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Focus on Mizoguchi Kenji

18th Feb - 19th June
Various Times
Japan House London
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Japanese film critic and scholar Alexander Jacoby has specially curated a selection of screenings, choosing to focus on Mizoguchi’s last years, when he realised many of his finest achievements.

Image credit: Versace dress (back view), El Mirage, photograph by Herb Ritts, 1990. © Herb Ritts Foundation.

Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection

Opens 18th May
10am - 5.45pm
V&A South Kensington
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An unparalleled selection of the world's leading photographers, telling the story of modern and contemporary photography. Discover iconic images across subjects such as fashion, celebrity, reportage and the male body.

French Day à la Carte

Booking required
Institut français
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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.

Freya Douglas-Morris: Mid-March Melody

13th March - 20th April
11am - 7pm
Cromwell Place
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An exhibition of new work by British artist, Freya Douglas-Morris, inspired by the change of season from late winter to early spring. ‘Mid-March Melody’ is her first exhibition with Lehmann Maupin and includes eight new paintings, alongside six works on copper panels.

Friday Late: Beyond Feminism

26th April
6.30pm – 10.00pm
V&A South Kensington
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Artists, performers and collectives explore alternative pathways of feminism through sensorial experiences, healing, activism practices and ancestral stories. The evening will share how feminist networks of care can be extended beyond conventional boundaries,

Future Observatory display

20th Nov - 31st Aug
10am - 5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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The first display in a new space for research at the Design Museum is now open. The Future Observatory display showcases six researchers who are confronting environmental concerns and working towards liveable futures.

Gallery Hire at Serpentine

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

Gazette Brasserie

Mon & Tue: 5pm – 10.30pm Wed to Sun: 10am – 10.30pm
Institut français
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Gazette Brasserie is the perfect venue for coffee meet-ups, quick lunches, pre-cinema drinks and nibbles or a cosy dinner at the Institut français in London.

Gem Strathmore Hotel

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

Get active: New cycle route and walking tour

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

Get active: Take a stroll around 'Albertopolis'

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

Ghostbusters in Concert

26th Oct
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The beloved ‘80s sci-fi comedy, Ghostbusters, will join the Royal Albert Hall’s Films in Concert series: Watch Ivan Reitman’s original 1984 classic on the big screen at Halloween - all whilst Elmer Bernstein’s famous score is performed live by a full orchestra conducted by Peter Bernstein.

Giants of Today Trail

Natural History Museum
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From hefty herbivores to jungle jumbos, discover who's topping the charts when it comes to being the biggest, the tallest and the heaviest of them all. Follow the trail to meet some of world's biggest animals and to find out all about the highs and lows that come with being so big.

Gilbert Bayes Award Winners Exhibition

26th Feb - 25th April
11am - 5pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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The Gilbert Bayes Award for early career sculptors is given annually by the Society to a small group of outstandingly talented sculptors.

Give the Gift of Music

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

Go back in time with My Dino Mission AR

Free downloadable app
Natural History Museum
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Combining the latest augmented reality technology with STEM skills, children can recognise a dinosaurs’ species, what it eats, likes and needs to survive. Young explorers can care for and capture fun photos of themselves interacting with their new dinosaur friend in the backdrop of their home or back garden. Age 7-10

Go behind the scenes of Hyde Park’s Plant Nursery

19th April
11am - 2pm
Hyde Park
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Enjoy a tour of the Hyde Park's brand new plant nursery, learning about its history, the sustainable building and practices that help the team grow over 1,400 varieties of plants. Plus, enjoy a tasty lunch before creating your own hanging baskets similar to those hung in the Royal Parks to take home.

Google Arts & Culture: Serpentine

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

Google Arts & Culture: The Natural History Museum

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

Google Arts & Culture: The Science Museum

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

Google Arts & Culture: V&A

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

Grazie Enzo: Contemporary Responses to Enzo Mari

29th March - Feb 2025
10am - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Accompanying the retrospective exhibition 'Enzo Mari Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli', this free display will showcase the work of 14 London-based designers, studios and collectives whose work shares an affinity with Mari's work.

HABA Yoshitaka

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

Hands On Design Workshops

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