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What’s on in December? Kensington museum guide

Come in from the cold this December and explore the special exhibits and displays being hosted by Kensington’s varied museums. From John Snow’s ties to a magical under the sea-themed New Year’s Eve party, there’s something for everyone at these West London gems.

Natural History Museum

While the ice rink outside of the Natural History Museum continues to draw the crowds throughout December, there’s also plenty of ongoing exhibitions taking place inside. The highlight of the month, however, will be the opportunity to dance away 2017 and welcome 2018 under the shadow of the immense blue whale.

The newly redeveloped Hintze Hall and its colossal whale skeleton will be the setting for a truly sensational marine themed ball. New Year’s Eve: Under the Sea will feature ocean inspired cocktails and fishy headwear, as well as musical bingo and massaoke to keep you entertained.

The Science Museum

If you’re a fan of Star Wars, then it’s The Science Museum’s IMAX cinema you will want to visit this month. From 14 December, it will be showing Star Wars: The Last Jedi in IMAX 15/70mm 2D. As one of the largest screens in the UK, it’s an experience that true aficionados will not want to miss.

Follow the development of Daisy Ridley as Jedi-in-waiting Rey; the exploits of John Boyega as a former Stormtrooper with a rebellious streak; and Oscar Isaac’s pilot for the Resistance, Poe. Add Mark Hamil as Luke Skywalker into the mix and a final performance by Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and you have the recipe for a film destined to be a fan favourite.


An exhibition all about a very special bear is certain to appeal to all the family when it opens at the V&A this month. Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic begins on 9 December and looks at everything from the letters and sketches of Pooh’s creators AA Milne and EH Shepherd through to items inspired by the timeless adventures of the bear and his friends.

You will be transported to the Hundred Acre Wood to see the origins of all of Milne’s characters and how they were beautifully realised by Shepherd on paper. Many of the items in the exhibition come from the museum’s collection and are sure to enchant visitors of all ages.

Design Museum

For something a little bit different, why not stop by the Design Museum and its ongoing pop-up exhibition John Snow: Colour is My Brand?! This unique display looks at the ties worn by the famous newsreader and explores their significance to the man himself.

Having previously stuck to a more reserved colour palette, it was the hues and patterns of traditional Kitenge fabric worn by Ugandan women that saw him take a new direction. Textile designer Victoria Richards is now behind most of the ties he wears, which are then woven at Vanners out of silk.

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