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  Culture Calling!  
 

Hooray! Our doors are open and we're looking forward to welcoming you back to South Kensington! This summer is bursting with a wonderful line-up of great exhibitions, concerts, films, installations, events and so much more. We have put together some summer highlights in our blog so see how you plan to rediscover South Ken.

While planning your visit, take a look at some of the delicious places to stop and grab a bite to eat, or if you are planning to make a weekend of it, we have some stunning hotels on our doorstep.

Welcome back...... we missed you!

 
 
  What's on  
 
 
 
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
 
V&A
Until Friday, 31 December 2021 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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Win a pair of tickets to see Van Gogh Alive
 
Kensington Gardens
4th June to 26th September 2021

We have a pair of tickets to give away to see Van Gogh Alive, the blockbuster multi-sensory exhibition, in Kensington Gardens.

 
 
 
 
 
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
 
Natural History Museum
Ending soon - 1 August 2021 Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm
 
Last chance to see Wildlife Photographer of the Year before it finishes soon. Explore some of the world's richest habitats, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know some extraordinary species.
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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
From 19 May 2021 - 2022 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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Royal Style in the Making
 
Kensington Palace
Until Sun 2 January 2022 Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
 
Explore the relationship between fashion designer and royal client. Featuring items from the archives of some of the most celebrated royal couturiers of the 20th century, alongside the glittering gowns and stylish tailoring created for three generations of royal women, the exhibition also includes the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales.
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Image credit: © Mark Hazeldine Photography  
Serpentine Pavilion
 
Serpentine
On until 17 Oct 10am - 6pm
 
Make the most of this wonderful Indian summer and enjoy the great outdoors at Serpentine where the 20th architecturally designed Pavilion is on display and a host of events in their galleries from James Barnor to Ain Bailey.
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Beyond Words
 
Institut français
Mon 17 May - Sun 23 May Onsite & Online
 
The Institut français reopens its doors and goes Beyond Words with its festival of literature! It is largely thanks to literature that we have managed to get through this year confined to our rooms, where imagination was synonymous with escape. Now great literature is back in top form and in touch with current affairs.
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Albert's Band back with a bang!
 
Royal Albert Hall
Saturday 29 May 2021 Starts: 11:00am, 2:30pm
 
To celebrate their 150th anniversary year and a welcome return to live events, the Royal Albert Halls' resident Education & Outreach ensemble, Albert’s Band, are putting on their biggest ever party! Their mini-orchestra will bring their popular concert format into the main auditorium for the first time, with this fun-filled family-friendly introduction to classical music.
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Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery
 
Science Museum
Wednesday–Sunday 10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
 
Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.
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Morning yoga at the Natural History Museum
 
Natural History Museum
Sun 19 September 2021 8am-9:15am
 
Find your zen at the Natural History Museum with a unique yoga class hosted in collaboration with East of Eden. Rise and shine with an invigorating yoga class followed by a live gong bath and exclusive access to the Dinosaur gallery while it is closed to the public.
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Half Term Online Fun for the Kids

With half-term upon us, we have a packed list of suggestions for fun things to do with the kids online - from augmented reality, make your own volcano, science experiments in your kitchen and a whole lot more! 

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Gilbert Bayes Award 2020
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Til 6th June 11am - 5pm
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors opens its doors to a group exhibition by the 2020 Gilbert Bayes Award winners - awarded for early career sculptors annually to a small group of outstandingly talented artists.
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Imperial's entrepreneurial 'how to' talks
 
Imperial College London
From 6 May Online 1pm-2pm
 
Boost your entrepreneurial know-how with Imperial Lab's 60-minute lunchtime expert talks. Experts from every corner of the startup world help give you a more rounded view of what the road to success can look like. Everyone’s welcome so if you’re curious, check out what they’ve got coming up!
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Johannes Naber: Curveball – A True Story. Unfortunately.
 
Goethe-Institut
Wed 26. May - Sat 29 May Online 7pm
 
It's movie time at the Goethe-Institut. Back to 1997: German bioweapons expert Wolf is convinced that Iraq is still producing anthrax viruses. An alleged informant claims to know details about Sadam Hussein’s secret biological weapons programme. Does he tell the truth? And does the truth really matter?
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39 Ways to save the Planet
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
BBC Sounds Radio 4
 
The Royal Geographical Society is working in partnership with BBC Radio 4 on a radio series that showcases 39 ideas to relieve the stress that climate change is placing on the Earth. Presented by environmental journalist and Society Fellow, Tom Heap, each 15 minute programme features an expert who will provide practical, feasible and carbon-cutting advice.
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The Collector's Ultimate Sneaker - The Drop
 
Design Museum Kensington
Thursday 27 May 2021 Online 6:30pm – 8pm
 
Sneaker culture has spawned a saturated market with brands dropping new sneakers every week. The demand for exclusive, limited edition pairs is driven by a legion of diehard fans across the world. Hear leading sneaker industry experts discuss collector culture in this online panel and how the sneaker became the ultimate collector’s item.
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Rapid Response: How Science Created the Fastest Vaccine in History
 
Science Museum
Thursday 27 May 2021 Online 6pm - 7:30pm
 
Join a panel of experts online including Sir Patrick Vallance and others closest to the race to develop and deploy a COVID-19 vaccine as they discuss their work and hear the panel explain the process that enabled us to begin bringing about the end of the pandemic by creating the fastest vaccine in history.
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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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