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Royal College of ArtThe Royal College of Art is one of London's most prestigious art colleges and the world's only wholly postgraduate university of art and design. Students need at least a BA degree to be considered for one of their MA, MPhil and PhD courses, which equip them with all the skills necessary to succeed as artists. The college also has a lively programme of exhibitions open to the public, featuring the work by its postgraduate students. In a further bid to promote artistic excellence it also hosts lectures by leading figures from the worlds of art and design, fundraising sales, and other events, as well as a number of external exhibitions organised by selected partners. Within the college is an invaluable collection of over 1,000 works by staff and graduating students including Peter Blake and David Hockney, representing significant developments in British Painting from the middle years of last century to the present.

 

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Baglioni Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £267  32% off
60 Hyde Park Gate, SW7 | 5 minutes from Royal College of Art
You can really tell the Italian influence on this London branch of the Roman boutique hotel group. Not only is it located a short step from ... More
 
 
 
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1 Kensington Court, W8 | 7 minutes from Royal College of Art
'Luxury' best sums up these rooms and apartments overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens in one of London's most coveted positions. Apartments come with fireplaces, en-suite marble ... More
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £83  22% off
68-86 Cromwell Road, SW7 | 9 minutes from Royal College of Art
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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Serpentine Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London W2 | 5 minutes from Royal College of Art
Found in the middle of leafy Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, there are two galleries that go by the name of The Serpentine, the original Serpentine ... More
 
 
 
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Serpentine Sackler Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London W2 | 5 minutes from Royal College of Art
The Serpentine Gallery made a significant expansion in September 2013, restoring a former gunpowder depot not far from its original gallery in Kensington Gardens. ... More
 
 
 
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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7 | 6 minutes from Royal College of Art
The Science Museum 's new gallery, Mathematics: The Winton Gallery , puts the spotlight on a subject often perceived as dry, complex ... More
 
 
 
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Albert Memorial
London > Attractions > Sights
Kensington Gardens, 27 Princes Square, South Kensington, London W2 | 2 minutes from Royal College of Art
This 180ft Victorian bronze gilt statue in Kensington Gardens is a tribute to Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, and was erected following his death through typhoid ... More
 
 
 
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Royal Geographical Society
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
1 Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from Royal College of Art
For the past two centuries this old-fashioned 'learned society' has sent explorers and adventurers all over the world. Famous names from Mungo Park to ... More
 
 
 
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Museum of Instruments
London > Attractions > Museums
Royal College of Music Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from Royal College of Art
The RCM Museum of Instruments was started in 1894 with a donation from Sir George Donaldson. Today it features over six hundred instruments, some of which ... More
 
 
 
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The BBC Proms 2020
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: 17th July to 12th September 2020
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 1 minute from Royal College of Art
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Royal College of Art, Exhibition Road, SW7 | 6 minutes from Royal College of Art
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Renaissance Watercolours: from Durer to Van Dyck
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 16th May to 20th September 2020
Royal College of Art, Cromwell Road, SW7 | 8 minutes from Royal College of Art
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Royal Albert Hall
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 1 minute from Royal College of Art
Classical music, rock, pop and jazz, sporting events, galas, banquets and balls and the world-famous Proms series all take place within the Royal Albert Hall's ... More
 
 
 
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Royal College of Music
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from Royal College of Art
The Royal College of Music is the school where Gustav Hoilst, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Benjamin Britten, James Galway, Joan Sutherland and Ralph Vaughan Williams learnt their ... More
 
 
 
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Science Museum IMAX
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Exhibition Road, Knightsbridge, South Kensington, London SW7 | 6 minutes from Royal College of Art
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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Whole Foods Market
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
6397 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 9 minutes from Royal College of Art
The Barkers Building on Kensington High Street used to house an entire department store so you can imagine how much fresh, good-for-you food you can fit ... More
 
 
 
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La Cave a Fromage
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
24-25 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London SW7 | 10 minutes from Royal College of Art
In true French style, this chic cheese shop piles its wares high and stinking, with no fridges, or glass barriers to stop customers getting in for ... More
 
 
 
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Gilding the Lily
London > Shopping > Florists
Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 10 minutes from Royal College of Art
Superior florist directly opposite South Kensington Tube Station. They sell flowers to the great and good of this area and as you might expect, this means ... More
 
 
 
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Verdi
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 1 minute from Royal College of Art
Verdi is the appropritately named restaurant at the Royal Albert Hall which replaces the former Cafe Consort, following a £1 million refurbishment unveiled on Tuesday 15th ... More
 
 
 
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Bistrot 190
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
190 Queen's Gate, Gore Hotel, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from Royal College of Art
Mediterranean cuisine. Booking advised. ... More
 
 
 
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Bistro One Ninety Queen's Gate
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
189 - 190 Queens Gate, Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from Royal College of Art
Bistro One Ninety is an all-day restaurant in the prestigious Gore Hotel. With tasteful vintage décor and a friendly atmosphere, the bistro is known for fine ... More
 
 
 
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Dana Centre
London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 6 minutes from Royal College of Art
There are plenty of initiatives trying to get kids involved in science, but the Dana Centre, an extension of the Science Museum, is the first one ... More
 
 
 
