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3D Red Arrows

Daily
10.20am-5pm
Science Museum
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With stunning high definition 3D vision and flight simulator motion technology, you can see and feel for yourself what it’s like in the cockpit of a Red Arrow.

A Beautiful Planet 3D (U)

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Science Museum
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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.

A Future Podcast: Talking Culture

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Goethe-Institut
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Talking Culture is a platform for thought-provoking discussions about the future of Europe, the UK, and the world. In this edition, artist Natalie Taylor, architecture & design collective Urban Radicals and landscape architect Adam Harris talk together about their "SouthKenGreenTrail" installations.

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A Taste of Germany

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.

Family

Adventure Babies

Every Tuesday til July
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

From Sat 2 July 2022
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am – 10pm
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.

Afternoon tea at the Royal Albert Hall

Varies
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.

Akira

Tue-Sat
Lunch 12-3pm; Afternoon Tea 2:30-4:30pm; Dinner 6pm-11pm
Japan House London
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The Japanese restaurant, Akira, is on the first floor of Japan House London. 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. T

Albert Memorial

Daily
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.

ANAM Quartetthaus

18 - 28 September
12:pm, 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm, 8pm, 9:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The pop-up performance space is an immersive chamber music venue commissioned by the Australian National Academy of Music, ANAM Quartetthaus will stand in 1851 Place outside the Hall for ten days, hosting six performances per day. The structure hots 50 seats with a slowly revolving stage.

Antarctica 3D (U)

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Science Museum
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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.

Art Deco Fashion

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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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!

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Artists Houses Walking Tours

5 May - 31 July (Thursdays & Sundays)
11am-12:30pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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Join Leighton House's free guided walks exploring the unique group of Victorian studio-houses built on Holland Park Road and Melbury Road (Kensington, West London) by the so-called 'Holland Park Circle' of artists, sculptors and architects.

Asia

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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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.

Film

Asteroid Hunters 3D (U)

Dates & times vary
Science Museum
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Narrated by Daisy Ridley, Asteroid Hunters 3D ventures into deep space for a fascinating look at asteroids, their cosmic origins and the potential threat they pose to our world.

Astronights

18 March, 20 May, 15 July 2022
Science Museum
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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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Atmosphere

Open Daily
10am-6pm
Science Museum
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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.

Image credit: © Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.

Back to Earth: Pollinator Pathmaker

22 June - 18 September 2022
Tuesday - Sunday (Open Bank Holiday Mondays) 10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg kicks off Back to Earth 2022 activations, including a major exhibition, at Serpentine in June. as well as a garden at North Flower Walk in Kensington Gardens comprising 4,471 plants including over 60 different species which will come into bloom in early summer.

Music & Performance

BBC Proms 2022

Fri 15 July - Sat 10 September 2022
Times vary
Royal Albert Hall
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This year’s eight-week celebration will feature 84 concerts, with 73 of these taking place in the Royal Albert Hall's spectacular auditorium. The season will feature large-scale repertoire not heard at the festival since 2019, plus the return of international orchestras including the newly-formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

Til 8 January 2023
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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Book ahead to see the life and work of one of the best-loved children's authors of the 20th century. Featuring original drawings, watercolours, and manuscripts that inspired some of Potter's most beloved characters. Kids go free.

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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.

Behind the Scenes Tour: Spirits Collection

Daily
11am, 3pm
Natural History Museum
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Go behind the scenes withthe science educators for a look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit. Explore some of the Darwin Centre's 27 kilometres of shelves, you'll encounter numerous treasures hidden among the 22 million animal specimens housed here.

Film

Best of César 2022

Til Sun 12 July 2022
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Institut français
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Discover a selection of films from this year's nominations by emerging as well as established directors. And as 2022 marks the recognition of women filmmakers by the French Film Academy, enjoy some greats including Aline, The Voice of Love by Valérie Lemercier, Happening by Audrey Diwan and Titane by Julia Ducournau.

Bethany Williams: Alternative Systems

Until 4 September 2022
Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm - Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Celebrate the work of designer Bethany Williams with this new exhibition embracing the discussion of social and environmental issues through her garments made from recycled book waste.

Bibliothèque Quentin Blake

Daily
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.

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.

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)
Science Museum
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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.

Kids

Bottle Tops & Bubbles

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Science Museum
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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.

Bring Your Own Baby: Nature Talks

11 May, 22 June, 20 July
10:30am & 2pm
Natural History Museum
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Baby friendly grown-up talks. Learn about the natural world and take a break from baby talk with Museum experts and scientists with this new series of baby-friendly nature talks, created for inquisitive grown-ups looking for something to do with tiny ones in tow.

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.

Broadcast Lates

27 July
6.30 - 10pm
Science Museum
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COVID-19 has proven to be one of the most serious challenges any of us have faced, across the globe and across all sectors of society – and industry. In this event as part of Lates, join a unique opportunity to hear from experts and journalists working very much within the epicentre of the pandemic.

BST Hyde Park

Fri 24th June 2022 - Sun 10th July 2022
The Royal Parks
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British Summer Time in 2022 will be a huge and eagerly awaited celebration for the nation. Bringing the world’s biggest artists to the greatest outdoor venue in the world over consecutive weekends with a host of free activities and entertainment during their midweek programme, Open House.

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BST Hyde Park Open House

27-30 June, 4-7 July
Hyde Park
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Enjoy 8 days of activities and free entry at Open House returning with free live music & entertainment, including circus skills workshop, over 60’s Tea Dance, open-air cinema nights, street food, pop-up bars, theatre performances, craft + upcycling sessions and much more.

Café Tangerine

Tue–Fri: 5pm–9pm
Sat & Sun: 3pm–9pm
Institut français
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Café Tangerine - the French restaurant with a British twist. 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!

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?

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Design Museum Kensington
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Emma-Jayne Parkes uses her design skills and a special type of ‘smart’ material to change the perception of a grey, rainy day. Discover more about her Squid London’s colour changing umbrella!

Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope

25 May - Jan 2023
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
Science Museum
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From busting myths about the causes of cancer to exploring how the latest cancer science, early detection technologies, and immunotherapies are advancing cancer care today. This exhibition shows how far we have come in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.

