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Victoria Queen of England, Empress of India

21st Jan
7-8.45pm
V&A
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In this illustrated lecture, Miles Taylor talks about the significant effects India had on the Queen as well as the pivotal role she played in India.

RCM Big Band

23rd Jan
7.3-pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM Big Band is joined by versatile clarinettist Giacomo Smith for a swinging, soulful celebration of New Orleans music. Take an unforgettable jazz journey through the city’s eclectic fusion of signature sounds, guided by big band favourite Guy Barker.

The Museum of Architecture's Gingerbread City

8th Dec - 6th Jan 2019
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Consisting of over 60 gingerbread buildings designed and created by architects, designers and engineers, the Gingerbread City is a playful way to encourage conversation around the future of our built environment.

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Christmas Choirs

2-23rd Dec
12-5pm
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Festive music fills our Grand Entrance this Christmas season. Special recitals are taking place almost daily, performed by our friends and favourite choirs from London's choral scene. Read more to find out how to catch them during the day and special evenings!

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Subtle: Delicate or Infinitesimal

13th Nov - 24th Dec
Japan House London
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The exhibition is the ultimate exploration of Japanese minimalism and the delicate art of paper; it intends to reawaken our sense to the limitless possibilities of what can be done with fine paper. The works are designed and crafted from among 15 creators living and working in Japan.

Winter Wonderland 2018

23rd Nov - 6th Jan 2019
10am - 10pm
Hyde Park
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This year will see new and exciting attractions as well as the return of the Magical Ice Kingdom, the UK's largest outdoor Ice Rink, the iconic Giant Observation Wheel and shows from Zippos Circus in the Big Top plus a huge selection of food and drink stalls and more!

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V&A Photography Centre Opens

Opens 12th October
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The new Photography Centre opens at the V&A with over 600 spellbinding photos including some of the oldest known photographs to modern masters. The Museum began acquiring photographs in 1852, and its collection is now one of the largest and most important in the world.

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The Last Straw

From 2nd Oct
10am-6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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IKEA and the Design Museum present the Last Straw, an installation featuring the last ever single-use plastic straw IKEA will serve or sell in any store in the UK and Ireland.

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Material Innovation

Design Museum Kensington
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Land Rover and the Design Museum present Material Innovation, an installation commemorating 70 years of the Land Rover brand. The atrium seats have been re-upholstered with original materials used in Land Rover vehicles from 1948 to 2018.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

25th Oct - 6th Jan
10am - 9pm (times vary)
Natural History Museum
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Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Experience the thrill of skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine in the air.

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Festive Play Session for Under Fives: December 2018

5th December-21st December
11:30-12:00; 12:30-1pm
V&A
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ake part in a multi-sensory play session especially for the under 5s and their families, inspired by The 12 Days of Christmas. These sessions are led by our very own Visitor Experience Gallery Assistants.

In search of Forgotten Colours

Until 27 January 2019
10am-5:30pm
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The workshop uses only plants and other natural materials to produce a wide range of extremely beautiful colours. Yoshioka has been especially active in reviving ‘forgotten’ colours like those found on textiles preserved in the 8th-century Shosoin Imperial Repository in Nara.

Free

Hands-on Discovery Areas

Until 31 March 2019
All day
V&A
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Dance with a Venetian Harlequin in the ballrooms of Europe, draw and decorate your own silver trophy, try on a medieval gauntlet or fabulous corset, or challenge yourself to become a master of your craft.

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Family Games

25 Sept - 31 March 2019
10am-5:45pm
V&A
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Play the Museum with our digital games. Go online to seek out the V&A’s secrets, get creative and take the apprentice challenge.

Typhoon Force

Daily
Science Museum
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Fuel your adrenaline and feel what it's like to fly a low level mission in the RAF's latest Typhoon jet. Our new simulator takes you on an action-packed flight, demonstrating the aircraft's manoeuvrability through the beautiful landscapes of North Wales and the Lake District.

