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23 things Londoners should do in Hyde Park

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

3D Red Arrows

Daily
10am-6pm
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)

Dates & Times vary
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.

Free

A Closer Look Tour

28 Oct, 25 Nov, 27 Jan, 24 Feb
2pm-3:30pm
V&A
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Come and explore a wide-range of objects and artworks from different collections at the V&A. These bespoke dementia-friendly tours will be run by our expert guides, on the last Monday of each month.

Accelerating The Modern World

23 Nov
10am-5:45pm
V&A
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Find out how the car has developed the world around us. Learn about innovations transforming the future of driving, tapping onto both art and technology.

Adult Education Classes at Imperial College

Jan - Apr 2020
Imperial College London
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Imperial College run a range of daytime and evening classes in languages, the arts and humanities, and science subjects. Classes start in Jan & April, with Evening classes meeting from 18:00 to 20:00 and Lunchtime Learning courses meet during lunch hours.

Afternoon tea at the Royal Albert Hall

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

Afternoon tea in Kensington

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

Akira

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

Albert Memorial

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

Albertopolis companion

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The Albertopolis companion has been written by Royal College of Art students - it is an alternative guide and history of South Kensington.

Alice in Wonderland

27th June - 10th Jan 2021
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Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive, theatrical show will expand ACMI's award-winning exhibition, and chart the evolution of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to global phenomenon.

Creative

Art & T(h)inker Club 8-12

6 Feb-26 Mar
Times vary
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Explore art history and get your paint brushes ready with these hands-on workshops. Or workshops for little inventors to experiment with science, technology, art & crafts.

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Asia

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

Astronights

7 Dec, 18 Jan, 8 Feb, 7 Mar, 17 Apr, 2 May, 5 June
6.45pm - 10am
Science Museum
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Join us for Astronights and spend a night at the Science Museum with exclusive access to galleries after hours and the chance to sleep among our incredible objects.

Free

Atmosphere

Open Daily
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.

Backpacks

Discover curious ceramic objects, architectural inventions and incredible interiors. Our award-winning backpacks are recommended for 5-12 years. For under 5s, go on an adventure to find animals, explore sounds and textures on level 0 with the Agent Animal bag.

Bags! Inside Out

25th April 2020 - 3rd Jan 2021
V&A
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From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, Bags! will explore the style, function, design and craftsmanship of the ultimate accessory.

Be Inspired: Bloody ivory: artistic endeavour to endangered species - David Hogg

23th March
2:30 - 4pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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David demonstrates how the investigation of an ivory casket held at the V&A leads to fundamental questions on the ivory trade and the future of African and Asian elephants.

Be Inspired: Fighting the evils of the Nile slave trade in Victorian times - David Baker

2nd March
2:30 - 4pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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In 1869 the explorer Sir Samuel Baker FRGS was commissioned by the Khedive of Egypt, “To supress the slave trade”. He and Lady Baker faced immense difficulties. They faced opposition from local officials, hostile terrain and difficulties navigating Indigenous differences before finally the slavers were beaten.

Beazley Designs of the Year

On until 31st March
10am - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Discover the most innovative designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design from the past 12 months, as nominated by the public and design experts from around the world.

Behind the Scenes spirit tour

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

Free

Behind the Scenes Tours of the Conservation Studios

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

Bibliothèque Quentin Blake

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

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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.

Board Game Sessions

22 Feb; 21 Mar
2:30pm
Institut français
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Board games are a fun and inclusive way of socialising with friends and new people alike. Come along to play to your all-time favourite or master the rules of lessknown games, you’ll inevitably find a game that suits you!

Boating in Hyde Park

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

Free

Book Clubs at the Goethe-Institut London

Every month
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Goethe-Institut
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The book clubs meet once a month to informally explore the ideas contained in the best works of German fiction.

Brassed Off Live

15 April 2020
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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British classic Brassed Off returns to the Royal Albert Hall for a special screening with live accompaniment by the brass band that inspired the story.

Outdoors

Bushcraft Skills: Campfire building

22nd February
10am - 1pm
Hyde Park
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Gather round an open fire this winter and meet like minded survivors. You'll learn how to find the right materials to build your fire and how to light it without matches.

Café Tangerine

11am - 9pm (Mon: 5-9pm)
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High-quality food, creative dishes and great flavours combined with stylish settings, a welcoming environment and a relaxing atmosphere are on the menu of Café Tangerine. Seasonally driven, designed to showcase the best produce from France and the UK, the food matches the diversity of the cultural programme of the Institut français.

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.

Cao Fei: Blueprints

4th Mar - 17th May
Serpentine Galleries
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Video, digital media, photography and objects all play a role in Cao Fei's engagement with an age of rapid technological development. The exhibition will bring together new and existing works in an immersive, site-specific installation, expanding the themes of automation, virtuality and technology .

Movies

Caroline Link: All About Me

26th February
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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Based on the memoirs of the popular German comedian Hape Kerkeling, whose childhood in the Ruhr area was shaped by coal dust and the carnival season, the young Hans-Peter discovers he has the gift of being able to make others laugh - except his mother - the one person whom he wants to see happy.

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World

On until 19th April
V&A
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As we approach another major turning point in automotive design, this exhibition looks at the role of the car in shaping the world we live in today.

Catapult Challenge Workshop

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Science Museum
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Ever wanted to launch things across the museum? This is your chance! See how far you can launch your pompom in our catapult challenge. Put your skills to the test and you’ll be invading castles in no time!

