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It still feels like winter but as the days begin to get a little longer, it's a great time to explore London's green spaces with the Royal Park's Walking Tours.

If you are looking for a little retail therapy, discover some great designs in the shops at Japan House London and the Design Museum - particularly the eye-catching Amy:Beyond the Stage exhibition range.

For a wet day, we recommend experiencing the indulgence of the Royal Albert Hall's Afternoon tea and a tour of this iconic and unique building. Or put your feet up and enjoy some great films at one of London's best independent cinemas, Ciné Lumière.

And just a reminder, here's our Feb half-term guide to what's on.

 
 
  What's on  
 
 
 
Best of Broadway
 
Royal Albert Hall
Saturday 2 March 2022 7:30pm
 
Show-stopping hits from the finest musicals on Broadway! The Best of Broadway is back – join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a spectacular line-up of West End stars for this dazzling evening of glitz and glamour, all within the stunning surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall
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Life through a Royal Lens
 
Kensington Palace
Til Sun 30 October 2022 Mon-Sun 10am-5pm
 
Opening in March, Life Through a Royal Lens is a new exhibition exploring the Royal Family through photography and brings together some of the most iconic images ever taken of the Royal Family to Kensington Palace.
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Power Up!
 
Science Museum
Sat 2 April - Mon 6 June 10.45am, 12.30pm, 2.15pm, 4pm
 
160 consoles. Five decades... Game on. This hands-on, fully interactive gaming event features the very best video games and consoles from the past five decades. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone,
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Beyond the Music with Mitch Winehouse
 
Design Museum Kensington
Tue 22 February 2022 6:30pm-8pm
 
Join Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse, and music writer Lucy O’Brien as they discuss the eclectic musical influences behind the iconic sound of Amy Winehouse.
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Africa Fashion
 
V&A
From Sat 2 July 2022 Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am – 10pm
 
The V&A is staging its first Africa Fashion exhibition, which will be as eclectic and varied, diverse and dynamic as its people. It will tell a story of fashion as a self-defining art form; a kind of movement culture that goes beyond individual garments to encompass attitude, gesture, style.
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Cinema Made in Italy
 
Institut français
Thu 3 - Mon 7 March 2022 Times vary
 
Ciné Lumière teams up with Cinecittà and the Italian Cultural Institute in London for the 12th edition of Cinema Made in Italy. Featuring the most anticipated films from Italy including Nanni Moretti’s latest Three Floors, Futura and Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Eclisse, you will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast and crew.
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Image credit: ©-Shane Kalyn  
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
 
Natural History Museum
On 'til 5 June 2022 Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
 
Last chance to see Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition before it closes on 5th June. Explore the natural world in all its fragility and diversity where 100 powerful photographs tell the story of a planet under pressure. Book your free ticket in advance.
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Shackleton’s legacy and the power of early Antarctic photography
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Til 4 May 2022 Mon to Fri 10am-5pm & Sat 10am-4pm
 
Last chance to see the free exhibition marking the century of Shackleton's death documents the role of photography and literature throughout Shackleton’s career, presenting the influences and motivation which led him to a lifetime commitment to the polar region, and raising public awareness.
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Behind the Scenes Tour: Spirits Collection
 
Natural History Museum
Daily 11am, 3pm
 
Go behind the scenes withthe science educators for a look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit. Explore some of the Darwin Centre's 27 kilometres of shelves, you'll encounter numerous treasures hidden among the 22 million animal specimens housed here.
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Bond: No Time To Die (12A)
 
Science Museum
Thurs 3 and Sat 5 March 2022 Times vary
 
In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. Watch this blockbuster on one of the biggest screens in the UK at the Science Museum's IMAX.
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Designing for your future self: Let’s talk about sex
 
Design Museum Kensington
Tues 22 March 6:30pm-8:30pm
 
Can humans ever be too old for good sex? Join the debate about the future of ageing in the latest session in the Designing for Your Future Self talks series, curated by Design Age Institute. ?
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Make It Clay: Microworlds
 
V&A
Sat 19 March 2022 10:30am-4pm
 
Explore small details in nature and in the V&A collection and get creative with clay in this families workshop. Artist and potter Emily Stapleton-Jefferis will guide you through clay techniques as you find out more about Beatrix Potter and the importance of looking closely at the natural world.
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Sacconi Quartet at the Royal College of Music
 
Royal College of Music
Thurs 3 March 2022 6pm
 
The Sacconi Quartet in association with RCM Musicians will be performing one of the most popular pieces in the chamber repertoire, Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence op 70.
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Albert Sessions: This is the Kit
 
Royal Albert Hall
Tue 8 March 2022 7:30pm
 
This Is The Kit, the alias of Kate Stables and musical comrades Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby Coles, Neil Smith and an ever evolving cast of musicians, who will play their biggest headline show to date at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Albert Sessions.
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Image credit: Beta Cinema  
Goethe-Kino: Burhan Ourhabani Berlin Alexanderplatz
 
Goethe-Institut
Wed 23 Feb - 2 March 2022 7pm
 
This visually powerful adaption of Alfred Döblin’s modernist classic tells the story of Francis, a refugee from Guinea-Bissau. After almost drowning on his way to Europe, he tries to build a new life in Berlin. But his illegal status, misfortune and his fateful involvement with the drug dealer, Reinhold, work against him.
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In Practice: Sketching Portraits
 
V&A
Tues, 8 March 2022 18.00 – 19.30 Online 6pm-7:30pm
 
Through a series of structured exercises, artist Jake Spicer, will help you learn how to record not only a likeness, but also a sense of feeling in your subject. Using examples from the V&A’s Collection, Jake will guide you through mark making techniques which you can incorporate into your own work.
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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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