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Amazônia

13 October 2021 – March 2022
Wed - Sun 10am-6pm
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Internationally renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado presents Amazônia, a series of breath-taking photographs that celebrate the indigenous peoples and varied landscapes of the Brazilian rainforest.

Architecture for Dogs virtual tour

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Japan House London
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Featuring a collection of architectural designs for dogs by world-class architects and designers such as Ban Shigeru, Kuma Kengo, Itō Toyō and Sou Fujimoto, the Architecture for Dogs virtual exhibition explores architecture and design that can be joyful for both dogs and their human companions.

Prom 7: Vaughan Williams, Respighi and Mendelssohn

Wednesday 4 August 2021
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Conductor Vasily Petrenko appears for the first time at the Proms in his new role as Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. They are joined by Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji for Respighi’s Concerto gregoriano – a spiritual serenade in which the soloist becomes a wordless cantor, whose plainsong-inspired melodies soar over the orchestra.

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Transforming Space: Recruiting The World’s First Parastronauts

Thurs 9 December 2021
Online 7:30pm-8:45pm
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In a world first for human spaceflight, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced earlier this year that its first call for new astronauts in more than a decade will be open to candidates with a physical disability. Chaired by award-winning broadcaster and Paralympic medallist Ade Adepitan, a panel of experts from ESA will discuss the recruitment and training programme required for its new parastronauts.

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#LetsMakeWednesdays – Playful Prints!

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Back by popular demand, Playful Prints! Discover how prints were made before photocopiers and printers were invented, then have a look at the V&A's fantastic collection of prints (which go back over 600 years) to fire your imagination. And if you want to try something really different, have a look at woodcut prints

'The Muppet Christmas Carol' in Concert

Saturday 11 December 2021
2:30pm; 7:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Family favourite The Muppet Christmas Carol will be screened with live orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall as part of our 2021 Christmas season. This show will take you on a magical journey through the classic Charles Dickens story performed by the Muppets.

Free

10gram Challenge

5 Jul - 19 Sep
11am-5pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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During lockdowns, more than 250 of the Royal Society of Sculptors' members worldwide created the bronze sculptures in this exhibition, using just 10 grams of modelling wax, which were then cast into bronze. The project is a creative response to the time of uncertainty and isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

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39 Ways to save the Planet

BBC Sounds Radio 4
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The Royal Geographical Society is working in partnership with BBC Radio 4 on a radio series that showcases 39 ideas to relieve the stress that climate change is placing on the Earth. Presented by environmental journalist and Society Fellow, Tom Heap, each 15 minute programme features an expert who will provide practical, feasible and carbon-cutting advice.

A Beautiful Planet 3D (U)

Dates & Times vary
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Experience Earth like never before in a breath-taking portrait of the planet captured from the International Space Station on the biggest screen in Europe. See fantastic images of the Earth from the Space Station and gain a new understanding of how wonderful and unique our planet is.

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A Brief History of Stuff

Fortnightly
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Even the most ordinary objects have extraordinary stories to tell. Explore the past, present and future of the everyday things in your home, hosted by BBC Radio 5 Live's host Nihal Arthanayake. From bath toys to sticky tape and vacuum cleaners to the microwave oven, Nihal reveals how they changed science—and our world.

A New Culture Corner in Kensington & Chelsea

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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Do you live, work, study or visit Kensington & Chelsea and want to explore a new cultural corner in the borough? Take a look at their new One Year Culture Plan! They have over 50 ambitions including digital programs, from investing £175,000 in the delivery of the digital Notting Hill Carnival to supporting Kensington + Chelsea Art Week, working with local artists and creative studios for its annual public art trail - and the launch of their first ever Culture Night on 2nd October.

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Food

A Taste of Germany

Stein's Berlin & Goethe-Institut
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Combine a German film, language lesson or a visit to the library at the Goethe-Institut London with a visit to Stein’s Berlin restaurant. The restaurant offers a journey through all of Germany's kitchen in a well-designed contemporary and cosy atmosphere. For your safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, Stein’s Berlin has introduced air-sanitising equipment and is frequently updating their opening hours.

Adventure Babies

Every Tuesday 7 Sept to 14 Dec
Times vary for baby-pre crawlers/Toddlers/Little ones
Natural History Museum
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Delight the little one with a sensory storytelling class designed to boost their development and nurture a love for books. And afterwards, don't miss the chance to explore the rest of the Museum with a ready-written self-guided tour.

Africa Fashion

Opening June 2022
V&A
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The V&A is staging its first Africa Fashion exhibition, which will be as eclectic and varied, diverse and dynamic as its people. It will tell a story of fashion as a self-defining art form; a kind of movement culture that goes beyond individual garments to encompass attitude, gesture, style.

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African Heritage Tours in Europe 1600 – 1815

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Chosen by the V&A's African Heritage Gallery Guides, this selection of extraordinary objects invites you to take a closer look at European depictions of race, enslavement, pride, freedom, equality and activism.

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.

Afternoon tea in Kensington

Enjoy the timeless tradition of English afternoon tea in a Grade II listed Vanderbilt hotel, with handcrafted pastries, fresh scones and finger sandwiches on artisan breads. All accompanied by a range of teas and coffees.

Free

Ai-Da the Humanoid Robot Artist

From Tuesday 18 May
9:30am - 9pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Meet Ai-Da, a humanoid robot artist who can draw and engage in lively discussion. Whose ‘self-portraits’ use artificial intelligence to open up questions about human identity and creativity. Explore a series of self-portraits created through a blend of Ai-Da's brushstrokes, AI and the human hand, and her first prototype robotic arm.

Akira Reopens

Wed-Sat
Lunch 12noon-3pm; Afternoon Tea 2:30-4:30pm; Dinner 6pm-10pm
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. AKIRA is now offering a takeaway service. Take a look at the restaurant's special takeaway menu, offering a range of dishes such as rice bowls, sushi and robata skewers, and enjoy an exquisite Japanese lunch or dinner in a nearby park, at the office, or in the comfort of your own home.

Albert Memorial

Kensington Gardens
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Located in Kensington Gardens, it is one of London's most ornate ornaments. Unveiled in 1872, The Albert Memorial commemorates the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, who died of typhoid fever at the age of 42. Public tours are available.

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Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Autumn 2021
Serpentine
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Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is designing a garden for birds and bees and other pollen-carrying species. Ginsberg has developed a special algorithm that optimises garden designs – including plant species and layout – for pollinators rather than humans. This will result in a new outdoor garden in Cornwall and a website where you can replicate the design using the same algorithm.

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Algae Meadow by Seyi Adelekun and Wayward – with the V&A

Until mid- Oct
Daily
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Opposite the V&A, meander through a wildflower vertical meadow which connects the architecture of Exhibition Road to the depths of the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park through a hydroponic algae canopy. The Algae Meadow explores how we care for and enhance biodiversity in an urban setting through careful use of local resources, material and plant ecologies.

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

From Sat 22 May
Wed-Sun 11am-7pm
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Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.

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All About Materials

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Let’s learn about the circular economy. Design a plantable card from recycled paper.

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Anno's Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa

Japan House London
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Japan House launches their first virtual exhibition, 'Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa', showcasing the lifeworks of the beloved story teller and illustrator. A captivating and sensory experience.

Antarctica 3D (U)

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With never-before-seen footage and the latest underwater filming techniques, this epic documentary transports you to the farthest reaches of this majestic land and reveals that what happens there affects every single one of us.

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Art Deco Fashion

Distinct, elegant and vivid in colour, items from the V&A's fashion collections reveal the relationship between Art Deco design and the clothing and jewellery of the 1920s and 1930s. Jeanne Lanvin's 1930s beautiful evening dresses were the epitome of Art Deco elegance, combining simple, fluid forms with severe geometry. Immerse yourself in a bygone era!

Artists in Residence: Juliana Huxtable

Goethe-Institut
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For a new residency, the Goethe-Institut London and Somerset House Studios welcome artist, DJ, writer, and performer Juliana Huxtable. Working remotely from her studio, Juliana will be taking part in live streams and artist development opportunities.

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Asante Goldweights

Until 31 October 2021
10am-5pm
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Asante gold court regalia is richly symbolic of an economy centred on the gold trade. This display highlights contested heritage: some items were taken by British troops when they raided the Asante capital, Kumasi, in 1874 in conflicts over gold-trading ports.

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Asia

The Victoria and Albert Museum's Asian collections include objects from East Asia, South and South-East Asia, and the Middle East. They are rich in a broad range of artistic media and illustrate many different aspects of religious, courtly and everyday life.

Astronights

17th Jul, 25 Sep, 15 Oct, 13 Nov, 4 Dec
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If your child has ever wanted to explore the museum after dark, or if the idea of spending the night in one of our iconic galleries fills them with excitement, then they’ll love Astronights, a sleepover for children. With workshops, shows and activities—and breakfast and an interactive science show to boost your morning energy—it will be a night they never forget.

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Astronomers find hints of life on Venus

Imperial College London
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An international team of astronomers from Cardiff University and Imperial College has discovered a rare molecule – phosphine – in the clouds of Venus that could indicate the presence of life.

