 November 2021 - 16 December 2021
9am-5pm
Imperial College London
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Supernova is a multimedia exhibition featuring the work of five British contemporary artists working in two and three dimensions. The title of the exhibition, Supernova, eludes to the moment that a star implodes, shooting materials into the cosmos and creating the raw ingredients of life.

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Walking Tour: Hidden Stories of Hyde Park

Fri 17 September 2021
12:00-1:30pm
The Royal Parks
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Explore the history of Hyde Park through the decades, from 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.

The Great Exhibition²

Great Exhibition Road Festival
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The Great Exhibition² is an innovative new STEM project, delivered by Imperial College London and Big Ideas, inviting young people across London to enter their own ‘Incredible Innovations’ for a chance to showcase them at The Great Exhibition Road Festival.

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Silent Disco at the Natural History Museum

Friday 17 Sept / 1 Oct / 5 Nov
10pm - 1am
Natural History Museum
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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.

Coderdojo

12 Jun, 10 Jul, 14 Aug, 11 Sep, 9 Oct, 13 Nov, 11 Dec
11am & 2pm
Science Museum
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A free coding session. You and your family can choose what you want to create, go at your own pace, and decide how you like to work—on your own or teamed up. From total beginners to programming experts, everyone is welcome.

Astronights

17th Jul, 25 Sep, 15 Oct, 13 Nov, 4 Dec
Science Museum
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If your child has ever wanted to explore the museum after dark, or if the idea of spending the night in one of our iconic galleries fills them with excitement, then they’ll love Astronights, a sleepover for children. With workshops, shows and activities—and breakfast and an interactive science show to boost your morning energy—it will be a night they never forget.

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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?

Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street

On until 24th Oct
9.30am-6pm (Sun-Thur) 9.30am-9pm (Fri-Sat)
Design Museum Kensington
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Know your Air Jordans from your Air Force 1s? Step up and discover the footwear phenomenon that has challenged performance design, inspired new subcultures and shaken the world of fashion