Explore the Galleries

Natural History Museum
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From dinosaurs to mammals, explore the amazing diversity of life on Earth. Follow our planet's evolution and walk beneath a 25.2-metre blue whale skeleton. Take a journey through our spectacular Earth sculpture and find out about the tremendous forces that shape our planet. See scientists at work in the Darwin Centre and enjoy the tranquil habitats of our Wildlife Garden.

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Atelier E.B - Passer-by

3rd Oct - 3rd Jan 2019
Serpentine Galleries
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Taking the figure of the mannequin as its central theme, the exhibition will transform the Gallery into distinct interiors: a bespoke showroom for Atelier E.B’s latest collection, a display of historic material, photography and objects; and a series of newly commissioned work.

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Pierre Huyghe

3rd Oct - 10th Feb 2019
Serpentine Galleries
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Pierre Huyghe, one of the world’s leading conceptual artists, known for creating complex immersive ecosystems. The gallery will become a porous and contingent environment, housing different forms of cognition, emerging intelligence, biological reproduction and instinctual behaviours.

Adult Education Classes at Imperial College

Oct -March 2019
Imperial College London
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Imperial College run a range of daytime and evening classes in languages, the arts and humanities, and science subjects. Classes start in mid-October, with Evening classes meeting from 18:00 to 20:00 and Lunchtime Learning courses meet during lunch hours.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Opens 19th Oct
Natural History Museum
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See the world through a new lens. Now in its fifty-fourth year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases extraordinary animal behaviour and the breathtaking diversity of life on Earth. Explore the world's best nature photography, exhibited on 100 exquisite light panels.

Designers in Residence 2018: Dwelling

7th Nov - 24th March 2019
Design Museum Kensington
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The Design Museum has invited emerging designers and architects to respond to the theme ‘dwelling’. Watch designers at work, explore their projects and see their finished projects on display.

Beazley Designs of the Year

12th Sept - 6th Jan 2019
Design Museum Kensington
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Every year since 2008 hundreds of design experts from around the world nominate the most innovative and thought-provoking designs from the past 12 months. Discover this year’s top picks across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design.

The Wider Earth

2nd Oct - 24th Feb 2019
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Natural History Museum
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A new theatre in the Jerwood Gallery will be unveiled for the premiere of award-winning drama The Wider Earth. The play, about the story of a young Charles Darwin, features a cast of seven, remarkable puppetry, an original score and cinematic animations to bring to life uncharted landscapes.

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The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution

21st Sept - 24th March
Science Museum
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Explore the extraordinary lives and deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family and go behind the scenes to uncover the science behind one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century.

Akira

Daily
Japan House London
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The Japanese restaurant, Akira, is on the first floor of Japan House London in Kensington. Named after Chef SHIMIZU Akira, the restaurant presents an authentic Japanese dining experience based on Akira’s ‘trinity of cooking’ principles – food, tableware and presentation.

Britain 1500-1900 Tour

Monday, 1 January – Monday, 31 December 2018
14.30 – 15.30
V&A
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Join this daily volunteer-led tour which introduces the V&A's stunning British Galleries which house the most comprehensive collection of British design and artworks in the world.

Theatre and Performance Tour

Until 31st December
14.00 – 15.00
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Take a guided tour of the V&A's exciting theatre and performance collections. Discover the Theatre & Performance collections that document current practice and the history of all areas of performing arts in the UK, including magnificent theatre costumes, puppets, stage sets and more.

Rachel Kneebone at the V&A

10:00-17:45; Friday 10:00-22:00
V&A
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The monumental porcelain sculpture '399 Days' by contemporary British artist Rachel Kneebone will be displayed amongst the V&A's Medieval and Renaissance collection, highlighting the sculptors' shared interest in capturing highly emotive states.

Home Futures

7th Nov - 24th March 2019
Design Museum Kensington
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Explore today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination. Are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers throughout the 20th century predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change?

What's On Kids & Families

Institut français
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There is something for everyone at the Institut Français over the summer. From workshops for creative photography, science and design, to game labs, art clubs and animated film. And much, much!

Naturenauts

Natural History Museum
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A new app from the Museum which encourages kids and their favourite grown-ups to head outdoors and learn fun facts about UK wildlife. Grab your phone or tablet to explore the nature on your doorstep.