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Atmosphere

Open Daily
10am-6pm
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The Atmosphere gallery is an exciting place to make sense of the climate—the science of how it works, what it’s doing now and what it might do next. Uncover the secrets of ice cores and stalagmites, then head for the future to wonder at the latest ideas for a low-carbon life.

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Atta Kwami Public Art Commission

From 2022
Serpentine
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The Maria Lassnig Foundation and the Serpentine Galleries are delighted to announce that the 2021 Maria Lassnig Prize is awarded to UK-based Ghanaian artist Atta Kwami. A comprehensive monograph publication and a public art commission will be launched in 2022.

Back to Earth: By Leaves We Listen

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How can botanical knowledge support practices of ecological and personal healing? Victoria Sin and Lucia Pietroiusti co-host a round table with Emma Nicolson from Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh with artists Keg de Souza, Nabihah Iqbal and botanist Greg Kenicer. Featuring sound works by Rachel Pimm and Keg de Souza.

Bags! Inside Out

19 May
Wed-Sun 10am-5:45pm
V&A
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From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, Bags! will explore the style, function, design and craftsmanship of the ultimate accessory.

BBC Proms 2021

Fri 30 July- Sun 11 Sept 2021
Times vary
Royal Albert Hall
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In 2021, the BBC Proms returns to the Royal Albert Hall for a summer of live music, as it has done every year since 1941. With 52 concerts over 44 days, featuring 30 orchestras and ensembles and more than 2,000 musicians, this ambitious season promises a celebration of live music on a scale not seen since before the pandemic.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

Opening on Saturday, 12 February 2022
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Celebrating the life and work of one of the best loved children's authors of the 20th century. Featuring original watercolours, drawings and manuscripts, as well as personal artefacts, including letters and photographs, this exhibition will bring to light the places, people and animals that inspired some of Potter's most beloved characters.

Beethoven’s Ninth

Saturday 18 September 2021
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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An unmissable all-Beethoven concert culminates with the monumental Choral Symphony with its climactic Ode to Joy.

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Beetle-mania

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The Royal Parks
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Learn about insect body parts by looking at the uk’s largest invertebrate: the stag beetle! Rebuild the beetle by drawing its pieces in the correct places. Suitable for ages 5-11.

Free

Behind the Scenes Tours of the Conservation Studios

Every 2nd & 3rd Wednesday of the month
11-12pm
V&A
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Discover how the Museum examines, conserves, preserves and prepares collections for display in the public galleries and exhibitions. This volunteer-led tour of the paper, books, sculpture and textiles conservation studios is an opportunity to see the fascinating work which goes on behind the scenes.

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.

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Bitesize Science

From January 2021
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The Science Museum has pooled together an expansive field of resources including experiments, games and videos to bring the thrills and fun of science into living rooms across the country. Discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics - and don't miss the Museum's Explainers Bitesize at 1pm daily this week on BBC2, and iPlayer, to help with homework, revision and learning.

Free

Blyth Gallery

Open Daily
9am-9pm
Imperial College London
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The Blyth Gallery, curated by Mindy Lee, is an artist-run space for creative exploration of ambitious visual projects. Exhibitions include Imperial College students and staff shows, exhibitions of postgraduate Fine Art student work and work by visiting professional artists.

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Boating in Hyde Park

April-31st Oct
10:30am-6pm
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.

Book your Free Entrance Ticket to the Design Museum

Design Museum Kensington
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Don't forget to pre-book for your free entrance ticket to access both free displays and paid exhibitions.

Book Your Free Entrance Ticket to the Natural History Museum

Mon-Sun
10am–5:50pm
Natural History Museum
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Book your free timed entry ticket to the Natural History Museum and explore the nation’s finest collection of natural history specimens.

Book your free entrance ticket to the Science Museum

Wednesday-Sunday
10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
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Head to the Science Museum website to book your free admission tickets and explore their incredible galleries and exhibitions this summer.

Book Your Free Entry Ticket to the V&A

Book your free timed entry ticket to the V&A and spend your day exploring their miles of galleries or dip into the exciting array of exhibitions and displays. Their café and shops are also open.

Bottle Tops & Bubbles

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The Science Museum's Learning Resources is bursting with interesting and fun experiments. Bring the wonder home and explore science and maths with their hands-on activities the whole family can do together.

Movies

Brassed Off Live

Wednesday 25 May 2022
Doors: 6:15pm Starts: 7:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Brilliant History at Home

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Kensington Palace
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Taking on the role of teacher can feel overwhelming but Kensington Palace has got some great ideas to help you teach. Here are five top history resources that will keep your kids learning AND smiling while you're staying home together. Five brilliant history resources for home schooling from a Tudor servant during the reign of Henry VIII to being locked up in the Tower of London. Parental participation optional!

Bringing Nature to your Home

Flowers in a Glass Vase (1667) is the earliest-known signed work by the Dutch artist Jacob van Walscapelle. This striking still life explores the theme of transience, depicting a bouquet of fast-fading flowers. Ironically, the beauty of the painting itself had started to fade, as it had not been treated since it arrived at the V&A in 1900. A fascinating video of its transformation.

Bringing Science to your Living Room

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The Science Museum has joined forces with the BBC to bring you Bitesize Daily. Experience the wonders of science at home with exciting experiments and demonstrations carried out using exhibits at the Museum's Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery in London.

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Britain's first astronaut, Helen Sharman, on isolation

Imperial College London
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Britain's first astronaut, Helen Sharman, shares her thoughts on confinement and isolation when living and working in space, and how those lessons could apply to isolation during the coronavirus outbreak.

Music

Bryan Adams

Mon 9 May – Wed 11 May 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Bryan Adams is heading to London for three epic shows at the Hall in April 2021 as part of a special residency. Each night, Bryan will perform one of his classic albums in full, plus a selection of his greatest hits from a staggering back-catalogue. Monday 9 May: Cuts Like A Knife (1983) Tuesday 10 May: Into The Fire (1987) Wednesday 11 May: Waking Up The Neighbours (1991)

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Burnley Mill Engine in Action

Wed-Sun
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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For over 300 years, steam has been the driving force behind the working factories, shipping and railways that are essential for trade. Even now, steam turbines generate the majority of the electricity we use every day, both at home and at work. See the huge, red Burnley Mill engine in action.

Food

Café Tangerine

Tue–Fri: 5pm–9pm
Sat & Sun: 3pm–9pm
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Café Tangerine - the French restaurant with a British twist has reopened! Enjoy a glass of wine, a mini quiche or a sausage-roll before a screening – or just pop in if you’re in the neighbourhood to grab a sandwich, a brioche, some delicious cake or a coffee to go!

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Cálmate

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Ismaili Centre
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The Ismaili Sounds is pleased to present Calmate, performed by Hip-Hop artist Fidah, who in this song explores the balance between faith and world, and encourages open conversation on the existential questions of life.

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Outdoors

Camo Critters

Tues 17 Aug - Thurs 19 Aug 2021
11am - 3pm
The Royal Parks
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Locate the camouflaged critters in this visual search game, followed by a spineless scavenger hunt for invertebrate investigators. Suitable for ages 3-11.

Campus Visits for Schools

Imperial College London
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Tours of Imperial College London are available for groups of students between 13 and 18 years old. These visits include a tour of the South Kensington campus, as well as a presentation and potential subject-specific tours for older students. Email to book a tour.

Can you design a colour-changing object?

Design Museum Kensington
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There’s not much fun to be had on a rainy day, but Emma-Jayne Parkes wanted to use her design skills and a special type of ‘smart’ material to change that perception. Discover more about her Squid London’s colour changing umbrella!

Catch the Carbon

24 July – 29 August
1pm
Science Museum
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Families can join Explainers for this interactive show to find out what carbon dioxide is, why too much of it is causing our planet some problems and what we can all do to help. Free, drop-in. Ages 7+

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Ceramics

Visit the V&A's amazing collection of ceramics, first opened in 1868. The galleries include the stunning Ceramic Staircase which was designed by Frank Moody, a master in the Schools of Design, together with his students. 

Music

Chamber Essentials

Until 11 August 2021
Times vary
Royal College of Music
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The Royal College of Music is delighted to introduce RCM Chamber Essentials, a series of four concerts exploring a variety of works from well-known composers to those who came from under-represented backgrounds.

Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life

Sat 19 June - Sun 5 Sept
9:30am-6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Discover one of the great furniture designers and architects of the twentieth century whose work was often overshadowed by her male peers, such as Le Corbusier and Jean Prouvé.

Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life BSL Tour

Sat 7 August 2021
12 noon-1pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join this British Sign Language tour of the Charlotte Perriand exhibition. Tour guide Martin Glover will introduce visitors to seminal pieces by the architect and interior designer, one of the most iconic and innovative minds in 20th century design

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Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life Multisensory Tour

Sat 14 August 2021
10am - 12 noon
Design Museum Kensington
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Join this Multisensory tour of the Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life exhibition for blind and partially sighted visitors. Specialist guide Andrew Mashigo will introduce visitors to the 20th century architect and furniture designer, who is celebrated in this exhibition through original sketches and reconstructions of her work.