Free

Ceramics

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

Chill & Play Rug: Feb Half Term

16th - 21st Feb
10.30am - 5pm
V&A
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Relax on the green rug, play with sensory toys or enjoy reading time with your family and friends. Recommended for families with younger children or those who need quiet time. Inspired by the Cars: Accelerating the Modern World exhibition.

Chucs Serpentine Restaurant & Cafe

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

Ciné Kids

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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

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

Cinema Made in Italy

4th - 9th March
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Ciné Lumière teams up with Istituto Luce-Cinecittà and the Italian Cultural Institute in London for a 10th Anniversary edition of Cinema Made in Italy. Subtle, witty, moving, always inspiring, these films tell stories of transmission, cultural differences and give a taste of modern Italy.

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Cirque du Soleil - LUZIA

12 Jan-1 March 2020
Royal Albert Hall
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Cirque du Soleil returns with a new spectacular extravangza, LUZIA, which takes you to an imaginary Mexico, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.

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

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

Classical Spectacular

19th - 22nd March
3pm & 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Ranging from a flood of pure white light to electrifying multi-coloured laser displays, the dazzling special effects bring to life the scenes and moods evoked by each glorious piece changing the way you experience classical music forever.

Cliff Richard The Great 80 Tour

12-13 Oct 2020
7:45pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Sir Cliff Richard will return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2020 to conclude a UK tour celebrating his 80th birthday.

Clockmakers' Museum

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

Cocoon

Daily
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.

Collections Events

17th Feb, 2nd & 23rd Mar
2.30-4pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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A series of afternoon talks given by speakers whose work is closely connected to the Society’s Collections and inspired by travel, exploration, people and places.

Comedy Kids Club

22nd Feb
2-3.30pm
Leighton House Museum
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Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families… but without the rude bits!

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Create and Make

Last Sunday of every month
11-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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A drop-in workshop for families inspired by the museum and the exhibitions. Free but bookable, these informal sessions focus on design and making activities for children aged 5–11. Last Sunday of every month.

Creative Entrepreneurs: Investment, Grants & Loans

18 & 25 February & 3 March
6:30 - 8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join this three-part course to find out everything you need to know about funding opportunities for your creative start-up.

Creative Quarter at Imperial College

20th Nov
Imperial College London
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Find inspiration through a series of career insight sessions and workshops where you get to meet one of the scientists working at Imperial and hear what it is like to be a science professional. Students can also get involved on the day with hands on science activities.

Creative Quarter in the Royal Parks

20th Nov
Hyde Park
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Try your hand at a few of the many creative careers available within The Royal Parks in our two hour Creative Quarter sessions. Meet and quiz professionals in their fields, be the next Henry Moore through the medium of sculpture, then design and pitch a new playground to the team. Free and available for up to 30 students per session, please email learn@royalparks.org.uk to book

Crime Scene Live

4 Oct, 1 Nov, 17 Jan, 20 Mar
6.30-10.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Become a crime scene investigator for the night and work with the Natural History Museum's scientists to solve a murder mystery. This thrilling interactive experience combines real science with crime fiction for an unforgettable night out in London.

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Curious Cures

Dates vary
1:30-2pm; 3-3:30pm
Science Museum
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Discover more about some of the curious and creepy cures used to keep us healthy in days gone by. This interactive science show will delight and disgust the whole family!

Cycle through History

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

Free
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Dawnosaurs

21st Mar & 10th May
8am
Natural History Museum
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Dawnosaurs is a free event for children on the autism spectrum to enjoy the Museum with their families and siblings, free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

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Deep Sea 3D (PG)

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Natural History 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.

Design Museum Self-Guided Visits

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

Free

Design Ventura 2019

14 Feb-30 April
Design Museum Kensington
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Discover the top ten product ideas created by students aged 13-16 for the Design Museum’s national schools’ competition, Design Ventura.

Free

Designer Maker User

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

Designers in Residence Showcase

25 Jan-10 May
Design Museum Kensington
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Explore the finished projects of emerging designers in a collective showcase of diverse subjects such as fat as a valuable resource for the future, rethinking the use of salt as building material and the 'wonder material' graphene.

Designing Duggee

15 - 23rd Feb
All day
Design Museum Kensington
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Dive into the design process behind this colourful CBeebies animated series through a friendly and accessible display.

Free

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.

Digital Missions

Daily
Kensington Palace
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Download the free Time Explorers app and try the new Digital Mission at Kensington Palace for children and their families. Meet characters from history, learn about life at the palace, do challenges and win badges!

Digital Workshops

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

Dino Snores for Grown Ups

2nd May, 3rd Jul, 4th Sept
6.30pm - 9.30am
Natural History Museum
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Sleep at the Museum and enjoy a unique night of music, food, science, art and cinema.

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Dino Snores for Kids

7th Dec, 11th Jan, 22nd & 29th Feb, 14th Mar
6:45pm-10:00am
Natural History Museum
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Ever wondered what goes on at the Museum when everyone has gone home? Find out on a sleepover for kids.

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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.

Free

Discover Design

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

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.

Discovery Days

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11am - 3pm drop in
Hyde Park
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Hyde Park's expert education team run a range of free and exciting nature-inspired activities for families. You could be pond dipping, helping your children discover an underwater world, sweep netting in the meadow or bug hunting at the minibeast hotel.

Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

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

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Drink & Draw in Leighton's Studio

18 March
6:30pm-8:45pm
Leighton House Museum
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Leighton’s studio opens up for a special evening to treat all your senses. Doors open at 6:30pm for a bespoke wine tasting followed by an evening of sketching accompanied by the piano.

Free

Driverless: Who is in control?

12th Jun 2019 - Oct 2020
10.00–18.00
Science Museum
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For decades, autonomous vehicles have been heralded as a new technology that could change the way we live our lives. Driverless: Who is in control? opening on 12 June 2019 at the Science Museum will explore how close we are to living in a world driven by thinking machines.

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Ecology and Utopia from Cities to Spheres

26 February
7pm
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French artist Cyril de Commarque invites Catalan architect and curator Eva Franch i Gilabert, director of the Architectural Association School in London, to discuss and present a series of projects, visions and positions that can help us expand our horizons.

Electronic

1st April - 26th July
Design Museum Kensington
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Music is only part of the story. Evoking the experience of being in a club, the exhibition will transport you through the people, art, design, technology and photography that have been capturing and shaping the electronic music landscape.

Energy Hall

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

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

Epic Iran

17th Oct 2020 - 4th April 2021
V&A
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Exploring 5,000 years of art, design and culture, Epic Iran will shine a light on one of the greatest historic civilisations, its journey into the 21st century and its monumental artistic achievements, which remain unknown to many.

Europe 1600-1815

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

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.

Self-Led
Free

Explorer Trail

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

Free
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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.

Family Explorer Trails: Creative Quarter

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

Family Fun - Last Saturday of the month

Last Sat of the month
10-4pm
Kensington Palace
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Enjoy activities for all the family and discover the stories of Kensington Palace. Time Explorers Station - activity bags for all ages from babies to 13 years & trails. Or Story Time - enjoy a well known story in the comfort of the palace and join in with themed toys. Aimed at 3 - 7 years olds,

Family Trails

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

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.

February Half Term: Martian Garden

17 - 21st February
1 - 4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Create a life size Martian garden and design space food packaging influenced by the Moving to Mars exhibition. Using paper, recycled containers and cardboard, join this collaborative make and build activity. Suitable for ages 5-11 years.

Filthy Lucre: Whistler's Peacock Room Reimagined

On until 3rd May
V&A
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This immersive installation by contemporary artist Darren Waterston presents a detailed and decadent interpretation of James Abbott McNeill Whistler's famed Peacock Room, a sumptuous 19th-century interior.

Free

Flight

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.

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!

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Fly Kids

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

Formafatasma: Cambio

4th Mar - 17th May
Serpentine Galleries
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Formafantasma are an Italian design duo based in Amsterdam. Their work looks at design's ecological and political responsibilities, while probing the global industries that consume natural resources.

Foxdog Studios: Robot Chef + Power UP Evening Session

8th April
6.15 - 10pm
Science Museum
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IT consultants by day, comedic duo Lloyd Henning and Peter Sutton present their award-winning interactive comedy show ‘Robot Chef’, where the audience are invited to operate a robotic kitchen using augmented reality avatars.

Free

Free Friday Music

Fridays
12pm/8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Enjoy great food, drink and free live music in the Hall’s Verdi – Italian Kitchen the perfect place to wind down, laugh and eat well with friends and family over a bottle of great Italian wine. These concerts take place at lunchtime and dinner - booking in advance is recommended.

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French Craft Collective

31 March
5:30pm
Institut français
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French Craft Collective is an event dedicated to high-end design, which gives the opportunity to discover handpicked French craftsmen, renowned for their know-how, techniques and unique expertise. This year's panel discussion will focus on sustainability in craft and interior design.

French Day à la Carte

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

Music

French Pop Video Competition

Until 3 April
Competition
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Get ready to take your mike and shoot a clip! Do you think you could sing or rap in French? Do you have the skills to make a video clip for your song? If so, this competition is for you! Schools are invited to submit their video clips in 3 age-categories by 3 April 2020. National winners will be announced in June 2020

Friday Late: The Eyes Have It

28th Feb
6.30-10pm
V&A
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Find out how optical illusions can make our eyes deceive us and learn how to escape the ever-watchful surveillance camera. See films which challenge the lens through which we see the world and explore miniature paintings which attempt to capture the window of the soul.

From the Soundhouse

9 March
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM composition professor Michael Oliva presents an evening or works that extend and enrich solo instruments with live electronics. The programme includes Jacob ter Veldhuis' dramatic Grab it! and Kaija Saariaho's Petals which contrasts fragile sections against energetic passages for solo cello.

Gallery Hire at the Serpentine

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

Free
Kids

Game Lab: Video Games & Apps 6-12

15 Feb; 14 Mar
2.30pm
Institut français
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Discover a series of playful, recreational & instructional digital sessions, where we explore the potential that video games and apps may hold. Expect new games and a new console!

Geographical journeys: microlectures

12 March
7 - 9:30pm
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An evening packed with tales of adventure and discovery to entertain and inspire. Discussion encouraged afterwards in the bar.

Geographical lates: British landscapes

20th March
6 - 10pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Every landscape has a story to tell, and Britain has many landscapes. Listen to some of these stories as our experts guide you around our island, discover tips for your next staycation, and learn how we can all live a little more sustainably.

