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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

Science Museum
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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

Volcanoes & Earthquakes

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Natural History Museum
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Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games and our famous earthquake simulator, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live.

Theatre & Performence

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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

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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.

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.

Goats colonising Wales

Natural History Museum
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From goats colonising deserted streets in Wales to cleaner air and clear skies in London, the Covid-19 pandemic has presented a unique view of our world with minimal human presence. As part of a brand new public engagement initiative around the environmental impacts of the virus, the Natural History Museum is gathering data to illustrate how the movement of people has altered during lockdown.

Lates Online: Strength in Numbers

Friday 29th May
7:30pm-9:30pm
Natural History Museum
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Join the NHM for their first ever Lates Online streamed live on Friday. Grab a drink, turn on your computer, and take part in a quiz and panel discussion.

Try Something Different!

The Town House Restaurant at The Kensington
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If you're bored of making banana bread, try something different like The Town House Kensington's delicious Guinness Bread.

Spring is in the Air!

The Royal Parks
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The Isabella Plantation is famous for its azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias, but The Royal Parks have had to close it to the public for now. You can still see and experience its spectacular flora as it comes to life in late April and early May each year.

Design Your Own Kokeshi Doll Competition

Deadline 1 June 2020
Japan House London
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In celebration of Children's Day, Japan House is launching a kokeshi design competition. Kokeshi are painted wooden dolls, made by local craftspeople and characterised by their elongated, limbless bodies and large heads. Design your own kokeshi either digitially or

V&A Open Call for Homemade Signs & Rainbow Drawings

From rainbow drawings and shop signs to hand-written notes, the V&A is collecting signs created by individuals and communities in response to the current isolation measures, and to create and preserve a rich portrait of life under lockdown expressed through visual imagery. Submit your designs to homemadesigns@vam.ac.uk

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LetsMakeWednesdays - Accessibility

Every Wednesday, the V&A has some exciting ideas to nurture your creativity. Making our world safe and inclusive to all people is a key part of design. This week's challenge is to design something in your home or your community to be more accessible, like this tactile paving slab.

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#OEKOROPA Competition

Rapid Developer Response Friday 31 July 2020
Final Proposals Deadline 1 Oct 2020
Goethe-Institut
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Imagine a world where you can travel without impacting the environment. #Oekoropa is a competition for teachers and pupils who are invited to create innovative proposals for a climate-neutral journey across Europe. Got some ideas? Send them to the Goethe-Institut and get your trip funded!

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Imperial Lates

28 Sept - 4 Oct 2020
6pm-11pm
Imperial College London
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Tune in to Imperial's digital Lates to hear personal stories from those working on the pandemic frontline and explore how cutting-edge research is improving our NHS. Put your questions to their COVID vaccine developers as we celebrate those who care for our nation with talks, a drawing workshop, the Pub-less Quiz, and more!

A New Culture Corner in Kensington & Chelsea

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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Do you live, work, study or visit Kensington & Chelsea and want to explore a new cultural corner in the borough? Take a look at their new One Year Culture Plan! They have over 50 ambitions including digital programs, from investing £175,000 in the delivery of the digital Notting Hill Carnival to supporting Kensington + Chelsea Art Week, working with local artists and creative studios for its annual public art trail - and the launch of their first ever Culture Night on 2nd October.

November Third Thursday

Thurs 19 Nov 2020
7pm-9pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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In this workshop, you will learn to make an artisanal notebook from scratch using basic bookbinding techniques and tools, and a single section, quarter-bound cloth notebook, the perfect keepsake for storing your own thoughts or for gifting to the writer in your life.

October Third Thursday: State of Clay

15 October 2020
7pm-9pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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A fantastic opportunity to learn how to throw miniature porcelain ceramic works on a small wheel in a two hour workshop with State of Clay. Create something truly unique!

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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.

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K&C Culture Night & Day

Friday 2 October 2020
Day & Night
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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If you are planning a free cultural activity or event, either online or offline, RBKC would love to hear from you! On Friday 2 October they will be showcasing the borough's outstanding creative and cultural talent.

Leighton House Reopens on 12 September!

Saturdays & Sundays only
10am-5:30pm
Leighton House Museum
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We're excited to announce that Leighton House Museum is reopening this Saturday. For the present, it will only be open on the weekends. The former home of Victorian artist Lord Leighton presents its permanent collection enhanced with new artworks on display for the first time and there's a last chance for art fans to see the collections before refurbishment in spring 2021. Don't forget to book!

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Notting Hill Carnival online

29-31 August 2020
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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For the first time in its 54-year history, Notting Hill Carnival is moving entirely online over the August bank holiday weekend, 29-31 August 2020. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Carnival will not take its usual form this year, on the streets of Notting Hill, but there is an alternative...

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Architecture for Dogs

19 September - 10 January 2021
Japan House London
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Man's best friend has their very own exhibition premiering at Japan House London. Featuring a collection of architectural designs by world-class architects and designers, with the addition of a brand new piece by eminent UK architect, Asif Khan, guests can become designers and makers themselves, with blueprints available for download and opportunities to design their own architecture for dogs.

Designers in Residence: Care

Design Museum Kensington
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As we enter a new decade characterised by technological acceleration, 24/7 working, and climate uncertainty, there is a crucial role for design in supporting the ways we care for ourselves, each other and the planet, and to this end four emerging designers are exploring alternative avenues for communities to become more resilient.

RBKC's Exciting Culture Plan 2020

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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RBKC is launching a Culture Plan with a difference in September. There will be fantastic choice of online and open space activities for residents and visitors. The world-famous Notting Hill Carnvival is going digital; front row seats guaranteed! Theatre projects will bring together playwrights and actors with the local community, and K+C Art Week will be creating a public art trail in shop windows on the iconic King's Road and Kensington High Street.

Happy Walking!

Footways
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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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The Curious Trail

27 June 2020 - 20 Jan 2021
10am-5:30pm
V&A
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The V&A needs you! The creatures of Wonderland are spreading nonsense around the museum. Help find them and restore logic before it’s too late!

Hyde Park Explorer

Hyde Park
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A free scavenger hunt game for your mobile phone that takes you on an adventure through one of London’s most popular parks. Move at your own pace between the park’s most interesting sights uncovering photo challenges, amazing facts and games for all ages to enjoy.

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HABA Yoshitaka

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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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World Book Day

7 March
12pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Calling all parents of bookworms! Bring your children to a fun, creative day where they can learn tips for crafting stories with a series of masterclasses featuring famous kids’ authors (Jeff Kinney, Chris Riddell, Cressida Cowell and many others) and take part in the London Book Swap, exchanging old books for new ones!