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Summer of Love

Get ready to fall in love with Kensington and Chelsea again this summer as we get back out and about post-lockdown.

We’re celebrating what our borough has to offer with exciting events and activities taking place from June to September and you’re invited to join in the fun.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from our parks, high streets and museums, to libraries, local businesses and more. As Covid-19 restrictions ease, it’s important to continue to follow the latest Government guidance when travelling, socialising and attending events to keep you and others around you safe this summer.

Check out what’s on in our calendar of events. This will continue to be updated over the summer so keep an eye out for more to come.

K&C Summer of Love Walking Map

If you are out and about in the borough or planning your day out, check out our walking map to find your way around some of our most popular landmarks and locations to explore.


Download map (PDF, 2.35MB)

 

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Win amazing prizes by sharing the love for the borough this summer


A number of exciting competitions are set to launch throughout the summer with plenty of prizes up for grabs, as part of the Council’s new Summer of Love (SoL) campaign.

Learn more and find out how to enter

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Win amazing prizes by sharing the love for the borough this summer


A number of exciting competitions are set to launch throughout the summer with plenty of prizes up for grabs, as part of the Council’s new Summer of Love (SoL) campaign.

Learn more and find out how to enter

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RBKC Libraries Creative Collective


Date: Saturday 1 May 2021 to Thursday 30 September 2021.

Location: Central/North Kensington/Chelsea Library

An art exhibition showcasing people’s experiences of 2020 focusing on 4 themes: Lockdown, BLM Movement, Resilience and Hope and Community.

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RBKC Libraries Creative Collective


Date: Saturday 1 May 2021 to Thursday 30 September 2021.

Location: Central/North Kensington/Chelsea Library

An art exhibition showcasing people’s experiences of 2020 focusing on 4 themes: Lockdown, BLM Movement, Resilience and Hope and Community.

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The Curve


Date: From May 2021 

The Curve Community Centre is offering a wide range of activities, including family exercise classes, cooking classes, educational classes, and much more, giving residents opportunities to learn and enjoy.

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The Curve


Date: From May 2021 

The Curve Community Centre is offering a wide range of activities, including family exercise classes, cooking classes, educational classes, and much more, giving residents opportunities to learn and enjoy.

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Opera in Holland Park


Date:  Tuesday 1 June to Sunday 15 August

Location: Holland Park

Summer 2021 brings the return of live opera to Kensington with four full productions by Opera Holland Park, a co-production with Charles Court Opera and a guest season by British Youth Opera.

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Opera in Holland Park


Date:  Tuesday 1 June to Sunday 15 August

Location: Holland Park

Summer 2021 brings the return of live opera to Kensington with four full productions by Opera Holland Park, a co-production with Charles Court Opera and a guest season by British Youth Opera.

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Summer Sundays at Portobello and Golborne Market


Date: Sunday 13 June to Sunday 22 August

Location: Portobello and Golborne

Portobello and Golborne Market is opening up for Summer Sundays 2021, as part of the markets' post-lockdown recovery.

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Summer Sundays at Portobello and Golborne Market


Date: Sunday 13 June to Sunday 22 August

Location: Portobello and Golborne

Portobello and Golborne Market is opening up for Summer Sundays 2021, as part of the markets' post-lockdown recovery.

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Kensington + Chelsea Festival


Date: Thursday 24 June to Tuesday 31 August

Location: across the Borough

The festival is inspired by the rich heritage, creativity, culture and innovation in Kensington and Chelsea and will include a diverse programme of events.

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Kensington + Chelsea Festival


Date: Thursday 24 June to Tuesday 31 August

Location: across the Borough

The festival is inspired by the rich heritage, creativity, culture and innovation in Kensington and Chelsea and will include a diverse programme of events.

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606 Club Swing Jazz Performance


Date:  Friday 25 June, 50 minute sets at 3pm and 4.30pm.

Location: Duke of York Square

This performance is produced by the legendary 606 Club who are based in Lots Road in Kensington and Chelsea.

606 Club favourite Jo Harrop will be performing a selection of sultry jazz standards in the open air of Duke of York Square.

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606 Club Swing Jazz Performance


Date:  Friday 25 June, 50 minute sets at 3pm and 4.30pm.

Location: Duke of York Square

This performance is produced by the legendary 606 Club who are based in Lots Road in Kensington and Chelsea.

606 Club favourite Jo Harrop will be performing a selection of sultry jazz standards in the open air of Duke of York Square.

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New YouthQuake 2021


Dates:

  • Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June
  • Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July
  • Friday  6, Saturday 7 and 8 August

New Youthquake 2021 will offer young people aged 30 and under from West London and beyond opportunities to test trade at Portobello And Golborne Road Market.