Ceramics

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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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.

Children & Families at the Royal Albert Hall

From Sun 27 March 2022
Times vary
Royal Albert Hall
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Enjoy a wide range of shows and events for children and families to get involved in, which all promise an unforgettable day out. From storytelling for babies and toddlers to interactive concerts featuring Albert’s Band.

Ciné Kids

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

Ciné Lumière for under 25's

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If you love cinema, and you’re 25 years old or under, Ciné Lumière For A Fiver is for you! Whether you want to see the latest releases or discover French classics, attend special Q&As or explore world cinema, enjoy discounted tickets with no booking fees.

Classical Coffee Mornings

3 & 17 April, 29 May, 3 & 10 July
11am
Royal Albert Hall
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We have collaborated with our neighbours at the Royal College of Music for this exciting series of concerts. Classical Coffee Mornings give you the chance to listen to outstanding talent from the College at Sunday morning classical recitals in the Hall’s Elgar Room. Tickets include a hot drink and a pastry.

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.

Clockmakers' Museum

Wed - Sun
10.00 - 18.00
Science 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.

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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.

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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 and Make At Home

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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.

Cromwell Place - what's on

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Cromwell Place, South Kensington’s - the arts membership organisation, offers a year-round programme of exhibitions across 15 gallery spaces, which are open to the public. Find out what's on.

Cromwell Place joins the Exhibition Road Cultural Group

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We are delighted to welcome, the international arts hub and membership organisation, Cromwell Place, who join Discover South Kensington, an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group. Our partnership now consists of 22 leading cultural and educational organisations in South Kensington, London’s arts and science district.

Dawnosaurs Online: Minibeasts

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Dawnosaurs Online is a set of free online activities aimed at children with neurodiverse conditions including autism and other sensory processing difficulties. Enjoy fun, educational resources, including a special visit to Ranger Stu's zoo

Day Promming at the BBC Proms

15 July - 10 Sept
Varies
Royal Albert Hall
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Promming is an essential part of the character of the BBC Proms and a great British tradition and allows you to enjoy world-class performances for just £7.12! Promming tickets will be available online only at 10.30am on for most performances on the day of the event, with some exceptions.

Day-Afterthoughts

Goethe-Institut
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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.

Deep Sea 3D (PG)

Dates & Times Vary
Science Museum
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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.

Free

Design 1900-Now Gallery

Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–17.45
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A gallery exploring how design shapes how we live, work, travel, communicate and consume. The gallery includes Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinneir’s iconic British road signage system, Kim Kardashian’s Selfish book and Nike’s Nigeria football shirt for the 2018 World Cup.

Design at the Design Museum

Design Museum Kensington
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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.

Designer Maker User

Open daily
Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm; Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
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.

Destination Space Family Show

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

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.

Dino Snores for Kids

5 & 19 Aug, 9 Sep
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.

Dinosaur Trail

Daily
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

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

Dippy Returns to South Ken

Until 2 Jan 2023
10am-5:45pm
Natural History Museum
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Don't miss your chance to see Dippy, the first Diplodocus to go on display anywhere in the world, when it returns to the Museum for a short visit. Now you can see Dippy's memories of UK landscapes and hear how nature inspires different communities.

Dippy's Naturenauts

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

Discovering Britain: Albertopolis Walk

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

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: Alienarium 5

Til 4 Sep 2022
Tues - Sun (Open Bank Holiday Mon) 10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Alienarium 5 is a speculative environment that invites us to imagine possible encounters with extra-terrestrials. The exhibition is a culmination of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's decades-long interest in science fiction and continued research into deep space and alien life.

Earth Perspectives by Olafur Eliasson

Serpentine
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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 2022

17 June - 26 Aug
10am - 5pm (Mon - Fri)
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Visit the Society’s Pavilion to see a stunning selection of Earth Photo shortlisted images, from the international competition which includes categories for People, Place, Nature, Changing forests and a Climate of change.

Energy Hall

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

Europe 1600-1815

Daily
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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Showcasing over 1100 objects from the V&A’s collections of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design in a suite of seven galleries.

Explore RCM Exhibitions Online

Royal College of Music
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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

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

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!

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.

Explorer Trail at the Design Museum

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

Exploring Space Gallery Tour

Daily
10am-6pm
Science Museum
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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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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.

Free

Fashion

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

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

Til Sun 6 November 2022
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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At a moment of unprecedented creativity in men's fashion and reflection on gender, we will explore how designers, tailors and artists – and their clients and sitters – have constructed and performed masculinity, and unpicked it at the seams.

Films in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

From 25 May 2022
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Big film. Big orchestra! Reserve your seat for the up and coming Titanic, and due to phenomenal demand, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. New titles are on the way too, announcements in late March.

Five Brilliant Online History Resources

Kensington Palace
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Historic Royal Palaces has lots of ideas and resources online to help your children explore history without having to step outside the front door.

Flight Gallery

Daily
10am-6pm
Science Museum
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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 Amy Johnson's Gipsy Moth and the Vickers Vimy, which first crossed the Atlantic in 1919.

Fly 360°

Open Daily
10am - 5pm
Science Museum
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Have you ever wanted to fly your own jet? Come and take the controls on Fly 360°, the hands-on flight simulator. Get your adrenaline flowing by performing your very own aerobatic displays, barrel rolls and loop-the-loops, all as if you were really flying!

Fly Kids

Daily
Science Museum
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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.

Image credit: El Clasico at Camp Nou by Chitra Gulabrani

Football: Designing the Beautiful Game

Fri 8 April 2022 – Mon 29 August 2022
Sun-Thur 10am-6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Fanatic supporter or part-time punter, discover the incredible design stories behind the beautiful game. Discover how design has pushed the game to its technical and emotional limits while exploring the incredible cultural plurality at its heart.

Footways - exploring London on foot

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Why not plan your visit to South Ken using the new Footways walking map available at railway stations and also online. You can plan your route away from the busy roads and discover a quiet and alternative side to London.

French Day à la Carte

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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 Forest

Mon 11 April - Mon 18 July 2022
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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This display features design projects that engage with questions around environmental stewardship and the sustainable use of wood.

Gallery Hire at Serpentine

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.