German Riveter

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

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Glass

Open Daily
V&A
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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.

Grow Your Classroom

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

Growing up at Kensington: Queen Victoria

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10.30am, 11.45am, 1,15pm
Kensington Palace
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This drama-based historical enquiry session, delivered by a costumed presenter, offers Key Stage 2 pupils the opportunity to extend their chronological knowledge beyond 1066 by examining Queen Victoria's life at Kensington Palace. Session lasts 60 minutes.

Free

HABA Yoshitaka

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

Hands On Design Workshops

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

Harp Masterclass with Marisa Robles

6 March
2pm
Royal College of Music
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Her amiable stage personality and her warm, clear playing endeared her not only to audiences, both live and television, but also to composers. This Visiting Professor of Harp returns to the College for an afternoon masterclass with RCM harpists.

Kids

Heartbeat Heroes

Dates vary
Times vary
Science Museum
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Get your blood pumping in this fun, family-friendly workshop where you can make your very own working stethoscope and put it to the test.

Hidden Universe

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

Hire the Look Out in Hyde Park

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

Hire the Royal College of Music

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

Hiring the Royal Albert Hall

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

Holding events Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens

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

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 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.

Human Evolution

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

Humanities@70 Exhibition

2-6th March
9am - 9pm
Imperial College London
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2020 marks the 70th anniversary of humanities at Imperial College London, Imperial are celebrating this milestone with a year-long programme of events by exploring the rich and diverse history of humanities at the College, showcasing the wide variety of activities taking place today, as well as looking ahead at what the future might hold.

Humanities@70: The art and science of saving Venice - Jane da Mosto

10th March
5.30 - 6.30pm
Imperial College London
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Join a special talk by environmental scientist and Imperial alumna Jane da Mosto focusing on Venice. Last November Venice hit the world’s headlines with the worst flooding in the city for over 50 years. This impacted not only the historic art and architecture of Venice, but the lives, homes and businesses of the city’s inhabitants and the eco-system of the lagoon.

Hyde Park cafes and restaurant

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

Hyde Park Explorer

Available until end Dec
Hyde Park
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A free scavenger hunt game for your mobile phone that takes you on an adventure through one of London’s most popular parks. Move at your own pace between the park’s most interesting sights uncovering photo challenges, amazing facts and games for all ages to enjoy.

Hyde Park for Preschool and Primary

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

Hyde Park for Secondary

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

Free
Family

Hyde Park Self Guided Walks

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

Hyde Park Special Educational Needs

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

Free

Images of Nature

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

Imperial College London Venue Hire

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

Imperial CREST Academy

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

Lates
Free

Imperial Lates: Beautiful Data

12th March
6-9pm
Imperial College London
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Data, data everywhere but perhaps we should stop and think? This precious commodity could deliver breakthroughs from medicine to understanding the universe but does the data revolution also threaten our personal privacy?

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.

Institut Français at Your School

Institut français
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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.

International Women’s Day: Wikipedia edit-a-thon

8 March
10:30 - 4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Tackle the under-representation online of women designers, architects and others in this free Wikipedia edit-a-thon with WikiD and guests.

Introduction to Rope-Making

28th March
2pm - 5:30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join this hands-on introduction to rope-making using recycled materials.

Family

Investigate for Families

Daily
Mon-Fri 4pm-5:15pm; Schools 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.

Jakob Kudsk Steensen: Catharsis

14th January - 15th March
Serpentine Galleries
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The Serpentine presents Catharsis by Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen as part of global public art project, CONNECT, BTS, a series of major art projects open free to the public in five cities on four continents initiated by South Korean pop group BTS.

Food

Japanese Afternoon Tea at Akira Restaurant

Until 21 March
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.

Free

Joan Chissell Schumann Prize for Voice and Piano Final

6 March
2pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM pianists and singers from the Vocal and Opera Department compete for the Joan Chissell Schumann Prize.

Kensington Garden cafes

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

Kensington Gardens

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

Kensington Palace

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

Kensington Palace - family activities

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

Free

Kensington Palace Classroom Resources

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

Kensington Palace Half Term Family Activities

15th - 23rd Feb
Kensington Palace
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Celebrate LGBTQ+ history month this half term with family activities at Kensington Palace. Discover what life was like at the Georgian court. Create your own costume ready for a court party and find out about the life of the royal favourite and head courtier, Lord Hervey.

Kensington Palace School Visit

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

Kensington Palace Talks and debates

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

Kids French Lab 3- 6

15th Feb & 28th Mar
11am
Institut français
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Kids French Lab now offers a fun-filled approach to learning French for kids, through songs, games and storytelling.

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

29th Feb - 21st June 2020
V&A
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This exhibition will present the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world.

Kites of Positivity

23 February
1 - 4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Design, make and fly your own paper kite with bold colours, patterns and a positive climate message for all to see.

Knightsbridge Hotel

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

La Médiathèque

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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.

La Petite Fabrique de Nuages

8th Feb; 14 & 28 Mar
Times vary
Institut français
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Seen from below or seen from above, the sky is always the scene of extraordinary shows. Five poetic short films to set out to conquer the sky.

Kids

La Reine Des Neighes II

22 Feb
2pm
Institut français
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Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey.

Kids

La Ronde des couleurs

15, 23, 29 Feb
Times vary
Institut français
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Over the seasons, on the animals’ coats, or even in a box of pencils, colours are everywhere! Even music has its own colours! A programme of short films that will introduce the youngest to a colourful and variegated universe.

