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  We're getting ready to welcome you back - book your culture fix now!  

South Kensington, London's home of science and arts, will be flinging open its doors to entice you back with a host of fantastic exhibitions and events.

The museums have timed entry tickets to make sure there is enough space for everyone, so you'll need to book online.  You can book now for all the major exhibitions as well as free admission tickets. The Natural History Museum will be opening on 17 May, closely followed by the Design Museum on 18 May. The V&A, Science Museum, and Serpentine Galleries are opening on 19 May, and Kensington Palace opens on 26 May.

And if you're happily enjoying the comforts of your home, we've got plenty of online activities to keep you entertained.

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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Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
Until Friday 31 December 2021 Wed-Sun 11am-7pm
Enjoy this wonderfully immersive and theatrical show exploring the origins, adaptations and reinventions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland before it closes in December.
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Epic Iran
Ending 12 September 2021 Wed-Sun 10am-5:45pm
Last chance to see Epic Iran before it ends this Sunday. Exploring 5,000 years of art, design and culture, Epic Iran shines a light on one of the greatest historic civilisations, its journey into the 21st century and its monumental artistic achievements, which remain unknown to many.
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Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street
Design Museum Kensington
On until 24th Oct 9.30am-6pm (Sun-Thur) 9.30am-9pm (Fri-Sat)
Know your Air Jordans from your Air Force 1s? Step up and discover the footwear phenomenon that has challenged performance design, inspired new subcultures and shaken the world of fashion
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Our Future Planet
Science Museum
On until Sept 2022 10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
Can carbon capture help us fight climate change? The Science Museum's latest exhibition explores the cutting-edge technologies being developed to trap carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
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James Barnor
19 May - 24 October 2021 Tue-Sun - 10am-6pm
The much anticipated exhibition of British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor, opens at Serpentine North Gallery. A career spanning six decades and two continents, his work encompasses numerous photographic genres with studio portraiture, photojournalism, editorial commissions and wider social commentary.
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The Design Museum Supermarket
Design Museum Kensington
Until Sun 25 April
Following a year where access to the arts has been limited, Bombay Sapphire has teamed up with the Design Museum and artist Camille Walala to reopen the Design Museum with an essential shopping experience that highlights the importance that creativity is essential. The limited-edition essential items are packaged in artworks designed by 10 outstanding emerging artists and are available at grocery store prices, making creativity accessible to all.
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Royal Society of Sculptors reopens
The Royal Society of Sculptors
From 17 May 11am-5pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors reopens with a group exhibition by the 2020 Gilbert Bayes Award winners and showcasing the work of Naomi Blake FRBS on their terrace.
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The Naturally Beautiful Garden
Tuesday 27 April 2021 Online 4pm-5pm
Today’s environmentally friendly gardens are stylish, elegant and surprisingly varied. Kathryn Bradley-Hole, garden writer and author, will discuss some of the romantic, aesthetic and practical themes that have refreshed garden-making in the 21st century. Illustrated with glorious images from her new book.
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Tune in for Imperial Lates Online: Wildlife
Imperial College London
Mon 26 – Fri 30 April Online Times vary
Imperial has a wide programme of events for this month's Lates Online, from learning how to recognise and sketch rare birds and butterflies in a wild drawing skills workshop, tuning into the howler monkeys of Costa Rica to the Lates Pub-less quiz, which returns wilder than ever.
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Reshaping Our Relationship with Nature
Natural History Museum
Thurs 22 April Online 12:30-1:30pm
The science is clear: our current global relationship with nature is unsustainable. We need a reminder that alternative ways of co-existing have been practised for generations around the world. In honour of Earth Day, the Natural History Museum has joined up with two leading climate change environmental activitists to discuss the importance of valuing Indigenous and First Peoples' knowledge in handling the climate crisis.
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A Walk Through Time in Hyde Park
The Royal Parks
Thursday 29th Apr 2021 Online 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Explore the majestic history of world renowned, Hyde Park. For centuries, it has provided royals and members of the public with a green oasis to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. This famous green space covering 350 acres is rich in history and culture. From notorious criminals that met their untimely end at the Tyburn Tree, to the inception of Speakers' Corner, join the Royal Parks as they delve into the past.
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Women Shaping the World
Institut français
Friday 23 April 2021` Online 6:30pm
Following on from last year’s 10th anniversary celebrations of Diaphonique, the Franco-British fund for contemporary music, Women Composers Today is a live-streamed panel discussion drawing a panorama of women composers in classical and contemporary music. The discussions will be complemented by live musical interludes.
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Institut français' Click & Collect library is back!
Institut français
Wednesday & Saturday 1:30pm-6pm
The Institut français' Click & Collect is back. Simple, safe and free to use, all you have to do is order on line, wait for confirmation and go along and pick-up.
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May Third Thursday
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Thursday 20 May 2021 7pm-9pm
Join State of Clay for a two hour pottery workshop, learning how to throw miniature porcelain ceramic works on a small wheel, decorated with coloured slips.
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Life Beneath the Ice
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Thurs 29th April Online 7:30pm-9pm
Dr Huw Griffiths takes us to the fascinating underwater world of the Antarctic where life has even been found beneath the ice in pitch black and far from food sources.
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Ten maps that reveal the future of global power and politics
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Thursday 22 April Online 7pm-8:30pm
If you want to understand what’s happening in the world, look at a map. Every nation’s choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Since then, the geography hasn’t changed, but the world has. In his revelatory new book, The Power of Geography, Tim Marshall explores ten regions that are set to shape global politics in a new age of great-power rivalry.
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Calling Architects, Artists and Designers

Submission deadline Mon 10 May midday
Discover South Kensington with the London Festival of Architecture and V&A have launched a new competition for an innovative series of installations supporting biodiversity in South Kensington. Architects, landscape architects, artists and designers, including students and recent graduates, are invited to submit a design proposal that can demonstrate how plants, greenery and biodiversity can be creatively embedded in Exhibition Road’s public realm, reclaiming space for nature amidst the bustle of the capital.
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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
V&A South Kensington
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
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