Gem Strathmore Hotel

The hotel is the former London residence of the Earl of Strathmore, the late Queen Mother’s father, is a restored Victorian mansion located close to London’s most famous museums, galleries, and cultural attractions. The magnificent colonial-style Earl's Restaurant is an exquisite blend of Victorian grandeur and contemporary luxury.

Geometric and Biomorphic Pattern Making

Thurs 16, 23, 30 June, 7 & 14 July 2022
Online 5pm-7pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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Leighton House and Sambourne House museums are back with a new online course, exploring the geomorphic and biomorphic patterns found in Islamic design. Inspired by items from the museums collections, take your pick of free workshops to recreate your own artwork, with Samira Mian and Dr Esra Alhamal.

German Riveter

Goethe-Institut
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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: New cycle route and walking tour

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Footways London map highlights quiet and characterful walking routes so you can explore Kensington at a different pace. The paper maps are available at some Central Network Rail stations or plan your quiet route via the new interactive map with geolocation

Get active: Take a stroll around 'Albertopolis'

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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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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.

Give the Gift of Music

Royal College of Music
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A perfect gift for any music lover is the Membership of the Royal College of Music Friends scheme. In addition to priority booking and access to an exclusive programme of Friends events, they will receive regular advance info about RCM events while showing support for young musical talent.

Go back in time with My Dino Mission AR

Free downloadable app
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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. Age 7-10

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.

Google Arts & Culture: The Natural History Museum

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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,

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

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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.

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.

Hallyu! The Korean Wave

24 Sep - 25 June 2023
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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Hallyu! The Korean Wave will showcase the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea, exploring the makings of the Korean Wave and its global impact on the creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion.

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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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.

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

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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

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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.

Historic Royal Palaces Membership

Kensington Palace
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With seasonal sparkle and Christmas activities for all, now's the perfect time to become a member of Historic Royal Palaces and start sharing uplifting experiences and days out with loved ones at some of the UK's most iconic palaces.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How To Make Seed Balls

Online
The Royal Parks
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Follow the Royal Park's guide to make your own seed balls. Add a pop of wildflower colour to your outdoor space and help pollinators at the same time!

How to press flowers

Online
Natural History Museum
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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?

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

Daily
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 Self Guided Walks

All Year Round
Hyde Park
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Discover the magic of Hyde Park and head on a self-guided walk. All of the activities are guaranteed to get you walking and discovering interesting things about the history, wildlife and horticulture around you.

IMAX: Hubble 3D

Dates & Times Vary
Science Museum
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Join a team of space-walking astronauts as they perform one of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, Hubble 3D explores the mysteries of our celestial surrounding.

IMAX: The Ronson Theatre

Daily
Varies
Science Museum
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Book your ticket to watch this fully immersive IMAX experience on one of the biggest screens in the UK. Experience the very best of digital and analogue cinema on one screen with Antarctica, A Beautiful Planet and Hubble all in 3D.

Imperial College London Venue Hire

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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 Podcasts: The effects of climate change

Online
Imperial College London
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Imperial College's latest podcasts centre around climate change anxiety, quantum computing and climate injustice. Discover more about their priorities for the upcoming COP26 climate change summit.

Imperial Events online

Varies
Imperial College London
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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.

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.

Inspiring Artistry at the Serpentine Shop

Tuesday - Sunday
10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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The shop at the Serpentine is the place if you're looking for a unique piece of art. Hervé Télémaque: Le chant du coq, James Barnor: Accra / London - A Retrospective, Jennifer Packer: The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing, and so many more to inspire and possess.

Institut Français at Your School

Online & From 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: Learn French online

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.

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.

Japan House London - Stories

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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.

Japan House London - videos

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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.

Japan House London Film Season: Windows on Mifune

Til Sun 14 August 2022
3pm-5pm
Japan House London
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Expanding on the themes of their exhibition Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan, Japan House London is delighted to launch a series of free screenings offering different perspectives on the monumental figure of actor Mifune Toshirō (1920–1997). Tickets are free.

Japanese Afternoon Tea at Akira Restaurant

Daily
2:30-5pm
Japan House London
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Enjoy a wonderful, relaxed afternoon tea where guests can choose from a selection of beverages including green teas and smoked black teas, served with a seasonal platter of sushi, wagashi - Japanese sweets - and desserts.

John Madejski Garden & Café

Daily
10am - 5.45pm
V&A
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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.

Join the Friends of Leighton House Museum

Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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A wonderful way to support Leighton House Museum is a Christmas gift for Join the Friends and enjoy free, unlimited access to their historic house and invitations to private views..

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Kaleidoscopic Minds on Exhibition Road

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Local artist, Azarra Amoy, celebrates neurodiverse people and their contribution to the arts and sciences in South Kensington, through a series of colourful kaleidoscopic artworks on Exhibition Road. Azarra uses a kaleidoscopic spectrum of colours to represent the uniqueness of an individual’s neurodiversity.

KCAW Art Trail

On until 31 Aug
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Kensington + Chelsea Art Week presents its fifth annual Public Art Trail. with vibrant and immersive public art, free for all to enjoy for the duration of the summer. Featuring world-class sculpture, installations and exhibits throughout the borough including Kaleidoscopic Minds on Exhibition Road by local artist, Azarra Amoy.

Kensington + Chelsea Festival

1 July - 31 Aug
Varies
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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K+C Festival returns with a programme, full of free and pay-what-you-can events. Be inspired by theatre, wowed by circus and try something new with a range of extraordinary talent spread right across the borough. The Festival re-imagines the borough’s well-known and less-discovered places.

Kensington Garden cafes

Daily
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
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.

Kensington Palace Classroom Resources

Online & at the Palace
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.

Kensington Palace Festive Gifts

Kensington Palace
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Make the festive season one to cherish and remember with an exquisite selection of wonderful history-inspired gifts, cheerful tree decorations and delicious food and drink.

Kensington Palace Pavilion

Daily
10am - 6pm
Kensington Palace
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One of the most elegant venues in London, with an outdoor terrace for fine days and beautiful views of the palace and its gardens.

Kensington Palace School Visit

Kensington Palace
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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.

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.

