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Beat The Heat in South Kensington!

Summer in South Kensington offers a range of entertaining activities to savor the warm days. Beat the heat by diving into the refreshing waters of the Serpentine Lido, take a boat out onto the water, cool off on its sandy shores or explore the Royal Parks and treat yourself to a chilled beverage from the nearby Park kiosks.

The V&A's Garden and cafe also provide a cool, tranquil oasis in the centre of the museum and a great place to stop for a refreshing drink next to the beautiful water feature with its stunning reflections. Memorable summer moments await!

 
 
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Win Two Tickets to Lana Del Rey at BST Hyde Park
 

 
Win 2x tickets to see the iconic Lana Del Rey at BST Hyde Park! The enchanting performance will close the 2023 series on Sunday 9 July, with special guests to be announced.
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Win A Family Ticket to the Design Museum’s brand New Exhibition, The Offbeat Sari
 
Design Museum Kensington
 
Win up to 5x tickets to the Design Museum's brand new exhibition The Offbeat Sari! Discover how the iconic Indian garment is being transformed and adopted by many as a vessel for self-expression, identity and creativity through new colours, shapes and drapes.
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Summer In South Ken
 

 
This summer there is lots to do in South Kensington if you are looking for a great day out - from boating on the Serpentine, visiting some of South Ken's brand new exhibitions, enjoying a big-screen experience and so much more...
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Volunteering in South Kensington
 

 
Volunteering offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in this vibrant London neighborhood while also creating a positive impact on the community. Get involved and discover the many different volunteering opportunities in the area!
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  What's on  
 
 
 
DIVA
 
V&A
On until 7th April 2024 10am-5:45pm
 
DIVA celebrates the power and creativity of iconic performers, exploring and redefining the role of 'diva' and how this has been subverted or embraced over time across opera, stage, popular music, and film.
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Engineers
 
Science Museum
From 23rd June 10am-6pm
 
Engineers shape the world that we live in, creating bold, ground-breaking innovations that respond to global challenges and improve billions of lives. But how much do we know about the people behind these innovations?
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Open House at American Express presents BST Hyde Park
 
Hyde Park
23rd June- 5th July Times vary
 
With free community activities for all ages, the hugely popular BST Open House returns between three weekends of legendary music in Hyde Park. Spread across 8 days, BST Open House celebrates the best of summer, welcoming visitors into the iconic concert site to enjoy a range of activities.
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Residents Private View - Polar Silk Road & Titanosaur at NHM
 
Natural History Museum
19th July - 8.30 - 10am

Join us for a private view of the Natural History Museum's new major exhibition The Polar Silk Road & Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur. The event is free and is open to all South Kensington residents.

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Earth Photo Exhibition
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
17th June- 23rd August 10am-5pm
 
See a stunning selection of shortlisted still and moving images across all genres, telling powerful stories about our planet, its inhabitants and lands, its beauty and power, and its fragility through the impacts of climate change.
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Hidden Treasures of the RCM Collections
 
Royal College of Music
6th June - 21st Jan 2024 10.15am - 5.45pm
 
Discover unique treasures from the RCM Museum and Library collections. Featuring long unseen artworks, historic manuscripts, and unusual and ingenious musical instruments, this exhibition shares rarely seen objects and stories hand-picked from the thousands of objects and stories.
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Friday Late: NRG
 
V&A
30th June 6:30pm-10pm
 
To mark the opening of the final phase of the V&A’s Photography Centre, this Friday Late celebrates energy in all its forms.
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Explorers Family Festival: Sultana's Dream
 
Natural History Museum
24th June
 
Hear all about their experiences, expeditions and adventures from the Museum's scientists. Discover specimens from South Asia on our behind-the-scenes tour and let your imagination run wild in our creative workshops, exploring our relationship with nature.
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Climate Action Week 2023
 

24th June-2nd July Times vary
 
Across the borough, people of all ages can take part in free events that connect us to nature and explore how to care for our environment this London Climate Action Week, Saturday 24 June to Sunday 2 July.
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State of Clay
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
20th July 6pm-8pm
 
Experience a session throwing miniature porcelain ceramic works on a specialist small wheel, decorated with coloured slips. Pieces will be fired in an electric kiln after the event.
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Family Fun: Animal Myths & Legends Adventures
 
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
8th July 11am-12:30pm & 1pm -2:30pm
 
Get up close and hands on with real live animals at Leighton House. Meet the likes of snakes, giant snails, tarantulas, lizards and so much more as we take a look around the house and garden delving into some of the Myths and Legends related to the art, sculpture and architecture.
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SAFAR Film Festival
 
Institut français
29th June-9th July Times vary
 
The UK’s largest festival of Arab cinema returns to Ciné Lumière! For its eighth edition, SAFAR is embarking on a journey through space and time in Arab cinema, mapping the region across a new axis and showcasing films which traverse territories and historical periods.
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KCAW Public Art Trail
 

22nd June-31st August
 
Always a much-photographed event for London, featuring world-class sculpture, installations and exhibits throughout the borough located in some of West London’s most beautiful and iconic sites.
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Image credit: Brandon Guell  
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
 
Natural History Museum
14th Oct-2nd July 2023 10am-5:50pm
 
It is your last chance to discover the natural world in all its wonder and diversity at the Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, where 100 remarkable photographs illustrate the precious beauty of our planet.
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Young V&A
 
V&A
Opens 1st July 10am-5:30pm
 
Get ready to spark your creativity at Young V&A – the museum where children, young people and families can imagine, play and design. From 1 July 2023, be inspired by spaces, explore our collection and get creative. Right now, keep in touch on social.
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  And from our friends  
 
 
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream
 

29th June- 1st July 7:30pm
 
Unbridled desire meets magic as Figure returns to Opera Holland Park with Shakespeare’s comic exploration of the unconscious, accompanied by Mendelssohn’s enchanting orchestral score.
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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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