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Planting for Pollinators

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

Playday

7th August
11am - 4pm
Design Museum
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Join the Design Museum for UK Playday, an annual celebration of playfulness. Explore the rich and lively culture of children’s play throughout the building.

Polar Silk Road

Until 24th Nov
10am - 6pm
Natural History Museum
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Gregor Sailer's photography exhibition The Polar Silk Road explores the existing, potential, and unexpected impacts of this new global trade route and documents this fast-changing region at a pivotal moment in its history.

Pop up Performance: Anansi and the Lost Sun

31st Aug
11.00am – 3.40pm
V&A South Kensington
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Join Swallow’s Wings Puppetry for a performance mixing puppetry, storytelling, and traditional West African music.

Power Pack: Climate Emergency

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

Power Up

10am - 5.30pm
Science Museum
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Immerse yourself in this hands-on gaming zone, featuring the very best video games and consoles from the past 50 years. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to beat your family at Mario Kart.

Princess Diana Memorial fountain

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

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

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

Princess Diana Memorial walk

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

Private Room Hire at Ognisko Polskie

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

Professional Development at the V&A

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

Queen Carolines Temple

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

Quiet walking routes to and around South Ken

Discover South Kensington
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If you’re planning your trip to South Ken, take a look at our new walking map, created with Footways, where you can discover a range of wonderful routes to take a quiet stroll & discover our extraordinary history. Get off the tube a stop early and explore London’s home of arts, science and inspiration by foot.

Rachel Sale: Illustration Residency Open Studios

31st Aug
1pm - 4pm
V&A South Kensington
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Meet the V&A's current Illustration Artist in Residence Rachel Sale, as she opens her studio on site and learn more about her practice and process.

RBKC Libraries online

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

RCA2024

Until the 21st July
Various Times
Royal College of Art
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A series of exhibitions and events and activities, showcasing the work of graduating RCA students,

RCM Sparks

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

Resources for Schools online

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

RGS Exhibitions

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

RGS online exhibitions

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

Room Hire at Institut français

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

Royal Albert Hall - Time Machine

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

Royal Albert Hall Café Terrace

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

Royal Albert Hall Food & Drink

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