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15 Million Degrees: Lucie Green in Conversation with Maggie Aderin-Pocock

28th Nov
7.30-8.30pm
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Royal Society Research Fellow, solar physicist and author of '15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the Sun', Professor Lucie Green joins a fascinating discussion about how the Sun works, the latest research in solar physics, and how a solar storm could threaten everything we know.

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.

26th French Film Festival

7th- 14th Nov
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From Sink or Swim to Cyrano de Bergerac, enjoy the full spectrum of French cinema. The French Film Festival is back with a splash and panache !

3D Red Arrows

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

A Beautiful Planet 3D (U)

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

Adult Education Classes at Imperial College

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

Adventure to the Deep

Dates vary
Drop-in
Natural History Museum
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Dive down on an adventure thousands of metres below the waves to help our scientist explore life in the oceans. Kids will dive through a reef, come face-to-face with a giant squid and see if they have what it takes to survive 3,000 metres below the surface.

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

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

Albert Memorial

Daily
2pm, 3pm
Kensington Gardens
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Located in Kensington Gardens, it is one of London's most ornate ornaments. Public tours are available between March and December.

Albert's Band Presents Showtime

26th Oct
12pm , 2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Perfect for the whole family, this fun-packed hour will feature famous tunes from some of the world’s greatest big-screen musicals including West Side Story, The Jungle Book and The Wizard of Oz. Buggies, babies and budding musicians all welcome!

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.

Amadeus Live

2nd Nov
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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This unmissable screening of the film (winner of eight Academy Awards, four BAFTAs and four Golden Globes), will feature live music performed by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, who recorded the original film soundtrack, and the Philharmonia Chorus, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

Anote's Ark English Premiere & Panel Discussion

16th Nov
7.30 - 9.45pm
Science Museum
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What happens when your nation is swallowed by the sea? This moving documentary from Matthieu Rytz explores what it takes to migrate an entire nation with dignity.

Art Club

Thursdays
4pm
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Explore art history and sharpen your pencils with these hands-on workshops. Recommended to book 3 sessions in a row to insure participants can learn, enjoy and create in the best conditions.

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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

18th Jan, 8th Mar, 5th April 2019
6.45pm - 9.30am
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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.

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Atelier E.B - Passer-by

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

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Atmosphere

Open Daily
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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.

Free

Autumn Pop-up Performances

Every Saturday from 25 Oct
11am; 1pm; 3pm
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A wonderful interactive performance by Sadler's Wells Youth Dance Company Alumni and Company of Elders. Celebrate Diwali through playful, light-hearted, theatrical tales and jump on a magical carpet and be enchanted by stories from the Middle East.

Babies Corner

Wednesday & Saturday
11am
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Read, play, sing, grow! Whether you love drawing, reading, clapping or dancing there will be something to enjoy on Wednesdays & Saturdays!

Free

Backpacks

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

Beazley Designs of the Year

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

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.

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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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Big Draw 2018 - Feel the Force

22nd & 23rd October
11am - 1pm & 2 - 4pm on both days
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Build, balance and create your own colourful sculptures using magnets and cardboard in this free family workshop.

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Big Draw 2018 - Wildlife Drawing

24th October
11am-1pm & 2am-4pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Meet playful creatures such as hedgehogs, opossums, rabbits and prairie dogs and sketch them as they exhibit play in different ways. Suitable for ages 8+.

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Big Draw Festival 2018 - Drawing in Three Dimensions

25th October
7-9pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Join designer Grace du Prez and learn how to use a 3D printing pen to draw sculptures in mid-air! Suitable for 16+

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Big Draw Festival 2018-Sticky-Note Sculptures

27th October
12-8pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Fold, stick and balance to create an expanding sculpture in the gallery using only the magic of post-its.

Big Fat Brass

6th November
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Big Fat Brass is back with a new programme of works from Billy May’s iconic album, superbly brought to life by the RCM Brass Ensemble. The American composer and trumpeter found critical acclaim when he released Big Fat Brass in 1958, and his inventive arrangements of big band classics promise an uplifting evening for all.

Blair Witch Project

28th October
Doors 6:30pm Film 7pm
Natural History Museum
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The Blair Witch Project tells the real story of three student filmmakers who hike in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The three disappear but their video and sound equipment, along with most of the footage they shot, is discovered a year later; the "recovered footage" is the film the viewer is watching.

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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.

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.