Known and Strange: Photographs from the Collection

Til Sun 6 November 2022
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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This display highlights photography's power to transform the familiar into the unfamiliar, and the ordinary into the extraordinary. Showcasing new acquisitions, it presents some of the most compelling achievements in contemporary art photography.

La Médiathèque

Daily
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.

Learning resources at the Science Museum

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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.

Leighton House & Sambourne House to reopen

Reopening 15 October
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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Both Leighton House and Sambourne House have announced that they will reopen on Saturday 15 October, following the major Hidden Gem to National Treasure redevelopment project at Leighton House and conservation works at Sambourne House. Find out more...

Leighton House Gift Shop

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Leighton House museum's online shop has some of the best in contemporary design and artisan craft, their curated edit is inspired by the homes, work and collections of Frederic Leighton and Linley Sambourne.

Life through a Royal Lens

Til Sun 30 October 2022
Mon-Sun 10am-5pm
Kensington Palace
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Life Through a Royal Lens explores the Royal Family through photography and brings together some of the most iconic images ever taken of the Royal Family to Kensington Palace.

Literary Haunts & Jaunts in the Park

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Kensington Gardens
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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.

London Design Festival - Placeholders

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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Discover the enduring possibilities of reusing stone with this outdoor installation and documentary as part of London Design Festival. Historic, large and precious stone that previously made up the V&A building, now makes a comeback in the form of street furniture.

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.

Magical mystery nature tour

Online and outside
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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.

Make & Do at Home

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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.

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.

Make a Volcano

Online
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.

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.

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)
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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.

Maurice Broomfield: Industrial Sublime

Until Sun 6 November 2022
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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Maurice Broomfield's dramatic photographs captured factories and their workers in an era of rapid transition, depicting the remnants of the industrial revolution alongside emerging technologies.

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.

Membership to Institut français

Institut français
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A wonderful gift is a membership to the Institut français. Amongst their benefits are invitations to exclusive events, movies in their sumptuous Ciné Lumière, activities for younger members, access to their Art Deco listed library, superb food and drink and so much more!

Membership to the 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!

Mission to Mars: LEGO® Explorers Workshop

Term Time
Lasts 1 hour 45 mins
Natural History Museum
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Pupils work in small teams to design and build a LEGO Martian rover. They then code, test and evaluate their designs. After receiving missions from scientists, they will have to decide what their rover should investigate and build appropriate tools for the challenge. In a final challenge, pupils will see how their rovers perform on a large-scale realistic Martian surface.

Mission to Mercury: Bepi Colombo

Daily
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

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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.

My Robot Mission AR

Free downloadable app
Science Museum
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Create your own robot and help it overcome future world problems with the Science Museum’s augmented reality app. The app combines a series of fun challenges and the latest AR technology to help you think like a scientist. Recommended for ages 10–12. Download for free.

Mystery at the Museum: The Search for Dippy

29 June, 19 July, 16 Aug
6.45 - 10.30 pm
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Looking for a new and exciting experience this summer? With just one hour on the clock, Mystery at the Museum will have you scouring the galleries after hours, seeking out hidden clues and interrogating suspects in order to solve this mystifying case in this escape room-like game. .

Natural History Museum Membership

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A Membership to the Natural History Museum is a perfect gift. In addition to exclusive benefits and early entry to exhibitions, you will be supporting scientists working hard to combat issues facing the natural world and the Museum's team who inspire millions of visitors worldwide to treasure and protect our planet..

Natural History Museum Resources

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A collection of resources for teachers from the Natural History Museum. With options for all ages, these can build on a trip to the museum, or can even be used if you haven't had the chance to visit!

Natural History Museum Wildlife Garden

Daily
11-5pm
Natural History Museum
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Escape the city bustle with a wander through a tranquil haven for plants, pondlife and insects. Home to thousands of British plants and animals, more than 3,300 species have been identified in the garden since it opened in 1995. Advanced booking to the Museum is recommended.

NHM Cafe and Restaurants

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Family friendly cafes and restaurant with tasty, freshly prepared food. You can find vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options too.

NHM Collections: 80 million specimens

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Of the Museum's 80 million specimens, only a tiny fraction ever go on display. Uncover colourful stories behind the specimens, meet collectors and curators past and present and read about their contributions to our understanding of the natural world.

NHM's Urban Nature Gardens

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The Natural History Museum is set to transform five-acres of London gardens into the country’s urban nature ‘epicentre’ as national biodiversity programme is announced. Sir David Attenborough says the Urban Nature Project will allow young people to “fall in love with the nature on their doorsteps.”

Number Sixteen

Number Sixteen forms part of a mid-Victorian white stucco terrace and is situated in the quiet leafy street in South Kensington. The hotel has a beautiful tree-filled garden, which is perfect on a sunny day for dining, drinking, relaxing or entertaining friends. There are 42 individually designed bedrooms, a drawing room and library as well as The Orangery restaurant, which serves delicious seasonal food and Afternoon Tea all day.

Onleihe Digital Library

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The Goethe has an incredible selection of eBooks. In fact, more than 23,000 German language audio books, movies, materials for German language learners, magazines and newspapers available to download from the Onleihe, the Goethe-Institut’s digital library.

Online Learning at Goethe-Institut

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Learn German Online - anywhere, anytime and as part of a group! You will not be learning alone but in a small group of between six and 16 participants. The course will introduce you to the German language on the basis of everyday situations, and you will practice your German skills in various ways.

Our Broken Planet

Until late summer 2022
Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
Natural History Museum
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This free, evolving display explores how humans have transformed the natural world. Through over 40 objects chosen by Museum scientists, they reveal the consequences of our actions and examine some of the solutions that could help mend our broken planet.

Our Future Planet

On until Sept 2022
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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Can carbon capture help us fight climate change? The Science Museum's latest exhibition explores the cutting-edge technologies being developed to trap carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Out-of-hours Dinotours

Wed, Fri, Sun in March 2022
9am - 9:45am
Natural History Museum
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Have you ever wondered what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur, what they really looked like and why we continue to study them today? Book a Dinotour with one of the Museum's knowledgeable tour guides to get up close and personal with all the main characters in their world-famous Dinosaurs gallery.