Music

Late Night Jazz

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

Learning resources at the Science Museum

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.

Lee Ufan: Relatum - Stage

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

Talk

Leighton & Whistler: An Unlikely Pair

25th March
6:30-8:30pm
Leighton House Museum
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Most people think of Frederic Leighton and James McNeill Whistler as opposites, both personally and artistically. Join author Daniel E. Sutherland as he explores the lives and work of two of the most fascinating artists of the nineteenth century.

Music

Les Salons en Musique

Until 18 June
7:30pm
Institut français
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To celebrate the restoration of its 1907 Pleyel grand piano, the Institut français has launched a new series of chamber music in its renovated Salons.

Level 42

22 Oct 2020
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Hit-makers Level 42 return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2020, for a special concert closing their From Eternity To Here Tour.

Liberty Drives

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

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.

Love Classical

April
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Royal Albert Hall
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Join Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel for an incredible evening of music, hear pieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns performed by some of the UK’s most brilliant rising stars, and celebrate timeless choral classics with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Make-it: Mobility

17th - 21st Feb
10.30am & 2.30pm
V&A
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Work with Ross Atkin Associates to build your own app-controlled vehicles that explore the future of mobility. There are two workshops available per day. Workshop one 10.30-12.30. Workshop two 14.30-16.30. Recommended for ages 5 - 12.

Free

Making the Modern World

Open Daily
Science Museum
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Chart 250 years of science and technology and discover some of the most iconic items that have shaped our society. The Making the Modern World gallery presents some of the Museum’s most remarkable objects.

Free

Mammals

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

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Material Innovation

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

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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

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

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Meet the Professionals

8 March
11am
Royal College of Music
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Top female arts directors, composers and broadcasters join forces for an introductory International Women’s Day event to discuss the role of women in the music industry today and beyond. Don’t miss this opportunity to join the discussion with some of the UK’s most influential female arts professionals.

Michele de Lucchi: Earth Station

10th March
6:30 - 8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join Italian architect and designer Michele de Lucchi to explore Earth Stations. How can technology help us design work environments for the future?

Mission to Mars: LEGO® Explorers Workshop

Lasts 1 hour 45 mins
Natural History Museum
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In this workshop, 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.

Free
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Mission to Mercury: Bepi Colombo

Daily
10.00–18.00
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.

Moving to Mars

On til 23rd Feb
Design Museum Kensington
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Last chance to step into a full-scale Mars home, immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the landscape and learn how rethinking daily life for a zero-waste, clean energy-powered civilisation might help future generations on Earth. Featuring immersive environments & original objects from NASA, ESA & SpaceX.

Free

Music and Ideas: Alkan in performance

12 March
5:15pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM alumnus and Chair of the Alkan Society Mark Viner presents an introduction to the music of Charles-Valentin Alkan, focusing on the Grande Sonate op 33 of 1848.

Music

Music of the Sea

27 February
7:30pm
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Winner of five prizes at the 2014 International piano competition of Orléans, Aline Piboule is a French repertoire leading performer. Music of the Sea offers a journey into the heart of Impressionism

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Music Rendezvous with Dgiz-Slam

20 March
5:30pm
Institut français
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Celebrate francophonie, eloquence and humour with Dgiz, a French slammer coming from the underground rap scene, mixing improvised spoken word poetry and double bass rhythms.

Mysteries of the Unseen World

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The naked eye perceives only a fraction of what there is to see on Earth; we are surrounded by things that are either too fast, too slow or too small for us to observe. Unlock the secrets of this unseen world in this stunning IMAX 3D film.

Natural History Museum Lates

Last Friday of every month
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The Natural History Museum comes to life after dark. Explore our galleries, exhibitions and shops after hours, and enjoy expert-led talks and events at Lates.

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 Things to Do

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Natural History Museum
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Loads of exciting activities to take your school trip to another level. Pupils can become an explorer for the day, investigate some dinosaurs, stage a debate or hear from curators and researchers.

Naturenauts

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

New Imperial Evening Classes

Start in Jan & Apr
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Imperial College is offering a new and expanded range of evening and daytime adult education classes from October. There are classes in a range of modern languages, new courses in philosophy, psycho-therapy, African art, opera and classic music, and design history and more.

NHM Cafe and Restaurants

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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.

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.

Free

Obata Taku

28 Feb-6 April
Japan House London
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A unique exhibition of Obata Taku's life-size, hand carved figures, created during his Artist's Residency at City & Guilds of London Art School. As an artist and breakdancer, Taku investigates the relationship between the human body and clothes, through the coloured wooden figures that express space and power.

Free

Paintings

Open Daily
V&A
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The V&A Paintings collection includes British and European oil and watercolour paintings as well as over 2,000 miniatures, for which the Museum holds the national collection.Highlights include the Raphael Cartoons and major works by J. M. W. Turner and John Constable.

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.

Piano Masterclass with Stephen Hough

3 March
6pm
Royal College of Music
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Stephen Hough is one of the most distinctive musicians of his generation, ‘a virtuoso who begins where others leave off’ according to The Washington Post. the RCM is thrilled to welcome Stephen to give unique insight into his method in a masterclass with RCM pianists.

Picture This

29th March
1pm - 4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Create your own framed poster using graphic design techniques.