The Sun: Living with our Star

6th Oct - 6th May 2019
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The awesome power, beauty and dark side of the sun is revealed in a major new exhibition this Autumn. Spectacular interactive experiences, unique artefacts, and stunning imagery shed fresh light on our evolving relationship with our closest star.

Life in the Dark

Until 6 Jan 2019
All day
Natural History Museum
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Meet creatures that thrive at night, in the total darkness of caves and deep in the ocean. Get up-close to specimens with fascinating adaptations and find out how they navigate their environment, hunt, mate and evade predators. Discover nocturnal animals through sight, sound, touch and smell.

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Destination Space Family Show

Dates and times vary
Science Museum
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Help to explode some rocket-fuelled bubbles, melt some marshmallows, and learn all about the challenges of space in this free interactive family show. This show is suitable for children aged 5 and above.

Family Trails

Available every day
Kensington Palace
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Pick up a family trail activity from the trail stand in White Court for a fun way to spend the day at Kensington Palace with children aged 5-11 years.

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Superbugs: The Fight for Our Lives

On til Spring 2019
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The Science Museum's exhibition explores how society is responding to the enormous challenge of antibiotic resistance, featuring scientific research from across the globe and the personal stories of those waging war on the superbugs.

Lee Ufan: Relatum - Stage

From Feb 2018
Serpentine Galleries
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Artist Lee Ufan brings new public sculpture to Kensington Gardens. Comprised of two, angled, mirrored, steel sheets and two different-sized stones, Relatum – Stage will merge the natural and industrial in an installation that reflects the surrounding environment of the Park.

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Trails

Daily
10am - 5.45pm
V&A
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Uncover the hidden views and go on a visual treasure hunt with a range of exciting trails to guide your family through this amazing museum. Suitable for ages 3+

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Backpacks

Until 31st March 2019
10am - 5pm
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Available to borrow from Level 1, Sackler Centre, the V&A's award-winning backpacks are recommended for 5-12 years, whilst under 5s can explore sounds and textures with the Agent Animal bag. Discover curious ceramic objects, architectural inventions and incredible interiors.

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Tomorrow's World

Open daily
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How do today’s scientific discoveries shape tomorrow’s world? Get the scoop on the most surprising science stories and the biggest breakthroughs in the Tomorrow's World gallery.

V&A - Professional Development

til 29th Mar 2019
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Develop the professional skills you need to work in today's museum sector. Led by expert staff, these intensive part-time courses use V&A case studies to provide unique insights into their collections, work and best practice.

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt

8th Sep - 24th Feb 2019
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This exhibition will explore the design and culture of videogames since the mid-2000s, investigating ground-breaking contemporary design work, creative and rebellious player communities and the political conversations that define this movement.

Fashioned from Nature

On til 27th Jan 2019
10am-5:30pm
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This exhibition will present fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.

Family Explorer Trails: Creative Quarter

Get out and about this summer with the Mayor’s new London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails which includes the 'Creative Quarter' in South Kensington. Taking you on a circular trail starting at the V&A, up Exhibition Road and through the Royal Parks.

Science Museum's Shake Bar

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Cool off at the ice-cream and milkshake bar. Indulge your sweet tooth with sundaes and milkshakes or design your own ice cream tubs. Find the Shake Bar right outside Wonderlab.

V&A Secret Seekers

V&A Secret Seekers is a new mobile game for families, launched to coincide with the opening of the V&A's Exhibition Road Quarter. Let eight characters from the V&A's history guide you on an exciting treasure hunt to uncover some of the secrets of the Museum.

The Sunken Garden

Kensington Palace
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The beautiful Sunken Garden was planted in 1908, transforming part of the gardens previously occupied by potting sheds into a tranquil ornamental garden. Today, the garden continues the tradition of rotational flower displays in the spring and summer.

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The Italian Gardens

Kensington Gardens
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The Italian Gardens is a 150-year-old ornamental water garden located on the north side of Kensington Gardens near Lancaster Gate. It is believed to have been created as a gift from Prince Albert to his beloved Queen Victoria.