Pandemic Objects

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During times of pandemic, a host of everyday, often-overlooked ‘objects’are suddenly charged with new urgency. Pandemic Objects is one of many thought-provoking articles written by V&A bloggers.

Park Nights 2022

24th June - 13th Oct
8pm
Serpentine
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Each year, Park Nights presents a series of new performance commissions conceived in response to the Serpentine's annual architectural commission, the Serpentine Pavilion which offers audiences unique ways to experience architecture and performance.

Pattern Pod

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

Places to Eat

Daily
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If you are planning a day out in South Kensington, there are lots of delicious places to eat or enjoy a drink both inside and outside depending on the weather. From cafes, bars, afternoon tea to indoor picnic areas - there is plenty of choice!

Planting for Pollinators

Online
The Royal Parks
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Whether you have a garden, porch or windowsill, find out how you can choose plants that not only look fabulous but are loved by invertebrates.

Platinum Jubilee Blooms

1 June - Sept 2022
Kensington Palace
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Kensington Palace is joining in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer with a vibrant, colourful display of flowers and patterns in the palace gardens.

Power Pack: Climate Emergency

Online
Serpentine
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Created by Serpentine Artists-in-Residence Jacob V Joyce and Rudy Loewe, the pack features illustrations of BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Colour) environmental campaigners from around the world alongside a series of creative prompts.

Princess Diana Memorial fountain

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

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Daily
During winter/spring 6am-7:45pm
Kensington Gardens
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Explore and have a great adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.

Princess Diana Memorial walk

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

Private Room Hire at Ognisko Polskie

Ognisko is well suited to large corporate events, exhibitions, product launches, gala dinners, fashion shows, weddings and other private functions.

Professional Development at the V&A

Online & onsite
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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Develop the professional skills you need to work in today's museum sector. Led by expert staff, these intensive part-time courses use V&A case studies to provide unique insights into our collections, work and best practice.

Queen Carolines Temple

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

Radical Friends Book Launch

14 July
7pm
Serpentine
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Goethe-Insitut invite you to join the book launch of Radical Friends: Decentralised Autonomous Organisations and the Arts in the Serpentine Pavilion. This ambitious new edited volume brings together over 30 contributors to explore the potential of DAOs for the arts.

RBKC Libraries online

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Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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RBKC libraries have a fantastic online library to keep you entertained. There is a vast selection of journals, comics, books, audiobooks, language-learning platforms, reference books and much more!

RCM Sparks

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

Resources for Schools online

Online
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Geography teachers and students, why not check out RGS' fascinating case studies and articles that link directly to key stages and course content? From the carbon and water cycles to geopolitics and development, they have a resource to help you learn.

RGS Exhibitions

Monday to Friday
10am-5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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The Royal Geographical Society Pavilion has a constantly changing programme of displays that include exhibitions created by external organisations, broadly linked to geographical themes and also by selected sponsors of the Society.

RGS online exhibitions

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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Get immersed in the stories behind the RGS' Collections from the comfort of your home.

Room Hire at Institut français

Institut français
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The Institut can accommodate functions with a cultural focus, from large-scale parties to small group events. It also provides a stunning backdrop for filming and photoshoots. The Ciné lumière can also host private screenings for up to 229 people.

Royal Albert Hall - Time Machine

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The Royal Albert Hall's time machine will take you to any period in history from the 1750's, when the area was part of the Gore estate, or when this iconic building opened in 1871, or up to the present day. Just pick your era and escape!

Royal Albert Hall Café Terrace

Open show days
Open from 9 am
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Soak up the sunshine and take in spectacular views of a London landmark. The Royal Albert Terrace is now open to all visitors during the day, and is the perfect place to relax with a coffee, beer or light bite from their Door 12 Café Bar. Walk-ins welcome.

Royal Albert Hall Food & Drink

Daily
Royal Albert Hall
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The Italian Verdi restaurant and Café Bar are open all day to everyone. All other bars open 2 hours before concerts.

Royal Albert Hall Southern Steps

Thur-Sun 11am- 5pm or 8pm on show days
Royal Albert Hall
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As you walk up the steps towards the Hall’s new outdoor terrace café, take a look either side - new planting reflects the site’s Victorian history when the Royal Horticultural Society’s conservatory stood here. The café is open to all offering coffee, wine, beer or a light bite.

Royal Albert Hall Tours

Most days of the year
Royal Albert Hall
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Take a peek inside London's most iconic music venue. Did you know that the Royal Albert Hall once hosted a séance; flooded the auditorium with 56,000 litres of water for an opera concert; and that criminals, as well as musicians and politicians, have graced the Hall’s stage?

Royal Borough Kensington Chelsea Bee Superhighway

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Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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The borough is buzzing thanks to the Bee Superhighway which aims to protect and enhance habitats by increasing wildflower and pollinator-friendly planting throughout Kensington and Chelsea.

Royal College of Music Cafe

Mon - Sat (Sat - term time only)
8.30 am - 4.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The café serves barista-style coffees, sandwiches, snacks and hot food in spectacular surroundings. Enjoy your refreshments inside or out, with access to the new 1851 Courtyard and accompanied by the sounds of music across the College.

Royal Geographical Society Membership

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Spark inspiration and curiosity with a gift that lasts all year. Through a range of talks, exhibitions, events, magazines and resources, Society members can explore the incredible stories of our planet’s people, places and environments.

Royal Geographical Society Teaching Resources

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Lots of resources and activities to take into your school, with something for every age group. A wide range of topics are available with subjects including maps, volcanoes, countries, trade and ecosystems.

Royal Society of Sculptors Learning Resouces

Online
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The Royal Society of Sculptors is pleased to provide free downloadable teachers’ resources to support classroom art activities. Have fun!

SAFAR Film Festival

7 - 16 July
Varies
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Featuring UK premieres, new releases and classics, accompanied by filmmaker discussions, SAFAR explores the devices used by Arab filmmakers to push cinematic boundaries, reclaim overlooked histories, and present new perspectives to audiences both at home and abroad.

Saturday classes for Kids at Imperial

Saturdays
Imperial College London
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Based at Imperial College London, a unique Saturday science tuition featuring specialists in science education and highly qualified scientists.

