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Summer Escapes in South Kensington!

If you are looking to escape the disappointing summer weather, there are lots of fantastic exhibitions, concerts, films and workshops to entertain family and friends during the holiday weeks. Be inspired by some of South Kensington's extraordinary exhibitions, find inspiration with fun things to do with the kids  or see our complete guide to what's on over the summer.

There are some great events, exhibitions, trails and workshops that are free , so you and your family can plan a great day out in South Kensington whatever your budget.

Plus, the Team London Ambassadors have returned to Exhibition Road this summer to welcome visitors and to provide helpful information about what is on in the area. If you're visiting, make sure to say hello!

In the meantime, the Discover South Kensington team will be taking a summer break but we look forward to sharing an exciting line up of events and exhibitions coming up in the autumn! 

 
 
  What's on  
 
 
 
Thomas J Price at the V&A
 
V&A
Until 27th May 10am-6pm
 
British artist Thomas J Price is celebrated for his arresting yet contemplative sculptures depicting everyday people. This display sets his work in dialogue with the V&A's historic collections.
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Image credit: Holidaze, 2020, Norblack Norwhite; photo Bikramjit Bose  
A special offer to see The Offbeat Sari
 
Design Museum Kensington
On until 17th Sept 10am-6pm
 
Unravel the contemporary sari and discover how it demonstrates as a metaphor for the layered and complex definitions of India today. For the final two weeks, we’re offering Discover South Kensington subscribers a special 50% discount on all adult tickets. Use DSK241 code at the checkout to redeem.
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Family Festival: The Shape of Us!
 
V&A
19th August 11am-5pm
 
Welcome to the Summer of Sculpture! Celebrate yourself, your family, and all the cultures linked to objects at the V&A through fun workshops and performances.
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Inside Out Festival
 

1st - 31st Aug Varies
 
Explore the vibrant art and culture scene this August in the streets and open spaces across Westminster this summer. At this year's Inside Out free outdoor festival there are inspiring guided walks, dance and drama shows, workshops, music and more, with something for everyone!
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Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination
 
Science Museum
On til 20th Aug Daily 10am-6pm
 
Last chance to step aboard and voyage to the edge of imagination in this immersive, genre-defying exhibition! The interactive science fiction story is filled with objects that explore how scientists and science fiction creators have inspired each other through innovation and imagination.
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  Competitions  
 
 
 
Win 4x Tickets to Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur!
 
Natural History Museum
 
Want to step into the world of the colossal titanosaur Patagotitan mayorum, one of the largest known creatures to have ever walked our planet? We're offering your family 4x tickets to discover how a creature of this colossal size could have survived, and thrived, on planet Earth...
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  What's on  
 
 
 
Park Nights 2023
 
Serpentine
Dates and times vary
 
Park Nights returns for a series of interdisciplinary artistic engagements staged in the Serpentine Pavilion 2023. Expect five newly commissioned works spanning poetry, performance and music. Join the Serpentine on selected evenings from August to September.
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Crown to Couture
 
Kensington Palace
On until 29th Oct Times vary
 
Last chance to see this glittering exhibition at Kensington Palace with dazzling contemporary couture worn by celebrities including Lizzo and Lady Gaga, alongside beautiful historic costumes.
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Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens Bandstand Concerts
 
The Royal Parks
19th Aug- 10th Sept 2pm-4:30pm
 
Join The Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens for a programme of musical concerts which will be fun for the whole family! These events are totally free and there is no need to book in advance, just come along.
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Kensington & Chelsea Festival
 

1st July-31st August Times vary
 
Kensington and Chelsea Festival offers a host of activities across the borough including indoor performances, art installations and free outdoor pop up family shows
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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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Family Trails at the Science Museum
 
Science Museum
 
Go on a journey of discovery and exploration around the Science Museum.
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LEGO® Build the Change: Helping Today’s Dinosaurs
 
Natural History Museum
7th Aug- 1st Sept 11am- 4:30pm
 
Calling all children! The Natural History Museum has teamed up with The LEGO Group and need your ideas to help build solutions to the challenges of today.
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Boating on the Serpentine
 
Hyde Park
Daily except Nov- March (Wed - Sun) From 10am (closing times vary)
 
Head to the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen to hire a boat over the summer. Recognised as one of the most famous boating spots in London, Hyde Park is the perfect place to take in the scenery, enjoy an ice cream and float down the Serpentine in the middle of the park.
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Japan House Summer Workshops
 
Japan House London
On til 3 Sept 2-3pm & 3.30 - 4.30pm
 
Encounter Japan this summer with a series of free family-friendly activity workshops at Japan House London. During each workshop, participants can enjoy exploring the cultures of Japan and unleashing their creativity while trying an activity using original Japan House London worksheets.
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The Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Show
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
On til 30th Sept Monday -Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday 12 - 5pm
 
Explore a fabulous showcase of members' and fellows' work at Dora House. This year's theme is The Shape of Life, selected by guest curator Edward Bulmer.
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Dig Deeper
 
Natural History Museum
14th Sept, 21st Nov 6:30pm-9pm
 
Delve into the Museum's pioneering projects and find out more about their collections as they celebrate and showcase the world-leading scientific research carried out at the Museum.
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IMAX: The Ronson Theatre
 
Science Museum
Daily Varies
 
Book your ticket to watch this fully immersive IMAX experience on one of the biggest screens in the UK. Experience the very best of digital and analogue cinema on one screen with Antarctica, A Beautiful Planet and Hubble all in 3D.
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Image credit: © Ricardo Vaz Palma  
Genre Kino – Barbara Kronenberg: Mission Ulja Funk
 
Goethe-Institut
1-31 Aug Online
 
An online film screening. The turbulent road trip in this film is triggered by the impending impact of an asteroid on a village in Belarus. Twelve-year-old scientist Ulja knows what to do and takes off with her classmate and a hearse. With English subtitles.
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  Discover more  
 
 
 
The Royal Parks celebrated by Green Flag as among the best in UK!
 
The Royal Parks
 
The Royal Parks can wave Green Flags with pride after they retained the highest quality award for parks and green spaces, again, this year.
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Early Finish Fridays in South Ken!
 

 
With more companies embracing flexible work practices, 'Summer Fridays' or 'Early Finish Fridays' are a great opportunity to unwind and catch some culture in South Ken, without the hustle and bustle of the weekend.
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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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  And from our friends  
 
 
 
Nature Champions Holiday Activities
 

Various dates 10:30am-3pm
 
Visit Holland Park for exciting activities including outdoor exploration and play, nature connection and wellbeing, food growing and campfire cooking. The session will be outdoors and use the woodland site.
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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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