Pop-Up Performance: Feb Half Term

17th - 22nd Feb
11am, 1pm, 3pm
V&A
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Take part in free activities during half-term inspired by Cars: Accelerating the Modern World Exhibition. Spoken word and images in motion as you journey to the future. Duration: 40 minutes

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

14th Feb - 12th March
Varies
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A hit at Cannes last year which received a Queer Palm and the Best Screenplay Award, Céline Sciamma’s film depicts the impossible romance in 18th century Brittany between Héloïse, a reluctant bride to be, and Marianne, a painter commissioned to do her wedding portrait.

Power UP

4th - 19th April
Science Museum
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Interactive gaming extravaganza, Power UP returns, featuring the very best video games, computers and consoles from the last five decades. Featuring 160 consoles and hundreds of games from retro arcade classics to the latest in virtual reality, Power UP will take visitors on an immersive journey through the history of gaming.

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Power UP Relaxed Morning

11 April
08:00-10:00
Science Museum
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A hugely popular sensory-friendly session, where you’ll be able to play more than 160 consoles, from retro arcade standards through to the latest in VR technology, free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

Prada. Front and Back

September 2020
Design Museum Kensington
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The exhibition will offer unprecedented insight into Prada’s creative approach, inspirations and landmark collaborations.

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

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

Whether seeking guidance across a broad area, or niche support on topics such as, audience development, forging new revenue streams, organising private hire events, and collections management, there’s a plethora of subjects to choose from. Led by expert staff, learn and share best practice with colleagues from fellow UK and international cultural organisations.

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.

Tours

Queer Lives at the Palace

Until 26th July
6:30pm; 7:30pm; 8:30pm
Kensington Palace
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Queer Lives at the Palace is part of Historic Royal Palaces’ dedicated programme of LGBT+ events in 2020 sharing the intriguing and little known stories of the royal courts.

Rachel Kneebone at the V&A

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

Movies

Radioactive

20-26 March
Times vary
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Based on Lauren Redniss’s awardwinning graphic novel, Rosamund Pike stars as two-time Nobel Prize–winning scientist Marie Curie, highlighting the groundbreaking discoveries she made with her husband, Pierre (Sam Riley).

Ravel's Piano Works

6 March
6pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM musicians perform a selection of Ravel’s piano works ahead of a concert with Sir Antonio Pappano on Sunday 8 March.

Free

RCM Musicians Present!

8 March
12:00pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM musicians curate and perform works by female composers in this afternoon of mini concerts showcasing some of the music featured in the new RCM online resource.

RCM Sparks

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

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RCM Symphony Orchestra: Pappano and the French Greats

8 March
7pm
Royal College of Music
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The Royal Opera’s Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano leads the RCM Symphony Orchestra in a thrilling evening of French music, culminating in Saint-Saens’s Symphony no 3 to showcase the full range of the RCM’s organ.

Free

Reading Group: Transit by Anna Seghers

4th April
12:30pm-1:30pm
Goethe-Institut
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One of the great classics of exile literature, Transit brilliantly captures Segher's own experiences escaping from Nazi Germany. A young German is asked to deliver a letter to a writer, a favour that takes the unnamed protagonist on a journey through France to Marseille in late 1940s. The reading group will explore some of the themes raised and the cultural and historical context in which it was written.

Free

Recorder Masterclass with Pierre Hamon

1 March
3pm
Royal College of Music
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A musician, composer and instrumentalist, whose repertoire ranges from medieval music to contemporary music, Pierre Hamon is welcomed to the College for this year's Recorder Festival. He takes an afternoon masterclass with RCM woodwind players.

Free

Recorder Workshop with Maria Ayerza, Julien Feltrin and Ashley Solomon

1 March
11am
Royal College of Music
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RCM professors Maria Ayerza, Ashley Solomon and Julien Feltrin explore chamber music for recorder from the 16th, 18th and 20th centuries.

Renaissance Watercolours: from Dürer to Van Dyck

16th May - 20th Sept 2020
V&A
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Bringing together 200 rarely-seen masterpieces, this exhibition will present the exquisite medium as a unified art form for the first time, exploring its pivotal role in understanding, interpreting and documenting the natural world.

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.

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

Online
Royal Albert Hall
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Take a journey through time and explore the Royal Albert Hall's rich history.

Royal Albert Hall Food & Drink

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 Tours

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

Free

Royal Geographical Society Teaching Resources

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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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.

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
Institut français
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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.

Schools Challenge Programme

Imperial College London
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The Schools Challenge Programme is an exciting and hands-on programme where students work in teams with mentors to develop a problem-solving prototype based around Smart Cities and pitch their ideas. Email the team if you are a London school and might be interested in taking part.

Science City 1550–1800: The Linbury Gallery

Opens 12th Sept
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 City Lates

26th Feb
6.45-10pm
Science Museum
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Science City Lates celebrates the opening of Science City 1550-1800: The Linbury Gallery. Discover how London grew from a lively capital city to a global hub for trade, commerce, and scientific enquiry between 1550 and 1800. Experiment with a camera obscura and step back in time to visit a plague doctor!

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.

Science Museum Lates

Last Wednesday of the month
6.45-10pm
Science Museum
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Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month.

Science Museum's Shake Bar

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.

