What's on in South Kensington
Discover South Kensington
To help you plan your weekend, we've compiled a list of some of the amazing exhibitions and activities taking place throughout South Kensington on 6 and 7 May. Discover South Kensington leaflet or read on for more information.
Natural History Museum
- Sensational Butterflies: Follow the trail in the tropical butterfly house through a tropical habitat of flowers, vines and foliage. As butterflies fly overhead, you will pass chomping caterpillars, glistening chrysalises and busy feeding stations. Booking required.
- Wildlife Photographer of the Year: From intimate portraits to dramatic landscapes, see how photographers' passion for the natural world produces startling images. This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries. Booking required.
- Mathematics - Winton Gallery: 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. Free entry.
- Our Lives in data: Visit Our Lives in Data to uncover some of the diverse ways our data is being collected, analysed and used - discover new tools to protect your data. Free entry.
- Robots: Robots will explore the 500-year story of humanoid robots and the artistic and scientific quest to understand what it means to be human. Featuring over 100 robots, from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research labs. Advanced booking required.
- Space Descent with Tim Peake: 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. Advanced booking required.
- Voyages: Using innovative methods of photography, Anderson & Low have created a series of beautiful and ethereal images which capture the collection in a new light, reimagining the models as epic voyagers. Free entry.
- AXA PPP Health Tech & You: The AXA PPP Health Tech & You programme discovers, promotes and supports health tech inventors and innovations from across the world. Free, pop- up exhibition on Level 2.
- Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution: Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, this exhibition explores Moscow as it was imagined by a bold new generation of architects and designers in the 1920s and early 1930s. Booking required.
- Diana: Her Fashion Story: Twenty years on from Diana, Princess of Wales' death, a new exhibition and temporary garden celebrating her life have opened at Kensington Palace, her home for over 15 years. The garden has been planted with flowers and foliage inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, image and style.Due to demand, some dates are sold out. Advanced booking essential. Busy times 11.00-15.00.
Royal Albert Hall
- Royal Albert Hall Tours: 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. Booking required
- Summer of Love: In this series of talks, screenings and performances, the Royal Albert Hall celebrate the iconic artists and creative minds so strongly linked with the building’s history, who together pushed pop culture to its limits. Booking required.
Royal College of Music
- Festival of Percussion: The RCM Festival of Percussion returns with special guest, the international rock, jazz, classical and funk drummer Benny Greb. Includes a family workshop. Booking required.
- A World View: John Latham: This spring, the Serpentine hosts a new exhibition that encompasses all strands of Latham’s extraordinary practice, including sculpture, installation, painting, film, land art, engineering, found-object assemblage, performance and the artist’s theoretical writings. Free entry.
- Speak: Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost and Cally Spooner: This show proposes Latham as an ‘open toolbox’ for artists, revealing how his concepts of time, events, language, knowledge and society resonate today. Free entry.
- Spring Family Event – 6/7 May: This spring children and families will work with artists to construct a temporary studio, which will change and grow over the weekend. Free, drop-in event. Free, drop-in event.
Victoria & Albert Museum
- Prix Prictet: Opening on 6 May, the Prix Pictet is recognised as the world’s leading prize for photography. Now in its seventh cycle, the theme for this years prize is 'Space'. Twelve photographers have been shortlisted and their work is exhibited in the V&A’s Porter Gallery. Free entry.
- Another Russia: Post-Soviet Printmaking: Discover how the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 coincided with a period of creative innovation in Russia. Print has become an important component of recent Russian art practice. Free entry.