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What’s on in November? Kensington Museum Guide

One of the best things about staying at the Royal Garden Hotel is its proximity to some of London’s best museums. That means you don’t have to go far to see world-class displays and participate in an ever-changing schedule of temporary exhibitions.

Leap straight into November’s packed calendar of events at Kensington’s museums.

Natural History Museum

When it comes to the natural world, there’s nothing more fascinating than the way that certain creatures defend themselves. A brand new exhibition at the Natural History Museum entitled Venom: Killer and Cure explores such themes and how seemingly harmful substances can be harnessed for human health.

Opening to the public on 10 November, visitors will be able to see all sorts of specimens, from centipedes and snails to snakes and platypuses, up close and personal. The perspective of both predator and prey will be brought to life in this brilliant exhibition, which is not for the faint of heart.

Step outside and you’ll find the Natural History Museum’s ice rink is already offering up seasonal thrills.

The Science Museum

Antibiotic resistance is the focus of the new exhibition which is due to open at the Science Museum on 9 November. Superbugs: The Fight for our Lives will look at a very serious problem for the modern age. While antibiotics have come to embody the miracle cure for many diseases that were once untreatable, bacteria are fighting back and threatening their effectiveness for the future.

The display will show the efforts that are being made across the globe to counteract this threat. It includes scientific research programmes and the personal stories of those waging war on superbugs.


Among the exhibitions at the V&A this November is a tribute to those who fell during the First World War. The museum will be putting 16 of the poppies that were created by Paul Cummins OBE for his Blood Swept Lands and Sea of Red installation on display.

When they were on display at the Tower of London in 2014, there were 888,246 poppies, which conveyed the huge extent of the loss. Putting just 16 on show – each representing a member of V&A staff who died during the conflict – brings individual stories into perspective. It also enables visitors to look at the craftsmanship and skill that has gone into the handmade flowers.

The exhibition is set to run from 1 to 21 November.

Design Museum

Ever wondered what exactly goes into making an iconic car brand? Well, now is your opportunity to find out. Ferrari: Under the Skin will celebrate 70 years of the famous automotive company when it opens at the Design Museum on 15 November.

From Enzo Ferrari’s small team with big ideas in war-ravaged Italy, to Michael Schumacher’s Formula One-winning car and the latest hybrid model, the company’s history is all there. Explore it through hand-drawn sculptures, intricate models, rare cars and memorabilia, as well as interviews and films.

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