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New YouthQuake 2021


Dates:

  • Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June
  • Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July
  • Friday  6, Saturday 7 and 8 August

New Youthquake 2021 will offer young people aged 30 and under from West London and beyond opportunities to test trade at Portobello And Golborne Road Market.

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Empathy in the Urban Forest: A Guided Tree Tour


Date: Saturday 26 June, 2pm to 4pm

Location: Holland Park 

Join a guided tour of Kensington and Chelsea to discover the role of nature in urban living with Finnish empathy artist and designer Enni-Kukka Tuomala.

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Empathy in the Urban Forest: A Guided Tree Tour


Date: Saturday 26 June, 2pm to 4pm

Location: Holland Park 

Join a guided tour of Kensington and Chelsea to discover the role of nature in urban living with Finnish empathy artist and designer Enni-Kukka Tuomala.

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International Yoga Event


Date: Sunday 27 June, 10am and 11am for 45mins

Location: Holland Park

To commemorate International Yoga Day the Council is working with ISHA foundation and Patanjali to host a number of yoga events in Holland Park.

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International Yoga Event


Date: Sunday 27 June, 10am and 11am for 45mins

Location: Holland Park

To commemorate International Yoga Day the Council is working with ISHA foundation and Patanjali to host a number of yoga events in Holland Park.

Email to sign up

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Decorative Art Tour


Date: Monday 28 June and Monday 5 July

Location: Holland Park

Find out about the decorative art in the park from the ornaments on the listed buildings to the modern sculptures.

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Decorative Art Tour


Date: Monday 28 June and Monday 5 July

Location: Holland Park

Find out about the decorative art in the park from the ornaments on the listed buildings to the modern sculptures.

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Mindfulness in Nature Walk


Date: Thursday 1 July, 12 August and 16 September, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Location: Holland Park

Explore ways of deepening your connection with nature on this experiential visit to Holland Park’s wildlife area.

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Mindfulness in Nature Walk


Date: Thursday 1 July, 12 August and 16 September, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Location: Holland Park

Explore ways of deepening your connection with nature on this experiential visit to Holland Park’s wildlife area.

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Arch Day


Date: Saturday 3 July

Location: Across the borough

Pay a visit to your local businesses based in the arches across the borough, including Ladbroke Grove and Latimer Road, to share the love for our local community this Arch Day.

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Arch Day


Date: Saturday 3 July

Location: Across the borough

Pay a visit to your local businesses based in the arches across the borough, including Ladbroke Grove and Latimer Road, to share the love for our local community this Arch Day.

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Screening of A Man For All Seasons with a live Q&A


Date: Monday 5 July

Location: 279 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EW

As part of this year's The Art and Mystery of the King's Road project a special screening of the 1966 film A Man For All Seasons with a live Q&A will be held at the Everyman Cinema.

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Screening of A Man For All Seasons with a live Q&A


Date: Monday 5 July

Location: 279 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EW

As part of this year's The Art and Mystery of the King's Road project a special screening of the 1966 film A Man For All Seasons with a live Q&A will be held at the Everyman Cinema.

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The Legacy of Perriand


Date: Thursday 8 July 2021, 6.30pm to 8pm

Location: Online

Explore the legacy of Charlotte Perriand’s ideas and designs in contemporary society today in a panel discussion with curators Justin McGuirk and Glenn Adamson.

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The Legacy of Perriand


Date: Thursday 8 July 2021, 6.30pm to 8pm

Location: Online

Explore the legacy of Charlotte Perriand’s ideas and designs in contemporary society today in a panel discussion with curators Justin McGuirk and Glenn Adamson.

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Caribbean Culture Series


Date: Thursday 15 July, 7pm to 8pm

Virtual interview

As part of K&C Summer of Love we are thrilled to welcome you to ‘Celebrating Caribbean Culture’ series, where you can get a taste of the authentic Caribbean culture.

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Caribbean Culture Series


Date: Thursday 15 July, 7pm to 8pm

Virtual interview

As part of K&C Summer of Love we are thrilled to welcome you to ‘Celebrating Caribbean Culture’ series, where you can get a taste of the authentic Caribbean culture.

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Wild Plants of Holland Park


Date: Thursday 15 July 

Location: Holland Park

Dr Mark Spencer will be on hand to help identify and classify the range of native and non-native species of wildflowers in the Park in this evening walk.

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Wild Plants of Holland Park


Date: Thursday 15 July 

Location: Holland Park

Dr Mark Spencer will be on hand to help identify and classify the range of native and non-native species of wildflowers in the Park in this evening walk.

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Underbelly Festival’s Wonderground at Earls Court


Date: Thursday 15 July to Sunday 26 September 2021

Location: Earls Court

Underbelly Festival are putting Earl's Court back on the map this summer with London Wonderground, an event bringing the former Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre site back to life for the summer.

