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It's coming home! Yes, the BBC Proms is returning this summer to the Royal Albert Hall! Musicians are tuning up for 52 concerts over 44 days for an ambitious season celebrating live music. Find out everything you need to know about booking your BBC Proms tickets here. And hear "Three Lions" on the Hall's famous organ here.

Make a day out in South Kensington with a free visit to V&AScience Museum or Natural History Museum, have a spot of lunch or a drink on The Terrace at The Royal Albert Hall, take a leisurely stroll over to the Serpentine Pavilion (and there is no need to book in advance) and indulge in a film at the Ciné Lumière.

 
 
 
 
 
CinéFamilies at the Institut français
 
Institut français
Dates and times vary
 
The much acclaimed Ciné Lumière offers a wonderful choice of movies for the whole family to enjoy together, from the recently released Cruella to movies for the youngest family members, The Reason I Jump, and relaxed screenings tailored for children with sensory difficulties.
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  What's on  
 
 
 
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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Brian Eno: In a Garden
 
Serpentine
Until 23 July 2021
 
Brian Eno, musician, activist, and co-founder of Roxy Music, has turned his expertise to composing a layered, stratified construction of sonic material, titled In A Garden (2021) that moves through the Pavilion, from the earth beneath visitors’ feet to the space above their heads.
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Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow
 
Japan House London
Thurs 5 Aug - Sun 7 Nov 2021 Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 12noon-6pm
 
The Tokyo 1962 Olympic games, is often seen as a turning point for Japan. This exhibition explores the pioneering design of a group of young Japanese designers and architects who harnessed the opportunity to reframe the country’s profile and tell a fresh story to the world.
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RBKC's Summer of Love
 
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Until September 2021
 
Get ready to fall in love with Kensington and Chelsea again this summer post-lockdown. They’re celebrating what the borough has to offer with exciting events and activities taking place from June to September and you’re invited to join in the fun. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from parks, high streets and museums, to libraries, local businesses and more.
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Summer Exhibition 2021 Shape & Form
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Until Sunday 19 September Weekdays 11am - 5pm; Saturday 12-5pm
 
The 2021 Summer Exhibition has been curated by Sigrid Kirk, inspired by the possibility of a new exuberant era for the arts. Drawing a parallel between the 1920s and 2020s, Sigrid looks to the years following World War I and the 1918 flu pandemic as inspiration for a manic flight into sociability.
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The Imagination Station: Mini Pop-up Theatre
 
V&A
Sun 18 July 2021 11am-5pm
 
Construct your own mini stage set with a specially designed reversible double-sided activity. Imagine your own tea party and create you own Alice-themed garden game! Suitable for ages 4+
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Joya Thome: Queen of Niendorf
 
Goethe-Institut
Onsite Wed 21 July 2021 @ 7pm Online Wed 21 July-Sat 24 July 2021 @ 4pm
 
School is out for the summer in Niendorf, a small village in Brandenburg, south of Berlin. Normally 10-year old Lea would join her girlfriends at summer camp. But lately they've been acting strangely and Lea's attention is focused on a gang of boys and their activities by the lake.
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More Than You Might Expect
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
24 Jun - 19 Sep
 
Sophie Kemp is a young sculptor and Royal College of Art 2020 graduate who likes to use “bright, shonky, hand-made materials”. Her large-scale works combine a sense of humour and the absurd. Inspired by iced gem biscuits.
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Friday Forum: Contemporary Art from Iran
 
V&A
Friday 16 July 2021 10am-5pm
 
Iran's contemporary art scene is a force for exploration and critique of its many faces and histories. The day’s talks will explore the legacies of oil, the potential of the digital sphere, and urban space as a stage for creativity.
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The Royal Parks Self-Guided Walks
 
The Royal Parks
 
Discover the magic of the parks in the palm of your hand! Their free scavenger hunt game for your mobile phone takes you on an adventure through some of London’s most popular parks. Move at your own pace and discover interesting sights and uncovering photo challenges, amazing facts and games for all ages to enjoy.
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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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Sneakers Unboxed Multisensory Tour
 
Design Museum Kensington
Saturday 24 July 2021 10am-12 noon
 
Join this multisensory tour of the Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street exhibition for blind and partially sighted visitors. Specialist guide Andrew Mashigo will give an insight into the cultural history of sneakers, the most iconic and sought after pairs from high fashion to sport.
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  Places to eat  
 
 
 
Royal Albert Hall Café Terrace
 
Royal Albert Hall
Thur–Sun 11am–5pm or 8pm on show days
 
Soak up the sunshine and take in spectacular views of a London landmark. The Royal Albert Terrace is now open to all visitors during the day, and is the perfect place to relax with a coffee, beer or light bite from their Door 12 Café Bar.
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  Go Digital  
 
 
 
Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature - Behind the Exhibition
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Thurs 22 July 2021 Online 1pm-2pm
 
A spectacular immersive experience using props, specimens and synergy, Fantastic Beasts™ brings a touch of magic to London’s Natural History Museum, drawing parallels between the magical creatures of the wizarding world and some of the most incredible animals on our planet.
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Wild Crimes: A Natural History Museum podcast
 
Natural History Museum
Online
 
Wildlife crime is one of the biggest illegal businesses in the world. In a Natural History Museum podcast, discover some of the most shocking, sensational and sinister crimes committed against the natural world, and hear from the people working to end them.
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Scandalous Bags: 'Le Tings'
 
V&A
Thurs 29 July 2021 Online 7pm-8pm
 
Join designer Harris Elliott for a thought-provoking discussion of the upcycled 'Le Tings' Scandal bags, made from rice bags sourced from West Africa, encompassing stories of identity and culture. The 'Le Tings' bags that tell stories all by themselves.
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Chamber Essentials
 
Royal College of Music
Until 11 August 2021 Times vary
 
The Royal College of Music is delighted to introduce RCM Chamber Essentials, a series of four concerts exploring a variety of works from well-known composers to those who came from under-represented backgrounds.
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Online workshop: Architectural Drawing
 
V&A
Tues 13 July 2021 Free online 5pm-6:30pm
 
Be inspired by the V&A exhibition Epic Iran to learn techniques for architectural sketching. Join artist and teacher Wilson Yau to explore examples of contemporary and historic Islamic architecture. Experiment with digital sketching to communicate ideas about buildings. Suitable for ages 13-17.
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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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