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It’s going to be an unforgettable summer in South Kensington!

This summer, the BBC Proms returns to the Royal Albert Hall for an eight-week large-scale music celebration. The Proms Planner is now open, meaning you can add your favourite Proms to a wishlist ahead of the ticket sales, which open at 9am on Saturday 21 May.

Pop, rock and hip-hop return with BST Hyde Park – with Elton John kicking off the series and legends, including The Rolling Stones, the Eagles, Pearl Jam, Adele and Duran Duran, taking to the stage.

The Luna Cinema also returns to Kensington Palace with an incredible line-up of fantastic films for you to enjoy under the stars!

Don’t forget to sign-up to receive updates about The Great Exhibition Road Festival on 18 & 19 June as bookings for talks, creative workshops and tours open soon!

Image credit: Felix Speller  
Win a family ticket for Football
Deadline: 23 May 2022

To celebrate the opening of the Design Museum's latest exhibition, 'Football: Designing the Beautiful Game', we are giving away a Squad Ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children.

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  What's on  
The Car Man
Royal Albert Hall
Thurs 9 June – Sun 19 June 2022 2:30pm, 7:30pm
Fasten your seat belts! To celebrate the Hall’s 150th anniversary, Matthew Bourne and his acclaimed dance company, New Adventures, bring their multi-award-winning production of The Car Man to the Royal Albert Hall for the very first time.
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BST Hyde Park
The Royal Parks
Fri 24th June 2022 - Sun 10th July 2022
British Summer Time in 2022 will be a huge and eagerly awaited celebration for the nation. Bringing the world’s biggest artists to the greatest outdoor venue in the world over consecutive weekends with a host of free activities and entertainment during their midweek programme, Open House.
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The Luna Cinema at Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace
Wed 3 - Sun 7 August 2022 Doors 7pm Film 8:30pm
Get ready for a summer of cinema under the stars as The Luna Cinema returns to Kensington Palace with an incredible line-up of fantastic film!
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Dippy Returns: The Nation's Favourite Dinosaur
Natural History Museum
Until 2 Jan 2023 10am-5:45pm
Last chance to see Dippy, the first Diplodocus to go on display anywhere in the world, when it returns to the Museum for a short visit. Now you can see Dippy's memories of UK landscapes and hear how nature inspires different communities.
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Beyond Words
Institut français
16 - 22 May 2022 Times vary
The Institut français goes Beyond Words to cross borders and genres and takes us on a literary journey through lively discussions, powerful readings and inspiring live performances and screenings.
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BBC Proms 2022
Royal Albert Hall
Fri 15 July - Sat 10 September 2022 Times vary
This year’s eight-week celebration features 84 concerts, with 73 of these taking place in the Royal Albert Hall's spectacular auditorium. The season features large-scale repertoire not heard at the festival since 2019, plus the return of international orchestras.
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Known and Strange: Photographs from the Collection
Til Sun 6 November 2022 Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
This display highlights photography's power to transform the familiar into the unfamiliar, and the ordinary into the extraordinary. Showcasing new acquisitions, it presents some of the most compelling achievements in contemporary art photography.
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Oliver Zeffman in Concert
Science Museum
Tue 17 May 2022 7:30pm-9pm
Join conductor Oliver Zeffman for a very special concert in Making the Modern World gallery. As part of the series Music x Museums presented by Viking, the Science Museum hosts a special concert, inspired by Stephen Hawking at Work exhibition.
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Symbiosis: Living Islands
Japan House London
21 May - 4 September 2022 Mon to Sat 10am-8pm; Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12noon-6pm
Step onto the island of Inujima in this exhibition which explores how an extraordinary living art project has transformed the island’s landscape and lives of its inhabitants.
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Image credit: El Clasico at Camp Nou by Chitra Gulabrani  
Football: Designing the Beautiful Game
Design Museum Kensington
On til 29 August 2022 Sun-Thur 10am-6pm
Fanatic supporter or part-time punter, discover the incredible design stories behind the beautiful game. Discover how design has pushed the game to its technical and emotional limits while exploring the incredible cultural plurality at its heart.
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Image credit: ©Kevin Moran Photography  
Artists Houses Walking Tours
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
5 May - 31 July (Thursdays & Sundays) 11am-12:30pm
Join Leighton House's free guided walks exploring the unique group of Victorian studio-houses built on Holland Park Road and Melbury Road (Kensington, West London) by the so-called 'Holland Park Circle' of artists, sculptors and architects.
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Ukraine in Focus
Until Mon 29 August 2022 Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
These portraits offer a glimpse of life in Ukraine before the war with Russia began in 2022. They were taken over six years, during a simmering conflict sparked by Russia’s invasion of eastern and southern parts of Ukraine in 2014.
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The other Shakespear
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Tue 10 May 2022 - Mon 6 June 2022 Open daily 10am - 5.pm
An exhibition of photographs, maps and other ephemera chronicling the adventures and explorations in Arabia of Captain William Shakespear. Shakespear was a British civil servant and explorer who mapped uncharted areas of Northern Arabia and became close friends with the Abdulaziz Ibn Sa'ud, founder of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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  Go Digital  
Written Portraits: A poetry performance and discussion
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Mon 23 May 2022 Online 12pm-1pm
‘Written portraits’ is a collection of poems by Di Sherlock drawn from conversations with patients and staff she met during a residency at Charing Cross Hospital and Maggie’s Centre West.
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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
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
Cromwell Place
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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