Boating in Hyde Park

April-31st Oct
10am til sundown
Hyde Park
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Hyde Park has a fleet of rowing and pedal boats on the Serpentine and the UK's first Solarshuttle, a magnificent vessel which glides across the lake powered only by the sun. The Solarshuttle carries up to 40 passengers and the pedal and row boats hold up to 6 persons each.

Digital Missions

Daily
Kensington Palace
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Download the free Time Explorers app and try the new Digital Mission at Kensington Palace for children and their families.

Self-Led
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Explorer Trail

Daily
Design Museum Kensington
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The trail will include creative looking, thinking and drawing activities as you explore the museum and exhibitions. The trail asks the user to consider what it's like to be a designer, maker and user of some of the wonderful objects in the collection. Takes 30 - 40 minutes.

Dinosaurs

Natural History Museum
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Explore the different time periods dinosaurs lived, sort the facts from the myths about why they died out, and find out what our scientific research has taught us about these prehistoric giants.

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Dinosaur Trail

Natural History Museum
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Are you big on museums, but short on time? NHM's knowledgeable visitor assistants have designed just the dinosaurs tour for you. It will introduce you to some of the Museum's most famous and imposing specimens. One hour

Space Descent with Tim Peake

From 24th March 2017
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As the European Space Agency's first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station. Using VR technology, get a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule and retrace Tim's 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS.

Diana: Her Fashion Story

On until 17th Feb 2019
Kensington Palace
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Trace the evolution of Diana, Princess of Wales' style, from the demure, romantic dresses and other outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. Recently re-opened with a selection of new outfits.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery & Magazine Restaurant

Serpentine Galleries
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The Serpentine Sackler Gallery & adjoining Magazine Restaurant, opened in 2013, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The Serpentine is now two contemporary art galleries in the heart of the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens in central London.

City of Towers, 2010 (part of the Collection Display)

Design Museum Kensington
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City of Towers is an installation presenting research into a new concept for the design and construction of high-rise buildings. City of Towers explores the concept of the tower through the lens of Parametricism – an architectural style created by the use of 3D software that renders shapes and forms using complex mathematical formulas. These 3D printed studies are sculptural in quality, precise in their creation, and sometimes appear to imitate natural forms.

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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

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Mathematics is too often perceived as dry and complex, but this new gallery will tell stories that place the subject at the heart of our lives, exploring how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world.

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Evening Classes at Imperial

Oct 2017-Mar 2019
6-8pm
Imperial College London
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Sign up for a course at Imperial where a wide variety languages are offered at different levels as well as an expanding range of Arts, Humanities and Science courses.

Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

Science Museum
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Based on the Apollo lunar landings, this film's exceptional 3D computer animation will fly you to the moon, where you can experience the sights and sounds of an Apollo expedition.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Daily
Science Museum
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

Royal College of Music Chamber Concerts

Most weekdays
Royal College of Music
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Witness the talent of outstanding young musicians studying at the Royal College of Music in this free lunchtime and rush-hour concert series.

Fashion

Daily
V&A
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Spanning five centuries, the Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dresses in the world.

Discovering Britain: Albertopolis Walk

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Take a self-guided tour and explore how London’s quarter for the arts and sciences was created. Discover more about it's great institutions and magnificent buildings.

The Garden

Open from 11.15 am
Science Museum
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The Garden is an exciting interactive space, created especially for children aged 3–6 and their parents and carers in the basement of the Museum.

Titans of the Ice Age 3D

Science Museum
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Meet the giant creatures – sabre-toothed cats, giant sloths, cave bears, dire wolves and mammoths – living in the frozen landscapes of our planet ten thousand years before modern civilization.

London's secret gardens

A suggested route where you can enjoy a ride through some of London's hidden gardens and get a glimpse of some of the Parks including Hyde Park along your way.

Cycle through History

Meander from Clerkenwell, through our Museum quarter and through historic Hyde Park. Here is a suggested route from TfL and Santander Cyles.

Hop on a Santander bike

Why not hop on a Santander bike and explore South Kensington - take a ride through the Parks, pass Kensington Palace, around the Serpentine and arrive at the Museums.

