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Celebrating the first satellite launch from UK soil with a replica rocket on Exhibition Road

Join us on 15th & 16th October for a free event in Exhibition Road hosted by the UK Space Agency to mark the first satellite launch from UK soil. You can explore a 72ft life-size replica rocket and discover more about space science with free hands-on activities from the UK Space Agency, Spaceport Cornwall, Virgin Orbit the Science Museum, Imperial College London & the Natural History Museum.

We also have some great exhibitions opening this month – from exploring the world’s best nature photography at the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, embark on an immersive, genre-defying visit at the Science Museum’s Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination, delve into the dreamlike world of surrealism with the Design Museum’s new exhibition – Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today or follow the colourful and popular culture of South Korea at the V&A's Hallyu! The Korean Wave.

 
 
  What's on  
 
 
 
Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination
 
Science Museum
6 Oct 2022 - 4 May 2023 Daily 10am-6pm
 
Step aboard and voyage to the edge of imagination in this immersive, genre-defying exhibition! Visitors will be at the heart of an interactive science fiction story which is filled with objects that explore how scientists and science fiction creators have inspired each other through innovation and imagination.
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Image credit: Brandon Guell  
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
 
Natural History Museum
14th Oct-2nd July 2023 10am-5:50pm
 
Discover the natural world in all its wonder and diversity at the newly redesigned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, where 100 remarkable photographs illustrate the precious beauty of our planet.
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Image credit: © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí.  
Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 - Today
 
Design Museum Kensington
14 Oct - 19 Feb 2023 10 - 6pm (Sun - Thur) 10 - 9pm (Fri - Sat)
 
Delve into the dreamlike relationship between Surrealism and design in this century-spanning celebration of surrealist objects of desire. The exhibition brings together the best in surrealist design, from furniture, interior design, fashion, photography and world-renowned artworks.
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Hallyu! The Korean Wave
 
V&A
24 Sep - 25 June 2023 Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
 
Hallyu! The Korean Wave will showcase the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea, exploring the makings of the Korean Wave and its global impact on the creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion.
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Everest through the Lens
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
5th Oct - 20th Jan 23 10am - 5pm (Mon - Sat)
 
The Society’s new exhibition marking the centenary of the Everest expeditions in the 1920s explores how Captain John Noel’s films shaped the popular image of the mountain while sometimes obscuring the role of local intermediaries.
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Leighton House & Sambourne House reopen
 
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
Wed - Mon 10am - 5.30pm
 
Both Leighton House and Sambourne House reopen following the major Hidden Gem to National Treasure redevelopment project at Leighton House and conservation works at Sambourne House.
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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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Kamala Ibrahim Ishag
 
Serpentine
7th Oct-29th Jan 2023 10am-5:30pm
 
An exhibition by pioneering Sudanese artist Kamala Ibrahim Ishag, whose work intertwines the earthly and the spiritual through an understanding of our connections with the natural world. Her widely recognised paintings contemplate the cyclical flow of life and the intangible aspects of women’s lives in Sudan.
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Science Fiction Lates
 
Science Museum
26th Oct 6.30 - 10pm
 
Celebrate the opening of the Science Museum's blockbuster exhibition, Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination. Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure through the cosmos, with mind-expanding talks, illuminating tours, and much more! Plus, all the regular Lates highlights.
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K&C Culture Night
 
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
7th October Varies
 
This year’s K&C Culture Night is in an opportunity to celebrate the year-round outstanding creative scene across Kensington and Chelsea with a spotlight on one day of activity, RBKC’s Culture Service will be shining a light on all fabulous events across the day, with all activities promoted on the borough’s dedicated visitor website Explore Kensington and Chelsea.
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Stealing Sheep Radiophonic Workshop
 
Science Museum
7th October 8-9.45pm
 
This special event sees two musical groups join forces for a live performance of their soundtrack to the 1973 cult classic science fiction animation, 'La Planète Sauvage'—recently released as part of Fire Records’ Imagined Score Series.
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Lunchtime Lecture: Visions of Ancient Egypt at the V&A
 
