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  South Ken's Cultural District Welcomes You Back!  
 

We're excited to welcome you back to South Kensington, where our favourite museums and galleries have been carefully planning your return. From beasts to bags and Santa to sensational, the lead up to Christmas is all about fun and frivolity.

 
 
 
 
 
Natural History Museum Reopens Today
 
Natural History Museum
Monday-Sunday 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
 
The Natural History Museum has reopened today. Go on an action-packed day out and see mammoths, hippos and horses in our Mammals gallery as well as the skeleton of the biggest animal to have ever lived! There is something for everyone with our exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year where you will see breath-taking images of the diversity of our natural world to Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature, opening 9 December, where the real and magical worlds intertwine. Enjoy an incredible day out this winter.
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Story Time with Father Christmas at the Albert Hall
 
Royal Albert Hall
4-18 December 11:45am
 
Father Christmas once again returns to his secret London headquarters at the Royal Albert Hall! In this all new, very special festive experience, magic awaits your little ones as the Albert Hall's beautiful porch is transformed into an enchanting winter grotto.
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The Covid Culture Shock
 
Discover South Kensington
Online
 
How are London’s leading cultural organisations adapting for the future? Catch up on a thought-provoking panel discussion with leading voices from South Kensington’s cultural quarter via the.ismaili/tv
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Science Museum's refurbished IMAX reopens
 
Science Museum
Reopens 9 December 2020
 
The new IMAX: Ronson Theatre is relaunching following a major refurbishment. Featuring the very best in digital and analogue cinema, IMAX 70mm film and next-generation IMAX with Laser, the Science Museum will be premiering the BBC Earth's Antartica 3D. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, audiences will be able to experience the breath-taking landscape, treacherous climate and incredible wildlife of the icy continent.
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Bags! Inside Out
 
V&A
19 May Wed-Sun 10am-5:45pm
 
From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, Bags! will explore the style, function, design and craftsmanship of the ultimate accessory.
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Maria Speth: Madonnas
 
Goethe-Institut
Tuesday 8 - Wednesday 9 December 7:30pm
 
This year, the Goethe-Institut will end their monthly Goethe-Kino screenings with Maria Speth's film Madonnas. After her release from prison, Rita is re-united with her five small children. When she meets an American soldier stationed in Germany, some stability seems to enter into her life. But Rita doesn't trust normality. Actress Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann) gives a daring performance in this portrait of motherhood.
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Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers
 
Design Museum Kensington
Until 14 Feb 2021
 
Evoking the experience of being in a club, this exhibition will transport you through the people, art, design, technology and photography that have been shaping the electronic music landscape. Celebrate 50 years of legendary group Kraftwerk with their 3D show. Step into the visual world of The Chemical Brothers for one of their legendary live shows, as visuals and lights interact to create a new three-dimensional experience by Smith & Lyall.
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Stocking filler treats from South Ken
 
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South Kensington's museums and galleries might be temporarily closed for a month but their online shops are still open and bursting with great ideas for Christmas presents. It’s a great way to support these charities at this difficult time. So put your feet up, relax and unwind with a little retail therapy!
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Image credit: Thomas Baines 1856  
Hidden Histories of Exploration
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Online
 
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 Comptoir Libanais App is Here
 
1-5 Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2HE
Comptoir Libanaire
 
Enjoying Comptoir's food has never been this fun and easy! During each visit you will collect points and earn exclusive rewards. With their app, you're always just a few taps away from delicious Lebanese flavours. Make sure to download it to receive a £5 welcome gift!
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Discover More
 
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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  Competitions  
 
 
 
Win a Bottle of Bubbles at The Kensington Hotel
 
Discover South Kensington
Competition closes 11 December
 
We are celebrating the start of the festive season by partnering with our friends at The Kensington Hotel. We are delighted to be giving away a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Champagne and a selection of three small plates to enjoy at The Kensington’s gorgeous Drawing Room
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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
Westminster City Council
 
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