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Underbelly Festival’s Wonderground at Earls Court


Date: Thursday 15 July to Sunday 26 September 2021

Location: Earls Court

Underbelly Festival are putting Earl's Court back on the map this summer with London Wonderground, an event bringing the former Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre site back to life for the summer.

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Experience the chai culture of South Asia in the heart of London


Date: Thursday 22 July to Tuesday 3 August

Location: 129 Portobello Rd, London W11 2DX.

Pink Tea Café brings joy, inspiration and a moment of magic through authentic artisan chai, the finest speciality teas, and handcrafted baklava.

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Experience the chai culture of South Asia in the heart of London


Date: Thursday 22 July to Tuesday 3 August

Location: 129 Portobello Rd, London W11 2DX.

Pink Tea Café brings joy, inspiration and a moment of magic through authentic artisan chai, the finest speciality teas, and handcrafted baklava.

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Museum of Brands - 50 Years of Mr. Men and Little Miss


Date: Friday 23 July

The Museum of Brands is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic and much-loved Mr. Men Little Miss characters with a discovery trail and children’s make-and take creative activities.

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Museum of Brands - 50 Years of Mr. Men and Little Miss


Date: Friday 23 July

The Museum of Brands is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic and much-loved Mr. Men Little Miss characters with a discovery trail and children’s make-and take creative activities.

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Damselflies and Dragonflies Walk


Date: Saturday 24 July 

Location: Holland Park

David Darell-Lambert, an expert in the study of dragonflies and damselflies, will lead a walk around Holland Park looking for these aerial acrobats.

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Damselflies and Dragonflies Walk


Date: Saturday 24 July 

Location: Holland Park

David Darell-Lambert, an expert in the study of dragonflies and damselflies, will lead a walk around Holland Park looking for these aerial acrobats.

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Rediscover Chelsea – Free walking tour


Date: Monday 26 July, starting 6pm, duration: 1.5hrs

Meeting point: performance space opposite Chelsea Theatre, World’s End Estate, SW3

Tour ends: Moravian Church, Milman’s Street, SW3

This walking tour will be a lovely opportunity to walk through a little part Chelsea that retains that little village feel about it.

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

This is a free event arranged by RBKC Housing Management. No need to book just turn up!

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Rediscover Chelsea – Free walking tour


Date: Monday 26 July, starting 6pm, duration: 1.5hrs

Meeting point: performance space opposite Chelsea Theatre, World’s End Estate, SW3

Tour ends: Moravian Church, Milman’s Street, SW3

This walking tour will be a lovely opportunity to walk through a little part Chelsea that retains that little village feel about it.

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

This is a free event arranged by RBKC Housing Management. No need to book just turn up!

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Xplorealms Graphic and 3D Games Design Kids Camp


Date: Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July

Location: Notting Hill or Online

Unleash your child’s creative spirit and introduce them to the fast growing creative industries! Within the 5 day long camp, hosted by Xplorealms, your child will be introduced to a wide range of 3D games design software including: Photoshop, Maya, Z Brush, & 3D character design!

 

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Xplorealms Graphic and 3D Games Design Kids Camp


Date: Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July

Location: Notting Hill or Online

Unleash your child’s creative spirit and introduce them to the fast growing creative industries! Within the 5 day long camp, hosted by Xplorealms, your child will be introduced to a wide range of 3D games design software including: Photoshop, Maya, Z Brush, & 3D character design!

 

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Festival of Activity and Wellbeing


Date: Saturday 31 July, 11am to 4pm

Location: Holland Park

An opportunity for all the family to join in a broad range activities, football, basketball, tennis, cricket and more. Come and try mindfulness Yoga sessions, Health Walks, Tia Chi, and Zumba – there’s something for everyone.

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Festival of Activity and Wellbeing


Date: Saturday 31 July, 11am to 4pm

Location: Holland Park

An opportunity for all the family to join in a broad range activities, football, basketball, tennis, cricket and more. Come and try mindfulness Yoga sessions, Health Walks, Tia Chi, and Zumba – there’s something for everyone.

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Bee-Inspired – explore nature in our city with the South Ken Green Trail


Date: July

Location: Exhibition Road

South Kensington is coming alive this summer with a new outdoor trail launching in late July. Architects, artists and garden designers will create pop-up nature hubs outside South Kensington’s museums and attractions bringing art and science bursting out onto the street.

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Bee-Inspired – explore nature in our city with the South Ken Green Trail


Date: July

Location: Exhibition Road

South Kensington is coming alive this summer with a new outdoor trail launching in late July. Architects, artists and garden designers will create pop-up nature hubs outside South Kensington’s museums and attractions bringing art and science bursting out onto the street.

