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  South Kensington Summer Vibes  
 

Summer has arrived and we've got some of the hottest events here in South Kensington. The summer season kicks off at the Royal Albert Hall next month with the return of the BBC Proms offering 52 concerts over 44 days. Across at Kensington Palace, pack your picnic and enjoy a fantastic line-up of movies under the stars at the Luna Cinema. 

If you are looking to cool off, enjoy some leisurely boating on the Serpentine then head over to see this year's Serpentine Pavilion, which opens on Friday, designed by Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace - and there is no need to book!

Relax and replenish with a fantastic choice of local cafes and bars including the Royal Albert Hall's outdoor terrace cafe before exploring one of a host of brilliant exhibitions in the museums and cultural venues. 

 
 
  What's on  
 
 
 
BBC Proms 2021
 
Royal Albert Hall
Fri 30 July- Sun 11 Sept 2021 Times vary
 
In 2021, the BBC Proms returns to the Royal Albert Hall for a summer of live music, as it has done every year since 1941. With 52 concerts over 44 days, featuring 30 orchestras and ensembles and more than 2,000 musicians, this ambitious season promises a celebration of live music on a scale not seen since before the pandemic.
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Kensington+Chelsea Festival
 
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
21 June-31 August Times vary
 
As part of this year's Kensington + Chelsea Festival, their theatre programme has a host of events across the borough, from one-person performances and comedy to cabaret and musicals.
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Epic Iran
 
V&A
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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The Luna Cinema at Kensington Palace
 
Kensington Palace
12 - 15 August 2021 Doors 7pm; Film 8:30pm
 
The Luna Cinema returns to Kensington Palace with a line-up of classic and feel-good films to brighten your summer evenings. Head outside for a memorable cinematic experience under the stars. Add great food and a full bar (both with click and collect service) and you have the perfect summer night out.
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Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life
 
Design Museum Kensington
Sat 19 June - Sun 5 Sept 9:30am-6pm
 
Discover one of the great furniture designers and architects of the twentieth century whose work was often overshadowed by her male peers, such as Le Corbusier and Jean Prouvé.
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James Barnor
 
Serpentine
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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Our Broken Planet: How We Got Here and Ways to Fix It
 
Natural History Museum
From 21 May Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
 
This free, evolving display explores how humans have transformed the natural world. Through over 40 objects chosen by Museum scientists, they reveal the consequences of our actions and examine some of the solutions that could help mend our broken planet. The display opens in three stages. From 21 May The Food We Eat, 23 July The Products we Use and from 20 September The Energy we Consume.
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Space Lapse: RCA Sculpture 2020
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
14 Jun-19 Jun Mon-Fri 11am-5pm
 
The Royal College of Art’s MA Sculpture class of 2020 invites you to Space Lapse - the latent physical showcase of their graduate study - at the Royal Society of Sculptors. Confined to our homes, we have developed a hunger not only for new spaces, but also for new objects through which space can be articulated and this is one of the great promises of sculpture, and one that this exhibition keeps.
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Women Pioneers of French Cinema
 
Institut français
Until 14 July 2021 Times vary
 
As part of the Institut français' Women Shaping the World strand, this film series presents the work of the pioneering female filmmakers who, from Alice Guy, the first person to make a fiction film, to Chantal Akerman and Diane Kurys, are sometimes unsung trailblazers in the history of cinema.
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Screening of Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay: Oray
 
Goethe-Institut
Wed 23-Sat 26 June 2021 Online Starts 7pm
 
Catch an online movie with Goethe-Kino. We sometimes say words in rage and wish we had never said them. For Oray such an outburst of anger has dramatic consequences. In a phone message to his wife Burcu following an argument he repeats the word “talaq” three times, which in Islamic faith is a declaration of divorce.
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Win a Royal Albert Hall VIP Experience
 
Royal Albert Hall
 
As the Hall reopens they're giving everyone the chance to win a ticket to their 150th anniversary gala. Become a VIP for the night or live the full Royal Albert Hall experience by entering their 150th Raffle. Tickets cost £5 each.
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Nano: the spectacular science of the very (very) small
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Wednesday 30 June Online 5pm-6pm
 
Draw, build and invent as you are walked through the fascinating world of nanoscience with physicist Dr Jess Wade and award-winning illustrator Melissa Castrillón.
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A day in the life of a Classical Record Producer
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Monday 21 June Online 12.30-13.30
 
Grammy-winning Producer and Artistic Director at the Royal College of Music, Stephen Johns discusses a career recording the world’s great musicians and orchestras for World Music Day.
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Island of the Fairy Tern
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Tues 29 June 2021 Online 7.00pm-8.30pm
 
St Helena is the most remote UK overseas territory, teeming with over 500 endemic species. With its unique plant and insect life, and marked by climate extremes, St Helena is a unique place - and one that could pave the way to nature recovery across the world's islands. Join the RGS team on a journey to encounter the wildlife and landscapes of one of the most remote corners of the planet.
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How Are Our Oceans Responding to Climate Change?
 
Science Museum
Thurs, 10 June 2021 Online 7:30pm-8:45pm
 
Oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface and as the planet heats up, they are feeling the impact acutely. But how exactly does climate change affect our oceans, how do our oceans influence climate change and what can we do about it?
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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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