Chucs Serpentine Restaurant & Cafe

9am - 9pm
Serpentine
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The restaurant was designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid. Chucs Serpentine offers an all-day menu, a £25 three-course set menu, children’s classics, homemade ice creams and cocktails. A take-away menu is also available. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Ciné Kids

Various
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Ciné Kids screenings cater to children aged 4 and over – and their families – so they can discover the best animated films. In English, French or French with subtitles. Including Despicable Me and Paddington.

Ciné Lumière

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

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CinéFamilies at the Institut français

Dates and times vary
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The much acclaimed Ciné Lumière offers a wonderful choice of movies for the whole family to enjoy together, from the recently released Cruella to movies for the youngest family members, The Reason I Jump, and relaxed screenings tailored for children with sensory difficulties.

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.

Music

Classical Spectacular

19-22 November 2021
3:30pm; 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The UK’s most popular classical show returns to the Royal Albert Hall in November 2020! No other show presents such a magnificent combination of the very best in classical music and state of the art technology. Ranging from a flood of pure white light to electrifying multi-coloured laser displays, the dazzling special effects bring to life the scenes and moods evoked by each glorious piece changing the way you experience classical music forever.

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Climate Change Action Through Dance: Aziza Jaffer

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Ismaili Centre
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Aziza Jaffer is a Bollywood choreographer and dance instructor in Bujumbura, Burund, who teaches dance, and through dance hopes to create awareness of the consequences our actions have on the environment.

Climate Change Risk Management

Wed 8 - Thur 9 September 2021
Online 9am - 1pm
Imperial College London
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The Institute of Risk Management and Imperial College London team up to deliver the go-to practical training course on Climate Change Risk Management. Building on world-leading expertise in the science of climate change, business management and enterprise risk management, this practical course not only allows learners to explore why managing climate change risk is important to their organisation but also how to do it.

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Climate Talks: Tony Blair in conversation with John Kerry

Thursday 29 July
Online 1pm-2pm
Science Museum
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With the most crucial climate talks of all, COP26, taking place this November, the time for turning rhetoric into action is now. To discuss how best to achieve this, the Science Museum welcomes former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

Clockmakers' Museum

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Discover the world’s oldest clock and watch collection in its new home at the Science Museum, including more than 1000 watches, 80 clocks, 25 marine chronometers and a number of fine sundials and examples of hand engraving.

Cocoon

Daily
Monday-Sunday 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
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.

Coderdojo

12 Jun, 10 Jul, 14 Aug, 11 Sep, 9 Oct, 13 Nov, 11 Dec
11am & 2pm
Science Museum
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A free coding session. You and your family can choose what you want to create, go at your own pace, and decide how you like to work—on your own or teamed up. From total beginners to programming experts, everyone is welcome.

Come and think like a scientist at Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Wednesday-Sunday
10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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Discover mind-blowing exhibits and demonstrations that fuel your imagination and immerse yourself in a world of wonder.

Connected

11 Sept - 11 Oct
1-30 Sept 10am-6:30pm Mon-Sat | 10am-9pm Thur-Sun
Design Museum Kensington
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Connected is an experiment which set out to explore how designers and craftspeople adapted their working practices during lockdown. Nine international designers have been challenged to create a table and seating, that is personal to them, for home living and working.

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COP26: How can it achieve what the world needs?

5th Aug
7.30-8.45pm
Science Museum
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Join a panel of experts to discuss the agenda and ambitions for the most important climate talks of all: the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26. The conference will see leaders from across the globe come together with the aim of agreeing new and ambitious targets to tackle the climate crisis.

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Cosmonauts: birth of the space age

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Turning their eyes towards the sky, the Russian people pioneered space travel, becoming the first nation to launch satellites, animals and humans into orbit. Their early achievements were seen as a challenge by America, and created fierce competition between the two nations. Delve into a fascinating world of exploration and discovery..

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Create a Crochet Dinosaur

Online
Natural History Museum
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Crochet your own Sophie the Stegosaurus with an online class from TOFT. You will receive everything you need to make your dino, including wool, stuffing, crochet hook, sewing-up accessories and pattern, as well as expert tuition. During the workshop you will learn how to read a crochet pattern, start and finish each body part and sew them all together.

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Create and Make At Home

Online
Design Museum Kensington
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Enjoy a family Create and Make workshop at home. Colour, cut and build to create your own Design Museum exhibition. Colour, cut and build to create your own Design Museum exhibition. Bring the Design Museum to you by building your own furniture exhibition.

Curated datasets

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The RGS has created ten curated datasets, on a variety of topics, to help teachers guide students in the use of open datasets. The principles behind these resources can be applied by teachers and students to other relevant open datasets. Suitable for key stages 3, 4 and 5.

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Curious Cures

Saturday & Sunday
1:30pm-4pm; 3pm-3:30pm
Science Museum
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Discover more about some of the curious and creepy cures used to keep us healthy in days gone by. This interactive science show will delight and disgust the whole family!

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.

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Dawnosaurs: Relaxed Morning Visits

7 Aug & 21 Nov 2021
8am-10am
Natural History Museum
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Dawnosaurs is a free event for children with neurodiverse conditions (including autism and other sensory processing difficulties) to enjoy the Museum with their families and siblings, free from the hustle and bustle of the general public. Visitors have access to a wide range of galleries and activities, supported by experienced, autism-aware facilitators. This event is best for children aged five to 15, and siblings are welcome.

Day-Afterthoughts

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A virus is showing us how interlinked we are globally and yet how fragile our public life is. What does the pandemic mean for each of us and for society as a whole? Artists and intellectuals from around the world respond to our present predicament and what lies in store.

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Deep Sea 3D (PG)

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Swim alongside some of the most exotic creatures on the planet, from the bizarre Rainbow Nudibranch to the Giant Pacific Octopus. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, Deep Sea 3D transports you below the ocean surface on a unique underwater adventure.

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Design and make a surreal critter

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Play with objects, artworks and your favourite animals in these creative drawing challenges designed for ages 7 and up. Start off by sketching a creature in clothes, and then create your own funky critter.

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Design and make your own story

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Use objects from around the home to help you create your own story. Then design the costumes and sets, and bring it to life! Take a look at the objects in the V&A collections for more inspiration. Designed for ages 7 and up.

Design at the Design Museum

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For the Design Museum, design is a continually evolving subject which it explores through its exhibitions programme, publishing, permanent collection, learning and research activities. Find out more about the design of some of the most iconic objects from Concorde, to London Transport.

Design Museum reopens today

From Tuesday 18 May
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
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The Design Museum is open with the much awaited exhibition Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street. Pre-book your ticket and explore cutting edge design in the shape of Ai-Da, the world’s first convincing humanoid robot capable of creating artworks.

Design Museum Self-Guided Visits

10am - 4pm
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The Design Museum has three exhibitions available for self-guided visits - Designer Maker User (free), Ferrari: Under the Skin and Beazley Designs of the Year. Booking required in advance, with a suggested viewing time of 60 minutes per exhibition.

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Design Your Own Okiagari Kobōshi

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As part of this month’s focus on the crafts of the Tōhoku region in north-eastern Japan, why not download Japan House London's worksheet and design your own "little monk"!

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Designer Maker User

Open daily
10am - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Designer Maker User, the Design Museum's only permanent exhibition, features almost 1000 items of twentieth and twenty-first century design viewed through the angles of the designer, manufacturer and user, including a crowdsourced wall.

Designers in Residence: Care

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As we enter a new decade characterised by technological acceleration, 24/7 working, and climate uncertainty, there is a crucial role for design in supporting the ways we care for ourselves, each other and the planet, and to this end four emerging designers are exploring alternative avenues for communities to become more resilient.

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Designing a World for Everyone

Tue 21 Sept 2021
Online 6:30pm-8pm
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Curated by Design Age Institute, explore the power of innovative design to help everyone age with agency and joy in this thought provoking session. 'Designing a world for everyone' is the first of a talks series entitled 'Designing for your future self' which invites audiences of all ages to join designers, innovators, researchers and ageing humans to explore the ideas, trends and passions that are shaping our future lives.

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Destination Space Family Show

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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.

Developing a vaccine for COVID-19

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In the first of a series of seminars on COVID-19, two experts will talk about their work into mitigating the impacts of this infection through the development of a new vaccine and other therapeutic approaches.

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Developing techniques to speed regenerative treatment

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Awarded Industrial Fellow 2018, Ben Barnes is developing a method to purify exosomes that is both scalable and economically viable, so that they can be used therapeutically. Purification of these biomolecules is essential for the development of regenerative treatment, which could potentially be used to tackle cancer and act as delivery vehicles for therapeutic molecules.

Digital Workshops

Selected weeks Mon - Fri
10.45am, 1.15pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Tailored for Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5, pick from 1.5-hour workshops covering app design, digital graphic design and 3D printing and are accompanied by a visit to a relevant Design Museum temporary gallery.