School Screenings

Contact for film times
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Bring your class to watch a celebrated French film from the general programme at Ciné Lumière – £5 per student, free for teachers.

Science City 1550–1800: The Linbury Gallery

Daily
10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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Discover how London grew from a lively capital city to a global hub for trade, commerce, and scientific enquiry between 1550 - 1800. This new free gallery spanning over 650 m² takes visitors on a journey through the metropolis during a time of momentous change.

Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination

6 Oct 2022 - 4 May 2023
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Early bird offer for this immersive, genre-defying exhibition. You will embark on a once-in-a-life-time adventure through the cosmos to explore visions of the future through the science of today.

Science Museum cafes

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The Science Museum has two main cafes and various smaller ones. You can also bring your own food, which can be eaten in the designated picnic areas.

Kids

Science Museum Membership

All year round
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Treat the whole family to a Wonderlab's pass for a year’s worth of mind-blowing science. Fuel your child's imagination and give them the gift of wonder to the most spectacular interactive gallery in the world. Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite their curiosity and inspire them to see the world around them in new and exciting ways.

Science Museum's new Interactive Careers Gallery

Daily
Wed - Sun 10am-6pm
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Step into the fascinating world of technicians for a peek behind the scenes in the Science Museum's brand new interactive gallery. Experience what it’s like to create visual effects on a blockbuster film set or operate a robot in a manufacturer's workshop,

Science Museum's Shake Bar

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

Science Museum: Objects and Stories

Daily
Science Museum
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Explore over 250,000 objects and archives in the museum's ever-expanding digital collection. Find out about the fascinating histories behind even the smallest objects.

Science Museum: Search Our Collection

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Science Museum
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Explore over 325,000 objects and archives from the Science Museum, Science and Industry Museum, National Science and Media Museum, National Railway Museum and Locomotion.

Scoff & Banter

At Scoff & Banter Kensington, we celebrate hearty and contemporary British cuisine, just moments from world-famous museums. Discover a home from home with lovingly prepared seasonal British cooking, using the finest locally sourced ingredients.

Secret Life of the Home

Daily
Science Museum
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From pop-up toasters to horse-drawn vacuum cleaners, take a closer look at the development of household appliances. You’ll find ancient Roman keys, 18th century cooking utensils and a 21st century robotic vacuum cleaner,

Self-Guided Tours at the Natural History Museum

Daily
10am-5:50pm
Natural History Museum
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Whether you're visiting for the first time or the fiftieth, these tours and free things to do, will take you through the best the Museum has to offer.

Serpentine Exhibitions

Daily
Serpentine
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Take a look at the regularly-changing exhibitions, displays and residences in the two Serpentine galleries, Serpentine South Gallery and Serpentine North Gallery on either side of the river in the centre of Hyde Park.

Serpentine online

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In addition to the galleries opening, Serpentine's work continues online. Collected here are some of the ways you can interact with their programmes through online exhibitions, digital commissions, podcasts, special broadcasts and more.

Serpentine Pavilion 2022: Black Chapel by Theaster Gates

June — 16 Oct 2022
Tues - Sun 10am-6pm
Serpentine
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Designed by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates with the architectural support of Adjaye Associates, the Serpentine Pavilion 2022: Black Chapel draws inspiration from the architectural typologies of chapels and the great kilns of Stoke-on-Trent.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery & Magazine Restaurant

Tue - Sun
10am - 6.30pm
Serpentine
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The Serpentine Sackler Gallery & adjoining Magazine Restaurant, opened in 2013, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The Serpentine is now two contemporary art galleries in the heart of the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens in central London.

Serpentine School Visits

Open Tuesday - Sunday
10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Organise a self-guided visit and explore the exhibitions at your own pace. A team of gallery attendants are on hand to field any questions your group may have and mobile tours are available across the sites to support your visit. Booking required for school groups.

Set French Days

7 July
10.30am - 2.20pm
Institut français
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Set French Days involve an activity morning followed by a film screening after lunch. Upcoming topics include French Cinema, Wildlife in France, and Everyone's a Superhero!

Shooting Stars: How to photograph a night sky

Online
Natural History Museum
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Taking pictures of distant stars is no longer just the work of astronomers. Find out the secret of success for photographing night skies.

Sign up to our fortnightly newsletter

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Each fortnight, our newsletter is packed with things to do whether online or here in South Ken - there are so many places to explore, hidden gems to discover, experiences to enjoy, food to feast on and so much more.

Silent Disco at the Natural History Museum

Fri 29 July & 26 Aug 2022
10pm - 1am
Natural History Museum
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Choose your side as three DJs do battle over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics. Don a headset and carry on the party into the night in the spectacular Hintze Hall.

South Asia

Daily
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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The collections from South and South-East Asia comprise nearly 60,000 objects, including about 10,000 textiles and 6,000 paintings covering the Indian subcontinent south of the Himalayas. Find the collection on rooms 41 and 47b.

Space Descent Virtual Reality with Tim Peake

Daily
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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Tim Peake is your guide for an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a Soyuz capsule. As the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station.

Movies

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert

Friday 23 September–Sunday 25 September 2022
Starts: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in concert in 2022 as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films in Concert series. Return of the Jedi (1983) sees Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and co. joined by Jabba the Hutt, Yoda and the Ewoks in an adventure across the galaxy as Darth Vader prepares to unleash the final blow to the Rebel Alliance.

Stein's Berlin Restaurant

Wed-Sat 12-11pm
Tues 12-9pm; Sun 12-8pm
Goethe-Institut
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Stein's Berlin Restaurant is a new and exciting addition to the well loved Stein's group of German restaurants. ​Their modern contemporary restaurant inside a Grade 2 listed building also features a fantastic terrace overlooking Princes Gardens. ​

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Stephen Hawking at Work

On until March 23
10am-6pm
Science Museum
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The Science Museum has acquired a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire Professor Stephen Hawking's office - including his personal reference library, innovative wheelchairs and communications equipment, medals, memorabilia and even the office furniture.

Stocking filler treats from South Ken

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South Kensington's museums and galleries online shops are open and bursting with great ideas for presents. It’s a great way to support these charities. So put your feet up, relax and unwind with a little retail therapy!

