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  From Architecture for dogs to a virtual séance - there's lots happening in South Kensington  
 

This is the perfect time to visit South Kensington without the crowds. As well as exhibitions and displays, our cafes and restaurants are open and ready to welcome you in a safe, relaxed environment. Why not make a day of it and combine a visit to Kensington Palace with a stroll through the Royal Parks to Exhibition Road. This newsletter is packed with our top recommendations for things to do in South Kensington and online.

 
   
 
 
 
 
Stein's Berlin Reopens!
 
Goethe-Institut
 
The much loved Stein's Berlin restaurant reopens in Kensington with carefully spaced seating and special air purifiers to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience. Enjoy some wonderful dishes in their modern contemporary interior on on their terrace overlooking Princes Gardens.
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Leighton House Reopens on 12 September!
 
Leighton House Museum
Saturdays & Sundays only 10am-5:30pm
 
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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Café Tangerine Is Open!
 
Institut français
Wed & Sat 2pm-7pm | Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun 3pm-7pm
 
Café Tangerine - the French restaurant with a British twist has reopened! Enjoy a glass of wine, a mini quiche or a sausage-roll before a screening – or just pop in if you’re in the neighbourhood to grab a sandwich, a brioche, some delicious cake or a coffee to go!
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The King's State Apartments
 
Kensington Palace
Wednesday to Sunday 10:30-5pm; last admission 4pm
 
This is the ideal time to explore Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to young royals for over 300 years. Walk in the footsteps of royalty in Victoria's re-imagined childhood rooms and the magnificent King's State Apartments and Queen's State Apartments.
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Sign-Up Today For a Taster Lesson on German
 
Goethe-Institut
Thursday 10 Sept 2020 6:30pm
 
The Goethe-Institut is open and ready to teach you German! From beginners to advance, online or in person (under enhanced safety conditions), there's something for everyone. Sign-up for a Free Online Taster Lesson with one of their German teachers today at 6:30pm!
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RCM launches autumn season with events in London‘s newest concert hall
 
Royal College of Music
 
The Royal College of Music has launched its autumn events season for 2020, including the first performances in London’s newest concert hall. The state-of-the-art Performance Hall is part of a recent £40 million investment in the RCM’s iconic South Kensington campus.
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Architecture for Dogs
 
Japan House London
19 September - 10 January 2021
 
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.
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K&C Culture Night & Day
 
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Friday 2 October 2020 Day & Night
 
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.
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What are you doing this Saturday?
 
Institut français
12 Sept 2020 onwards Times vary
 
How about a French top-up! The Institut français is holding Express Saturday Group courses from 12 September. The classes are small, and you will get a lot of support and attention. If you've always wanted to learn but from the comfort and security of your home, sign-up now! And if you're still not sure, hear what some of their students have to say.
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The Museum of Black Hole Spacetime Séance with Suzanne Treister
 
Serpentine Galleries
Live Friday 11 September 2020 5pm
 
Join Suzanne Treister online for a virtual séance to a hypothetical museum in the cosmos. During the séance we will travel 400 billion light years through space from Earth to enter and make group contact with the museum. We will question its function, its contents, its origin, and what it might be able to tell us about the mysteries of the cosmos.
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Making the Modern World
 
Science Museum
Wednesday-Sunday 10am-6pm
 
Chart 250 years of science and technology and discover some of the most iconic items that have shaped our society. The Making the Modern World gallery presents some of the Museum’s most remarkable objects.
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Miniature Gargoyles
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
28 Sept-4 Dec Mon-Fri 11am-5pm
 
This exhibition by Jeremy Hutchinson in collaboration with Adam Dewhirst, Pierre Tardif & Oisin Byrne develops the artist's ongoing interest in contemporary labour conditions. Self-portraits that centre around a series of miniature gargoyles, made with white tack.
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Open City Documentary Festival
 
Goethe-Institut
Sat 12 Sept - Tue 15 Sept 2020 12pm-12am
 
Championing the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers, this year's Open City Documentary Festival is hosting affordable screenings across the UK which will celebrate 48 new films, cross-media projects, and audio documentaries from 28 different countries.
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Menu In Focus: The Kennedy-Mietke Harpsichord
 
Royal College of Music
21 Sept 2020 7pm
 
Harpsichordists Tolga Atalay (Mills Williams Junior Fellow) and Dominika Maszczynska perform two preludes and fugues from the second set of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, on the RCM’s brand new harpsichord by Bruce Kennedy in this film.
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Hidden Histories of Exploration
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
 
When we think about the history of exploration, we often imagine it as the work of exceptional individuals in extraordinary circumstances. Men and women venturing forth on some incredible journey, a fundamentally collective and shared experience. This wonderful online exhibition draws on images of exploration since 1800.
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The Artist Studio
 
Leighton House Museum
Online
 
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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Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival
 
Institut français
Thu 17 - Sun 20 Sept Times vary
 
Ciné Lumière teams up again with the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival to present a series of films fresh out of the Indian subcontinent. From hilarious coming-of-age story The MisEducation of Bindu to Natkhat, a short film about gender equality. The very best cinema from India with love.
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year
 
Natural History Museum
16 Oct 2020 - 6 June 2021 Wed-Sun 11am-6pm
 
The fifty-fifth Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will immerse you in the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Encounter the beauty and fragility of wildlife, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know extraordinary species. Go deeper and discover the surprising - and often challenging - stories behind the images during a time of environmental crisis.
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The Human Cosmos: Jo Marchant in conversation with Martin Rees
 