Dining at The Kensington

The natural charm of the hotel’s Drawing Rooms with their open fireplaces, colourful artwork and pretty objects d’art, provide the ultimate in luxurious yet relaxed living. The Drawing Room offers hotel guests and visitors an enticing selection of fresh, seasonal, locally-sourced menus throughout the day, including a quintessentially English Afternoon Tea.

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Dino Snores for Grown Ups

Fri 27 Aug / Fri 10 Sept / Sat 27 Nov 2021
4:30pm - 10am
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If you thought sleepovers were just for kids, think again. Join the Natural History Museum after the Sun's gone down and let your inner child go wild for a night of fun and games. Sleep beneath the beloved blue whale in the iconic Hintze Hall, and enjoy a three-course dinner as well as loads of awesome activities to keep you entertained all night.

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Dino Snores for Kids

Fri 13 Aug; 3 Sept; 24 Sept; Sat 23 Oct
6:45pm - 10am
Natural History Museum
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Have you ever wanted to have a sleepover with a giraffe? Or spend the night camped beneath a blue whale? This unique sleepover gives kids aged 7 to 11 the chance to explore the Museum after dark while taking part in fun and educational activities.

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Dinosaur footprint cookies recipe

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Natural History Museum
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Not your average dinosaur cookies. These tasty biscuits are fun to bake with kids and make a colourful addition to a dinosaur-themed party.

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Dinosaur Trail

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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

Dinosaurs

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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.

Dippy's Naturenauts

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Welcome, naturenauts! Are you ready for an adventure? Grab your phone or tablet to explore the nature on your doorstep.

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Discover Design

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A brilliant online resource that can be used in schools to accompany D&T lessons, or alongside a trip to the Design Museum. This site looks at the design of objects and the story behind designs, and includes teacher guidance.

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Discover More

Discover South Kensington
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From great exhibitions to debates with experts, and fun activities to try at home, there’s so much more to discover here.

Discover more at the Natural History Museum

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Find answers to your big nature questions. Delve into stories about the Museum's collections, scientists and research. Uncover the history of life on Earth, from the smallest insects to the largest mammals.

Discovering Britain: Albertopolis Walk

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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.

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Discovery Day: Meadow Madness

Tues 17 Aug-Thurs 19 Aug 2021
11am - 3pm
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This summer the Royal Parks are welcoming families to the LookOut Discovery Centre in Hyde Park for their popular drop-in Discovery Days, hosting a variety of themed outdoor activities. Try your artistic hand with a massive meadow mural mural and make their own seed animal to take home. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy one of their family-friendly nature trails.

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Discovery Day: Peter Pan

Tues 10 Aug - Thurs 12 Aug 2021
11am - 3pm
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Uncover treasure in the centre of Hyde Park, with free activities that are fun for the whole family. There will be a pirate orienteering challenge and plenty of arts and crafts to keep your little ones entertained, including building a tree home for elves and fairies, and activities exploring the park's other flying superstars.

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Discovery Day: Wild Water

Tues 3rd Aug - Thurs 5th Aug 2021
11am - 3pm
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This summer the Royal Parks are welcoming families to the LookOut Discovery Centre in Hyde Park for their popular drop-in Discovery Days! Join them for a closer look at the incredible variety of life in their water bodies. Try some pond dipping, create your very own water animal or try out your artistic hand with a massive pond mural.

Do try this at home

As part of our South Ken Green Trail, we've pulled together some fun activities for all the family. Using your imagination and everyday objects around your home, explore new ways to recycle and save our planet. Find out how to create spaces for nature on your windowsill, balcony or garden.

Do you really, really want to learn French!?

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The Institut français has made it so easy to sign up and learn French. They've even extended the starting date to October. You can learn with your own tutor or with a friend or in a group. The possibilities are endless. And if you book now they're offering an early bird 10% discount. There's no excuse!

Download the South Ken Green Trail Map

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From the end of July to mid-October, South Kensington is coming alive with exciting new installations and a green trail for visitors. Pop-up nature hubs and installations created by architects, artists and garden designers will leave you buzzing with new ideas and inspiring visions for a greener future.

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Dream Warriors: smartphones used as Corona-AI

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A new COVID-19 project by Imperial researchers will look for potential new treatments using the computing power of people’s smartphones.

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Drop in Design: Wonderland Picnic Baskets

Thurs 12 – Fri 13 August 2021
11am-5pm
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Join the fun of the Mad Hatter’s tea party by designing and making your own paper picnic party basket and paper tea set! Led by an experienced set, costume and prop maker you’ll weave with paper, explore model making techniques and understand how to translate 2d to 3d.

Earth Perspectives by Olafur Eliasson

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The Serpentine launches 'Earth Perspectives', a new artwork conceived by Olafur Eliasson for Earth Day 2020, comprising of nine images featuring nine different views over the Earth.

Earth Photo 2021

26 July 2021 - 25 August 2021
11.00am-4.30pm
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Earth Photo 2021, an international photography project developed jointly by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) has attracted hundreds of photo and video submissions which stimulate conversations about our world and its inhabitants..

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Earth Photo Competition 2020: A Climate of Change

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Earth Photo is an international competition and exhibition created by the Society and Forestry England. This virtual exhibition showcases the very best in environmental visual media and how it can better connect us with the world by telling stories and encouraging discussion about our planet, its inhabitants and our treatment of both.

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Energy Hall

Wednesday–Sunday:
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Trace the remarkable story of steam and how it shaped the world we live in today. Steam has been the driving force behind British industry for 300 years. Without it, the Industrial Revolution could never have happened. Even now, steam provides 75% of the electricity we use every day.

Engineer your future

Wed to Sun
10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Could you shape the world we live in? Find out if you've got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.

Epic Iran

From 19 May
Wed-Sun 10am-5:45pm
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Exploring 5,000 years of art, design and culture, Epic Iran shines a light on one of the greatest historic civilisations, its journey into the 21st century and its monumental artistic achievements, which remain unknown to many.

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Epic Iranian Storytelling

Sat 7 Aug / Sat 14 Aug 2021
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Go on a journey with storyteller Sef Townsend as he tells tales of epic proportion! Join in, perform and move as you travel through wonderful and magical stories.

EU 2020: The Goethe-Institut for Europe

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Crisis and the rise of the right... We refer to Europe mainly in terms of its political and economic systems, and often only when those systems are being challenged. With Brexit now a certainty, we want to address Europe as a place and as a concept - a continent formed of an international community.

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Europe 1600-1815

Wed-Sun
10am-5pm
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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.

Events and exhibitions inspiring action on climate change

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As the UK prepares to host COP26, the venues here have a programme of thought-provoking and inspiring events and exhibitions exploring the road to a greener future.

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Everest - A Reconnaissance

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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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This exhibition showcases a selection of platinum prints, available to purchase, made from the newly digitised glass and celluloid negatives of the 1921 British Mount Everest Reconnaissance Expedition.

Everyday Science

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This year the Science Museum is celebrating the science of everyday objects through a new series of online stories. So grab a cuppa and settle down to learn about that mid-century icon, the Teasmade, or explore the illuminating story of how electric lighting transformed our homes.

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Everyday Technology

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From light bulbs to motorways and cups of tea to concrete, discover the extraordinary science stories behind familiar objects and technologies we encounter every day

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Exhibition Evenings at the Natural History Museum

Thursday 29 July
6:30pm-9:30pm
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Experience the Museum after the doors have closed and visit their two most popular exhibitions as the sun goes down. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking diversity of the natural world in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and discover Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature exhibition, where the real world and the Wizarding World intertwine.

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Explore and experiment

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Making instant ice-cream is just one of the activities on the Science Museums website to try at home. You can also take a virtual tour via Google Streetview, let a curator guide you round the galleries, explore online exhibitions, play games and so much more.

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Explore Arts and Crafts

Are you ready for this week's #TuesdayTour? Today the V&A team will show you have to give an Arts and Crafts twist to your wardrobe.

Explore Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks: Codex Forster I

Famous worldwide as the painter of such masterpieces as the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) is also renowned for his notebooks in which he recorded his thoughts and inventions. Five of these fascinating notebooks, bound into three small volumes, have been in our collection since 1876 when they were bequeathed to the Museum by John Forster

Explore our Museums at Home

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While our five museums are closed, join us online to discover inspiring stories of scientific achievement on our websites, delve into our incredible collections or through videos and 3D models, hear from scientific pioneers. Explore fun activities to try at home or simply have fun playing our online games.

Explore RCM Exhibitions Online

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The Royal College of Music was the first music conservatoire to partner with the Google Cultural Institute, opening up collections to audiences around the world. The museum and library curate a range of interactive digital exhibitions, drawing on key social and historical themes to enrich our understanding of music history.

Explore the Galleries

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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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Explore the Natural History Museum from your home

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The Natural History Museum's virtual tour allows you to explore 14 exhibitions and access 300,000 specimens. Zoom in on the tiny details of the main hall's gilded ceiling or take a closer look at the marine reptiles discovered by Mary Anning. Enjoy a day at the Museum without even having to leave your home!