Britain 1500-1900 Tour

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

Campus Visits for Schools

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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.

Cars

5th Oct 2019 - 19th April 2020
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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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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!

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Ceramics

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

Chris Jackson: Modern Monarchy

16th November
7pm-8pm
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From the modern day fairy tales of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, to countless royal tours, charitable events and royal appearances, award-winning Getty Images royal photographer Chris Jackson has been by the Royal Family's side for the past fifteen years documenting the extraordinary breadth and variety of work they do.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

2nd Feb - 14th July 2019
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Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition will trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain.

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

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

Ciné Lumière

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

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Ciné Lumière 20th Anniversary

3rd Oct - 28th Nov
Varies
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Inaugurated in 1998 by its honorary patron Catherine Deneuve, Ciné Lumière celebrates its 20th anniversary in style with a series of festive screenings kicking off on 3 October with the UK premiere of Promise at Dawn attended by its lead actor Pierre Niney.

Cirque du Soleil - Totem

12th Jan - 9th Feb 2019
3pm, 3.30pm, 7.30pm, 8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Totem takes you on a stunning journey into the Evolution of Mankind – from our original amphibian state to our ultimate quest for flight. Featuring Cirque du Soleil’s mind-blowing signature acts, Totem is an unforgettable spectacle for all ages.

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

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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

22nd - 25th Nov
3pm, 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The most popular classical music show in the UK returns to the Royal Albert Hall in November. From the very best classical music and state of the art technology to electrifying multi-coloured laser displays and our famous thundering finale to the music of the 1812 Overture!

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.

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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.

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Create and Make – October Half Term

22-26 October
1pm-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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This October half term, take part in a collaborative build, helping to design a city of shape shifting buildings, vehicles and play spaces.

Creative Quarter at Imperial College London

23rd Nov
Imperial College London
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Find inspiration through a series of career insight sessions and trails 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 at the Design Museum

23rd Nov
Design Museum Kensington
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The Design Museum will be hosting a series of special events including hands-on design workshops, drama performance from the Memphis Maximalist: Memphis Max and free exhibition access to temporary galleries. Book online.

Creative Quarter at the Goethe-Institut

23rd Nov
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The Goethe-Institut cinema will offer film screenings for students which focus on young people’s lives in Germany. The films will be introduced by experts on German films. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the German language and culture through the films and Q&A sessions following the screenings.

Creative Quarter at the Natural History Museum

23rd Nov
11am & 12pm
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Join Science Communicator Alastair Hendry, to discover how the cathedral-like atmosphere of the Museum reflected the very personal beliefs of its founder Sir Richard Owen. Uncover the stories of its world famous collections and some of the key characters in the creation of the Museum, and find out about what goes on behind-the-scenes! This is a great opportunity to show your students the variety of career paths within science & the creative industry. Tours run for 45 minutes. Maximum group size is 30 students. To book, call +44 (0)20 7942 5555.

Creative Quarter at the Royal Albert Hall

23rd Nov
10am, 11.30am, 2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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From Ed Sheeran and Adele, to Harry Potter book launches; from world premieres of Bond movies and blockbusters with live orchestra soundtrack, to fully staged musicals and operas… Have you ever wondered how the Royal Albert Hall does it all?! A Day in The Life, suitable for ages 11-18, shows the insider perspective on how we run one of London’s most iconic and versatile venues over the course of an hour. With plenty of opportunity for questions and interaction, visitors will leave ready to start planning their own show to bring to the Hall – or at the very least with the knowledge of how it’s done! Bookings will be made through the Education & Outreach team at education@royalalberthall.com and each tour will have 20 places available.

Creative Quarter at the Royal Society of Sculptors

23rd Nov
2.30pm
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Ever dreamed of becoming a sculptor? Join us at the Royal Society of Sculptors to meet with a professional sculptor to learn about a career in the arts. Learn about getting your own art studio, selling your art work and how to exhibit in galleries. Students will also have a chance to see and discuss our latest exhibition. Email to Learning@sculptors.org.uk

Creative Quarter at the Science Museum

23rd Nov
11am & 12pm
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Join the Science Museum to see engineering from a different perspective. There’ll be the chance to watch a fast-paced show all about how engineering impacts on our everyday lives, explore our Engineer Your Future gallery to practice your skills and meet practicing engineers to find out about who they are and the work they do. To book email edbookings@sciencemuseum.ac.uk or call 020 7942 4777