South Kensington Farmers' Market

Tuesdays
Imperial College London
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Every Tuesday, the market is open to all, providing great-tasting locally-sourced provisions on the Queen's lawn.

Afternoon tea at the Royal Albert Hall

2-4.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Afternoon Tea includes finger sandwiches, musically-themed sweet treats, homemade scones and a pot of fine tea, provided by the East India Company.

RCM Sparks

Various
Royal College of Music
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From babies to teens, RCM Sparks run a variety of inspiring events for a range of abilities, including family workshops, concerts and courses

V&A jewellery collection

Daily
V&A
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One of the finest collections of jewelry in the world - over 3,500 jewels, including pendants given by Queen Elizabeth I.

Theatre & Performence

Daily
V&A
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Set design, costumes, make-up, posters - and the first folio of Shakespeare's play.

Europe 1600-1815

Daily
V&A
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Showcasing over 1100 objects from the V&A’s collections of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design in a suite of seven galleries.

V&A Free tours & talks

Daily
V&A
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Get closer to the Museum and its incredible collections with our wide range of free or paid-for bespoke tours.

Pattern Pod

Daily
Science Museum
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Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns.

3D Red Arrows

Daily
Science Museum
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With stunning high definition 3D vision and flight simulator motion technology, you can see and feel for yourself what it’s like in the cockpit of a Red Arrow.

Information Age

Daily
Science Museum
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The Information Age gallery celebrates more than 200 years of innovation in information and communication technologies. Relive some remarkable moments of history.

Exploring space

Daily
Science Museum
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Explore how we’ve sent spacecraft to other planets, walked on the Moon and peered into the heart of our galaxy and beyond.

Engineer your future

Extended to continue in 2018
Science Museum
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Find out if you’ve got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.

Royal Albert Hall Tours

Most days of the year
Royal Albert Hall
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Guided tours offer the inside story of the Royal Albert Hall, taking you on a fascinating journey through its unique history, incredible architecture and legendary performances.

Volcanoes & Earthquakes

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games and our famous earthquake simulator, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live.

Human Evolution

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Meet your ancient relatives, trace the origins and evolution of our species, and explore what makes us human.

Cocoon

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Inside the Cocoon see hundreds of Museum specimens. Marvel at beetles and butterflies, metre-high plants, huge tarantulas and historic herbaria.

Behind the Scenes spirit tour

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Join expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.

Investigate for Families

Until 6 Jan 2019
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Natural History Museum
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Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence Museum scientists use in their daily work.

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Mammals

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Explore the rich diversity of mammals, from polar bears to pygmy shrews in the Mammals gallery. -

23 things Londoners should do in Hyde Park

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Swim, stroll, play, eat, relax, row - some top tips of things to do in Hyde Park from Buzzfeed.

Victoria Revealed

Daily
Kensington Palace
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Explore Queen Victoria’s long and fascinating life in her childhood home, Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Daily
Kensington Palace
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Home to the royal family for centuries and the birthplace of Queen Victoria, it is an exquisite palace with acres of manicured gardens.

Kensington Palace - family activities

Daily
Kensington Palace
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There's lots for families to see and do especially in the holidays, as well as enjoying a family-friendly café and shop. Kids go free!

Queen Carolines Temple

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Explore Queen Caroline's Temple which is a classical style summer house overlooking the Long Water, east of Lancaster Walk, Hyde Park.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Explore and adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.

Kensington Gardens

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Tree-lined avenues and flower beds provide a stunning back drop to Kensington Palace.

Ciné Lumière

Various
Institut français
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Showcasing the best of foreign film - it screens a mix of French, European and Global films - with subtitles.

Bibliothèque Quentin Blake

10am-9.30pm
Institut français
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The children's library has reopened providing children with easy access to a wide range of interactive resources.

Princess Diana Memorial walk

Daily
Hyde Park
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The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk takes visitors through four of the most beautiful parks in the world, including Hyde Park and Kensington Palace.

Princess Diana Memorial fountain

Daily
Hyde Park
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A unique fountain memorial to Princess Diana designed to reflect her spirit of life and love of children.