Summer activities in Kensington - Serpentine

What are the best summer activities in Kensington?

With summer here it’s time to dust off your sun hats, slap on some sun cream and head out to make the most of it while it lasts! Whether you live in Kensington or are just visiting there are a whole host of things to do. But what are the best summer activities in Kensington? We’ve had a look around and here are our suggestions to keep all the family entertained this summer.

Summer activities in Kensington - Kensington Palace

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Kensington Palace

You could very easily spend the entire summer here with so many fantastic things for the whole family taking place here!
For families looking for kid friendly activities there are trails you can follow either through the palace or exploring the beautiful gardens. You could take your little ones to hear story telling sessions using objects and music to tell the story of Queen Caroline and her life at the Palace.

Take the family to join the Georgian court at Queen Caroline’s garden party on the orangery lawns 21st – 23rd August and complete a series of challenges to become the perfect Georgian courtier!

From the 4th – 7th August grab yourself a blanket and a picnic and settle down in the wonderful gardens to watch some classic films under the stars with Luna Cinema. Films include ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘The Lost Boys’.

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The Roof Gardens

Whether you are looking to enjoy some beautiful scenery, have a fantastic meal or dance the night away The Roof Gardens has it all. The gardens themselves are open to the public and free to visit they include the Spanish Garden, the Tudor Garden and the English Woodland, look out for the resident flamingos! The Babylon restaurant has an excellent menu and views over the English Woodland Garden. Join them at the club for summer evening BBQs, day parties and fantastic DJs.

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Summer activities in Kensington - Serpentine

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The Serpentine Pavilion

Open from 25th June through to 18th October the Serpentine Pavilion showcases an annual temporary architectural commission. This year it is celebrating its 15th anniversary with the current structure having been designed by Madrid based architects SelgasCano. Don’t miss the chance to take a walk through this wonderfully colourful installation! Running throughout the summer the Serpentine Galleries also hosts Park Life; a series of events including performance, music, film dance and literature.

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Royal Geographical Society Exhibitions

After enjoying a stroll through Kensington Gardens stop by the Royal Geographical Society and take a look at one of their wonderful exhibitions being hosted in the new pavilion exhibition space. From 24th of July to 5th September they will be hosting the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition with some absolutely breath-taking shots from all over the globe.

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Kensington is home to many of London’s greatest museums; my favourites are the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.

The Natural History Museum has events catering to all ages this summer. Take the kids to enjoy the Sensational Butterflies Exhibition or pick up a family explorer backpack complete with explorer hat, binoculars and lots of fun activities that will lead you on an expedition through the galleries!

Grown-ups can now enjoy their own night at the museum with the Dino Snores events. Camp down near Dippy in the Hintze Hall and enjoy an evening of browsing the galleries, science shows, monster movie marathons, edible insect tasting, three-course dinner and hot breakfast.

If you need something a bit more hands on to keep the little ones occupied over the summer holidays the Science Museum has a whole host of events and drop in workshops. Take them to create their own magic lanterns, make pop-up models and build their own rockets! Alternatively you can follow the Family Science Detective Trail, learn about robots in the IMAX theatre or find out what it is like to fly with the Red Arrows or on Typhoon Force in the Science museum simulators.

The Science Museum also hosts its own lates for the over 18’s, these are usually themed with fancy dress encouraged! The night includes live music, dancing, interactive workshops and a silent disco!

Kelly Harrison
Marketing Assistant
4 August 2015