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Summer in South Kensington

The Summer Season is in full swing in South Kensington and there is a great line-up of free events and activities for all the family, including exhibitions, the Serpentine Pavilion, drop-in design at the V&A, summer workshops for kids, musical performances, and great places to keep cool in Royal Parks. Check out our summer highlights.

For music lovers, tickets are still available for the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and you can enjoy world-class performances for just £7.12 with a Day Promming ticket! For a different musical experience, Prom 53 & 54: Earth Prom brings a musical celebration of the BBC Studios Natural History Unit through the ages. Prom 60: The Dream Prom is a storytelling spectacle that transforms the Royal Albert Hall through a series of dreamscape projections and live music.

If you are coming to an afternoon Proms performance, we recommend a free visit to Royal College of Music Museum which is open every day except Monday over the summer.

 
 
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Win 2 tickets for ANAM Quartetthaus
 
Royal Albert Hall
18 Sept 1.30pm
 
We have 2 tickets to giveaway for the ANAM Quartetthaus outside the Royal Albert Hall. Making its first appearance outside Australia, the ANAM Quartetthaus is a pop-up performance space designed for listeners to experience the theatrical and visceral art of quartet playing.
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Summer in South Ken
 
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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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Free Events in South Ken
 
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We have an abundance of free events in South Kensington for a great day out. From guided tours through the galleries, self-led walks, a new series of Lates events, free displays and miles of galleries covering art, science, design, natural history and so much more.
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Day Promming at the BBC Proms
 
Royal Albert Hall
15 July - 10 Sept Varies
 
Promming is an essential part of the character of the BBC Proms and a great British tradition and allows you to enjoy world-class performances for just £7.12! Promming tickets will be available online only at 10.30am on for most performances on the day of the event, with some exceptions.
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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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Body Adornment Workshop
 
V&A
18 Aug 11am - 3.30pm
 
Make your own wearable creations using a wide range of materials and design techniques. Embellish your own creation with memories and stories as Artist Anita Quansah demonstrates and shares her diverse creative skills in exploring the past and the present
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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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Drop-in Design: Joyful Patterns
 
V&A
29 July - 27 Aug (Sat & Sun) 11am - 4pm
 
Inspired by the Africa Fashion exhibition, artist Onome Otite and designer Malaika Carr have created two garments for you to embellish and bring to life. Visitors are invited to create their own joyful patterns, exploring shapes, colours, fashion and architecture.
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The Royal College of Music Museum & Guided Tours
 
Royal College of Music
10:15am–5:45pm
 
The Royal College of Music's Museum offers a unique opportunity to interact with over 500 years of musical history. Items include the world’s oldest guitar and earliest keyboard instrument with strings. Enjoy a tour of the Museum, led by their knowledgeable team on Wednesdays at 12:30pm.
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Serpentine Pavilion 2022: Black Chapel by Theaster Gates
 
Serpentine
June — 16 Oct 2022 Tues - Sun 10am-6pm
 
Last chance to see the Serpentine Pavilion 2022: Black Chapel - designed by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates with the architectural support of Adjaye Associates, drawing inspiration from the architectural typologies of chapels and the great kilns of Stoke-on-Trent.
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Friday Late: We Face Forward
 
V&A
26 Aug 6.30 - 10 pm
 
In celebration of the landmark Africa Fashion exhibition, this Friday Late brings together next-generation designers, artists, musicians and more in a museum-wide pan-African takeover.
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India Lates
 
Science Museum
31 Aug 6.30 - 10pm
 
This month's lates celebrates the science, tech, art & innovation from India & the global Indian diaspora. Experience traditional dance & music with a contemporary twist & explore ways to solve global problems with cutting-edge tech & design through talks, tours, hands-on workshops & more.
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Weird Sensation Feels Good
 
Design Museum Kensington
Til 10 April 23 Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm - Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
 
Have you ever heard a sound that has brought you a sense of calm? Or even made your skin tingle? Step into an acoustically tuned world of ASMR and explore the emerging field of creativity that is shaped and shared by a novel online community.
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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert
 
Royal Albert Hall
23 - 25 Sept Starts: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
 
Experience Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in concert as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films in Concert series. Presented live in concert for the first time in the UK, the sixth episode of the Star Wars saga will be accompanied by the London Sympathy Orchestra.
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Our Broken Planet
 
Natural History Museum
Until 29 Aug Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
 
Last chance to see this free display exploring how humans have transformed the natural world. Through over 40 objects chosen by Museum scientists, they reveal the consequences of our actions and examine some of the solutions that could help mend our broken planet.
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Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope
 
Science Museum
25 May - Jan 2023 10am-6pm
 
From busting myths about the causes of cancer to exploring how the latest cancer science, early detection technologies, and immunotherapies are advancing cancer care today. This exhibition shows how far we have come in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.
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Epic Annette - Book Launch
 
Goethe-Institut
6th Sept 7pm
 
Together with the Institut Français, this event presents a new English translation of the prose poem 'Epic Annette' by Anne Weber. Discussing the title in front of a live audience will be author Anne Weber, translator Tess Lewis, and publisher Susie Nicklin.
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Places to Eat
 

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If you are planning a day out in South Kensington, there are lots of delicious places to eat or enjoy a drink both inside and outside depending on the weather. From cafes, bars, afternoon tea to indoor picnic areas - there is plenty of choice!
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Royal Parks win Green Flag Awards

London’s Royal Parks have been recognised as among the best in the UK, after all of them, including Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, received Green Flag awards this year - the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.

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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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