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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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Cheval Harrington Court Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment † from £156† 31% 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
Ideally located in London's affluent and fashionable Kensington area, the Grange Strathmore Hotel is an elegantly restored London townhouse, combining Victorian splendour with modern day luxury. ... More
Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel
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68-86 Cromwell Road, SW7 | 5 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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The Darwin Centre, Cromwell Road, SW7 | Same location as The Darwin Centre
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Into The Woods: Trees In Photography
London > Events > Exhibitions †Dates: 25th November 2017 to 22nd April 2018 - 10am-5.45pm
The Darwin Centre, Cromwell Road, SW7 | 4 minutes from The Darwin Centre
An exploration of the diverse representation of trees in photography, as botanical subjects and poetic symbols, in the context of the natural and human worlds....More
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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
The Cine Lumiere is a shining beacon for all fans of European and World cinema. Attached to the Institut Francais, its programme is varied and intelligent, ... More
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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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Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 1 minute from The Darwin Centre
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Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 1 minute from The Darwin Centre
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La Cave a Fromage
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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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Gilding the Lily
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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London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 12 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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Barts
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Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, London SW3 | 10 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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Hyde Kensington
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1-1a Kensington High Street, W8 | 12 minutes from The Darwin Centre
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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 12018/04/22 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
Sensational ButterfliesSensational ButterfliesSensational ButterfliesFrom chomping caterpillars to beautiful butterflies, the Natural History Museum comes alive at summer with the arrival of the tropical butterfly house on the museum lawn. A popular family outing for the past 10 years, Sensational Butterflies adds more diversity every year - offering the chance to see the Blue Morpho and butterflies and moths usuall2018-04-22T00:00:00+01002018-09-16T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Natural History Museum, † Cromwell Road† † † SW7 5BD
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event > Kids Events > Exhibitions - Museums & Galleries
PRICING£6.50 (Adult, Child and Concession), £22 (Family)
DATES29th March to 16th September 2018
VENUENatural History Museum
From chomping caterpillars to beautiful butterflies, the Natural History Museum comes alive at summer with the arrival of the tropical butterfly house on the museum lawn. A popular family outing for the past 10 years, Sensational Butterflies adds more diversity every year - offering the chance to see the Blue Morpho and butterflies and moths usuall...†More about this event
Venom: Killer and CureVenom: Killer and CureVenom: Killer and CureA major new exhibition at the Natural History Museum, Venom: Killer and Cure enters the realm of venomous creatures to look at their surprising connection to human health. Visitors will be able to get up close with specimens such as snakes, centipedes, snails and scorpions and see the world through eyes of both predator and prey. Discover the effec2018-04-22T00:00:00+01002018-05-13T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Natural History Museum, † Cromwell Road† † † SW7 5BD
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event > Exhibitions > Special exhibits - Museums
PRICING£9-£10.50 (Adults), £5-£6.50 (Children and concessions)
DATES10th November 2017 to 13th May 2018
VENUENatural History Museum
A major new exhibition at the Natural History Museum, Venom: Killer and Cure enters the realm of venomous creatures to look at their surprising connection to human health. Visitors will be able to get up close with specimens such as snakes, centipedes, snails and scorpions and see the world through eyes of both predator and prey. Discover the effec...†More about this event
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017The 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. Brilliantly captured across a variety of categories, a bald eagle soaked to the skin, seals in a frozen labyrinth and a seahorse holding onto a cottonbu2018-04-22T00:00:00+01002018-09-09T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Natural History Museum, † Cromwell Road† † † SW7 5BD
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event > Exhibitions
PRICING£12.50 (Adult), £7 (Child and concession), £25-£34.50 (Family)
DATES20th October 2017 to 9th September 2018
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. Brilliantly captured across a variety of categories, a bald eagle soaked to the skin, seals in a frozen labyrinth and a seahorse holding onto a cottonbu...†More about this event
The Art Of British Natural HistoryThe Art Of British Natural HistoryMore than 200 original illustrations celebrating the nature on our shores. Items from the museum's collection will explore the many different ways the wildlife in Britain has been depicted over the past 300 years.2018-04-22T10:00:00+01002018-07-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Natural History Museum, † Cromwell Road† † † SW7 5BD
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