Stories of Everyday Technology

Online
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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.

Symbiosis: Living Islands

21 May - 4 September 2022
Mon to Sat 10am-8pm; Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12noon-6pm
Japan House London
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Step onto the island of Inujima in this exhibition which explores how an extraordinary living art project has transformed the island’s landscape and lives of its inhabitants.

Table Top Sculpture

Online
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The Royal Society of Sculptors has teamed up with ArtUK for a creative challenge - sculpture inspired by architecture. Look at books & photos for inspiration from unusual buildings, or explore the internet for ideas from around the world. Then use anything recyclable around your home and start creating!

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Tailor-Made German Courses at the Goethe-Institut

Various
Online & Onsite
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Study German at the Goethe-Institut London with their tailor-made courses. Whether online in their virtual classrooms at your own pace or onsite in South Ken, choose your level from beginner to intermediate to advanced.

Talking Culture: Why Theatre Matters Right Now?

Online
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The Goethe-Institut's popular podcasts regularly feature a dynamic and thought-provoking selection of exclusive interviews and debates. Kris Nelson, Artist Director of LIFT discusses 'why does theatre matter right now?' against a background of rising right-wing parties, and the current challenges of COVID-19.

Terrible Trades

Free Online
V&A
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Becoming a master craftsman took years of hard work. Beginning as an apprentice you then became a journeyman, often travelling for miles around the country. Eventually, you might join a guild as a master craftsman. Can you become a master of your trade? Start the game as an apprentice and test your skills.

The Ampersand Hotel

The Ampersand Hotel is an elegant restored Victorian treasure, a small luxury hotel with a unique concept, uniting guests with the local surrounding area through the five themes of botany, music, geometry, ornithology and astronomy.

The Cadogan Gallery

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Explore 22 objects spanning 4.5 billion years of the Earth's history. Each exhibit tells a remarkable story and has been chosen for its scientific, historical and cultural importance.From a meteorite to Darwin's pigeons, uncover some of the most extraordinary specimens in our collection.

The Covid Culture Shock

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How are London’s leading cultural organisations adapting for the future? Catch up on a thought-provoking panel discussion with leading voices from South Kensington’s cultural quarter via the.ismaili/tv

The Earthshot Prize

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Ismaili Centre
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The most prestigious global environment prize in history has been launched by Prince William with the Aga Khan Development Network as a Founding Partner. The Earthshot Prize aims to encourage large-scale change over the next 10 years — a critical decade for the Earth.

The Egerton House Hotel

In the heart of Knightsbridge, on a quiet street overlooking private gardens, discover this enchanting boutique townhouse. Moments from Harrods and the V&A Museum, a passionate team welcomes each guest like family. With a unique character and beautiful traditional style, enjoy a delicious breakfast, Afternoon Tea by the fire or sip on one of London’s most famous martinis.

The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione

Set in an elegant Victorian building nestling in the lush beauty of the private Egerton Gardens, The Franklin combines the warmth of a private home with the impeccable service of a luxury hotel. The hotel has recently been refurbished by celebrity designer Anouska Hempel, who created a temple to hospitality.

The Garden

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

The Glastonbury Festival Archive

Online
V&A
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Explore the Glastonbury Festival Archive at the V&A and find out how you can can add your memories to this eclectic and fascinating resource that documents how the Festival has developed over the past 50 years.

The Gore London – Starhotels Collezione

Brimming with Victorian eccentricity, The Gore represents a piece of British history. Since it opened in 1892, in an enviable location among the high-life hotspots of Kensington, it has been celebrated as one of London’s most enchanting hotels.

The Great Exhibition Virtual Tour

Online
Hyde Park
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Take a virtual tour of the magnificent Crystal Palace and experience its innovative design and beauty. Constructed in 1851, it defined Prince Albert's ambitions to showcase the best of Victoria's reign.

The Italian Gardens

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

The K Bar

The ambience of The Kensington hotel’s discreet cocktail bar is set by its elegant décor: the oak panels, polished brass accents, mirrored walls and slate floor lend a strong, sophisticated feel that is matched by the creative and classic cocktails mixed by the immaculate staff.

The Kensington

Traditional service and Victorian grandeur come together with sleek style and contemporary comfort at the Kensington, in one of London’s most cosmopolitan neighbourhoods. Embrace a sophisticated member’s club vibe, whether over afternoon tea or all day dining in the light, lively drawing rooms, cocktails in the glamorous K Bar.

The King's State Apartments

Wednesday to Sunday
10:30-5pm; last admission 4pm
Kensington Palace
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This is the ideal time to explore Kensington Palace, 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.

The Long Time Sessions

Free Online
Ongoing
Serpentine
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A fortnightly online talk series on cultivating care for the world beyond our lifetimes. It brings together leading thinkers and doers from art, culture, philosophy, science, technology, law, finance and politics to take a longer view. Speakers will explore how engaging with the long-term can change the way we act in the short term.

The Luna Cinema at Kensington Palace

Wed 3 - Sun 7 August 2022
Doors 7pm Film 8:30pm
Kensington Palace
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Get ready for a summer of cinema under the stars as The Luna Cinema returns to Kensington Palace with an incredible line-up of fantastic film!

The Magazine Restaurant

Tue - Sun
10.30am - 6.30pm
Serpentine
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The restaurant was designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid. The Magazine restaurant offers a contemporary all-day menu, a kids menu, homemade ice creams and cocktails. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

The Milestone

Discover old world charm, beautiful rich furnishings, exquisite original arts, outstanding cuisine and an experienced and passionate team. This elegant historic hotel is perfectly located opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens, and close to the Royal Albert Hall. Enjoy Stable’s Bar and the signature ‘Smoking Old Fashioned’, Afternoon Tea in the Park Lounge or dine in Cheneston’s or The Oratory, the stunning original chapel.

The Music of Bond

Tuesday 20 Sept 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Back by overwhelming demand, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra promises to take you to double-0-heaven with this sensational concert! Enjoy iconic theme songs and thrilling Bond anthems from almost six decades of box office blockbusters.

