WHAT'S ON IN JUNE? KENSINGTON MUSEUM GUIDE
The weather is finally picking up, with many of us enjoying some beautiful warm days over the past few weeks. Luckily London has plenty to see and do whether the sun makes an appearance or not, making it the perfect place to plan a getaway to.
If you are looking for a break in London this month, you'll be spoilt for choice for things to see and do. Kensington itself has three world-class museums, meaning you don't have to go far to enjoy some culture.
Whether you want some educational fun at the Science Museum, explore fashion and music at the V&A, or find out more about the beautiful world around us at the Natural History Museum, our local attractions offer the perfect family day out.
During June there are a wide variety of different exhibitions and events on that make this month the ideal time to grab some time away with your loved ones.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
One of the most beautiful buildings in the world, the Natural History Museum is just as exciting on the inside as it is to look at from the outside. The Butterfly House is a fantastic first place to stop off during your visit, bringing the magic of the jungle right into the heart of Kensington.
The Sensational Butterflies exhibit allows you to watch as these beautiful creatures emerge from chrysalis, taking in their first few moments of life. You can also look at their life before this incredible moment, as you search for caterpillars hidden in the greenery and see how they prepare for their transformation.
You and your family will have the opportunity to learn about how to look after butterflies when they appear in your garden.
As well as the regular exhibitions, you can also participate in the special events that the museum hosts. Crime Scene Live is a brilliant adult-only mystery where you are tasked with finding the murderer as you become a crime scene investigator for the evening. For a more child-friendly visit, the Dino Snores events happen throughout the year and are a fantastic opportunity for young ones to explore a different side to the museum they love.
The Science Museum brings new life to the subject, which is sure to engage and excite both young and old. You can explore the fascinating journey of British astronaut Tim Peake and what life was like for him on the International Space Station. This incredible exhibit is voiced by Tim himself and you can literally put yourself in his shoes, with VR allowing you to sit in the pilot's seat of a Soyuz capsule. You can get a complete 360-degree view of the capsule, just like the one that took the British astronaut the 400km to and from his home on the ISS.
Throughout the summer the Science museum will be hosting a series of events that are completely free to attend, and are geared towards younger audiences. From the Live Science sessions to an interesting look at the impact of war, there's plenty of choice when it comes to planning a family day out.
Fashion has had a considerable impact on pop culture, and can tell a fascinating story about how politics, music and lifestyles have changed over time. This is just one of the facets of cultural influences that the V&A aims to showcase throughout their exhibits.
The Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition looks at the work and legacy created by one of the most influential couturiers in the world. More than 100 pieces from Cristóbal Balenciaga's collection will be displayed at the V&A, featuring items from the 'master' of couture himself as well as those from his protégées.
If music is more your thing, then you won't want to miss the Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains exhibition. This incredible display takes audiences on an audio-visual journey of the band's rise to stardom and how the British group pioneered a completely unique genre of music.