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The countdown to the Great Exhibition Road Festival is on! 

With just over one week to go, South Kensington is gearing up for The Great Exhibition Road Festival, our annual celebration of arts and science. Join us for an extraordinary weekend packed with brilliant free events, where you can discover the future of food in the Future Food Zone, get crafty with Paint Drip Brains, hear about AI in Pop Culture, enjoy fantastic musical talent on the Main Stage and so much more.

Don't miss out -on the final release of advance tickets for the very popular Family Space Show and The Story of Time with Professor Jim Al-Khalili which are now available. But don't worry, there are hundreds of free events happening which are drop-in and don't require pre-booking. To help plan your visit, check out the festival map.

Come and say hello to our team at the Festival - we are running two tours from our tent on Exhibition Road. Find out about the history of the area with our Discover South Kensington tours or join our Discover South Kensington's Nature Tours and hear how London's plants and animals are affected by climate change. You can also visit the South Ken ZEN+ team and share your views on exploring how we can work together to make South Kensington greener and more resilient to a changing climate.

We hope to see you next weekend at the Great Exhibition Road Festival!

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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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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  What's on  
The Natural History Museum's gardens are opening soon!
Natural History Museum
Opens 18th July
Experience the transformed gardens at the Natural History Museum which will be open this Summer. The new gardens will tell the story of change on our planet over time and allow visitors to explore the museum in new ways!
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Swan Lake in-the-round
Royal Albert Hall
12th - 23rd June Various Times
With 60 ballerina swans shimmering in white tutus, moving in unison across the Hall, this outstanding production will captivate and enthral you. Experience a choreographic kaleidoscope as the Royal Albert Hall is transformed into a magical lake for the world’s favourite ballet.
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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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Image credit: © Zhai Zeyu, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.  
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Natural History Museum
Until 30th June 10am - 5.50pm
Closing soon! Get beyond the camera and discover the stories behind some of the best nature photography in the world.
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Hidden Stories of Hyde Park with Pet Cemetery Walking Tour
Hyde Park
14th June 11am - 12.30pm
From the notorious criminals that met their untimely end at the Tyburn Tree, to the inception of Speakers' Corner and the park's instrumental role during WW1, you'll uncover Hyde Park's rich history on this tour!
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Park Nights 2024: Eun-Me Ahn
28th & 29th June 8pm
The 2024 Park Nights season kicks off with the UK premiere of North Korea Dance from renowned choreographer, Eun-Me Ahn and her dance company. The piece explores the differences and similarities between North and South Korean dance and imagines a possible future beyond the border through shared movements.
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Late Night Jazz: Royal College of Music Junior Department Jazz Ensemble
Royal Albert Hall
27th June 9.30pm
The Royal College of Music Junior Department Jazz Ensemble's sixteen-piece big band will perform a broad spectrum of jazz and world music, spanning swing, bebop, jazz-funk, latin, Afrobeat and other popular styles.
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Dig Deeper: Clever Crows and Remarkable Ravens
Natural History Museum
2nd July 6.30pm
Join Professor Nicky Clayton, Professor of Comparative Cognition at the University of Cambridge, and their Senior Curator of Birds Dr Joanne Cooper as they delve into the fascinating world of corvids and unravel the mysteries of their intelligence.
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Young People: Portrait Photography with Smartphones
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
8th June & 27th July 2pm - 4pm
Learn from the original selfie king, Linley Sambourne, and discover the skills to take your own high quality portraits, inspired by Sambourne's street photography showcased in their exhibition Out in Paris (as part of Out Shopping: The Dresses of Marion and Maud Sambourne (1880-1910).
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The Beast
Institut français
31st May - 13th June Various Times
Starring Léa Seydoux and George MacKay, this melodrama blends elements of science-fiction with romance, and unfolds over three distinct periods, 1910, 2014 and 2044.
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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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The Double Act by Madi Acharya-Baskerville MRSS
The Royal Society of Sculptors
On until 13th July All Day
The new public sculpture outside Dora House features work by Madi Acharya-Baskerville MRSS. Influenced by her South Asian heritage, Acharya-Baskerville's art explores cultural differences and gender identity within the context of climate change.
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BBC Radio 3 Recording Choral Evensong at Holy Trinity South Kensington
Imperial College London
10th June 6.20pm
BBC will be recording one of the College Evensong services with the students of Imperial College Chamber Choir. The service will be broadcast on the 17th July at the Royal Albert Hall. Evensong is open to everyone.
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Fields of Vision: Contemporary Photography
Cromwell Place
On until 25th June 11am - 7pm
An exhibition of images by contemporary photographers who chronicle and celebrate the world around us with acute sensitivity. They are united by a global perspective, crafting visual narratives that explore our shared humanity and the fragile beauty of the natural world.
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Image credit: Mercury Studios  
Fanny – The Other Mendelssohn + Panel on Women Composers
17th June 6.45pm
A film screening and a British-German panel exploring women composers. With questions such as, are things easier for them than in Fanny's day? And how are women changing the idea of what it is to be a composer, and what music is composed?
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Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation 2024
Design Museum
15th June 3pm - 5pm
Celebrate London Festival of Architecture 2024 and discover progressive manifestos envisioning a more inclusive London, developed by emerging voices in architecture and the built environment.
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  And from our friends  
Grow Urban Festival

8th - 16th June Various Times
This year’s Grow Urban Festival has over 30 events focusing on promoting ‘greening and growing’ across London. The line up includes everything from mushroom growing, nature walks, tours of community kitchen gardens and much more.
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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
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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