The Pelham London – Starhotels Collezione

The Pelham is an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of South Kensington. It has the aristocratic atmosphere of a London townhouse and its interiors are a romantic mix of elegant patterns and rich tones, complemented by the warm welcome and flawless service of a noble residence.

The Queen's State Apartments

Daily
Kensington Palace
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William III and Mary II were crowned as joint monarchs in 1689, after they were invited by Parliament to take the throne in the place of Catholic King James II, Mary’s father. They bought Kensington Palace to become their new home, away from the bustle of Whitehall Palace, and transformed the building into a royal home.

The Raphael Court

Daily
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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Rediscover the newly refurbished V&A’s Raphael Court - home to the iconic Raphael Cartoons. Commissioned in 1515 by Pope Leo X for the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, they depict the lives of the apostles, Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

The Rembrandt

The Rembrandt is a four-star hotel bursting with culture and history. The beautifully modernised Edwardian rooms were originally apartments for Harrods. The Rembrandt also boasts modern event suites, a stylish restaurant, plus Aquilla Health and Fitness featuring an indoor pool.

The Royal College of Music Museum & Guided Tours

10:15am–5:45pm
Royal College of Music
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The Royal College of Music's new museum offers a unique opportunity to interact with over 500 years of musical history. Items include the world’s oldest guitar and earliest keyboard instrument with strings. Enjoy a tour of the Museum, led by Curator Professor Gabriele Rossi Rognoni on Wednesdays at 12:30pm.

The Royal Parks Podcast

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A podcast series where you can take a behind-the-scenes look at the eight Royal Parks. Meet some of the incredible experts who work at The Royal Parks and discover the fascinating stories of these iconic green spaces.

The Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Show 2022

20 - 24 July
10am - 6pm
Cromwell Place
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The Summer Show will be exhibited this year at Cromwell Place due to the ongoing restoration works at Dora House. The show will feature work by members of the Society and the guest judge for 2022 is the curator and cultural producer, Isabel de Vasconcellos.

The Serpentine Lido Cafe

Daily
The Royal Parks
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What better location to host a celebration this summer than overlooking the Serpentine in London’s largest Royal Park. Choose from a variety of hot and cold food options including a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Serves a selection of teas, specialty coffees and is licensed for alcohol.

The Shop at Japan House London

Mon to Sat
10am-8pm
Japan House London
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Recognised as the cultural home of Japan in London, be inspired by the beautifully displayed cabinets that blur the lines between a gallery and a store. From crafts rooted in Japanese traditions to one-of-a-kind pieces by artists, each product has a story to tell and will make a wonderful gift this Christmas.

The Sunken Garden

Wed - Sun
9.30-17.45
Kensington Palace
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The beautiful Sunken Garden was planted in 1908, transforming part of the gardens previously occupied by potting sheds into a tranquil ornamental garden. Today, the garden continues the tradition of rotational flower displays in the spring and summer.

The Urban Nature Project

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The Natural History Museum's five-acre gardens in South Kensington are going to be transformed into a welcoming, accessible and biologically diverse green space in the heart of London.

The V&A Story

Daily
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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From its early beginnings to the foundation stone laid by Queen Victoria in 1899, to today's state-of-the-art galleries, the Museum has constantly evolved in its collecting and public interpretation of art and design. Its collections span 5,000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium, housed in one of the finest groups of Victorian and modern buildings in Britain.

The V&A's Glass Collection

Open Daily
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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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.

The Vanderbilt Hotel

The 4-star Vanderbilt hotel is a 19th century, Grade II listed townhouse situated on Cromwell Road. Combining historical features with modern style, the beautiful bedrooms and Italian marble bathrooms all boast individual layouts, thanks to the building’s history.

The Vault

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Some of nature's most unique and valuable treasures are on display in the Vault gallery. See the world's largest collection of coloured diamonds, discover gems that glow in the dark, and marvel at rare meteorites from out of this world.

Theatre & Performence

Daily
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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The collections document current practice and the history of all areas of performing arts in the UK, including drama, dance, opera, circus, puppetry, comedy, musical theatre, costume, set design, pantomime, popular music and much more...

Ticket Mate Fund

Daily
Design Museum Kensington
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The Design Museum has launched a new pay it forward scheme in partnership with local charities, including The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, The scheme is aimed at offering free access to the museum's temporary exhibitions to young people and adults in the local community for whom price might be a barrier to participation - including those most affected by the Coronavirus crisis.

Titanic Live

Sun 10 July 2022
Starts: 1:30pm, 7:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience Titanic Live as part of the Royal Albert Hall Films in Concert series. Relive James Cameron’s 1997 romantic epic, which follows Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated voyage.

Tomorrow's World

Daily
10am-5:45pm
Science Museum
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How do today’s scientific discoveries shape tomorrow’s world? Get the scoop on the most surprising science stories and the biggest breakthroughs in the Tomorrow's World gallery.

Tour of the Great Exhibition

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The Royal Parks
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Navigate through a virtual Crystal Palace and experience Prince Albert's great achievement and see what captured the hearts of the Victorian world.

Treasures

Open Daily
Natural History Museum
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Explore 22 objects spanning 4.5 billion years of the Earth's history in this collection of some of the museum's most extraordinary specimens.. Each exhibit tells a remarkable story and has been chosen for its scientific, historical and cultural importance.

Try this at home

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Can't get out far to explore nature? The Natural History Museum has got lots of fun activities and ideas to occupy you and family at home, in your garden or local outdoor space.

Typhoon Force

Daily
10.15am - 5pm
Science Museum
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Fuel your adrenaline and feel what it's like to fly a low level mission in the RAF's latest Typhoon jet. Our new simulator takes you on an action-packed flight, demonstrating the aircraft's manoeuvrability through the beautiful landscapes of North Wales and the Lake District.

Ukraine in Focus

Until Mon 29 August 2022
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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These portraits offer a glimpse of life in Ukraine before the war with Russia began in 2022. They were taken over six years, during a simmering conflict sparked by Russia’s invasion of eastern and southern parts of Ukraine in 2014.

Under the sea 3D (U)

Dates & Times vary
Science Museum
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Narrated by Jim Carrey and using incredible 3D technology, Under the Sea will leap off the screen and take you on a fascinating journey to discover the mysteries of the ocean floor.