Creative Quarter at the V&A

23rd Nov
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Visit the V&A for Art, Design and Performance. Your students will get advice from and be inspired by leading professionals across the Creative Industries, including Ustwo Games Design, Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners, Katie Jones and Punchdrunk. Take part in exciting drop-in events and hands-on workshops including fashion design, ceramics, architecture and much more…

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Creative Quarter Engineering Tour

23rd Nov
10.30am - 2.30pm
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Go on an engineering tour of South Kensington institutions. You will be assigned a guide for the day who will take your group to different engineering based activities at different institutions. The trail will start at Imperial College London where you will attend a talk to learn about nanoscale molecular engineering, the group will then be taken to the V&A to attend a talk by the architecture group Arup and then finally have a behind the scenes tour at the Royal Albert Hall.

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.

David Adjaye: Making Memory

2nd Feb - 5th May 2019
Design Museum Kensington
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How can a building shape our perception of events - past, present and future? Experience the storytelling power of architecture through an exploration of seven monumental projects from celebrated architect Sir David Adjaye OBE.

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Day of the Dead

2 November
5pm-10pm
V&A
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Join us for a free festival to celebrate the annual Día de Muertos Festival to remember the dead. Listen to live mariachi music, watch traditional Mexican dancers, see giant skeleton puppets, join in activities and visit an ofrenda dedicated to Frida Kahlo.

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.

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Designer Maker User

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

Designers in Residence 2018: Dwelling

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

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Destination Space Family Show

Dates and times vary
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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.

Diana: Her Fashion Story

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

Free

Digital Kids October Half Term

22nd October-26th October
10:30-5pm
V&A
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Be inspired by self-portraiture and create your own digital portrait in this drop-in workshop. Recommended for ages 5+

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.

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 Kids

3rd Aug, 7th Sept, 13th Oct, 10th Nov
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

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 Day - Hair Raising Halloween

25th Oct
11am -3pm
Hyde Park
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Drop in any time between 11am and 3pm to take part in a host of free and exciting Halloween themed activities, exploring a hair-raising nature trail, creating a magical potion using herbs and plants from the garden and making your own bat mask or drawing your very own mini monster

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.

Free

Drop-in Design Autumn 2018

7th October-25th November
10:30-5pm
V&A
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Learn about the medium of photography and the newly opened Photography Wing in Project Photo, celebrate Diwali by making sensory lamps and discover stories from our collection in Weaving Stories, devised by the Jameel Prize 5 artist, Hala Kaiksow.

Free

Drop-in Design: Festive Weekends 2018

2nd December-23rd December
10:30-5pm
V&A
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Celebrate the festive season and design your own sensory Christmas tree decoration inspired by architecture. Led by Drop-in Design team.

Drowning in Plastic - Liz Bonnin

29th November
7-8.30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Science and wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin examines one of the biggest environmental issues facing the modern world. Liz sets out to reveal the full scale of the world’s plastic problem and explore ways in disaster might be averted and whether science can offer a solution.

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Duologue

26th Sept - 2nd Dec
Mon-Fri 11-5pm, Sat 12-5pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Past President of the Royal Academy, Phillip King CBE will join forces with Brazilian-born London-based Alexandre da Cunha, to spend a week of practical exchange and discussion in the studio space at Dora House. At the end of the week, the space will be left in exactly whatever state it is in.

Engineer your future

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

Europe 1600-1815

Daily
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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.

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Evening Classes at Imperial

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

Evenings of Discovery Return with new Imperial Lates Series

Dates vary
6pm
Imperial College London
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An exploration of infection, a science fashion show, and a celebration of pioneering women form part of a new series of evening public events.

Free

Everest – A Reconnaissance

29th Oct - 27th Nov
10-5pm, Mon-Fri
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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An exhibition of the first platinum prints to be created from the original 1921 negatives housed at the Society – including photographs by George Mallory – and amongst the earliest images to document Everest, the people and places of the region.

Explore the Galleries

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

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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.

Exploring space

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

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 Festival: Explorers and Discoveries

23rd - 25th Oct
11 - 4.40pm
Natural History Museum
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Join a free family festival to make your own incredible discoveries. Make your way around the Orange Zone and drop-in on games, shows and events that inspire and entertain. Kids can build giant skeletons, get hands-on with real ocean specimens or become wildlife detectives.

