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It's time to rediscover South Kensington! Many of your favourite South Kensington venues are now open and there's not long to wait until the Science Museum and Ciné Lumière open too. Here's our round-up of top things to see and visit as well as great online activities.      

 
   
 
 
 
 
Fountain of Hygiene
 
Design Museum Kensington
Until 30 August 2020 10am-9pm
 
Discover the winners of the global competition to rethink hand sanitisers. With more than 190 countries and territories affected by COVID-19, hand washing and enhanced hygiene has been identified as one of the most effective ways to prevent and slow its spread. The competition sought to explore the aesthetics, functional, and social possibilities of enhanced hygiene,
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Victoria: A Royal Childhood
 
Kensington Palace
Advance booking required 10:30am-5:pm; last admission 4pm
 
Discover the story of Princess Victoria, the young girl destined to be queen, in the rooms where she was born and raised at Kensington Palace. Explore how an indulged young princess blossomed into the independent and iconic monarch we remember.
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Cao Fei: Blueprints - Last Week to See!
 
Serpentine Galleries
Tuesday-Sunday Until 13 Sept 2020 10am - 6pm
 
Cao Fei's first large-scale institutional solo show at the Serpentine Galleries brings together new and existing works in an immersive installation using her artistic skills from filmmaking, digital media and photography with an array of objects, expanding the themes of automation, virtuality and technology.
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Image credit: Window, Sine (Xuan) Zheng 2020  
With fists, it kicks, it bites
 
Royal College of Art
18 - 22 August 2020 11am-6pm
 
The Royal College of Art and associated Fitzrovia galleries are delighted to announce the collaborative exhibition With Fists, It Kicks, It Bites, by the 2020 graduating students of the MA Photography course, The galleries have recognised how vital the physical degree show is on many levels and have collaborated to stage an exhibition across their spaces for the graduating Photography students.
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RENOVATION: Kimono & Sustainability
 
Japan House London
5 Aug - 7 September 2020 Mon-Fri 11am-4pm; Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 12-6pm
 
A stunning display of kimono by contemporary textile artist, and founder of the HIROCOLEDGE brand, Takahashi Hiroko will be displayed in the windows and on the Ground Floor at Japan House London until 7 September. Fusing fashion and art, Takahashi Hiroko innovates the kimono tradition with her signature geometric patterns made up of circles and straight lines.
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The Royal Society of Sculptors' Summer Exhibition
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Until 18 Sept Mon-Fri 11am - 5pm
 
This year’s Summer Exhibition has been guest curated by Robert and Nicky Wilson, the founders of Jupiter Artland, and is a fabulous showcase of the work of their members and fellows. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to browse (and even buy) contemporary sculpture in a no-pressure environment.
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Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk
 
V&A
27 August - 25 Oct Thursday-Sunday 11am-7pm; Last admission 5:30pm
 
This exhibition will present the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world.
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Great Films from Ciné Lumière
 
Institut français
Dates & Times Vary
 
Ciné Lumière reopens on 26th August with some fantastic films in their programme of events. For our youngest audience there's The Lost Prince, a father's world of magic begins to disappear as his daughter grows up, the classic and memorable Les Misérables, the award-winning comedy of manners Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie, and more!
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The Wonderlab Reopens 19 August
 
Science Museum
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
 
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. Don't forget to pre-book your ticket.
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#BeKindToYourParks
 
The Royal Parks
 
Finally! Summer has started, lockdown restrictions are easing and other than keeping your distance and wearing a mask on public transport it’s pretty much back to normal. Right? Not exactly. The Royal Parks have been hugely popular during lockdown but they need a little TLC. Please pick your litter up and bin it or take it home. Just yours. Treat the wildlife, trees and plants as the wonderful living things that they are and we can all enjoy these special places of tranquility.
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Royal Albert Home: Loudon Wainwright III
 
Royal Albert Hall
Thursday 13 Aug 2020 7:30pm
 
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III will deliver an exclusive set from his home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. The American folk artist, humorist and actor has released 24 studio albums, 4 live albums and 6 compilations, as well as appearing in at least 18 television programmes and feature films to date.
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Hedgehogs and water voles face extinction
 
Natural History Museum
 
A quarter of British mammals are at risk of extinction. Out of the 47 native mammals, 11 are at risk of extinction, including the much-loved hedgehogs and water voles. Discover tips on how to help hedgehogs and build your own hedgehog house.
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Reaching for the Poles
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Wed 19 Aug & Tues 25 Aug 2020 6:30-7:30pm
 
From Phipps to Fiennes: a look at some of the explorers who tried to reach the North or South Poles and some who tried to do both. A unique opportunity to see some iconic polar artefacts, with the Society's Principal Librarian, Eugene Rae in this two-part event.
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Competition: Nature in lockdown - a breath of fresh air
 
