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Savouring the last of Summer in South Ken!

As we set our sights on the approaching autumn months, prepare to dive into a wealth of brand-new exhibitions and exciting events coming to our museums and cultural venues. Coming up, the London Design Festival returns to the V&A with another exciting programme of installations, events and talks including a special V&A London Design Festival Lates. The Brompton Design District will also be the leading District during the Festival with a dedicated programme of temporary exhibitions, talks and events curated by Jane Withers Studio.

Also, mark your calendars for the London Open House Festival, an extraordinary opportunity to peek behind the walls of South Ken's architectural wonders. Wander through historic buildings, witness modern marvels, and experience the rich tapestry of design that defines this iconic neighborhood.

 
 
  Special Offers  
 
 
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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  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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Autumn Highlights
 

 
South Kensington's calendar is full of exciting events that ensure something inspiring for everyone to enjoy during the upcoming season. Check out some of our top picks...
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Learn a New Skill in South Ken
 

 
Discover what’s on from one day workshops to weekly lectures on a range of interesting topics with leading experts in the heart of London’s cultural district. And if you have little ones, there are many great opportunities for fun, hands-on workshops that will fire up their creativity too!
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  What's on  
 
 
 
London Design Festival 2023
 
V&A
From 16th Sept Times vary
 
Discover a series of thought-provoking contemporary installations, workshops, talks and more, exploring the global power of design to bind communities, reveal untold stories and rethink our relationship with materials.
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Friday Late: London Design Festival 2023
 
V&A
22nd Sept 6:30pm-10pm
 
Join London's emerging artists and designers after hours for performances, workshops, installations, music and more, including a preview of Digital Design Weekend in the Learning Centre.
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Open House Festival at the Ismaili Centre
 
Ismaili Centre
10th Sept 10am-4pm
 
Part of an international family of Ismaili Centres, a religious, cultural and social space for the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. Visit for free guided tours from 10am to 4pm with last tour/entry at 3.00pm. Entry is free, no booking required, all welcome.
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Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto
 
V&A
On til 10th Mar 2024 10am-5:45pm
 
The first UK exhibition dedicated to French couturière, Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel, charting the establishment of the House of CHANEL and the evolution of her iconic design style. Tickets are sold out but become a member to see the exhibition.
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REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion
 
Design Museum Kensington
16th Sept - 11th Feb 10am - 6pm
 
REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion celebrates the 30th anniversary of the BFC’s NEWGEN programme. The show offers a look at how careers in fashion are forged, and the opportunities London’s fashion scene offers young creatives.
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Tomás Saraceno In Collaboration: Web(s) of Life
 
Serpentine
1 June- 10 September Times vary
 
Last chance to see this living, collaborative and multi-species exhibition that delves into how different life forms, technologies and energy systems are connected in the climate emergency.
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Stargazing Lates
 
Science Museum
13th September 6:30pm-10pm
 
Uncover how technology transforms our view of the night sky and how the ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 and the James Webb and Kepler telescopes help us view stars, planets, galaxies and nebulae.
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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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Heritage Open Days at Dora House
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
8th-11th Sept 10am-5pm
 
In response to this year's theme, Creativity Unwrapped, the Royal Society of Sculptors will be showcasing the hidden details and untold histories of the artists and creators who built and lived in their unique home.
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Yoga in the Park- Kensington Gardens
 
Kensington Gardens
10th, 17th Sept 12:30pm-1:30pm
 
Enjoy yoga outside at Kensington Gardens. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Modifications and adjustments can be made for all no matter your ability.
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The Innocent
 
Institut français
Until 15th Sept Times vary
 
Joyfully paying homage to the great crime capers of the French New Wave, and partly inspired by events from his own life, Louis Garrel’s witty and beautifully constructed film is a delirious mix of comedy, romance, suspense and action, with several twists too good to spoil. Only £5 for under 25's!
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Leslie Linder: Decoding Beatrix Potter
 
V&A
Until 15th Sept 10am - 5.30pm
 
On the 50th anniversary of Leslie Linder’s gift to the V&A, This display celebrates his unrivalled Beatrix Potter collection and shines a light on Linder’s contribution to our knowledge of the world-famous author and illustrator.
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Write & Shine with The Royal Parks
 
The Royal Parks
4th Nov 7:30am-9am
 
Start your day with a burst of creativity! Join Write & Shine for a series of early morning writing workshops in The Royal Parks this Autumn.
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Fine art Antarctic photography 1910 to 1917
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
6th- 18th Sept 10.00am – 5.00pm
 
Hurley and Ponting are considered to be two of the finest Antarctic photographers and true innovators in the field of photography. This exhibition marks the very first time that the two photographers have been shown side by side at the Society.
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Bee Superhighway
 

18th Sep 6:00pm- 7:00pm
 
Did you know there are over 250 species of bee in the UK and they need our help? Join this talk to discover how you can!
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Builders & Makers: Drop in Workshops at Dora House
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
9th Sept 11am-4pm
 
A jam-packed Saturday of drop-in workshops celebrating the unique heritage of this historic home, focusing on the building’s detailed, decorative elements and the skilful craftsmanship that made their recent restoration possible.
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Writing in Nature
 
Design Museum Kensington
16th Sept 2pm-5pm
 
Join poet and performer Fausta Joly for an afternoon of creative writing at the museum's Dame Sylvia Crowe Garden to produce your own little fictions and poetry inspired by nature.
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Children & Families at The Royal Albert Hall
 
Royal Albert Hall
 
The Royal Albert Hall have a wide range of shows and events for children and families to get involved in, which all promise an unforgettable day out. From storytelling for babies and toddlers to interactive concerts featuring Albert’s Band, there is something to fascinate and inspire children of every age.
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  Go Digital  
 
 
 
#Heritage_Digitised
 
Goethe-Institut
6th Sept 5:00-5:30pm
 
Delve into discourses surrounding the digitisation of art and cultural heritage to ask: what does this imply for narratives around postcolonialism, sustainability, representation and diversity? Online.
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  And from our friends  
 
 
 
Grantham Climate Art Prize
 
Imperial College London
Deadline: 15 September
 
Are you aged 11-25 and interested in art and the environment? The Grantham Climate Art Prize invites young people to create bold designs for outdoor public murals focused on solutions to tackle the climate crisis. The theme this year is ‘Palette for the Planet: a greener, cleaner, cooler future'.
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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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