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,

Free

Family Games

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

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

Fashioned from Nature

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

Festival of Film

29th Sep - 2nd Nov
Royal Albert Hall
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The Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film returns, celebrating the magic of the movies, while shining a spotlight on cinema’s best scores. The programme is packed with immersive movie and music experiences, including a host of screenings, concerts with a film flavour, exhibitions, talks and tours.

Free

Festive Play Session for Under Fives: December 2018

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

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!

Footwear Design with Beatrix Ong MBE

25th October
1pm-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Learn basic principles of footwear design and create your own slippers with designer Beatrix Ong. This family activity requires a parent/guardian to attend with their child. Suitable for children aged 8-11 years.

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.

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.

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Extended to 18th Nov
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This exhibition presents an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.

Friday Late - Snap

26th Oct
6.30 - 10pm
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In our digital age, every second of the day is captured on camera by us and others – every moment of success, every mistake, every blemish, every smile. Our lives are a catalogue. This Friday Late, the V&A are joined by i-D to explore how we create, collect, and preserve moments in the click of a shutter.

Gallery Hire at the Serpentine

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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

Games Lab: Video Games & Apps

Various Saturdays
2.30pm
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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. In French, ages 6-12

Get into Design Young People’s 3 Day Course Book now Young People’s Design Studio

22-24 October
10:30am-3:30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Design your own range of products inspired by the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition; you’ll learn to work in a professional way by creating your own design studio and responding to an industry brief. Suitable for young people aged 12 to 19 years.

Ghost Busters

29th October
Doors 6:30pm Film 7pm
Natural History Museum
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Three former parapsychology professors set up a unique ghost removal service in an old firehouse building in New York City, where they are called upon to rid the city of paranormal phenomenon at everyone's whim.... for a price.

Free

Glass

Open Daily
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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

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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.

Guitar Festival

4th November
11am
Royal College of Music
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The RCM presents some of the finest players on the international guitar scene in a one-day festival of concerts, masterclasses and lectures celebrating all things guitar. This is a fantastic chance for guitarists of any age and ability to pick up tips from the experts on how to improve their playing and to hear solo and chamber music performances from RCM guitarists past and present.

Gypsy Kings

18th April 2019
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Gipsy Kings, France’s most successful group of all time, will return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2019. They first captured the world’s imagination in 1987 with a self-titled album that became a genuine phenomenon, certified gold and platinum around the globe. Throughout their hugely successful career they’ve introduced millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms through globally-popular singles such as Bamboléo and Volare.

Family

Half Term Events at the Royal Albert Hall

22nd October-27th October
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Discover our wide range of events to bring the family to during school half terms.

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.

Free

Hands-on Discovery Areas

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

Harlem Quartet in Residence

30th November
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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The Harlem Quartet has been praised for its 'panache' by The New York Times and celebrated for 'bringing a new attitude to classical music' in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Now, as part of its three-year residency, the string quartet brings its authentic playing style to the RCM stage for a thrilling evening of classical and jazz works from all corners of the globe.

Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban

23rd & 24th Oct
1pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Relive the magic of your favourite wizard in Harry Potter in Concert. Based on the third instalment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

Hidden Universe

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

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Hintze Hall

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

Hire the Look Out in Hyde Park

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

Hire the Royal College of Music

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

Hiring the Royal Albert Hall

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

Holding events Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens

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

Home Alone in Concert

22nd Dec 2018
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Cinematic Sinfonia and Crouch End Festival Chorus, conducted by Ben Palmer.

Home Futures

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

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.

Hyde Park cafes and restaurant

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

Hyde Park for Preschool and Primary

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

Hyde Park for Secondary

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

Hyde Park Special Educational Needs

All year round
10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
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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

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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.

Imperial Lates: Infectious

15th November
6pm-9pm
Imperial College London
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As we turn back the clocks for autumn, come and see how we can try and avoid those winter bugs! Explore other various anti-microbial resistant infections, talk to our researchers and then why not create your own bacteria in our Breakout area, screen print your own infections and bring your creations to life with 3D pens.

Imperial Lates: Smart Fashion

21st February 2019
6pm-9pm
Imperial College London
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During London Fashion week, join us for (cat)walk through what you might be wearing in the future with a chance to try on the latest wearable technology, new textile materials and intelligent clothing. With digital embroidery workshops, AI fashion consultants and technology trends in trendy technology, dress smart for an evening of smart dress.