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Explore the V&A Collections

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The V&A is launching Explore the Collections, a new digital platform that enables everyone from around the world to search, explore and discover over 1.2m objects from the museum’s collections. This new online experience forms a key part of the V&A’s goal to revolutionise access to national collections, which will culminate in their new collections and research centre at V&A East – an entirely new cultural experience and the first of its kind in the UK.

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Explorer Trail

Daily
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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.

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Exploring Space Gallery Tour

Daily
10am-6pm
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Discover space firsts such as Sputnik, Yuri Gagarin and the work of Sergei Koralev. Delve into an amazing history, bringing to life objects from our Exploring Space gallery.

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Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution

Sat 20 November 2021
10am-5:45pm; last admission 4:45pm
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This exhibition will explore master goldsmith, Carl Fabergé – whose internationally recognised firm symbolised Russian craftsmanship, luxury and elegance – and the Anglo-Russian relationship which saw the opening of a London branch in 1903.

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Family Favourites

Wed-Sun & Mon 31 August
11am-5:30pm (last entry 5pm)
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Get up close with nature, discover fascinating creatures and intriguing science with these top tips for family visits and a self-guided tour. Can't make it to the Museum? There are still plenty of ways to get involved online with live talks, dinosaur crafts and ways to explore nature in your local area

Image credit: Ian Davenport Albertopolis Fantasy
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Fantasies of Exhibition Road

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Imperial College London
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See South Kensington in a whole new light as it is transformed by a selection of artists re-imagining spaces along Exhibition Road in Albertopolis, where the Great Exhibition Road Festival takes place. The artists were inspired by conversations with scientists at Imperial College London on mental health and wellbeing research to create digital dreams of these iconic places.

Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature

17 May - 3 January
Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm
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Discover where the real and wizarding worlds intertwine, and how the wonders of the natural world have inspired myths, legends and magical creatures for generations. 

Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature Online

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Step into an online world full of fantastic real-life and magical beasts. There are highlights, stories and games galore. Walk around the exhibition from home with a 360° Google Streetview with Google Arts & Culture.

Fashion

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

Films in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

From 27 May 2021
Times vary
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Experience cinema’s most iconic films with the score performed live by an orchestra in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall.

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Filthy Lucre: Whistler's Peacock Room Reimagined

If you haven't seen it already, don't miss this wonderful and immersive installation by contemporary artist Darren Waterston. His detailed and decadent interpretation of James Abbott McNeill Whistler's famed Peacock Room, a sumptuous 19th-century interior, will leave you in awe.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake: Orchestra World Tour

Sunday 19 September 2021
Starts: 2:00pm, 7:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Final Fantasy VII Remake Orchestra World Tour is an electrifying new concert based entirely on the highly anticipated and groundbreaking game from SQUARE ENIX. Experience all-new symphonic arrangements based on composer Nobuo Uematsu’s rendition and the Final Fantasy VII Remake theme song Hollow.

Five Brilliant History Resources for Home Schooling

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Stepping into a teacher's shoes, even for a short time, may be daunting, especially if it feels like centuries since you were in the classroom yourself. But don't panic! Historic Royal Palaces has lots of ideas and resources online to help your children continue exploring history without having to step outside the front door.

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Flesh-eating beetles and exploding fossils

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The Museum houses an astonishing collection of over 80 million specimens spanning everything from meteorites to mice. But what does it take to look after one of the world's most important natural history collection during lockdown? And who is going to look after the flesh-eating beetles?

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Flight

Daily
10am-6pm
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From mankind's earliest dreams of flight to the wide-body aeroplanes of today, discover the absorbing story of flight. Overhead walkways allow you to get up close to aeroplanes suspended in the air. Examine exhibits from the pioneer days of aviation, including the world's most authentic Antoinette monoplane (1909), Amy Johnson's Gipsy Moth and the Vickers Vimy, which first crossed the Atlantic in 1919.

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Fly Kids

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Fly Kids is a pay-as-you-go flight simulator that lets your child experience the sights and sounds of flying with the Red Arrows during one of their aerobatic displays.

Foodbank for Pollinators by Natalie Taylor in Princes Gardens

On until mid-Oct
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Just behind Exhibition Road in Prince's Gardens, artist Natalie Taylor’s bed of wildflowers spells out a call for more urban meadows and creates the perfect hub for buzzing insects. Commissioned by Goethe-Institut.

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Footways walking round London

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Footways London’s guide reveals quiet and characterful walking routes. Discover beautiful streets in Kensington at a different pace.

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Forest dreaming with Aalto

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Explore the relationship between the wood designs of architect, Alvar Aalto, and the forests of his native Finland, as part of Serpentine’s ongoing design research with Formafantasma.

French Day à la Carte

Booking required
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A full day of French culture including a visit to the Institute's library - storytelling for younger children, and useful resources for teens - and a viewing of a celebrated French film, chosen by you with the help of the Institute's staff.

From the Royal Albert Hall to your home

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Their doors might be closed for now but the Royal Albert Hall is still here to bring you stories, performances, and activities to keep you entertained and inspired at home. Stay tuned!

From the V&A Collections

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From ancient Chinese ceramics to Alexander McQueen evening dresses, take an incredible journey through 5000 years of human creativity with their online collections.

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Fuelling the Modern World

Sat 24 July – Sun 29 August 2021
2pm
Science Museum
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Want to know more about carbon and the future of our planet? Are you interested in new technologies and how they can help our world? Join the Science Museum's Explainers to explore ways we can help reduce carbon dioxide in our air.

Gallery Hire at Serpentine

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Available for corporate and private hire, Serpentine South Gallery and Serpentine North Gallery and the Magazine restaurant are contemporary art spaces in which to hold beautiful events.

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Gardening for biodiversity

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It’s often assumed that if you plan your garden with biodiversity in mind, you’ll have to sacrifice on style. This absolutely doesn’t need to be the case. Mission: Invertebrate’s aim is to enrich wildlife in the Royal Parks - some of the busiest green spaces in London.

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Geography in the News

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Resources to support recent geographical stories in the press. Suitable for Key Stages 1-5.

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Music

George Benson

Sunday 26 June 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Legendary ten-time Grammy Award and NEA Jazz Master winner George Benson returns for one night only at the Royal Albert Hall in 2022. The jazz guitar legend just released his 45th album, Walking to New Orleans, a tribute to both hit machine Fats Domino and the original rock guitar hero and poet, Chuck Berry.

German Riveter

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Interested in German literature, but don’t know where to start? In the “German Riveter”, the European Literature Network has put together some recommendations! All of the books mentioned in the magazine can be found in our library in London or in our digital library – free of charge!

Get active in the Royal Parks

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Being in the fresh air and close to nature is crucial for mental and physical wellbeing. Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are open during lockdown, and this time playgrounds and outdoor catering will stay open too. If you’re not nearby, there’s plenty of ideas on the Royal Parks website to try at home or in your local green spaces.

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Get active: Take a stroll around 'Albertopolis'

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Explore this cultural district and discover the history of the area with this free walking tour from Go Jauntly, curated by the Royal Geographical Society as part of the programme for Kensington + Chelsea Art Week.

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Glass

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The V&A's glass collection is one of the largest and the most comprehensive in the world, showcasing the development of design and technology in glass-making over 3,500 years. Find the exhibition in rooms 131, 129 and 83-84.

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Go back in time with My Dino Mission AR

Free downloadable app
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My Dino Mission AR is aimed at 7-10 year olds and enables budding young palaeontologists to help a stranded dinosaur get back to its own time period many millions of years ago. Combining the latest augmented reality technology with STEM skills, children can recognise a dinosaurs’ species, what it eats, likes and needs to survive. Young explorers can care for and capture fun photos of themselves interacting with their new dinosaur friend in the backdrop of their home or back garden

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Go digital: Great Exhibition Road Festival at home

From 16 October 2020
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Celebrate science and the arts at home with a year-round programme of online events from organisations across South Kensington. This month. peek behind the curtain with a magician helping surgeons develop new skills and explore how arts engagement affects mental and social wellbeing.

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Google Arts & Culture: Serpentine

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Championing new ideas in contemporary art since it opened in 1970, Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions of 2,263 artists over 45 years, showing a wide range of work from emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists and architects of our time. Explore more online.

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Google Arts & Culture: The Natural History Museum

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Explore a story of natural history discovery in an interactive experience, Making Natural History, Dive into the museum's 80 million specimens, encounter a prehistoric marine reptile in virtual reality, discover pioneering Museum research, navigate the galleries in 360 degrees & take a tour of exhibits tackling natural history themes,

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Google Arts & Culture: The Science Museum

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Striving to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum's world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Explore the museum's exhibitions and online collections.

Google Arts & Culture: V&A

Explore online the world's leading museum of art and design - the V&A enriches people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.

Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze School

Until 5 September
The Royal Parks
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Anyone can come and learn to fly in one of the two-hour classes provided, the youngest students are 8, and oldest (so far) 78! You will start with a warm-up, moving on to simple tricks and as your confidence grows, attempt the star trick on the Flying Trapeze. There is a variety of drop-in sessions, classes and courses to choose from.