Kids

Science Nights

7th Mar, 17th Apr, 2nd May, 5th Jun
6.45pm - 10am
Science Museum
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Science Night is a special overnight event for 7–11-year-olds, featuring exciting hands-on workshops, science shows, and a sleepover at the Science Museum among the amazing exhibits—all followed by a tasty breakfast and a breathtaking film in our IMAX theatre.

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.

Sculpture Exhibitions

The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Find a diverse range of contemporary sculpture and 3D art, alongside artist talks and workshops.

Sea Shambles

17th May 2020
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Exploring an ocean of science, music, comedy and wonder, this inspiring and exhilarating new variety show will see the iconic Auditorium transformed into a virtual underwater playground with live performances, special effects, puppetry and lasers!

Secret Life of the Home

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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,

Serenity

Hyde Park
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Serenity is a striking bronze sculpture located on the south side of the Serpentine, near the Diana Memorial Fountain. The sculpture is inspired by the Egyptian goddess of nature. It was designed by British sculptor Simon Gudgeon and was installed in the park in 2009.

Serpentine Galleries Exhibitions

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

Serpentine Galleries School Visits

Open Tuesday - Sunday
10am - 6pm
Serpentine Galleries
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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.

Free

Serpentine Mobile Tour

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Serpentine Mobile Tours offer visitors an interactive gallery experience providing access to additional content, including artist interviews and curator tours, from the Serpentine’s internationally acclaimed Exhibition and Architecture Programmes.

Serpentine Pavilion 2020

11th June - 11th Oct
Serpentine Galleries
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Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace, directed by the all-woman team of Sumayya Vally, Sarah de Villiers and Amina Kaskar, has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2020. All three were born in 1990 and are the youngest ever architects to be commissioned for this renowned architecture programme.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery & Magazine Restaurant

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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.

Set French Days

Various dates
10.30am
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!

Free

Shōchū & Awamori: Spirits of Japan

27 February
7pm-8pm
Japan House London
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A fascinating evening learning about the lesser known alcoholic beverages shōchū and awamori from a prominent panel of experts and a chance to sample these distinguished Japanese drinks amongst others.

Lates

Silent Disco

31st Jan, 28th Feb, 27th Mar
10.15pm - 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.

Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street

6th May - 6th Sept
Design Museum Kensington
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Cult classics, limited edition silhouettes and rare colourways are put under the spotlight. Go behind the scenes and explore the design processes for the most innovative kicks from self-lacing to 3D printed, 100% recyclable or cushioned with air bubbles.

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Society 5.0

25 February
6:30-7:30pm
Japan House London
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Society 5.0 is a new concept launched by Japan in its 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan (2016–2020), as a way by which to guide and mobilize action in science, technology and innovation (STI) to achieve a prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive future.

Free

South Asia

Open Daily
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.

South Kensington Farmers' Market

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

Space Descent Virtual Reality with Tim Peake

Daily
4:20; 4:40; 5:00
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.

Space Descent with Tim Peake

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

Kids

Sparks at Keyboard Festival: Family Create

22 March
11am
Royal College of Music
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Ages 4+ - Encounter an outsized floor keyboard, virtuoso live performances, top of the range Steinway grand pianos, electronic keyboards, arts and crafts, storytelling and heritage objects from the RCM Museum. Suitable for all the family!

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Sparks at Recorder Festival: Recorders Rock!

1 March
11am
Royal College of Music
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Ages 6–12 - Calling all young recorder players! Join us for a unique opportunity to play as a mass ensemble accompanied by a professional live band in the inspiring surroundings of the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. Beginners are very welcome!

Sparks Spring into Song! Explorers

15 April
10:30am
Royal College of Music
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Ages 10–12 Join Katie Teage as she sows the seeds for a lifetime love of singing in this dynamic and fun spring-themed choir-in-a-day.

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Sparks Spring into Song! Ignite

8 April
10:30am
Royal College of Music
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Ages 6–9 Join Katie Teage as she sows the seeds for a lifetime love of singing in this dynamic and fun morning of springthemed songs, arts and crafts and storytelling.

Spies in Disguise

9th & 16th Feb, 14th Mar
11am (Feb), 2pm (Mar)
Institut français
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When the world’s best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world. The screening on 14 March will be followed by a facepainting workshop at 4pm

Films

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert

23-25 Oct 2020
2:30pm, 7:30pm commences
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in concert in 2020 as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films in Concert series, with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live by the incredible London Symphony Orchestra, led by Ludwig Wicki.

Stein's Berlin Restaurant

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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. ​

Storytastic Sundays

Last Sunday of every month
Event times vary
Kensington Palace
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There is something for everyone on a Storytastic Sunday. Explore the palace with activity bags, listen to Story Time or get creative in Make History workshops. Head along to Kensington Palace on the last Sunday every month to join in!

Storytelling & Music Sessions for 0-4 year olds

Until 30th April
10am, 11am, 12pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Seasoned storytellers Paul Rubinstein and Samantha Sutherland deliver a series of sessions for babies and toddlers, aiming to engage and encourage interaction between parents/carers and their little ones using musical instruments, singing, movement and stories.

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Talking about Japanese Food

1 Nov-31 March
10m-8pm
Japan House London
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What do we talk about when we talk about Japanese food? This display traces the history and origins of food from Japan and attempts to tease apart some elements of the culinary culture embedded in the daily lives of the Japanese people.