Natural History Museum
deadline 4 September 2020
 
Enter the Natural History Museum's photography competition to help them find out how nature has been affected by the COVID-19 lockdowns. From goats wandering deserted streets in Wales to pollution-free skies over London, there have been reports of environmental changes since the pandemic began. Submit your images of nature in the UK, by posting them on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #NatureInLockdownComp.
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Alice Morrison's Sahara Expedition
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Tuesday 18 August 2020 6:30-7:30pm
 
A fantastic opportunity to hear from number one best-selling author, Alice Morrison, so close to finishing her latest expedition across the Sahara. Travelling with six camels and three Amazigh guides, Alice sought to see first hand what is happening as a result of desertification to the landscape and the people of this area.
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Royal Albert Home: Storytime with David Walliams
 
Royal Albert Hall
Sat 22 August 2020 2pm
 
David Walliams will read an extract from his children’s stories as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. David published his first children’s book The Boy in the Dress, illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake, in 2008. His novels have since been translated into 53 languages and sold over 37 million copies worldwide.
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Back to Earth: Standing with the Forest
 
Serpentine Galleries
Online
 
The Serpentine Galleries' latest podcast features perspectves from self-organised Indigenous organisations at the front line of extraction and climate change, as well as artists researching our more-than-human entanglements.
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This Little Art: Translators on Their Work
 
Goethe-Institut
Tuesday 18 Aug 2020 6:30-8:30pm
 
Join this semester's Translator's Stammtisch, organised by the Goethe-Institut Glasgow, with Ian Galbraith, Scottish-born poet, translator, editor, and essayist. Iain Galbraith lives in Wiesbaden, Germany and has translated many authors into English, including Jan Wagner, W.G. Sebald, Natascha Wodin, Raoul Schrott, and Ulrike Draesner, and he also translates into German.
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Howard Williams in conversation with Roger Kneebone
 
Royal College of Music
 
Join the surgeon and academic Professor Roger Kneebone in conversation with unorthodox people whose careers defy traditional boundaries and who swim against the tide. Howard Williams, distinguised international conductor, explores the parallels between our experiences, discussing similarities and differences between music and medicine.
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Rare ‘boomerang’ earthquake exposed
 
Imperial College London
 
Scientists have tracked a ‘boomerang’ earthquake in the ocean for the first time, providing clues about how they could cause devastation on land. The rupture initially spreads away from the initial break but then turns and runs back the other way at higher speeds.
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#HerImperial: A career in science
 
Imperial College London
 
An increasing number of women, supported and encouraged by Imperial College, are participating in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related careers, leaving their mark and encouraging future generations of women to take up the gauntlet. Watch some of their women in action and find out how you can follow in their footsteps.
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Imperial's COVID 19 Response Team Across the Globe
 
Imperial College London
 
Imperial’s COVID-19 Response Team has been working with health services and governments around the world to help plan responses to the pandemic. Since January, the team have been working relentlessly to model the pandemic in real-time, providing policymakers and health leaders around the world with the latest estimates of the scale of outbreaks.
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The Chelsea Theatre free online activities
 
The Chelsea Theatre
Thurs 13 August – Thurs 24 September Times vary
 
The Chelsea Theatre is offering a fantastic range of free on-line activities available on their Virtual Venue. Delivered by live presenters, discover new skills and try out different activities in group sessions. From baby first-aid through science experiments, learning a new instrument through to dance and exercise classes. All events are held on Zoom and suitable for all ages.
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Kensington & Chelsea Libraries Book Club
 
RBKC libraries
Thurs 20 Aug 2020 6:30-7:30pm
 
If you love books and like a good discussion, why not join Kensington & Chelsea libraries' monthly book club at the Central library in Phillimore Gardens. This month they’ll be discussing Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq. The protagonist of the novel is 46-year-old Florent-Claude Labrouste, an advisor to the Agriculture Department, suffering from depression and taking Captorix (fictitious antidepressant). The life story is accompanied by numerous political and social changes in France .
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Image credit: Westminster Libraries & Archives  
Uncover your Potential
 
Westminster Libraries
Thurs 13 August 2020 2pm-2:40pm
 
Westminster library has teamed up with the National Careers Service (NCS) to bring you a series of online workshops to help you get that job! In this session, they start by asking ‘where do I begin – how do I know what careers suit me and how can I demonstrate to an employer that I am right for their job?'
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Discover South Kensington is an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, a partnership of the cultural and educational organisations in and around Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

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The Design Museum
Goethe-Institut
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal College of Music
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Parks
Serpentine Galleries
The Science Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
 
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