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Great Exhibition Road Festival Latest Events

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Celebrate the wonderful world of science and the arts with the Great Exhibition Road Festival. Explore the latest free online events from home and discover Fantasies of Exhibition Road, featuring talks, workshops, interviews and much more for all ages.

Great Films from Ciné Lumière

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Ciné Lumière reopens on 26th August with some fantastic films in their programme of events. For our youngest audience there's The Lost Prince, a father's world of magic begins to disappear as his daughter grows up, the classic and memorable Les Misérables, the award-winning comedy of manners Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie, and more!

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Great object hunt: out and about

Online
Science Museum
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Find something you couldn’t live without; create an interesting shadow. Students can follow their curiosity and work together to complete the challenges while exploring the fascinating world around them.

Grow Your Classroom

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Bring the wonder of Hyde Park right into your classroom with this informative hands-on session. Expert Learning staff will spend the day at your school, leading the “Grow Your Classroom” workshop for Key Stage 2 students. Available to most London schools in Autumn and Spring terms.

Free

HABA Yoshitaka

Daily
10am-8pm; Sun 12noon-6pm
Japan House London
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The Library at Japan House offers a new approach to appreciate and engage with books, by displaying books in a particular way, and through bookshelf exhibitions curated by HABA Yoshitaka of BACH, a book specialist in Japan.

Hands On Design Workshops

Mon-Thurs during term time
10.30am, 11.45am, 1.30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Suitable for Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5, available workshops include Stranger by Design, Chairs and Seating, and Designer Maker User and leads pupils to creating their own products based on a brief. Sessions run for one hour and are accompanied by a visit to the Designer Maker User gallery.

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Hang out with the NHM Nature Team

Online
Natural History Museum
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Hang out with the Nature Live Online team on Tuesdays at 12.00 and Fridays at 10.30 for interactive talks featuring topical discussions with the NHM scientists and cutting-edge research.

Happy 200th Birthday Florence Nightingale

Science Museum
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Hospitals with no beds or blankets. Emaciated, weak and dying soldiers. Rats and fleas everywhere. When Florence Nightingale arrived with her 38-strong nursing team in the Crimea in November 1854, this was the appalling scene that greeted them. Two years later, she had developed pioneering statistical methods to convince other people that widespread reform was vital.

Happy Walking!

Footways
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Planning a visit to the museums in South Kensington? What better way than by walking - safe, easy and now even more enjoyable with Footways' fantastic new walking map. Not just any map but a profusion of interesting streets woven together across London.

Movies

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert

Friday 24–Sunday 26 September
2021 Starts: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series returns to the Royal Albert Hall for the fifth installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga. For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ while a live symphony orchestra performs Nicholas Hooper’s unforgettable score and Harry Potter™ soars across the big screen in high-definition.

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Heartbeat Heroes

Saturday & Sunday
11:15-11:45am
Science Museum
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Listen up and hear the beat! Time to take a closer look at this hidden hardworking hero… your heart. Get your blood pumping in this fun, family-friendly workshop where you can make your very own working stethoscope and put it to the test.

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Help Nature Thrive

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The Royal Parks is launching a campaign urging visitors to ‘Help Nature Thrive’ in some of the capital’s largest and busiest green spaces. Hyde Park attracts almost 13 million visits a year. Its popularity results in high volumes of wildlife feeding, which is upsetting the park’s delicate ecosystem.

Helping the Royal Parks Wildlife

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Nature is essential for human existence, whilst habitats and species are integral to the landscapes, history and sense of place of the Royal Parks. However, accelerating Climate Change and biodiversity loss is currently harming both human well-being, and the landscapes of the parks. Find out how you can help.

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Hidden Histories of Exploration

Online
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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When we think about the history of exploration, we often imagine it as the work of exceptional individuals in extraordinary circumstances. Men and women venturing forth on some incredible journey, a fundamentally collective and shared experience. This wonderful online exhibition draws on images of exploration since 1800.

Hidden Stories of The Royal Parks

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The Royal Parks have launched the first episode of the Hidden Stories of the Royal Parks podcast. Sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home as they bring the parks to you.

Hidden Universe

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Experience an inspiring story of human endeavour, bringing our universe to life in this stunning IMAX 3D presentation with real images of distant galaxies, the sun and Mars, taken by Hubble and the world’s most powerful telescopes

Free

Hintze Hall

Open Daily
Natural History Museum
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Walk beneath the largest animal on Earth and explore dozens of other exhibits representing 4.5 billion years of natural history in the gateway to the museum's collections and galleries.

Hire the Look Out in Hyde Park

The LookOut is an enclosed and flexible event space set within an acre of beautiful gardens in the heart of Hyde Park. A great venue for hosting conferences, private celebrations, press events and summer parties.

Hire the Royal College of Music

Royal College of Music
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As part of our continued investment in facilities, the Royal College of Music is embarking on a major £40m project to create a range of new spaces, including new performance areas and public spaces. Currently they are not accepting commercial or external event bookings.

Hiring the Royal Albert Hall

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There is limited availability to hire the iconic auditorium but with a broad selection of event spaces outside the main auditorium, the Hall is the ideal venue to host daytime meetings or bespoke evening functions with capacities from 12 to 500 people.

Holding events Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens

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The Royal Parks have a history of hosting events from small events such as sponsored runs, community sports, guided walks, competitions, picnics etc to major events and celebrations.

Home Away from Hive by Mizzi Studios – with The Science Museum

On until mid-Oct
Daily
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Outside the Science Museum, insects and people are connected with, a nest-like structure which is layered with medicinal plants creating a link with Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries at the Museum and providing a hive of discovery, education and biodiversity.

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.

Free

How Do We Make a Smart Future Green?

Wed 28 July 2021
Online 4:30-5:15pm
Natural History Museum
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As part of the Museum's Our Broken Planet series, a panelist including scientists, entrepreneurs, fashion designers, journalists, photographers and activists discuss how to extract the crucial materials needed for a Smart world without further damaging our environment and putting communities at risk.

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How to create a wildlife friendly garden

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Seven simple ways to create a wildlife-friendly garden. The amount of wildlife on our doorsteps is astounding but is increasingly being lost to hard surfacing and paving. Wildlife needs a helping hand. and even small changes can help. Here are seven easy ways to make your garden a haven for wildlife.

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How to feed the world without costing the earth

8th Sept
7.30-8.45pm
Science Museum
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Join a panel of experts to explore the impact of agriculture on climate and the opportunities offered by innovation in food production technologies. Climate change is already having an observable impact on food security and disruption to global food supplies is only expected to get worse with more extreme weather events.

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How to grow a cress caterpillar

Online
Natural History Museum
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A fun food-based activity to keep kids entertained at home. Create a colourful caterpillar, watch cress grow and eat the tasty results. Follow the simple instructions to transform eggshells and cress seeds into a caterpillar. There are hundreds of types of caterpillar in the UK to choose from and the Natural History Museum team have highlighted a selection of interesting ones for inspiration.

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How to Make a Bee Bath

Online
The Royal Parks
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Just like us, bees and other pollinators need a drink of water to survive. Find out how to create a bee bath to give our bees a helping hand with this video from Mission Invertebrate.

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Free Online

How to Make A Bee Hotel

Online
Natural History Museum
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This simple bee hotel will provide a home for a variety of solitary bees, including red mason bees and leafcutter bees.

Kids
Family
Free Online

How to Make A Bird Feeder from Reused Plastic Bottles

Natural History Museum
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Bring nature to your doorstep by keeping wild birds fed with a home-made bird feeder. Follow our steps to build a seed feeder from a reused plastic bottle.

Kids

How to Make Your Own Nature Journal

Natural History Museum
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Keeping a nature journal is a great way to record any nature you see, from plants in the park to a spider in your living room. If you keep up the habit, you will quickly build up a record of your local wildlife and surroundings. Your findings could even help scientists monitor wildlife changes.

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How to press flowers

Online
Natural History Museum
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Once you've mastered this simple technique, you'll find many uses for the flowers and leaves you press. Why not embark on a craft project and decorate special cards for family and friends, create beautiful art, or make a collection of herbarium sheets recording the plants growing in your garden?

Howard Williams in conversation with Roger Kneebone

Royal College of Music
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Join the surgeon and academic Professor Roger Kneebone in conversation with unorthodox people whose careers defy traditional boundaries and who swim against the tide. Howard Williams, distinguised international conductor, explores the parallels between our experiences, discussing similarities and differences between music and medicine.

Human Evolution

Daily
Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
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.

Hyde Park

Daily
Hyde Park
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One of the greatest city parks in the world covering 142 hectares with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and further ornamental flower gardens, all here in the home of London’s arts and science district.

Hyde Park cafes and restaurant

Hyde Park
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A range of cafes, restaurants and kiosks offering everything from ice creams, sandwiches to three course meals.

Hyde Park for Preschool and Primary

Hyde Park
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Lots of fun activities for preschool and primary age children, based at The LookOut in Hyde Park. Sessions are particularly tailored towards topics such as wildlife, changing seasons, food chains and colour, pattern, and shapes. Enquire online.