V&A
20th October 1-1.55pm
 
Sainsbury Centre Norwich’s exhibition 'Visions of Ancient Egypt', in partnership with the V&A, explores how artists and designers have looked to Egypt as inspiration for centuries. Co-curator Benjamin Hinson will shine a spotlight on the V&A’s relationship with ancient Egypt. Free, drop-in.
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Women in Science Tour: Space
 
Natural History Museum
8th, 15th, 22nd, 27th & 30th Oct 2.15 - 3pm and other times
 
Discover the fascinating work of women scientists - past & present - who have focused on space, meteorites and planetary materials as you take a guided tour of the first floor Hintze Hall balconies and the Minerals gallery Meet at 'Guy' the Gorilla, Hinze Hall.
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New Year's Eve: Jurassic Party
 
Natural History Museum
31st Dec- 1st Jan 2023 8pm-1:30pm
 
The Natural History Museum's iconic New Year's Eve event is back, giving you the chance to disco with dinos and party it up Jurassic style. Get ready to throw some shapes beside a Diplodocus, roar at their silent disco and marvel at the Jurassic-themed performers. Assemble your friends for a night you won't forget!
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South Ken Kids Festival
 
Institut français
14th Nov-20th Nov Times vary
 
The South Ken Kids Festival is celebrating its 25th birthday with some of the most talented children’s writers and illustrators who will be holding a range of exciting events at the Institut Français. Brilliantly bilingual throughout, the festival is an occasion to highlight children’s writing, illustration, translation: books in all their glory!
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‘Becoming expert - why it matters to us all’, an Evening Lecture with Roger Kneebone
 
V&A
19th Oct 6-8pm
 
Drawing on his recent book Expert, Professor Roger Kneebone explores the nature of expert practice and asks how craftspeople, performers, clinicians and scientists can enrich one another’s understanding of the embodied activity on which their work depends. Free, but book ahead.
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October Half Term
 
Discover South Kensington
22nd - 30th October Varies
 
Half term in South Kensington is packed with plenty of great events, exhibitions, performances and films to keep the kids entertained - from music, films, drop-in workshops, discovery days and activities at the museums, and so much more!
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Hidden stories of Hyde Park
 
The Royal Parks
21st Oct 12pm - 1:30pm
 
Explore the history of Hyde Park through the decades, including the notorious criminals that met their untimely end at the Tyburn Tree, the inception of Speakers' Corner and the park's instrumental role during WW1.
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RCM Jazz Orchestra: The Cuban Connection
 
Royal College of Music
20th Oct 7.30pm
 
Lose yourself in the rhythms of jazz and Latin music as the RCM Jazz Orchestra explores the crossover between these two genres, including Cuban and Brazilian styles from the 1940s to the present day..
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Goethe-Kino: David Nawrath - The Mover
 
Goethe-Institut
26th Oct - 5th Nov 7pm
 
Walter is a 60-year-old mover for forced evictions. One day Walter is asked to empty the flat of his estranged son Jan. Without revealing who he is, Walter tries to make Jan’s acquaintance, not least to protect him and his family from the property sharks that intend to sell the house they live. Online screening.
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Sacconi Quartet
 
Royal College of Music
20th Oct 6pm
 
Hailed as a 'quartet of genuine substance' by The Daily Telegraph, the RCM’s Quartet in Association returns to the College to work with talented RCM musicians. The Sacconi Quartet presents one of Schumann’s greatest chamber works.
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  Special Offers  
 
 
 
Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination discount
 
A special Science Museum 20% discount for our student subscribers

Embark on the most anticipated experience in the galaxy with a visit to the Science Museum’s out-of-this-world new exhibition, Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination. Discover South Kensington student subscribers can get a 20% discount on full-price tickets when booking online, with the promo code DSKSCIFI. 

Travel on an alien spaceship, explore an unknown planet, and encounter over 70 significant objects from science fiction stories we know and love including Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and many more.

Ts&Cs: 20% discount valid on full-price tickets for Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination booked online for all days/timeslots from 6 October 2022-31 January 2023. Promo code expires 31 January 2023.

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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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