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Celebrating The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in South Kensington

There’s lots going on across Kensington and Chelsea to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 70-year Platinum Jubilee. We have put together a round-up of some of the local events happening in and around South Kensington as well as a selection of Jubilee-related stories and souvenirs available from our member's shops.

The Piccadilly Line is reopening at South Kensington station from 1 June - just in time for the Jubilee bank holiday. Alternatively, if you are looking to visit the area exploring some of the quieter routes, Footways has recently launched a new online map.

Finally, we are delighted to welcome a new member to our partnership - Cromwell Place - a membership organisation providing a first-of-its-kind exhibition, working and event space for arts professionals.

 
 
  Special Offers  
 
 
 
Special Offer at the Royal Albert Hall
 
Royal Albert Hall
9, 10 & 12 June 7,30 pm, 2.30 pm on 12th
 
Matthew Bourne's acclaimed dance company New Adventures are bringing their multi-award winning production The Car Man to the Royal Albert Hall for just 10 days. In this sizzling dance thriller, Bizet's Carmen takes on a lust-filled new lease of life. We have a £25 ticket offer on 9, 10 and 12 June at 7.30pm, and 12 June at 2.30pm. These tickets are usually £75.50, £80.50 and £84.50. Enter the code 25TICKETS.
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Image credit: © Cecil Beaton / Victoria and Albert Museum  
Celebrating the Jubilee in South Kensington
 

 
Marking The Queen's Jubilee, there are lots of celebratory events happening in Kensington & Chelsea from exhibitions, musical celebrations, a new Jubilee Square, window displays, street parties and more. We have put together some local Jubilee highlights.
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The V&A Platinum Jubilee emblem competition
 
V&A
1- 15 June Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
 
Edward Roberts’ winning design for the official emblem for Her Majesty is on display. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, alongside the nine other shortlisted entries from a national competition run by the V&A, in conjunction with Buckingham Palace last year.
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Life through a Royal Lens
 
Kensington Palace
Til Sun 30 October 2022 Mon-Sun 10am-5pm
 
Last chance to see Life Through a Royal Lens explores 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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Platinum Jubilee Blooms
 
Kensington Palace
1 June - Sept 2022
 
Kensington Palace is joining in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer with a vibrant, colourful display of flowers and patterns in the palace gardens.
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Family Fun in South Ken

Here are our tips of great activities for the whole family from music, simulators, films, trails, discovery days and workshops, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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Great Exhibition Road Festival 2022
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Sat 18 - Sun 19 June 2022 Daily
 
Join us in South Kensington this June as Exhibition Road is transformed into a huge festival to explore the extraordinary as we celebrate London’s trailblazing innovators, scientists, artists and designers and the everyday heroes who inspire us all.
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IMAX: The Ronson Theatre
 
Science Museum
Daily Varies
 
Book your ticket to watch this fully immersive IMAX experience on one of the biggest screens in the UK. Experience the very best of digital and analogue cinema on one screen with Antarctica, A Beautiful Planet and Hubble all in 3D.
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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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Dippy Returns to South Ken
 
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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Proud and Loud
 
Royal Albert Hall
Sat 4 June 2022 7:30pm
 
An unmissable and powerful celebration of the UK’s 50 years of Pride presented by Pride in London. Proud and Loud will raise the roof of the Royal Albert Hall with performances from Calum Scott and Hayley Kiyoko on this spectacular night of music and LGBT+ icons.
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Cynthia So in conversation with Tasha Suri at Imperial College London
 
Imperial College London
15 June 2022 5:30-6:30pm
 
Celebrate Pride Month at this evening with YA author Cynthia So as they talk to award-winning fantasy author Tasha Suri about their debut novel, If You Still Recognise Me, a LGBTQ+ coming-of-age romance featuring a British Chinese protagonist. There will be a book signing at the end of the event. Book your free ticket in advance.
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Footways - exploring London on foot
 

Online Map
 
Why not plan your visit to South Ken using the new Footways walking map available at railway stations and also online. You can plan your route away from the busy roads and discover a quiet and alternative side to London.
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The new Leighton House: Behind-the-Scenes tours
 
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
Afternoon & evening tours from 23 June to 2 July
 
Ahead of the grand reopening later this Autumn, take a sneak peek at the 'new Leighton House' with expert-led behind-the-scenes tours. Available for a limited time only in partnership with Kensington + Chelsea Art Week.
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Becoming Fowokan: Celebrating the Life and Work of Sculptor Fowokan George Kelly
 
V&A
Fri 17 June 2022 6:30pm-9pm
 
Join the celebrated Jamaican born sculptor Fowokan George Kelly, best known for his powerful portraits of people of African descent, as he explores several pivotal moments in his established career spanning a period of over forty years.
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Cromwell Place joins the Exhibition Road Cultural Group
 
Cromwell Place
 
We are delighted to welcome, the international arts hub and membership organisation, Cromwell Place, who join Discover South Kensington, an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group. Our partnership now consists of 22 leading cultural and educational organisations in South Kensington, London’s arts and science district.
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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
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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