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Our February guide to half-term and Valentine's Day in South Kensington

Half-term is almost here, and the museums, galleries and cultural venues in South Kensington are brimming with unmissable events - workshops, exhibitions, talks, and tours! We have put together some half-term highlights to help you plan your visit.

With so many extraordinary venues within walking distance, take the time to explore London's home of arts and science with our scenic Footways maps exploring quiet, scenic routes in the area with a little of our history along the way! In case you need to stop and refuel, take a look at some of the delectable food and drink options in South Ken.

February is not just for the kids - it's about sharing the love! Enjoy some Valentine-themed events, such as Valentines with Duo Eunoia, at Leighton House Museum and a chance to explore the Natural History Museum's galleries after hours, grab a cocktail, and have some fun at Valentine's at the Museum. Be inspired with our Valentine's Day guide in South Kensington.  

 
 
  What's on  
 
 
 
RCM Chamber Music Festival
 
Royal College of Music
10th - 11th Feb Various Times
 
From stunning string quartets to vibrant percussion ensembles, join the RCM for an inspiring weekend of chamber music performances.
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Valentine's at the Museum
 
Natural History Museum
14th Feb 6.45pm - 10.30pm
 
Calling all love bugs, solitary bees, flocks of friends and significant otters! Explore all things love and relationships in the natural world.
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Japan House London Family Workshops
 
Japan House London
12th - 18th Feb Various Times
 
Explore the cultures of Japan this half term with a series of free family workshops. During each drop-in workshop, participants can enjoy learning about Japan and unleashing their creativity.
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Turn it Up: The Power of Music
 
Science Museum
On until 6th May 2024 10am - 6pm
 
Why does music have such a hold over us? What is it about music that drives us to create, perform, feel, connect with others? Explore how music shapes our lives in this landmark interactive exhibition at the Science Music - A Perfect Christmas Holiday activity!
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Valentines with Duo Eunoia
 
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
14th Feb 7pm - 8.30pm
 
Join Duo Eunoia for a creative evening of drawing and music, inspired by artworks exploring the theme of love, in all its expressions and complexities.
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Friday Late x Nicholas Daley: Fabric and Folklore
 
V&A
23rd Feb 6.30pm - 10pm
 
This Friday Late will unravel British textile history, connecting the threads between generational and cultural exchange through craft.
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Fun DMC
 
Royal Albert Hall
12th Feb 1pm
 
Once again the world’s one and only (and therefore best) family block party returns to Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room for an afternoon of family fun!
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Design Camps
 
Design Museum Kensington
12th - 15th Feb 10am - 4pm
 
The Design Museum is hosting a series of workshops to keep the kids entertained this half term! Choose from illustration to car making to robot Olympics, and many more....
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Discovery Days: Brilliant Birds
 
Hyde Park
13th - 15th Feb 11am - 3pm
 
Join Royal Parks for a free Discovery Day this half-term at the Hyde Park Learning Centre. Enjoy bird-watching activities, discovery trails and storytelling - fun for all the family!
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Ainu Dance from along the Saru River
 
Japan House London
21st Feb & 23rd Feb 6.30pm - 7.30pm
 
Enjoy one of two special performances of Ainu dance by the Biratori Ainu Culture Preservation Association in conjunction with Japan House London’s exhibition Ainu Stories: Contemporary Lives by the Saru River.
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The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2024
 
Design Museum Kensington
2nd Feb - 15th April 10am - 6pm
 
The third year of the Design Musuem's annual prize in partnership with the Saltzman Family Foundation celebrating emerging product designers in recognition of Ralph Saltzman’s design legacy.
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Journey of the Mind
 
Cromwell Place
21st Feb - 3rd March 11am - 7pm
 
Journey of the Mind, an exhibition of self-discovery, fosters genuine conversation around art, spirituality, and the mind through contemporary Sikh knowledge. It aims to evoke a sense of curiosity about the internal journey of the mind and its positive effects on people’s lives.
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Learn Pyrography Workshop
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
22nd Feb 6.30pm - 9pm
 
Learn the skill of drawing with fire! Suitable for complete beginners, this is an introductory three-hour event taking place at Dora House, home of the Royal Society of Sculptors.
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Focus on Mizoguchi Kenji
 
Japan House London
18th Feb - 19th June Various Times
 
Japanese film critic and scholar Alexander Jacoby has specially curated a selection of screenings, choosing to focus on Mizoguchi’s last years, when he realised many of his finest achievements.
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A Technical Investigation into the Materials and Methods of Evelyn De Morgan
 
Cromwell Place
8th Feb 5.30pm
 
Through close technical examination and art historical analysis of two paintings, Alexandra Earl will illustrate how De Morgan’s practice was influenced by her Pre-Raphaelite contemporaries, artistic training and own idiosyncratic methods.
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Studio Quantum
 
Goethe-Institut
Until 11th Feb
 
Studio Quantum is an international event and artist-in-residence programme from the Goethe-Institut, exploring emerging quantum technologies through the lens of art.
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Maps, molecules and malignancies
 
Imperial College London
14th Feb 5.30pm - 6.30pm
 
In the U.K, 1 in 2 people will develop cancer at some point in their lives. However, it has been estimated that up to 80% of the cancer burden in high-income countries could, in theory, be prevented. Join Professor Marc Gunter, online or in person.
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Online Talk: The Crafts of Fashion
 
V&A
19th Feb 7pm - 9pm
 
Join the Chanel and le19M Chair in Fashion Savoir Faire with a panel of experts in the Metiers d'Arts for an exploration of the craftsmanship of couture, past and present, and how it is being celebrated, preserved, and exhibited.
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Climate Talks
 
Science Museum
Various Dates Various Times
 
The Science Museum's free online Climate Talks are back. Hear from leaders, experts, activists and campaigners as they discuss how to tackle the problems facing our communities due to climate change.
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Invitation to Tender: South Ken ZEN+ Community Engagement Consultancy
 

 
ERCG is seeking experienced engagement consultants to conduct community engagement activities with key stakeholders in South Kensington, to inform how to make the neighbourhood fit for the future in the face of a climate and biodiversity crisis.
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  Competitions  
 
 
Image credit: Mike Korostelev  
Win 4 tickets to see Wildlife Photographer of the Year
 
Natural History Museum
 
Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum presents a display of nature like you've never seen it before. Enter our competition for a chance to win 4x tickets!
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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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