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Getting out and about on foot in and around South Kensington this Spring!

As the days get longer, brighter and (a little bit) sunnier, we don’t think there is a better way to enjoy all that South Kensington has to offer than on foot! With so many cultural venues on our doorstep, our new interactive walking map, created in collaboration with Footways, will lead you to some of the amazing destinations around South Ken, with a touch of history along the way. The map connects our extraordinary cultural venues around Exhibition Road to the Royal Parks, Japan House, the Design Museum and beyond.

So, if you’re planning to visit the area to see a new exhibition, or to come to an event, this March, make a plan to get off the tube a stop early to explore some of London's quieter roads, whilst getting active!

  What's on  
Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance
Until 11th June 10am-5:45pm
The first major UK exhibition to explore the exceptional talents of the Renaissance master Donatello, arguably the greatest sculptor of all time. Experience a fresh vision of the artist and his influence on subsequent generations.
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Win A Luxury Spa Treatment and Afternoon Tea for 2

Win a luxury, holistic treatment for 2 by Ceylon Spa and Beauty followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea treat at the 1606 Lounge Bar and Conservatory in The Rembrandt Hotel! Did someone say ‘perfect outing’?
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Ai Weiwei: Making Sense
Design Museum Kensington
7th April- 30th July 2023 10am-6pm
It is your last chance to see Ai Weiwei's first exhibition focusing on design mixes recent works with commissioned pieces, inviting us into a meditation on value and humanity, art and activism.
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KUMIHIMO: Japanese Silk Braiding by Domyo
Japan House London
23rd Feb-11th June 9am-6pm
Discover the past, present and possible futures of kumihimo, an intricate, decorative braided cord from Japan, in the first major UK exhibition exploring this ancient yet contemporary Japanese art.
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  What's on  
Early British women explorers in Arabia
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
6th Feb-5th March 10am-5pm
Five women, one destination, five objectives. The second in a series of exhibitions about British explorers in Arabia.
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Science Fiction Film Festival
Science Museum
8th-12th March Times vary
To celebrate their blockbuster exhibition Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination, the Science Museum invites you to explore realms beyond your reality at their epic Science Fiction Film Festival. Films include Alien, Blade Runner & X Files.
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Keyboard Festival: Extravaganza for four hands and more
Royal College of Music
12th March 11am
This season, The Royal College of Music invites you to their joyous piano party as they celebrate the fun of collaborative keyboard playing in this unique festival. Featuring pieces for many hands at multiple keyboards, family-friendly activities, and much more!
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Imperial Lates: Play
Imperial College London
9th March 6pm-9pm
Celebrate the power of play at Imperial Lates! Take part in a game show about antibiotics, challenge your recycling skills, dive into one of the VR experiences or immerse yourself in music created by the sounds of nature.
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We Stand With Ukraine
Institut français
31st March & 1st April Times vary
This series of films aims to provide a broader cinematic context to the situation in Ukraine. It also pays tribute to Lithuanian director and academic Mantas Kvedaravicius, who believed in the act of resistance through images, and was killed while filming in Ukraine in March 2022.
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Generation Hope: Act for the Planet
Natural History Museum
20th-25th March 12pm-9pm
Whether it's getting to grips with the science, understanding the impacts of the planetary emergency or strengthening your own skills, join the Museum to take the next step, no matter where you are on your journey.
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False Flags
The Royal Society of Sculptors
27th Feb-28th April 11am-5pm
Polly Morgan’s new work explores appropriation in the animal world; how colour, pattern and iridescence are used to dazzle and misdirect. In the newly reopened Dora House.
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Films in Concert
Royal Albert Hall
Dates vary Times vary
Experience cinema’s most iconic films including Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, with the score performed live by an orchestra in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall.
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Designing for our Future Selves
Design Museum Kensington
24th Feb- 26th March 10am-6pm
Curated in partnership with the Design Age Institute, Designing for our Future Selves explores how design is transforming the way society can support everyone to age with greater agency and joy.
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Ancient Trees- Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens
18th March 10:30am-12:30pm
Put a spring in your step with a walking tour that discovers the majestic veteran trees of Kensington Gardens.Arboriculturalist Greg Packman will explore what makes a veteran tree, what an important role they play in our history and ecology and what we do to look after these important green lungs.
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Discovering Britain: Albertopolis Walk
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Take a self-guided tour and explore how London’s quarter for the arts and sciences was created. Discover more about it's great institutions and magnificent buildings.
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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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Quiet and Scenic Walking Routes Around South Ken

If you’re planning your trip to South Kensington, why not take a look at our brand new walking map, created in collaboration with Footways. Get off the tube a stop early and explore London’s home of arts, science and inspiration by foot.
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  And from our friends  
Senior Press and Communications Officer Role at the Royal Geographical Society
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Applications close 6th March
The Royal Geographical Society are seeking a talented individual with strong storytelling skills and experience of working in a press office to join the Society’s Communications Team.
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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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