Science Museum
Thursday 17 Sept 2020 7:30pm-8:30pm
 
For most of human history, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Our innate relationship with the stars has shaped our religious beliefs, power structures, scientific advances and even our biology. But over the last few centuries, have we lost our connection to the night sky, and at what cost?
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Royal College of Music's Free Online Concert Series
 
Royal College of Music
 
If you feel in need of some respite from your day, the Royal College of Music has a fantastic online programme of archive performances from talented RCM students and celebrated visiting artists. From Avi Taler conducting Smetana's The Bartered Bride overture to Martin André conducting an original work by RCM composer Lara Poe.
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London Spanish Film Festival 2020
 
Institut français
23-27 Septemer 2020 Times vary
 
The Institut français is delighted to partner with the London Spanish Film Festival, once again this year. Now in its 16th edition, the festival will treat us with a selection of some of the best and most anticipated films from Spain and by Spanish talent
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Connected
 
Design Museum Kensington
11 Sept - 11 Oct 1-30 Sept 10am-6:30pm Mon-Sat | 10am-9pm Thur-Sun
 
Connected is an experiment which set out to explore how designers and craftspeople adapted their working practices during lockdown. Nine international designers have been challenged to create a table and seating, that is personal to them, for home living and working.
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IN SESSION – Open Innovation for London: why it matters?
 
Royal College of Art
Wednesday 16 Sept 2020 11am-12pm
 
Join Nick de Leon of RCA’s School of Design in conversation with Laura Citron, CEO of London & Partners and Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer for London. They will discuss the importance of collaborative and inclusive Open Innovation (OI), exploring its importance to London, the role of place in designing OI strategies and the importance of diversity and inclusion in OI.
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Discover the astonishing mechanics of fly anatomy
 
Natural History Museum
Online Tue 15 Sept 2020 12.00-12.45
 
Join entomolologist and author Erica McAlister as she reveals the inside out of flies. See some fascinating specimens and discover how amazing, exotic and important these creatures really are.
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Shab-e-Didam
 
The Ismaili Centre
 
The Ismaili Sounds presents Shab-e-Didam, a song in praise of Hazrat Ali. This rendition is performed by the DN Khorog Band from Tajikistan and features original lyrics by the celebrated Persian poet and philosopher, Hafez-e Shirazi.
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The 2019/20 First Plinth Award
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
28 Sept-4 Dec Mon-Fri
 
First Plinth: Public Art Award (formerly FIRST@108: Public Art Award) is designed to offer sculptors an opportunity to extend their practice into competing for public art commissions. The sculpture terrace will feature new work by the 2019 winner, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, examining how digital technology and online communication are affecting the way we view the world and relate to one another.
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Covid after lockdown - Dr Bharat Pankhania
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Tuesday 15 Sept 2020 6.30pm - 7.00pm
 
In this interview, Dr Bharat Pankhania talks to Dick Bateman and Penny Tranter about the pandemic, giving a fascinating and chilling insight into its future impact on society. Dr Pankhania is senior Consultant in Communicable Disease Control and senior clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School. He is an expert in public health and has previously worked for the Health Protection Agency and Public Health England.
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From the Big Bang to AI
 
Imperial College London
Thursday 22 September 12:30-1:30pm
 
In this latest event in the Science Breaks series, Professor Trotta will expand on his Inaugural lecture, discussing how AI and Machine Learning are helping us hunt for dark matter. He will also delve into the latest research on dark matter lurking in the centre of our own Galaxy, the Milky Way: What do we know, and how do we find out more?
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Ancient bony fish forces rethink of how sharks evolved
 
Imperial College London
 
Sharks’ non-bony skeletons were thought to be the template before bony internal skeletons evolved, but a new fossil discovery suggests otherwise. The discovery of a 410-million-year-old fish fossil with a bony skull suggests the lighter skeletons of sharks may have evolved from bony ancestors, rather than the other way around.
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COVID-19 hotspots projected with new website
 
Imperial College London
 
A new website uses reported cases and deaths to estimate the probability regions in England, Scotland and Wales will become COVID-19 ‘hotspots’. The team behind the website, from Imperial College London, define a hotspot as a local authority where there are more than 50 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population per week.
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  And from our friends  
 
 
 
Black History Month 2020
 
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Deadline Friday 10 September 2020 12 noon
 
The deadline for RBKC's new Black History Month grants has been extended. Apply for funding through their grants scheme to host an event this year. Do so by 12pm Friday 11 September. You could get up to £500 to fund your idea!
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Professor Universe
 
RBKC libraries
 
Introducing Professor Universe who has seven educational videos for children aged 6+. This fun, educational series is like Monty Python meets Bill Nye the Science Guy. After crash landing on a strange planet, Professor Universe must use his knowledge of science to get back home. Get ready to learn about orbits, light, stars, gravity and more with a cast of weird and wonderful characters.
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London's Latest Arts Space, Cromwell Place Opens 10 October
 
Cromwell Place
Opens 10 October 2020
 
Cromwell Place, South Kensington’s highly anticipated flexible arts space, has recently announced that it will officially open its doors on 10 October 2020 following five years in development. Bringing a new dynamic to the London art scene, Cromwell Place is an arts membership organisation - the first of its kind globally - providing a hub for UK and international galleries, dealers, advisors, curators, collectors and art professionals.
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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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