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Discover South Kensington London’s home of science and arts
 
  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.

 
 
 
 
 
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
 
Natural History Museum
From 17 May Monday-Sunday 10am-5:50pm
 
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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Image credit: ©ROH, Johan Persson, 2011  
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
 
V&A
From Sat 22 May Wed-Sun 11am-7pm
 
Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.
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Epic Iran
 
V&A
From 19 May Wed-Sun 10am-5:45pm
 
Exploring 5,000 years of art, design and culture, Epic Iran will shine 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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Image credit: © Jack Harper  
Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street
 
Design Museum Kensington
From 18 May 2021
 
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
From 19 May 2021 Wed-Sun 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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Image credit: Constance Mulondo, London University,© James Barnor  
James Barnor
 
Serpentine Galleries
19 May - 22 October 2021 10am-5pm
 
The Serpentine reopens on 19 May with an exhibition of British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor, whose career spans six decades, two continents and numerous photographic genres through his work 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 17 May
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
From 17 May 11am-5pm
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors reopens on 17 May 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
 
V&A
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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  Competitions  
 
 
 
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
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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