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  Enjoy autumn’s glories in South Kensington  
 

With the parks bathed in glorious autumn hues, a host of cultural delights and cosy eateries to warm up in, a day out in South Kensington is the perfect seasonal balm.

Indulge in delicious autumnal tapas and a free dessert at Tapas Brindisa, then walk it off with a stroll through the stunning Kensington Gardens to catch Formafantasma’s Cambio exhibition in its final weeks at Serpentine Galleries, and drop into the Design Museum to explore the most innovative designs of the year.

Back at home, immerse in the warmth of chamber music with the RCM’s online offering, and get ready for Bonfire Night with Lucy Worsley’s special online talk: Gunpowder, treason and plot. Book ahead for the French Film Festival to discover this year’s hottest titles at the Institut français.

 
 
 
 
 
French Film Festival at Ciné Lumière
 
Institut français
Online from 27 Nov-4 Dec Times vary
 
The French Film Festival will return to the Ciné Lumière in December and January. Meanwhile, enjoy the most anticipated films by first class directors and with your favourite French stars (Isabelle Huppert, Gérard Depardieu, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Cassel) online from 27 November to 4 December.
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Formafantasma: Cambio
 
Serpentine Galleries
29 Sep — 15 Nov 2020 10am-6pm
 
Don't miss Formafantasma's major design exhibition Cambio, now in its final weeks. Explore wood production across the world, from the Amazon and an oak forest in Virginia, to the V&A's archives and Kew Gardens here in London. Mid-week is the perfect time to take a walk in nature and experience art. Visit the Serpentine in Kensington Gardens this week and do both - for free!
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Beazley Designs of the Year
 
Design Museum Kensington
Until 28 March 2021 Temporarily closed from 5 Nov-2 Dec
 
Experience the best moments in design from January 2019 to the moment global attention shifted in late January 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. See up close innovations from around the globe – from a self-sanitising door handle to a steak grown from human cells, the TikTok dance that took over social media and Stormzy's stab-proof vest designed by Banksy for his headline Glastonbury performance.
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Footways walking round London
 
Footways
 
Footways London’s guide reveals quiet and characterful walking routes. Discover beautiful streets in Kensington at a different pace.
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Say hola to autumn at Tapas Brindisa
 
7-9 Exhibition Road, London SW7 2HE
Tapas Brindisa
 
To cheer up the gloomy weather and news Tapas Brindisa have got a brand new menu, introducing some truly autumnal tapas dishes as the seasons change. Think colourful squash and beetroot salad, hearty Iberian pork cheek and the ultimate indulgence: a warming bowl of Judion beans, wild mushrooms & Manchego covered in shaved black winter truffle. And if you show a digital copy of this week's newsletter you can enjoy a complimentary dessert with your meal! They've got an outdoor terrace of over 15 tables, 4 of which are covered and decked with heaters to keep you cosy, and plenty of spaced out tables in the restaurant. Click here to book your table.
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In Focus: Coleridge-Taylor
 
Royal College of Music
Monday 2 November 2020 7pm
 
Talented RCM chamber musicians perform RCM alumnus Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's little-known but masterful Clarinet Quintet. In Focus is an RCM initiative to share unique areas of music-making at the College with our audiences. Designed to be watched online, our immersive films offer viewers the chance to experience the warmth, intimacy and richness of chamber music, wherever they are.
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Lucy Worsley: Gunpowder, treason & plot
 
Kensington Palace
Wednesday 4 November Live at 7pm
 
Travel back in time to 1605, when Guy Fawkes and his fellow Catholic conspirators plotted to blow up Parliament and overthrow the Government. Historic Royal Palace's Chief Curator, Lucy Worsley, joined by colleagues, will discuss the dangerous assassination attempt, its discovery and Fawkes’ subsequent imprisonment at the Tower of London.
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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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