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This has been an exciting week in South Kensington. The Royal Albert Hall reopened its doors for the first time since March with a socially distanced Father Christmas and plans for their 150th anniversary. Fantastic Beasts launched at the Natural History Museum, and at the V&A, the much-awaited Bags: Inside Out. If that wasn't enough to tempt you, Jennifer Packer's new exhibition The Eye Is not Satisfied for Seeing opened at the Serpentine Galleries. And to conclude your visit to London's leading cultural district, the Institut français has a festive season of movies at their Ciné Lumière.

A Christmas you'll remember for all the right reasons!

Christmas Special at the Institut français
Institut français
Until Sunday 20 December Screening times vary
The Institut français is gearing up for the holidays: from The Muppets Christmas Carol to The Nutcracker, a dressed up screening of Disney classic The Jungle Book to Cocteau’s iconic La Belle et la bête and more, get into the spirit of Christmas with a series of enchanting films, opera or ballet broadcasts for the whole family on the big screen of Ciné Lumière!
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Last chance to see Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
Natural History Museum
17 May 2021 - 3 January 2022 Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm
Don't miss this incredible exhibition before it closes in January. Discover where the real and wizarding worlds intertwine, and how the wonders of the natural world have inspired myths, legends and magical creatures for generations.
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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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Image credit: Jennifer Packer Detail from Tia 2017  
Jennifer Packer: The Eye is Not Satisfied with Seeing
Until 22 Aug 2021 Tue-Sun - 10am-6pm
Encounter paintings and drawings from the past decade by Jennifer Packer, one of the most significant artists of her generation at Serpentine South Gallery. Don’t miss 'The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing' at The Serpentine. Book your free visit today
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On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100
Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5:45pm (last admission 4:45pm)
Explore the 100-year history of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance. Discover a host of costume, designs, film and unique material from the last century including shoes worn by Dame Darcey Bussell DBE at her 2007 farewell performance.
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Christmas with Victoria & Albert
The Royal Parks
Online Wed 16 December 5:30pm-6:30pm
Get in the festive spirit and discover the seasonal folklore, traditions and feasts of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, with your Royal Parks guide. Explore how pagan beliefs developed to sustain us through winter's darkest days, see where the geese were traditionally fattened for Christmas dinner and why the robin features on Christmas cards.
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Christmas through the ages with Lucy Worsley
Kensington Palace
Online Wednesday 16 December 7pm
HRP Chief Curator Lucy Worsley is joined by food historian, Richard Fitch and Public Historian, Charles Farris for a whistle-stop tour of Christmas traditions through the ages. Covering everything from food to decorations, this one-hour long talk will dive into the festive season through the centuries, explaining everything from ancient royal traditions, to the familiar Christmas festivities we know today, which were popularised by Queen Victoria and her family.
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Reflecting on Imperial College London's history
Imperial College London
Call for views closes 30 January 2021.
Imperial College London is calling on its community, partners and neighbouring institutions to share their views on the College's history and legacy, and to help consider how Imperial might acknowledge its past and build a more inclusive community from it. Find out more and contribute via the History Group webpages.
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A day in the life of.....a food scientist
Discover South Kensington
Online Friday 11 December 12.30-13.15
Join nutritionist Dr Katerina Petropoulou to explore how food interacts with the human body. Armed with her ‘super peas’, Katerina hopes to fight diabetes through replacing ingredients in some of our favourite foods.
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Nightlife Architecture
Design Museum Kensington
Thursday 17 December Streaming 8pm
Join electronic artist Daniel Avery, DJ, musician, and broadcaster Nabihah Iqbal, and design and nightclub historian Dr Catharine Rossi for this live-streamed talk on nightlife architecture.
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Go Eco-Friendly this Christmas
Natural History Museum
Free Online
The Natural History Museum team has come up with three great ideas to go eco-friendly this Christmas. Not only are they fun to create but they'll great - and you'll be helping our planet.
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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
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
Cromwell Place
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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