Imperial Lates: The XX Factor

7th March 2019
6pm-9pm
Imperial College London
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To mark International Women's Day join us for an evening with the femmes radicales of science awaits. Inspirational women everywhere are pushing the boundaries higher, further, faster and challenging what it means to be a women in the modern world. Join us not only to celebrate amazing achievements, research and innovations, but be part of the conversation about equality across the sciences and the arts.

Imperial Lates: Xmaths

6th December
6pm-9pm
Imperial College London
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Countdown to Christmas with a festive evening celebration by numbers where you can tackle mind bending puzzles and make your own maths inspired tree decorations. Join our world leading mathematicians for a warming beverage and learn hear how they visualise the equations they mull over, why the idea of inherent maths genius is a myth, and how maths is being applied to understand everything from black holes to how people behave in crowds.

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.

In search of Forgotten Colours

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

Information Age

Daily
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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

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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 Festival of Viols

26th-27th November
10am: 2pm: 6:15pm
Royal College of Music
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Our annual festival returns with two days of masterclasses, lectures and an evening concert of English consort music. Performers and researchers including Professor Vittorio Ghielmi, Professor Reiko Ichise, Richard Boothby and Dr Sam Stadlen lend their considerable expertise to this year’s festival.

Investigate for Families

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

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IVF 6 Million Babies Later

5th July - Nov
Science Museum
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Explore the remarkable story of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) from the opposition and immense challenges faced by early pioneers to the latest research today. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 'miraculous' birth of Louise Brown on 25 July 1978.

Jac van Steen conducts Fauré

14th-15th November
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Esteemed Dutch conductor Jac van Steen leads the RCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in this all-French programme featuring a symphonic poem, a nocturne and a requiem. Gentle but powerful, Fauré's undeniably beautiful Requiem provides an exquisite centrepiece for the evening.

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Jameel Prize 5

28th June - 25th Nov
V&A
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Experience eight exceptional contemporary artists and designers working in fields as diverse as fashion, multi-media installation, and painting in the Jameel Prize 5 showcase.

Jazz for Kids

27th Oct
11am, 1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Introducing little ears to the world of jazz music these Jazz for Kids concerts are aimed at children of all ages and their families to enjoy. As part of our Festival of Film, join the jazziest members of Albert’s Band as they explore the amazing array of jazz music that has featured on the big screen!

John Wilson Conducts Ravel and Vaughan Williams

25th October
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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BBC Proms favourite and alumnus John Wilson will direct the RCM Symphony Orchestra in an unmissable evening of celebrated concert works. Revered for his original arrangements and thrilling performances, the esteemed conductor will bring three very different classical compositions to life.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

30th November-1st December
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and multiplatinum recording artist Jools Holland returns to the Hall with his sensational Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for two nights of jazz and blues. Performing tracks spanning his entire solo career, Jools will be joined by the supremely talented vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall, as well as original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis on drums with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

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 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
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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

29th Sep, 13th Oct, 17th Nov
11am
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Kids French Lab now offers a fun-filled approach to learning French for kids, through songs, games and storytelling.

Kids Tales 3-6

22nd Sep, 20th Oct, 10th Nov
11am
Institut français
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These interactive Kids sessions will bring a touch of magic to your Saturday mornings. Fun, educational and exciting discoveries in easy French.

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.

Free

Lates: Female of the Species

26th Oct
6-10pm
Natural History Museum
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Is the female of the species really more deadly than the male? Rroam around the Museum after hours and discover the role of females in nature and women science - including a series of talks, pop-up science stations and later on a silent disco (booking essential).

Lauren Child in Conversation

10th November
2pm-3:45pm
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Bestselling writer, artist and current Children’s Laureate Lauren Child talks about her newest works and a life in books. From Charlie and Lola to Clarice Bean, Lauren Child has created some of children’s books’ best-loved characters. This event sees Lauren introducing her two latest creations; Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent - the star of a hilarious new series - and Mary Poppins, back to charm a whole new generation in a retelling of this much-loved classic.

Le Café Aubaine

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Le Café Aubaine is a French-style café-restaurant serving French breakfasts, freshly baked bread and cakes, and traditional bistro meals as well as a wide selection of French wines in a stylish and welcoming environment.

Learning resources at the Science Museum

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

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.