Hyde Park for Secondary

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Plenty of sessions for KS3, KS4 and post-16 pupils. Tailor your day by selecting modules from a wide range of topics including mapping, scientific investigations, practical ecology, plants and food chains. Enquire online to organise your visit.

Free
Family

Hyde Park Self Guided Walks

All Year Round
Hyde Park
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Discover the magic of Hyde Park in the palm of your hand! A free scavenger hunt game using mobile phones that takes you on an adventure through one of London's most popular parks.

Hyde Park Special Educational Needs

All year round
10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
Hyde Park
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Based at The LookOut, Hyde Park, there are several 1-2 hour sessions available that can be run all year round. Activities include exploring seasons, practical outdoor skills and feeding the birds. A private sensory room is also available, and can be led by your staff.

If Not Now, When?

Science Museum
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Sir Ian Blatchford describes how the Science Museum Group is focused on meaningful and ongoing change in response to Black Lives Matter.

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Images of Nature

Open Daily
Natural History Museum
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See how artists and scientists view the natural world in more than 100 images from the Museum's collection. Historic prints, watercolours and paintings spanning 350 years hang alongside modern images created by scientists, imaging specialists, photographers and micro-CT scanners.

Kids
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Imagination Station

Dates vary
11am - 5pm
V&A
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Take an adventure with Alice, play with pattern and architecture, or discover the secrets of the museum. Pick up a paper activity or trail and get exploring making with the whole family.

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Imax: The Ronson Theatre

Wednesday - Sunday
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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Following a major revamp, the Science Museum's popular IMAX cinema has now re-opened. Enjoy heart-pounding audio, awe-inspiring images and immersive 3D shots on a screen the size of four double decker buses.

Imperial College Free COVID-19 online course re-launched

Imperial College London
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Imperial researchers and Coursera have partnered to offer a free Massively Open Online Course explaining the science behind coronavirus.

Imperial College London Venue Hire

Imperial College London
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The South Kensington Campus offers a diverse range of spaces, from grade II listed buildings to modern meeting spaces all in one great central location. From venues for conferences, meetings, training sessions to private parties, weddings, dinners and receptions.

Imperial College Online Adult Education Classes

From January 2021
Imperial College London
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Imperial College's adult education classes are open to everybody. They offer a broad expanse of courses in the arts, languages, humanities and sciences. A great way to learn new skills, keep in touch and make new friends.

Imperial CREST Academy

Imperial College London
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16-18 year old students can pair up with an Imperial scientist to undertake a British Science Association bronze, silver and gold CREST awards (the 'Duke of Edinburgh awards for science!'). Email the CREST academy team for more details.

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Imperial Events online

Imperial College London
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Get inspired and rediscover the joy of science during the stay home guidance. You can join Imperial from wherever you are in the world with their online content and events!

Imperial Outreach

Available for booking
Imperial College London
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Plenty of opportunities for your students to get an insight to the world of STEM through visits from Imperial College London student ambassadors, talks from world-leading academics or having a go at scientific experiments with exciting equipment.

Imperial's COVID 19 Response Team Across the Globe

Imperial College London
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Imperial’s COVID-19 Response Team has been working with health services and governments around the world to help plan responses to the pandemic. Since January, the team have been working relentlessly to model the pandemic in real-time, providing policymakers and health leaders around the world with the latest estimates of the scale of outbreaks.

Free Online

Imperial's entrepreneurial 'how to' talks

From 6 May
Online 1pm-2pm
Imperial College London
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Boost your entrepreneurial know-how with Imperial Lab's 60-minute lunchtime expert talks. Experts from every corner of the startup world help give you a more rounded view of what the road to success can look like. Everyone’s welcome so if you’re curious, check out what they’ve got coming up!

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.

Free Online

Inspired by Islamic Art

Online
Leighton House Museum
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Led by contemporary artists Laurelie Rae and Ayesha Gamiet, this online course will teach students how to analyse, draw and paint motifs and patterns, exploring different techniques and colour palettes. Each session takes inspiration from the beautiful examples of Islamic Art found in Leighton House.

Institut Français at Your School

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A range of possibilities for your school including the French Box, a collection of resources available for hire, activities with the Bibliothèque Quentin Blake team for 3-12 year olds and with the Language Centre team for 7-18 year olds.

Institut français' Click & Collect library is back!

Wednesday & Saturday
1:30pm-6pm
Institut français
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The Institut français' Click & Collect is back. Simple, safe and free to use, all you have to do is order on line, wait for confirmation and go along and pick-up.

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Institut français: Learn French online

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Have you always wanted to learn French but never had the time? Or felt self-conscious amongst a group of strangers in a classroom? Well now you have no excuses! The Institut français has a dedicated team of native speakers who can teach you one-to-one - or even with a group of friends. Work at your own pace and really enjoy learning again. C'est si facile!

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Introducing Elsa Schiaparelli

One of the most influential designers of the 2oth Century, Elsa Schiaparelli's subversive, often surreal designs have been beautifully captured in this film, by senor curator, Sonnet Stanfill.

Invertebrate Racetrack

Online
The Royal Parks
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What do you think is the fastest invertebrate in your garden? Why not go on a bug hunt to search for invertebrates? You could look under logs, flowerpots and around window sills to find invertebrates with different numbers of leg.

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Investigate for Families

Daily
Mon-Fri 4pm-5:15pm; School hols 10:30-4:30pm
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.

Ismaili Centre London

2-8, 28-29 Aug, 2-4, 6-12 Sep, 6-10, 30-31 Oct
11.30-3.30pm
Ismaili Centre
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Discover gardens and architecture of global Ismaili Centres and learn about the worldwide Aga Khan Development Network projects that promote innovative ideas. (Entrance Cromwell Road)

Free

Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics

18 September 2021
V&A
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From graphic design to fashion, architecture to activism, this edition of the Prize will celebrate contemporary design inspired by Islamic tradition. The eight designers hail from India, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the UK.

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James Barnor

19 May - 22 October 2021
Tue-Sun - 10am-6pm
Serpentine
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The much anticipated exhibition of British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor, opens at Serpentine North Gallery. A career spanning six decades and two continents, his work encompasses numerous photographic genres with studio portraiture, photojournalism, editorial commissions and wider social commentary.

Japan House London - Stories

Japan House London
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Japan House London invite you to explore the stories about Japanese cultures.including Japanese wine, a Bonsai guide, sake and more.

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Japan House London - videos

Japan House London
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Find out more about Japanese art and culture through a series of videos and interviews from the Japan House London.

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Japan To See

Online
Japan House London
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First to feature in Japan House London's new travel series, is the Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum, an interactive open-air space in western Tokyo featuring preserved buildings from the Meiji period. Take a look at a wonderful selection of Japan's culture from

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Jennifer Packer: The Eye is Not Satisfied with Seeing

Until 22 Aug 2021
Tue-Sun - 10am-6pm
Serpentine
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Encounter paintings and drawings from the past decade by Jennifer Packer, one of the most significant artists of her generation at Serpentine South Gallery. Don’t miss 'The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing' at The Serpentine. Book your free visit today

John Madejski Garden & Café

Wed - Sun
10am - 5.45pm
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Recharge and cool down in the heart of the V&A. A place for kids to paddle in the courtyard shallow pool or grab a drink while surrounded by summer planting and stunning Victorian architecture. Admission is free but book tickets online.

K&C Life Newsletter

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Are you a resident of Kensington and Chelsea or a frequent visitor of the local area? Sign up to receive the latest news and updates from the Council via K&C Life, their weekly enewsletter. In addition to discovering more cultural things to do in the area, you’ll learn the latest information about changes in service, Covid-19 support and much more. Stay informed and sign up today.

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Katerina Jebb / Elizabeth Parker installation

Sunday, 29 August 2021
Wed-Sun 10am-5:45pm
V&A
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A single large-scale photomontage by artist Katerina Jebb showcases a rare 19th century embroidery sampler from the V&A collections which narrates a deeply personal account of the incredible hardships of its young female creator, Elizabeth Parker.

Kensington Garden cafes

Kensington Gardens
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The Broadwalk Cafe and Playcafe serves a great range of pizza, salads, wraps and sweet treats as well as a children's menu.

Kensington Gardens

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Formal avenues, magnificent trees, ornamental flower beds, and wildflower meadows outside Kensington Palace make this a stunning end to our trail as well as home to the Princess Diana Playground, the Italian Water Gardens and the Albert Memorial.

Kensington Gardens

Daily
Open from 6am
Kensington Gardens
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Formal avenues, magnificent trees, ornamental flower beds, and wildflower meadows outside Kensington Palace make this a stunning end to our trail as well as home to the Princess Diana Playground, the Italian Water Gardens and the Albert Memorial.

Free

Kensington Palace Classroom Resources

Kensington Palace
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Plenty of exciting classroom resources and activities based around the Historic Royal Palaces, including a look at the Kensington Palace timeline and the royal family trees. Free to download.

Christmas

Kensington Palace Festive Gifts

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Kensington Palace
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Decorate your home with exquisite Christmas ornaments inspired by all the historic royal palaces and celebrate 'the most festive time of the year!' with their perfect gifts. Beautifully designed Christmas cards, advent calendars, plus a range of unique stocking fillers to tempt.

