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  Christmas Shopping in South Kensington  
 

It is never too early to get ahead, especially when Christmas is just around the corner. Now is the perfect chance to get prepared so that this year you can enjoy the festive season and all of its magic, avoiding the frantic rush of last-minute shopping!

South Kensington's museums and galleries online and onsite shops are bursting with imaginative ideas for exciting, sustainable Christmas presents. But the best gift of all and to support our cultural venues, is to gift an annual membership. For your complete South Ken shopping guide click here.

Did you know that the first Christmas card is said to be invented by South Ken’s Henry Cole, founder of the Victoria and Albert Museum? The V&A have a range of wonderful Christmas cards and you can check them out here.

 
 
  Competitions  
 
 
 
Win Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2022 Tickets
 
Hyde Park
 
Discover South Kensington has 4 tickets for 3 attractions to give away for London’s spectacular Christmas destination - Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.
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Win 2 tickets to the premiere of Cirque du Soleil's Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
 
Royal Albert Hall
18th Jan
 
This winter sees the return of Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall. and we have 2 tickets to giveaway to attend the spectacular European premier of Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities.
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Win tickets to see Wildlife Photographer of the Year & a meal at PizzaExpress
 
Natural History Museum
 
To celebrate the opening of Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum and the newly refurbished Gloucester Road PizzaExpress, we are giving away a pair of tickets to see the exhibition and a delicious 2-course meal and drinks for two people.
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Win 2 Tickets to the Christmas Carols at the Royal Albert Hall
 
Royal Albert Hall
 
‘Tis the season in South Kensington and this year, Discover South Kensington have 2x tickets to the Royal Albert Hall’s Christmas Carols this Christmas eve!
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Win 4 Tickets to The Nutcracker at The Royal Albert Hall
 
Royal Albert Hall
 
It’s not the wintertime in London without The Nutcracker! And this year, Discover South Kensington have four tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner to see the magic unfold.
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Christmas Late Night Shopping & Workshops
 
Japan House London
1st Dec 6pm-9pm
 
Join Japan House London for two exclusive late-night shopping events, including a range of demonstrations, workshops and tastings to introduce you to a variety of Japanese food and drink and giving you a chance to learn about and practice card making and gift wrapping in the run-up to Christmas.
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Royal College of Art Christmas Fête
 
Royal College of Art
1st, 2nd, 3rd Dec Times vary
 
The Royal College of Art Christmas Fête brings together their artists and designers with stalls selling ceramics, jewellery, prints, textiles, illustrations and more! It is a chance to select a unique Christmas gift.
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Fill Your Stockings With Treats From South Kensington
 

 
South Kensington's museums and galleries online and onsite shops are bursting with imaginative ideas for Christmas presents. But the best gift of all is to support our cultural venues by gifting an annual membership.
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Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall
 
Royal Albert Hall
December Times vary
 
The Royal Albert Hall has been the home of Christmas in London for 150 years. They open their doors again this December to share the magic of our favourite season.
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Wreath Making and Afternoon Tea
 
Hyde Park
10th Dec 9am-12pm
 
Celebrate the festive season with wreath making and delicious afternoon tea! Brighten up your home with a handmade Christmas wreath inspired by the wonderful season. Embrace warm colours and natural flourishes to craft your own seasonal wreath that friends and neighbours will love.
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Festive Screen Printing
 
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
3rd Dec 12pm-4pm
 
Join our festive workshop with George Prints Design Studio and create your own unique Christmas gift. Learn how to screen print onto fabric, as you are expertly guided through the process from sketching out design ideas, to cutting stencils through to working with screens and inks.
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Friday Late: Making Waves
 
V&A
25th Nov 6:30pm-10pm
 
Making Waves, spotlights the explosive creative energy of contemporary Korean culture, held in conjunction with the V&A's current exhibition Hallyu! The Korean Wave. Hallyu refers to the rapid rise of pop culture from South Korea, led by K-drama and cinema, K-pop, and K-beauty and fashion.
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Re:Play – Celebrating 30 Years of the National Video Archive of Performance
 
V&A
26th Nov Times vary
 
Join the V&A for an exciting weekend programme of free screenings to celebrate 30 years of the their National Video Archive of Performance. Replay history by revisiting modern classics from Jez Butterworth’s 'Jerusalem' to Mike Leigh’s 'Abigail’s Party'.
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Science Museum Lates: Injecting Hope
 
Science Museum
30th Nov 6:30-10pm
 
Join the Science Museum as they celebrate the opening of their newest exhibition Injecting Hope: The race for a COVID-19 vaccine. There’ll be fascinating talks, illuminating tours, hands-on workshops, plus the regular Lates highlights will be here for you to enjoy, including a pub quiz and a silent disco!
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Guitar Festival
 
Royal College of Music
27th Nov 11am
 
The RCM celebrates the life of eminent classical guitarist Julian Bream in this one-day festival of concerts, masterclasses and more. Hear solo and chamber music from talented guitarists, enjoy performances by jazz musicians and RCM alumni, and join in with fun activities throughout the day.
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BBC at 100
 
Science Museum
From 27 July 2022 10am-6pm
 
Celebrate 100 years of the BBC with a new display that explores how the BBC has used broadcast technologies to deliver its mission to inform, educate and entertain its audiences.
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Lunchtime Lecture: Beatrix Potter
 
V&A
8th Dec 1pm-1:55pm
 
Join exhibition curator Annemarie Bilclough as she takes us behind the scenes of Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey to discover Potter's life as a scientist and conservationist and explores the places and animals that inspired her most beloved characters.
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Goethe-Insitut 60th Anniversary Lectures
 
Goethe-Institut
 
To celebrate its 60th anniversary, the Goethe-Institut London will be hosting three more Goethe Annual Lectures this year, which are free to attend in person or online.
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  Go Digital  
 
 
 
Creature Comforts: The Victorian Connection with Animals
 
The Royal Parks
13th Dec 6:30pm-7:30pm
 
Join a virtual talk by historian, Anna Barry, for an inside look on what animals meant to the Victorians. Learn about Queen Victoria’s love of pets, discover the story of a celebrity elephant, and meet the trailblazing women who campaigned for animal rights!
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Exhibition Road Cultural Group Appoints New Director

We are pleased to announce that our new Director will be Sally Noonan.  Sally has over 20 years experience in leadership roles in the cultural sector, in the UK and Australia.  She joins us in January, taking over from Emily Candler, who is stepping down after 9 years leading the Exhibition Road Cultural Group and Discover South Kensington.

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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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