Let there be Light & Panel Discussion

26th April
7.30-9.45pm
Science Museum
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Jim Al-Khalili and a panel of energy experts join the Museum to discuss the future of nuclear fusion and solar power, following a screening of the absorbing documentary 'Let There Be Light'.

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Let's Play! 5-12

Tuesdays
4pm
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There’s a time to work and there’s a time to play! Discover board and role-playing games, from the good old classics to the newest creations. Bilingual and easy French

LGBTQ Tour

30 June; 28 July; 25 August; 29 September; 27 October; 24 November; 29 December
16:00 - 17:00
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Join this volunteer-led tour which explores gender and sexual identities through a selection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer related objects in the V&A's rich collections.

Life in the Dark

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

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.

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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.

Making Virtual Reality

28th October
1pm-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Get an exciting introduction to virtual reality and 3D experiences in this 3-hour hands-on making workshop for families. This family activity requires a parent/guardian to attend with their child. Suitable for children aged 8-11 years

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Mammals

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

Marbling Merriment

16th December
1pm-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Create your own festive decorations using paper craft and marbling techniques in this family workshop

Mars

16th Oct 2018 - 1st March 2019
Design Museum Kensington
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The journey to the Red Planet has become one of the great challenges of our time. Through immersive recreations, new commissions and collaborations with contemporary designers, discover how every detail in this extraordinary endeavour must be designed.

Mary Quant

6th April 2019 - 8th March 2020
V&A
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From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.

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Material Innovation

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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

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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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Mission to Mercury:Bepi Colombo

Daily
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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—one of the most challenging planetary missions ever launched.

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 Ice Rink

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

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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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

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

New Year's Eve: Party Animals

31st Dec
8pm - 1am
Natural History Museum
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Channel your inner-party animal and send off 2018 by dancing beneath the largest creature to have ever lived, hosted in collaboration with experiential events company It's Unknown. Pick up your drink before trying your luck at Musical Bingo, sampling edible insects, or having a hoot in the silent disco.

NHM Cafe and Restaurants

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

October Half Term - Palace Princesses

21st - 26th Oct
Varies
Kensington Palace
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Come and explore the home of famous princesses and see an exhibition of beautiful tiaras and and find out what it is like to be a princess by taking part in these fabulous family activities including storytelling and make your own royal headdress.

October Half-Term Make-it: Portraits

22nd October-26th October
10:30am-12:30pm; 2:30pm-4:30pm
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Led by photographer Javier Hirschfeld, work with your family to explore identity and create your own portraits. Bring your favourite family portrait or piece of clothing to inspire you in this workshop. For 5-12 year olds.

Orchestral Masterworks: Elgar's Cello Concerto

22nd November
6:15pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM Philharmonic, under the direction of Martin André, opens this Orchestral Masterworks programme with a rousing rendition of Brahms' merry medley of student drinking songs: the ever-popular Academic Festival Overture.

Orchestral Masterworks: Symphonie fantastique

26th October
6:15pm
Royal College of Music
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A lovesick Berlioz composed his epic programme symphony in 1830 after becoming infatuated with the charismatic Irish actress Harriet Smithson, and the quintessentially romantic masterpiece has delighted concert audiences ever since.

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Paintings

Open Daily
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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
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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.

Photography Spotlight

On til 27th Nov
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The Photography Spotlight celebrates the opening of the V&A Photography Centre, home to the national collection of the art of photography. Enjoy a dynamic series of talks, workshops and special events, including an international two-day conference.

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Photography Spotlight: Study Room Sessions

15 October-19 November
3pm-3:30pm
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Guided by photography specialists in the Prints & Drawings Study Room, uncover photographs not currently on display to the public from masters of photography and lesser-known artists alike. This event is part of the V&A Photography Spotlight, celebrating the opening of the V&A Photography Centre. Booking is essential.

Free

Pierre Huyghe

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

Pop-Up Paper Places

25th November
1pm-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Get an introduction to architectural design techniques by making your own mini pop-up paper buildings.

Free

Pop-up Performance: Festive Weekends 2018

1 December-22 December
11am; 1pm; 3pm
V&A
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You are warmly invited to a Victorian Christmas party exploring all things festive, from Christmas cards to trees. Find out how Victorian children entertained themselves on Christmas Day.

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Pop-up Performances October Half Term

22nd October-26th October
11.00am; 1pm; 3pm
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Join us for a bi-lingual, fully inclusive signed performance for families that will take you on a playful and interactive journey through the life and work of Frida Kahlo. Chickenshed, Handprint Theatre Company and Sophie Sparham come together in a multi dimension collaboration inspired by the lifetime and work of Frida Kahlo.