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Kensington Palace reopens 26 May

Wednesday to Sunday
10am - 6pm
Kensington Palace
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Explore the birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to young royals for over 300 years. Walk in the footsteps of royalty in Victoria's re-imagined childhood rooms and the magnificent King's State Apartments.and Queen's State Apartments. There will be some changes to ensure visitors are safe, but Kensington Palace is confident everyone will have a great time!

Kensington Palace School Visit

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School groups are able to plan a self-led visit - check website for booking details and term dates. Schools can also book their group into one of a variety of fun school sessions, most running on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Kensington Palace Sunken Garden

Wed - Sun
10am - 6pm
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Walk in the footsteps of royalty in the beautiful gardens of Kensington Palace. The historic Sunken Garden is resplendent with white and pastel flowers to provide a picturesque setting for a new statue of Diana, Princess of Wales, unveiled to commemorate her 60th birthday.

Kensington Palace Talks and debates

Various
11-12.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Come along to a unique programme of talks and debates to learn more about the intriguing Kensington Palace.

Kensington+Chelsea Festival

21 June – 31 August
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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K+C Festival is re-imagining creativity and culture for everyone. Public art and curated tours, ballet and street art, broken beats and orchestras, circus arts and gaming culture, exhibitions and workshops. Featuring in well-known and unexpected places across Kensington and Chelsea’s iconic venues and public spaces.

Image credit: “Earth Speakr” by Olafur Eliasson
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Kids are the future! The digital artwork “Earth Speakr” by Olafur Eliasson

Sept-Dec 2020
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The digital artwork “Earth Speakr” by Olafur Eliasson on the occasion of the German EU Council Presidency invites children to speak for the planet – and adults to listen to what they have to say.

Knightsbridge Hotel

Knightsbridge Hotel is located in a tree-lined street just a short walk to Harrods and the V&A Museum, Natural History Museum and Hyde Park. There are 44 individually designed bedrooms and suites, as well as a drawing room and library serving afternoon tea all day long. The hotel provides 24 hour room service.

La Médiathèque

Institut français
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This is the largest French library in the UK, and also contains the Bibliothèque Quentin Blake, which is full of exciting and educational materials for children up to 12.

Music

Late Night Jazz

Various
Royal Albert Hall
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An intimate Late Night Jazz series presents sensational music in the sultry setting of the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. Various nights

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Learn & Play for 3-6 year olds

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Institut français
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Why not introduce the youngest members of your family to French with the Institut français' bilingual nursery rhyme classes. Easy and relaxed, they will instil your children with confidence through the power of play. This week it's all about body parts. So let’s make learning fun!

Outdoors

Learn about Nature

Onsite & Online
The Royal Parks
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With the climate crisis more urgent than ever, The Royal Parks’ Learning team and partners are playing a vital role in raising awareness and encouraging individuals to do all they can to be a hero for nature.

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Learn German & Own Your Future

Courses from 8 July-7 Nov 2021
Goethe-Institut
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Study German online in their virtual classrooms with live sessions and follow individual exercises at your own pace. Choose your level from beginner (A1, A2) to intermediate (B1, B2) to advanced (C1, C2). Learn German and get qualified for your future.

Learning resources at the Science Museum

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This site brings together learning resources from their four Museums, including activities, games and videos. Browse all the resources and discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics for use in the classroom, in museum galleries and beyond.

Kids

Leighton House Create & Make

Saturday & Sunday
10am to 5:30pm; last entry at 4:30pm
Leighton House Museum
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Fun activities for young ones to discover more about this iconic landmark and its namesake Lord Leighton. Learn about the amazing paintings which line its walls and create a masterpiece of your own!

Liberty Drives

1st May - 31st October
10:00am - 4:30pm
Hyde Park
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Liberty Drives is a voluntary service, helped by sponsors and donations, for people who find walking difficult. A fleet of six electric buggies can accommodate five passengers plus one person in a wheelchair. The tours last up to one hour and show visitors around the main sights.

Literary Haunts & Jaunts in the Park

Kensington Gardens
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With summer officially here and London gradually re-opening, why not explore the parks through the works of some famous writers - discover J M Barrie’s ultimate fancy, Peter Pan, walk in the steps of Virginia Woolf through Kensington Gardens, or visit the famous Speaker’s Corner, George Orwell’s ardent haunt.

Free
Talk

Live Conversations: Unlocking Careers with Creativity

Wed 28 July 2021
Free online 6pm-6:46pm
V&A
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Join Isabel Sachs, founder of I LIKE NETWORKING, and managing director of Art Clubbers CIC, Ajay Pabial, to find out how to use your creative spark to understand and address the challenges in the commercial and creative sectors.

London's Latest Arts Space, Cromwell Place Opens 10 October

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Cromwell Place, South Kensington’s highly anticipated flexible arts space, is bringing a new dynamic to the London art scene, Cromwell Place is an arts membership organisation - the first of its kind globally - providing a hub for UK and international galleries, dealers, advisors, curators, collectors and art professionals.

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.

Lucy Worsley & Eleri Lynn Talk Fashion

Thursday 28th May
7pm
Kensington Palace
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Historic Royal Palaces' Joint Chief Curator Lucy Worsley is joined by Royal Dress Collection Curator Eleri Lynn for a trip inside the Royal Wardrobe to discuss some of their favourite items in the collection – from a jerkin worn by the ill-fated Charles I, right through to the beautifully tailored wardrobe of the Duke of Windsor. Register now for the event

Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album

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Join Historic Royal Palace's Joint Chief Curator, Lucy Worsley, in a special one-off programme, 'Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album', as she uncovers the stories behind some of the most famous photographs of the British Royal Family.

Free

Magical mystery nature tour

Online and outside
Natural History Museum
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Boost your family's wellbeing with a magical mystery nature tour. Time in nature is essential for keeping us healthy and happy, even through winter's colder, darker months. Explore some of the key reasons why and venture out for some nature therapy.

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Make & Do at Home

Online
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Whether you're into knitting, coding, or crafting your own furniture, the V&A has got a creative project for you. These fun, free resources and tutorials are all inspired by their incredible collections – bringing you a range of DIY makes to try at home.

Kids
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Free Online

Make a Balcony Allotment - Hanging Pots

Online
The Royal Parks
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Save floor space in your balcony or window allotment with these pretty hanging plant pot.

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Make a Volcano

Natural History Museum
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Volcanic eruptions are one of the most powerful natural forces on our planet. Making your own miniature erupting volcano is a great, safe way to start learning about these incredible geological features.

Kids
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Make a watering can from reused milk bottle

Online
The Royal Parks
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No watering can? No problem. Follow this guide to make one out of an empty milk bottle.

Free

Making the Modern World

Wednesday-Sunday
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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Chart 250 years of science and technology and discover some of the most iconic items that have shaped our society. The Making the Modern World gallery presents some of the Museum’s most remarkable objects.

Free

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. -

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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

Wednesday–Sunday:
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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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.

Free

Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries

Daily
10-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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Showcasing extraordinary medical artefacts including the world’s first MRI scanner, Fleming’s penicillin mould, a professional pianist’s prosthetic arm and even robotic surgery equipment.

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Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries Online Collection

Science Museum
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With five vast and visually stunning galleries containing more than 3,000 medical artefacts, striking artworks, interactive games and immersive experiences, Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries brings the history of medicine to life. Take a closer look at what's on display in the Collection Online

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Medium Design with Keller Easterling

Thurs 16 Sept 2021
Online 6:30pm-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join renowned thinker and architect Keller Easterling for a lecture on her theory of medium design. From the perspective of Medium Design, solutions are mistakes, ideologies are unreliable markers, and an innovation can be a protocol for the way things combine. Rather than the modern desire for the new, designers find more complexity in relationships between emergent and incumbent technologies.

Membership to the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum
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Be part of something big and become a Museum Member. Your support helps the Natural History Museum work for a future where people and planet thrive - and you'll enjoy colossal benefits!

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Mission to Mercury: Bepi Colombo

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10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Come face-to-face with a full-size engineering model of BepiColombo, the European Space Agency’s first ever spacecraft to explore Mercury. Standing over six metres tall, this Structural Thermal Model (STM) of the spacecraft was used to test BepiColombo’s resilience during its seven-year journey to Mercury.

Mission: Invertebrate

The Royal Parks
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Download Mission: Invertebrate's free activities and information sheets to see London’s green spaces in a whole new way. Whether you’re at home, in your local park or one of the incredible Royal Parks, these resources will help you and your family discover fascinating nature on your doorstep.

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Mixed-Up Recyclers

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The Royal Parks
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Many invertebrates help recycle dead organic matter including fallen leaves, dead plants and wood. They eat it and turn it into smaller particles for fungi and bacteria to turn into compost – for more plants and trees to grow in!

More Than You Might Expect

24 Jun - 19 Sep
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Sophie Kemp is a young sculptor and Royal College of Art 2020 graduate who likes to use “bright, shonky, hand-made materials”. Her large-scale works combine a sense of humour and the absurd. Inspired by iced gem biscuits.