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Staying cool in South Kensington

As the temperature rises, we have some suggestions to escape the heat in South Kensington. With over 600 acres of Royal Parks on our doorstep, enjoy a shady stroll through the beautiful gardens, avenues, wildflower meadows of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. 

Take a dip in the Serpentine Lido to cool off or rent a boat on the Serpentine lake and catch a summer breeze. Also in the Royal Parks, you can refresh your feet in the cascading water of the Diana Memorial Fountain.

Over at the V&A, escape the heat with a visit to the beautiful John Madejski garden with it's shallow courtyard pool and garden café. Or in the Science Museum, indulge in delicious made-to-order ice cream milkshakes at the Shake Bar.

In the Natural History Museum, you can cool off with a visit to their galleries and walk beneath the largest animal on earth in Hinze Hall - the gateway to the museum's collections and galleries. 

Serpentine Lido
The Royal Parks
Mid-May to mid-Sept 10am-6pm
The Serpentine Lido is, arguably, London's most iconic 'open water' swimming location. The Lido is open for public swimming on weekends from mid-May, and every day between June and Mid-September.
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Boating on the Serpentine
Hyde Park
Daily except Nov- March (Wed - Sun) From 10am (closing times vary)
Head to the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen to hire a boat over the summer. Recognised as one of the most famous boating spots in London, Hyde Park is the perfect place to take in the scenery, enjoy an ice cream and float down the Serpentine in the middle of the park.
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The Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Show 2022
Cromwell Place
19 - 24 July 10am - 6pm
The Summer Show will be exhibited this year at Cromwell Place due to the ongoing restoration works at Dora House. The show will feature work by members of the Society and the guest judge for 2022 is the curator and cultural producer, Isabel de Vasconcellos.
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Summer in South Ken
Discover South Kensington
From free galleries to explore to extraordinary exhibitions, magical musical performances, stunning outdoor gardens and parks, kaleidoscopic art installations to behind-the-scenes tours - take a look at our summer highlights.
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Brave Poets: Jazz & Strings
Cromwell Place
14 July From 6pm
Join a night of live music with a cast of big-band musicians in an intimate setting. From well-known songs to improvised jams, experience some genre-bending contemporary music, with jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop and more thrown into the mix.
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Image credit: Roy Riley  
Luke Jerram - Gaia
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
22-26 July
Gaia is a touring artwork by Luke Jerram. Measuring 7 metres in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface providing an opportunity to see our planet, floating in three dimensions. Hosted at Jubilee Square, Town Hall, Part of K+C Festival.
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Broadcast Lates
Science Museum
27 July 6.30 - 10pm
COVID-19 has proven to be one of the most serious challenges any of us have faced, across the globe and across all sectors of society – and industry. In this event as part of Lates, join a unique opportunity to hear from experts and journalists working very much within the epicentre of the pandemic.
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Friday Late: My East is Your West
29 July 6.30 - 10pm
Join an evening of workshops, installations and performances celebrating South Asian diaspora creative talent. This year marks the 75th anniversary of independence of India and Pakistan, cause for both celebration and reflection on the devastation and trauma of Partition of the subcontinent.
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Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature
On til 8 Jan 2023 Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
Last chance to see the life & work of one of the best-loved children's authors of the 20th century. Featuring original drawings, watercolours, & manuscripts that inspired some of Potter's most beloved characters. Kids go free.
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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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Institut français
Exclusive preview - 15 July 6.10pm
Eifel - a film combining depictions of the tower’s engineering with a romantic love story inspired by true events. Whilst trying to impress the Parisian society with the construction of the Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel risks everything when a chance encounter with an old flame embroils him back into a forbidden love affair,
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Artist Walking Tours with K&C Festival
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
Weekly on Sun & Thur til end Aug 11am - 12.30pm
This summer and as part of the Kensington and Chelsea Festival, join a free guided walk 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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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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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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Radical Friends Book Launch
14 July 7pm
Goethe-Insitut invite you to join the book launch of Radical Friends: Decentralised Autonomous Organisations and the Arts in the Serpentine Pavilion. This ambitious new edited volume brings together over 30 contributors to explore the potential of DAOs for the arts.
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Manthia Diawara - A Letter from Yene
Institut français
21 July 7pm
Join the international premiere of Manthia Diawara’s film, A Letter from Yene, commissioned by Serpentine, and others as part of Back to Earth. The screening is followed by a conversation between the artist and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine. This event is in collaboration with Institut français du Royaume-Uni.
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Literary Haunts & Jaunts in the Park
Kensington Gardens
Explore the parks through the works of some famous writers - discover J M Barrie’s ultimate fancy, Peter Pan, walk in the steps of Virginia Woolf through Kensington Gardens, or visit the famous Speaker’s Corner, George Orwell’s ardent haunt.
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  And from our friends  
The Chelsea Theatre presents 18 Shows

July - Aug Varies
Following on from last year’s phenomenal success, The Chelsea Theatre is hosting 18 Fringe Shows as part of Kensington and Chelsea Festival. Pay What You Want tickets will be available. These indoor ticketed performances include family shows and shows for adults.
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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
V&A South Kensington
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
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