Portico Quartet in Concert

1st March 2019
6.45pm & 9pm
Science Museum
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Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet take to the stage for the world premiere of a brand-new audiovisual concert to celebrate their latest major exhibition, The Sun: Living with Our Star. This event includes DJ support and complimentary admission to the exhibition.

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.

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.

Rachel Kneebone at the V&A

10:00-17:45; Friday 10:00-22:00
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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.

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

RCM Sparks Gamelan

Royal College of Music
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Gamelan is the traditional orchestra of Indonesia, and the Royal College of Music has one of the largest sets in Europe. Workshops can be hosted at schools for free - the school just pays for the transport and set-up costs. Email gamelan@rcm.ac.uk for details.

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RCM Sparks Ignite & Explorers: Maestri in the Making

2 December
2:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Join RCM conductors and musicians for a creative musical journey involving an ox on the roof, a double wedding, and a train ride to the North Pole. Following the workshop, we'll learn what makes a maestro and explore engaging musical extracts with guaranteed audience participation! Bring your baton – a chopstick will do!

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RCM Sparks: Creative Quarter

23rd Nov
10am
Royal College of Music
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Join a morning of fun musical activities, including group singing & an inspirational talk from award-winning beatboxer Grace Savage. 10-10.30am: Group sing-a-long, accompanied by a fantastic live band. 10.30-11.30am: Grace Savage, 4 x UK Beatboxing champion, BBC Introducing Artist and one of Elle magazine's ‘100 Most Inspiring Women’, showcases her amazing beatboxing talents and gives an inspiring talk. 11.30-12pm: Open Beatboxing workshop. Call RCM Box Office on 020 7591 4314 to book.

RCM String Band: Poulenc and Parry

2nd November
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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The finely honed talents of the RCM String Band are complimented by the powerful sound of the Flentrop Orgelbouw organ in this evening chamber concert.

RCM Swing Band: Kings of Swing

8th December
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Meet the 'King of Swing' in this toe-tapping programme exploring the music that made swing an international phenomenon. Join Mark Armstrong and the RCM Swing Band as they perform works from the famous 1938 Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall concert alongside music from other major figures of the era.

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.

Robotics, Coding & Engineering Workshop

Various
11-4pm
Imperial College London
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These immersive workshops for 7-12 year olds, develop your child’s coding skills while embarking on a mission to Mars! Through a mixture of coding and robotics, games and art the workshop is creative, collaborative and educational. Children work at their own pace, while supported by expert leaders.

Room Hire at 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
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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.

Royal College of Music Chamber Concerts

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

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 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
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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

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

Science Nights

Various dates
6.45pm - 10am
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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.

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

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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
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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.

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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 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!

Silent Disco

26th Oct
10.15pm - 1am
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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.

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South Asia

Open Daily
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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.

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South Ken Kids Festival

19th - 25th Nov
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Institut français
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Prepare yourself for a brilliant selection of children’s writers and illustrators coming from both sides of the Channel to the Institut français, under the patronage of the marvellous Quentin Blake. The festival celebrates children’s writing, illustration, translation, and children’s books in all their glory.

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
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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

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

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

26th April - 17th Sept 2019
Design Museum Kensington
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Step inside the world of Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. It will offer a unique insight into the director's vast archive through original props and costumes, set models and rare photographs, while tracing the design story behind Kubrick’s body of work.

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!

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Subtle: Delicate or Infinitesimal

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

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Superbugs: The Fight for Our Lives

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

T(h)inker Club 9-12

22nd Sep, 6th Oct, 17th Nov
2.30pm
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Create your own design and devise your own machine by using soft circuits (electronics and paper), e-textile and recycled materials. This is the perfect workshop for little inventors to experiment with sciences, technology, design, arts & crafts.

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.

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The Cadogan Gallery

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

The 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 Drawing Gym

Saturday 13, 20, 27 October
11am-1:30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Learn simple tools for communicating complex ideas in this three-part introduction to drawing. Three day course.

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 Future Starts Here

12th May - 4th Nov 2018
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Exploring the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow. From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, this exhibition will bring together more than 100 objects as a landscape of possibilities for the near future.

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.

