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The Darwin CentreThe unveiling of the cocoon at the heart of the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum on 15th September is a significant milestone for the well-known scientific centre. This latest development brings the vast building project, begun in 2002, to its final phase - the same year as the 200th anniversary of the great evolutionary theorist. From 15th September you can visit the stunning new £78 million building project, home to an incredible 22 million specimens including 17 million insect and 3 million plant specimens. The cocoon-like eight-storey building is home to working laboratories and state-of-the-art science facilities, which will be used by researchers as well as being open to the public. You can explore a working scientific environment, find out the latest discoveries and learn all about the specimens through special viewing decks and video link-ups. Daily talks and demonstrations by the museum's expert scientists provide an engaging insight into the natural world. The Darwin Centre is undoubtedly the most exciting development at the Natural History Museum since it first opened in 1881, and one not to be missed.

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South Kensington Tube Station
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West Brompton Overground Station
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Victoria Railway Station
27 minutes walk
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Union Car Parks
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Chelsea Cloisters Pure Parking
10 minutes walk

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Cheval Harrington Court Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment † from £49† 37% off
13 Harrington Road, SW7 | 3 minutes from The Darwin Centre
With 33 open plan, one, two and three bedroom apartments, Cheval Harrington Court offers exceptional home living within the heart of South Kensington. The newly refurbished ... More
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41 Queen's Gate Gardens, SW7 | 4 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £79† 29% off
68-86 Cromwell Road, SW7 | 5 minutes from The Darwin Centre
Grade II listed building in Kensington and Chelsea offering elegant single, double and family sized rooms. Free high-speed WiFi on unlimited devices. Scoff and Banter serves ... More
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London > Events > Exhibitions †Dates: Saturday 18th May 2019 - 10.30am
The Darwin Centre, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7 | 3 minutes from The Darwin Centre
Literary & Education, Art Workshop....More
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RCMJD Piano Concert
London > Events > Concerts †Dates: Saturday 18th May 2019 - 5.30pm
The Darwin Centre, Prince Consort Road, SW7 | 4 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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London > Events > Exhibitions †Dates: 2nd February to 1st September 2019
The Darwin Centre, Cromwell Road, SW7 | 4 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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Science Museum IMAX
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Exhibition Road, Knightsbridge, South Kensington, London SW7 | 1 minute from The Darwin Centre
The huge IMAX screen - ten times bigger than the average screen - at the Science Museum is one of the few places in London where ... More
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Cine Lumiere
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Institut Francais Cultural Centre, 17 Queensberry Place, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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Royal College of Music
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | Same location as The Darwin Centre
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Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 1 minute from The Darwin Centre
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London > Attractions > Museums
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 1 minute from The Darwin Centre
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La Cave a Fromage
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
24-25 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
17 Bute Street, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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London > Shopping > Florists
Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 | Same location as The Darwin Centre
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London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
2 Harrington Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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Dorsia - London
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
3 Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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Dana Centre
London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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The London School of Painting and Drawing
London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 12 minutes from The Darwin Centre
Evening and weekend classes in life drawing and painting, taught by tutors from the Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal Society of British Sculptors. ... More
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London > Education > Other Attractions
Hyde Park, Hyde Park, London W2 | 17 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
63-81 Pelham Street, South Kensington, London SW7 | 6 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
40 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, London SW1X | 13 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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123 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | 14 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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148 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW5 | 9 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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35 Walton Street, South Kensington, Knightsbridge, London SW3 | 9 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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17 Mossop Street, Knightsbridge, London SW3 | 10 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
92 Old Brompton Road, SW7 | 5 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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London > Nightlife > Bars
Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, London SW3 | 10 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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Hyde Kensington
London > Nightlife > Bars
1-1a Kensington High Street, W8 | 12 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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London > Business > Venue Hire
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | Same location as The Darwin Centre
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Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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The Gore Hotel
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190 Queen's Gate, Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 5 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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The Darwin CentreThe Darwin CentreThe Darwin CentreThe unveiling of the cocoon at the heart of the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum on 15th September is a significant milestone for the well-known scientific centre. This latest development brings the vast building project, begun in 2002, to its final phase - the same year as the 200th anniversary of the great evolutionary theorist. From 12019/05/18 Where:
Natural History Museum, † Cromwell Road† † † SW7 5BD
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event > Exhibitions
DATESEvery day 10am-5.45pm
VENUENatural History Museum
The unveiling of the cocoon at the heart of the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum on 15th September is a significant milestone for the well-known scientific centre. This latest development brings the vast building project, begun in 2002, to its final phase - the same year as the 200th anniversary of the great evolutionary theorist. From 1...†More about this event
Museum of the MoonMuseum of the MoonMuseum of the MoonDisplayed in the Natural History Museum's Jerwood Gallery, and timed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Museum of the Moon invites you to have a close-up encounter with the moon. The awe-inspiring large-scale artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram puts a six-metre spherical sculpture centre stage. Featuring high-reso2019-05-18T00:00:00+01002019-09-08T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Natural History Museum, † Cromwell Road† † † SW7 5BD
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Free EventOngoing

event > Exhibitions > Special exhibits - Museums†|†PRICINGFree
DATES17th May to 8th September 2019
VENUENatural History Museum
Displayed in the Natural History Museum's Jerwood Gallery, and timed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Museum of the Moon invites you to have a close-up encounter with the moon. The awe-inspiring large-scale artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram puts a six-metre spherical sculpture centre stage. Featuring high-reso...†More about this event
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is a highlight of the year at the Natural History Museum, consistently showing fresh perspectives on animals, insects, plants and landscapes. This year's winner, Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten, scooped the grand prize with his image, The Golden Couple, which shows a pair of golden snub-n2019-05-18T00:00:00+01002019-09-08T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Natural History Museum, † Cromwell Road† † † SW7 5BD
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Ongoing

event > Exhibitions
PRICING£13.50 (Adult), £8 (Child and concession), £28-£38 (Family)
DATES19th October 2018 to 8th September 2019
VENUENatural History Museum
The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is a highlight of the year at the Natural History Museum, consistently showing fresh perspectives on animals, insects, plants and landscapes. This year's winner, Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten, scooped the grand prize with his image, The Golden Couple, which shows a pair of golden snub-n...†More about this event

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