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Celebrate summer with outdoor events, May half-term family fun, and exciting competitions in South Kensington!

As summer approaches, it is an opportunity to make the most of a fantastic lineup of open-air events happening in the area, including the music summer extravaganza, BST Hyde Park from 29th June, an inspiring celebration of arts and sciences at this year's Great Exhibition Road Festival on 15 - 16th June and the launch of this year's Serpentine Pavilion, opening on 7th June. There is also an opportunity to see one of London's hidden gems -  the Ismaili Centre's roof garden on June 9th at London Open Gardens weekend.

Meanwhile, in next week's May half-term, South Kensington is brimming with free family-friendly events, including exhibitions, workshops, talks, and nature drop-ins. Explore our itinerary to find the perfect activities for everyone to enjoy!

Finally, we have two amazing summer competitions! Enter now to win tickets to see Kings of Leon at BST Hyde Park! Plus win four tickets to Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre the new exhibition opening on Friday at the Natural History Museum. 

 
 
  Competitions  
 
 
 
Win tickets to see Kings of Leon at BST Hyde Park!
 
Hyde Park
 
London’s summer extravaganza, American Express presents BST Hyde Park, returns at the end of June. To celebrate, we are giving away a pair of tickets to see Kings of Leon!
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Win tickets to Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre
 
Natural History Museum
 
Don't miss this chance to dive into the astonishing world of birds. We are giving away four tickets to the Natural History Museum's new exhibition, Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre.
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  What's on  
 
 
 
May Half term Itinerary
 
Discover South Kensington
25 May - 2nd June Daily
 
Our museums, galleries and cultural spaces are excited to welcome you this May half-term. Packed with family favorites, workshops, new exhibitions, films, and more! There is something for everyone at South Ken this half term.
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Serpentine Pavilion 2024
 
Serpentine
7th June - 27th Oct
 
Seoul-based Korean architect Minsuk Cho and his firm Mass Studies have been selected to design the 23rd Pavilion which opens at Serpentine South on 7 June.
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BBC Proms 2024
 
Royal Albert Hall
19 July - 14 Sept Various Times
 
Tickets are now on sale for this year's BBC Proms! See your favourite classical standards, a wealth of special guests, contemporary concerts including Florence and the Machine, Sam Smith, and the return of the CBeebies Prom, and much more.
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Kung Fu Panda 4
 
Institut français
26th - 30th May Various Times
 
After three death-defying adventures defeating world-class villains with his unmatched courage and mad martial arts skills, Po, the Dragon Warrior, is called upon by destiny to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace.
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Image credit: Historic Royal Palaces / Alex Rory Jacobs  
The Orangery Restaurant re-opens
 
Kensington Palace
Daily 10am - 6pm
 
After major conservation work, the 18th-century Orangery at Kensington Palace has reopened its doors. Visit the iconic restaurant in a stunning setting for an elegant lunch or an indulgent afternoon tea.
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The Great Exhibition Road Festival
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
15th - 16th June 12-6pm
 
Upcoming this weekend it's The Great Exhibition Road Festival! South Kensington will be buzzing with a vibrant celebration of arts and science with free talks, workshops, performances and demonstrations. Register now!
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BST Hyde Park Open House presents All Things Orchestral
 
Hyde Park
28th June - 11th July Various days
 
American Express presents BST Hyde Park will host the hugely popular free summer event, Open House. This year's edition will begin by hosting a very special classical music live experience - All Things Orchestral. Presented by Myleene Klass on 28 June.
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Ismaili Centre London Open Gardens
 
Ismaili Centre
9th June 10am - 4pm
 
The Ismaili Centre London's roof garden will be open to the public for guided tours for London Open Gardens this weekend. A rare opportunity to see one of London's hidden gems, The serene setting of this beautiful courtyard-style garden draws from the traditions of Islamic faith.
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Power Up
 
Science Museum
10am - 5.30pm
 
Immerse yourself in this hands-on gaming zone, featuring the very best video games and consoles from the past 50 years. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to beat your family at Mario Kart.
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Image credit: Lucasfilm Ltd  
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark™ Live in Concert
 
Royal Albert Hall
25th - 26th May Various Times
 
Part of their Films in Concert series, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert will feature the London Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ legendary score in full for the first time since they recorded the original soundtrack in 1981.
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Everest and the Dancing Lamas of Tibet
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
11th June 6.30pm - 9.00pm
 
Sir Michael Palin and author Mick Conefrey join Evan Davis in conversation about Everest 1924, Captain John Noel and Tibetan monks.
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The Great Mughals: Art, Architecture and Opulence
 
V&A South Kensington
Opens 9th Nov 10am - 5.45pm
 
Just announced! This major exhibition will celebrate the extraordinary creative output and internationalist culture of the Golden Age of the Mughal Court (about 1560 – 1660) during the reigns of its most famous emperors: Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan.
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Journey of Life Lates
 
Science Museum
11th Sept 6.30pm - 10pm
 
This September, Lates explores the progress we’ve made in health around the world and how we might tackle the next big challenges, highlighting cutting-edge scientific research and technological innovations!
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Pop up Performance: I am the Camera
 
V&A South Kensington
29th - 31st May 11am - 4pm
 
Join artist Sian Fan to explore expressing yourself though movement. Create an outfit that is part sculpture and part costume inspired by Sian’s work and the V&A’s photography collection.
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Alice Burnhope: Making Textile Accessories
 
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
25th May 10am - 4pm
 
Join award-winning textile artist Alice Burnhope for a day exploring traditional textiles techniques such as appliqué, gathers and pleats to create your own personal brooch, inspired by the exhibition 'Out Shopping: The Dresses of Marion and Maud Sambourne (1880-1901)'.
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Discovery Days: Time Travellers
 
Hyde Park
28th - 30th May 11am - 3pm
 
Another series of Discovery Days, this May half term travel back in time through The Royal Park’s history! With a variety of activities such as, making a plant print, designing a park and calligraphy...
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Inventory Art Book Fair
 
Cromwell Place
7th - 9th June 11am - 7pm
 
Constituting a book market, reading room and programme of events, Inventory is a new art book fair at Cromwell Place that surveys this current moment in the expanded publishing landscape.
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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
V&A South Kensington
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
 
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