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The Imagination Station: October Half Term

22nd - 26th Oct
10.30-5pm
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Learn about the story of Frida Kahlo and explore your own identity through fashion and portraiture. Create symbolic and colourful flowers and draw your own portrait on your body or lying down.

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The Imagination Station: October Half-Term 2018

22nd October-26th October
10am-5:30pm
V&A
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Learn about the story of Frida Kahlo and explore your own identity through fashion and portraiture. Create symbolic and colourful flowers and add them to the Mexican garden setting in the gallery. Draw your own portrait or on your body lying down and display your work inside our own blue house.

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The Italian 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 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.

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The Last Straw

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

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The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution

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

The Marriage of Figaro

26th November-1st December
7:00pm
Royal College of Music
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Esteemed baritone and RCM alumnus Sir Thomas Allen returns to direct a rousing performance of Mozart’s comic opera The Marriage of Figaro. Experience an entertaining new production of this classic tale which has all the ingredients of a modern rom com: love, revenge and deception. Will our hero finally get his bride – or will the marriage of Figaro descend into mayhem?

The Nutcracker

28th - 31st Dec
12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, 5.30pm, 7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Birmingham Royal Ballet brings its especially-created version of this Christmas ballet back to the Hall. This enchanting production wowed audiences with its spectacular setting, grand ensemble pieces and ravishing Tchaikovsky score – it is without a doubt the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.

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 Shining

29th October
Doors 8:15pm Film 9pm
Natural History Museum
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Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of an isolated historic hotel. Wintering over with Jack are his wife and young son Danny, who possesses "the shining", psychic abilities that include him seeing the hotel's horrific past. After a winter storm leaves the Torrances snowbound, Jack's sanity deteriorates due to the influence of the supernatural forces that inhabit the hotel, placing his wife and son in danger.

The Silence of the Lambs

28th October
Doors 8:15pm Film 9pm
Natural History Museum
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Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, seeks the advice of the imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer to apprehend another serial killer, known only as "Buffalo Bill", who skins his female victims' corpses.

The Snowman and Paddington Bear

20th Dec
2.15pm, 5.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Delight your family with a double-bill of classic musical stories for children at the Royal Albert Hall, with the charming Paddington Bear’s First Concert and seasonal favourite The Snowman™. The score is performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Sun: Living with our Star

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

The Sun: Living With Our Star Family Festivals

3rd & 4th Nov, 2nd & 3rd March
11am - 5pm
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Join the museum as they delve into the science and history behind our nearest star as they celebrate the exhibition The Sun: Living With Our Star. There will be pop-up workshops exploring the science behind the Sun and hands-on interactive activities designed to delight and inspire the whole family.

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 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
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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.

The Wider Earth

2nd Oct - 30th Dec
2.30pm, 7.30pm
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A new theatre in the Jerwood Gallery will be unveiled for the premiere of award-winning drama The Wider Earth. The play, about the story of a young Charles Darwin, features a cast of seven, remarkable puppetry, an original score and cinematic animations to bring to life uncharted landscapes.

Theatre & Performence

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

Theatre and Performance Tour

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

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

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Thrills, Chills and Trills: Family Concert

27th October
2pm
Royal College of Music
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Join us at the Royal College of Music for a fun family concert exploring Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. Introduce your family to the full sound of an orchestra as dynamic presenter Fraser Trainer and the RCM Philharmonic take audiences on a spooky musical journey involving a love story, a spinning ballroom, a day in the countryside, a nightmare and a Witches' Sabbath.Suitable for ages 4+

Tim Walker

7th Sep 2019 - 8th Mar 2020
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.

Titans of the Ice Age 3D

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

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Tomorrow's World

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

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Trails

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

Free

Treasures

Open Daily
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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.

Typhoon Force

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

Under the sea 3D (U)

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

Up, Up and Away Storytelling

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Hot air balloons, gliders and flying suits will be brought to life in this fun, interactive storytelling session. Join us on a high-flying adventure through the clouds—then build your own beautiful flying machine.

V&A cafe & Garden cafe

Enjoy a wide selection of food and drink in three exceptional spaces: the world's oldest museum restaurant with its beautifully designed period rooms, the Garden Cafe or the new Courtyard Cafe in the Exhibition Road Quarter.

V&A Food

18th May - 17th Nov 2019
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Inviting visitors to participate, taste and debate, this bold exhibition explores current experiments at every stage of the food system – from compost to table.

V&A Free tours & talks

Daily
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