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The London School of Painting and Drawing
London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 11 minutes from Royal College of Art
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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The LookOut, Hyde Park
London > Education > Other Attractions
Hyde Park, Hyde Park, London W2 | 13 minutes from Royal College of Art
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London Archers
London > Leisure > Activities
Perks Field, Kensington Palace, Kensington, London W8 | 9 minutes from Royal College of Art
An excellent members archery club that shoots in the grounds of Kensington Palace in summer and in Pimlico in winter. Archery is a totally satisfying sport, ... More
 
 
 
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Kensington Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Princes Square, Bayswater, London W2 | 10 minutes from Royal College of Art
Technically two different parks, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are in practical and historical terms one huge, merging expanse. Almost every kind of outdoor pursuit takes ... More
 
 
 
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G-Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
63-81 Pelham Street, South Kensington, London SW7 | 12 minutes from Royal College of Art
Downstairs from LA Fitness (keep going past the people who look like they're about to die on the running machines) you'll find G-Spa. A world away ... More
 
 
 
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Devonshire Arms W8
London > Nightlife > Pubs
37 Marloes Road, Kensington, London W8 | 13 minutes from Royal College of Art
Always a popular hangout with the South Kensington locals, The Devonshire Arms had a fresh lick of paint in 2014 and emerged with its proper pub ... More
 
 
 
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The Enterprise
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
35 Walton Street, South Kensington, Knightsbridge, London SW3 | 13 minutes from Royal College of Art
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The Duke of Clarence
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148 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW5 | 14 minutes from Royal College of Art
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Hyde Kensington
London > Nightlife > Bars
1-1a Kensington High Street, W8 | 8 minutes from Royal College of Art
Opposite Kensington Palace, an area not known for its nightlife, Hyde Kensington cocktail bar has a drinks list by world ... More
 
 
 
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Bloom
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
2 Kensington High Street, W8 | 8 minutes from Royal College of Art
Forget strict guest lists, ignore boring dress codes and exclusive nonsense and instead rock up at Bloom, a new kind of bar in Kensington from the ... More
 
 
 
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Piano
London > Nightlife > Bars
106 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 12 minutes from Royal College of Art
If you ask your friends about this place, not many will know. It's not wildly off the beaten track either, situated directly opposite High Street Ken ... More
 
 
 
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Royal Albert Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 1 minute from Royal College of Art
Can accomodate for up to 5200 people.... More
 
 
 
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The Great Hall, Imperial College
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Kensington Campus, South Kensington, London SW7 | 1 minute from Royal College of Art
One of London's largest academic venues, the Imperial College London has a portfolio of more than 200 meeting and seminar rooms. Its largest conference room, The ... More
 
 
 
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The Gore Hotel
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190 Queen's Gate, Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from Royal College of Art
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The BBC Proms 2020
The BBC Proms 2020
Concerts | Until 12th September 2020 

Royal Albert Hall 1 minute walk from Royal College Of Art

Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, the Proms is arguably the most popular season of classical music the world ...More

 
Serpentine Pavilion 2020: Counterspace
Serpentine Pavilion 2020: Counterspace
Exhibitions | Until 11th October 2020 

Serpentine Gallery 5 minutes walk from Royal College Of Art

The all-woman team of directors at Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace is behind the design for this year's Serpentine Pavilion. The youngest ...More

 
Driverless: Who is in control?
Driverless: Who is in control?
Exhibitions | Until 1st October 2020 

Science Museum 6 minutes walk from Royal College Of Art

With continuous development of new technology, the concept of a robot-driven society is getting closer and closer. But just how ...More

 
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
Exhibitions | Until 3rd January 2021 

Natural History Museum 6 minutes walk from Royal College Of Art

Discover the real life creatures, specimens and artefacts from the Natural History Museum's collection which could just as easily feature ...More

 
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
Exhibitions | Until 10th January 2021 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 8 minutes walk from Royal College Of Art

Take a tumble down the rabbit hole at the Victoria & Albert Museum's landmark exhibition, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser which ...More

 
Renaissance Watercolours: from Durer to Van Dyck
Renaissance Watercolours: from Durer to Van Dyck
Exhibitions | Until 20th September 2020 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 8 minutes walk from Royal College Of Art

This spring, the V&A explores the development of watercolour painting during the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery with its ...More

 
On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100
On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100
Exhibitions | Until 6th February 2021 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 8 minutes walk from Royal College Of Art

In 2020, the V&A celebrates the significant contribution that the Royal Academy of Dance has made to the development of ...More

 
Bags: Inside Out
Bags: Inside Out
Exhibitions | Until 31st January 2021 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 8 minutes walk from Royal College Of Art

From Margaret Thatcher's iconic handbag to Queen Mary's World War II gas mask, the V&A puts history's most famous bags ...More

 
Fountain Of Hygiene
Exhibitions | Until 30th August 2020 

Design Museum 17 minutes walk from Royal College Of Art

The atrium hosts the winners of a global competition organised by Bompas & Parr to invite creatives, designers and makers ...More

Electronic: From Kraftwerk To The Chemical Brothers
Exhibitions | Until 14th February 2021 

Design Museum 17 minutes walk from Royal College Of Art

An immersive, multi-sensory, multimedia experience, celebrating the artists, designers and technology responsible for shaping the visual landscape of electronic music. ...More

 
 
 
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