Learn more

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The Worst of Times, the Best of Times - Art project


Date: July and August 2021

Artists Francesca Giuliano and Mike Abrahams invite you to complete a short online questionnaire about your reading habits in and post-lockdown. The answers will become the building blocks for a new artwork to be revealed in Kensington Central Library this autumn.

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The Worst of Times, the Best of Times - Art project


Date: July and August 2021

Artists Francesca Giuliano and Mike Abrahams invite you to complete a short online questionnaire about your reading habits in and post-lockdown. The answers will become the building blocks for a new artwork to be revealed in Kensington Central Library this autumn.

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Xplorealms Games Design, Geography and Art Kids Camp


Date: Monday 2 August to Friday 6 August

Location: Notting Hill or Online

Discover how to gamify educational content! Your child will work with game designers to develop our Climate Change and Vincent Van Gogh realms! During this 5 day long camp, hosted by EdTech company ‘Xplorealms’ your child will have the unique opportunity to see their work come to life in our app!

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Xplorealms Games Design, Geography and Art Kids Camp


Date: Monday 2 August to Friday 6 August

Location: Notting Hill or Online

Discover how to gamify educational content! Your child will work with game designers to develop our Climate Change and Vincent Van Gogh realms! During this 5 day long camp, hosted by EdTech company ‘Xplorealms’ your child will have the unique opportunity to see their work come to life in our app!

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History Tour


Date: Wednesday 4 August and  Tuesday 7 September

Location: Holland Park

Learn about the history of Holland House, the families that lived there and the pleasure grounds they created.

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History Tour


Date: Wednesday 4 August and  Tuesday 7 September

Location: Holland Park

Learn about the history of Holland House, the families that lived there and the pleasure grounds they created.

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Longines


Date: Friday 13 to  Sunday 15 August

Location: Royal Hospital Chelsea

A fantastic family day out at the Royal Hospital Chelsea - a unique and exciting venue. The Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL team bring three days of thrilling top-level equestrian sport to the capital.

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Longines


Date: Friday 13 to  Sunday 15 August

Location: Royal Hospital Chelsea

A fantastic family day out at the Royal Hospital Chelsea - a unique and exciting venue. The Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL team bring three days of thrilling top-level equestrian sport to the capital.

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Luna Cinema


Date: Evening outside cinemas Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 September.

With more than 175 screenings across 50 beautiful UK locations, Luna Cinema has lined-up every classic and feel-good film you can think of, as well as some brand-new prestigious venues like Sandringham and Longleat.

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Luna Cinema


Date: Evening outside cinemas Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 September.

With more than 175 screenings across 50 beautiful UK locations, Luna Cinema has lined-up every classic and feel-good film you can think of, as well as some brand-new prestigious venues like Sandringham and Longleat.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show


Date: Tuesday 21 to Thursday 26 September

Location: Chelsea

The world’s greatest flower show will be held with the usual cutting-edge garden design, fabulous floral displays and shopping opportunities.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show


Date: Tuesday 21 to Thursday 26 September

Location: Chelsea

The world’s greatest flower show will be held with the usual cutting-edge garden design, fabulous floral displays and shopping opportunities.

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Xplorealms Website Development Kids Camp


Date: Monday 23 August to Friday 27 August

Location: Notting Hill or Online

Encourage your child to upskill on how to develop their very own website. During this 5 day long camp hosted by ‘Xplorealms’ your child will learn how to build a WordPress or ecommerce website, create content, focus on Search Engine Optimisation, add photos, and interactive elements to a website to optimise performance.

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Xplorealms Website Development Kids Camp


Date: Monday 23 August to Friday 27 August

Location: Notting Hill or Online

Encourage your child to upskill on how to develop their very own website. During this 5 day long camp hosted by ‘Xplorealms’ your child will learn how to build a WordPress or ecommerce website, create content, focus on Search Engine Optimisation, add photos, and interactive elements to a website to optimise performance.

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Centenary of The Rivers of London with Ben Aaronovitch


Date: Thursday 30 September

Location: Online

Ben Aaronovitch, has reached an important milestone - his fantastically popular Rivers of London series is ten years old! This event is a brilliant opportunity to probe into the mind of a great author.

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Centenary of The Rivers of London with Ben Aaronovitch


Date: Thursday 30 September

Location: Online

Ben Aaronovitch, has reached an important milestone - his fantastically popular Rivers of London series is ten years old! This event is a brilliant opportunity to probe into the mind of a great author.

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Kensington Central Libraries events


Date: Ongoing

Location: Virtual events online

Check out regular events hosted by the Kensington and Chelsea Libraries service with in-person and online events for people of all ages and interests to enjoy.

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Kensington Central Libraries events


Date: Ongoing

Location: Virtual events online

Check out regular events hosted by the Kensington and Chelsea Libraries service with in-person and online events for people of all ages and interests to enjoy.

Event details