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  Soak up culture from dawn to dusk in South Kensington  
 

Now’s a great time to explore iconic cultural destinations in South Kensington without the crowds. With 15 cultural venues, great places to eat and drink and beautiful green spaces, enjoy a world-class day out on your doorstep. Book now to visit this autumn.

This week sees the return of Lates at the Science Museum, and a chance to get your culture fix round the clock. Start the day in Hyde Park with Formafantasma at the Serpentine Galleries, then try out the Royal Geographical Society’s new ‘Albertopolis’ walking trail before exploring the riches of meteorites and minerals at the Natural History Museum. Treat yourself to lunch or dinner at Café Tangerine, before your night of after-hours discovery at the Science Museum.

All our venues have Covid safety measures in place and you need to book ahead for your visits.

 
   
 
 
 
 
Explore our world in the time of coronavirus
 
Science Museum
Wednesday 14 October 2020 6:30pm-10pm
 
The Science Museum’s adults-only, late-night event returns for a special edition on 14 October and they can’t wait to welcome you back! Explore our world in the time of coronavirus and find out about the research happening right now to help fight the pandemic. Join us for a range of socially-distanced activities, from talks with scientists on the front line of vaccine research to facemask workshops, and the return of the old favourite Pub Quiz, where you can test your knowledge of what else has been happening in the world of science over the past six months. Be sure to book early for this exclusive opportunity to explore the museum without the usual crowds.
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Gold, kryptonite and marmots
 
Natural History Museum
Book your free timed entry slot Wed-Sun 11am-5:50pm (last entry 4:30pm)
 
The Natural History Museum is famous for its dinosaurs, but did you know they house over 80 million specimens spanning 4.5 billion years of Earth's history? Find Rhomaleosaurus – a giant marine reptile or unearth minerals and gemstones including gold nuggets and kryptonite in the Earth's Treasury. From meteorites to marmots, butterflies to bears, find out more about the weird and wonderful things you can see when you explore the Museum.
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Formafantasma: Cambio
 
Serpentine Galleries
Book your free timed entry slot Tue-Sun 10am-6pm
 
Just up the road at the Serpentine Galleries, Formafantasma returns with Cambio, a multi-sensory exhibition that explores everything to do with trees from its molecular structure to forest legends. Unpicking ideas about design, ecology and sustainability, it even includes specimens from Kew that were first exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851 right here in Hyde Park.
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Cafe-Restaurant with a French touch and a British twist!
 
Institut français
Tuesday - Sunday 3:30pm-8pm
 
During the BFI London Film Festival at Ciné Lumière, enjoy a selection of seasonal homemade savouries and delicious cakes, coffees & drinks at Café Tangerine, before or after the screening. You can book a table or pre-order a cheese, charcuterie, sausage roll or salmon platter (for 2 or up to 6 guests) and drinks.
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Get active: Take a stroll around 'Albertopolis'
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Crisp autumn days are wonderful for walking, and it’s a great way to explore this cultural district. Discover the history of the area with this free walking tour from Go Jauntly, curated by the Royal Geographical Society as part of the programme for Kensington + Chelsea Art Week.
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Go virtual: Experience a mind-bending virtual trip into Wonderland...
 
V&A
Sign up for a sneak preview on 22 October
 
Tumble down the rabbit hole and embark on a mind-bending trip into Wonderland through the playful dimension of virtual reality (VR). This new VR experience presents a fully immersive, interactive re-imagining of Wonderland, celebrating one of the most iconic and inspiring stories of all time – the subject of the V&A's major 2021 exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser.
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Discover South Kensington
 
From great exhibitions to debates with experts, and fun activities to try at home, there’s so much more to discover here.
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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.

Our partners include:
 
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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