Teatime and Toys

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10.30am, 11.45am, 1.15pm
Kensington Palace
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Key Stage 1 students can examine the toys and household objects used in the Victorian times, and are able to handle replica objects, as well as making their own thaumatrope to take back to school. Session lasts 65 minutes and student admission to the palace is free.

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.

Film

The Best Of The West End

9 March 2020
Royal Albert Hall
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The Best of the West End returns, presenting once again a stunning collection of some of the greatest music from stage & screen, with classic songs from Les Miserables • Mamma Mia! • Aladdin • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie • Hairspray • The Greatest Show • A Star is Born • The Phantom of the Opera and many more.

Free

The Breath of Old and New Worlds

1 March
1:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Pierre Hamon guides us on a musical journey through breath in ancient civilisations: from medieval double flutes, direct descendants of the flutes and sulos of Greek and Roman antiquity, to double and triple flutes of the ancient civilisations of Mexico, and the three-hole pipe and tabor of medieval minstrels.

Free

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.

Kids

The Case of the Missing Parrot

12th Oct - 15 Jan 2020
11.15am
Science Museum
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Solve clues as you travel across the lands and sail the seas in this fun, interactive, storytelling. Help bring Penny the Parrot back to safety! Ages 6 and under.

The Changing Power of Kings and Queens

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10.30am, 11.45am, 1.15pm
Kensington Palace
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A costumed presenter will lead Key Stage 2 pupils though the lives of those who lived at Kensington Palace, including Queen Victoria, William and Mary, discovering how the role of the monarchy in Britain has changed. Session lasts 60 minutes.

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

Open from 11.15 am
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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 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 Road Festival

4th & 5th July
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The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a free three-day celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration in South Kensington. The Festival brings together science and the arts in a unique programme of creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances.

Family

The Gruffalo & The Snail and the Whale in Concert

29th May
2.15pm & 5pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join Mouse on a daring adventure though the deep dark wood, voiced by Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, James Corden, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson with live accompaniment from the BBC Concert Orchestra.. Followed by the world premiere of The Snail and Whale live in concert.

Free
Tours

The Holland Park Circle: Artists Houses Tours

Every other Sunday
11am-12 noon
Leighton House Museum
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Join the guided walks around the exterior of the unique group of studio-houses built by Victorian artist and President of the Royal Academy, Frederic, Lord Leighton and his contemporaries. Discover the fascinating story of how this corner of Holland Park became synonymous with a group of the leading artists of the late Victorian period.

The Imagination Station & Digital Kids

16th - 21st Feb
10.30am - 5pm
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How might we get around in the future? Work with engineers in this multi-dimensional activity to design new ways to travel. Inspired by the V&A exhibition Cars: Accelerating the Modern World. Designed in collaboration with Arup.

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The Italian Gardens

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

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 in the light, lively drawing rooms, cocktails in the glamorous K Bar, or dinner in the refined Town House.

Free

The Last Straw

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

Films

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in Concert

2-3 Oct 2020
1:30pm; 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in concert in 2020 as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films in Concert series with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a choir.

Films

The Matrix Live

28 Oct 2020
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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As Part of the Films in Concert series, experience The Matrix live, as composer Don Davis himself conducts his iconic original score on stage.

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 Orangery

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.

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 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 Sunken Garden

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

The Terminator

28 May 2020
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience the UK premiere of James Cameron’s groundbreaking cult classic The Terminator as oart if the Films in Concert series. Screened on a vast HD screen whilst Brad Fiedel’s signature synthesizer-led, percussive score is performed live by The Avex Ensemble in-sync with the 1984 motion picture.

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.

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

Third Thursday

The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Join in on the third Thursday of every month for fun craft evenings and pick up new and exciting crafting skills

Third Thursday - throw miniature porcelain ceramics

19th Mar
7-9pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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The focus will be on throwing miniature porcelain ceramic works on a small wheel, decorated with coloured slips. Pieces will be fired in an electric kiln after the event (items will be posted to participants once finished. Items are capable of holding water, food and frost proof for outside use.

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things

On until 22nd Mar
V&A
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Take a backstage look at the creative process of one of the world's most inventive photographers through his photographs, films, photographic sets, and special installations – including a new series of photographs influenced by the V&A's collections.

Free

Tomorrow's World

Open daily
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.

Music

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

6-18 March
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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s documentary offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary writer and Nobel prize-winner Toni Morrison.

Free

Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security

On until 23rd Feb
Science Museum
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Discover the remarkable world of codebreaking, ciphers and secret communications in our upcoming must-see, free exhibition. Explore over a century’s worth of communications intelligence through hand-written documents, declassified files and previously unseen artefacts.

Town House at The Kensington

The recently refurbished Town House restaurant is an all-day dining haven, accessed through its own discreet entrance on Manson Place. A home away from home, it is the perfect space for breakfast, lunch, dinner or to while away an afternoon over a delicious Afternoon Tea.

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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.

Treat Your Teddy

Every Saturday & Sunday
11:15-11:35am
Science Museum
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Has your bear got a bruise? Does teddy have a temperature? Have a go at becoming a Teddy bear doctor here at the Science Museum.

Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain UK Premiere

21st Feb
7.30 - 9.45pm
Science Museum
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Blockchain has promised to revolutionise the global economy and cybersecurity, but how many of us really understand how the technology works? Alex Winter’s excellent documentary explains it all.

Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain UK Premiere + Q&A

21st February
7:30 - 9:45pm
Science Museum
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