The Weekend Guide: Kensington, Chelsea & Notting Hill

Friday, July 26, 2013 by Douglas And Gordon

It’s been a crazy week of royal baby fever and rather warm weather! Never fear – the weekend is here, and our convenient events guide makes it even easier for you to decide how to relax and enjoy your time off.

BBC Proms

The music extravaganza is now in its third week, with Proms 18, 19 and 20 taking place this weekend. Tonight at 5pm, the third installment of Wagner’s epic, entitled “Siegfried” will be performed, whilst Prom 19’s show tomorrow night will feature the music from Wagner’s tragedy “Tristan and Isolde”. Rounding off a weekend of Wagner will be Sunday’s 4.30pm show, the final part of his “Ring of the Nibelung” series. For further performance details, visit the official BBC Proms website. All shows will take place at the Royal Albert Hall.

Natural History Museum

On the last Friday of every month, the Natural History Museum stays open until 10.30pm, giving visitors a chance to explore the museum till late! Tonight there will be a pop-up restaurant in the Darwin Centre Courtyard, an exclusive cocktail bar for Mastercard holders, a 2-for-1 ticket offer for the “Extinction” exhibition, a discussion event detailing “One Year of Curiosity on Mars”, live music in the central hall, and a whole range of galleries to explore! Museum entrance is free, but there are fees for some of the exhibitions and events.

Science Museum

The Science Museum is currently running “The Energy Show” at their IMAX theatre until the end of August. The Energy Show features a number of astounding experiments, including the freezing of flowers with liquid nitrogen, and methane bubbles being set alight to create fireballs. The performance promises to fascinate curious young minds, so if you have children to entertain this weekend, bring them along to the Science Museum! Show times are at 11.30 and 13.30, Tuesdays to Sundays.

Serpentine Gallery

This Friday night, you can visit the Serpentine Gallery for a riveting discussion on the subject of growing up and the fear of missing out. Adam Phillips, a published psychoanalyst, and Paul Holdengräber, a director at the New York Public Library, will be leading the talk. According to the Serpentine website, “This event offers audiences the unique chance to become a part of this ongoing dialogue”.


There will be a mini-children’s festival taking place at the Chickenshed Theatre this weekend. Aimed for those between the ages of 0 and 7, the festival will include stalls, fun activities and entertaining performances. The event will begin at 2.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday, and will run for approximately 2 ½ hours.  

Chelsea Theatre

The Chelsea Theatre will be hosting another tea dance this Saturday from 1pm to 5pm. The event is free, so do go along if you’re in the mood for some 1950’s-inspired entertainment! There will be dance classes, glamorous dance performances and plenty of tea and cake.

London Triathlon

The Virgin Active London Triathlon will be held this weekend – even if you’re not participating, you can still go along and cheer on the athletes! The race is concentrated around the ExCel centre, so anywhere nearby will provide you with a great view.

V&A Museum

There will be two workshops taking place at the V&A this weekend. On Saturday, there will be a digital workshop, where participants will learn how to integrate LED’s and electric circuits into their clothing and textiles in order to create interactive garments and furniture. The workshop will run from 10.30am to 5pm. On Sunday, meanwhile, there will be a practical workshop regarding fashion illustration, to correspond with the museum’s “Club to Catwalk” exhibition. Participants will learn all about colour theory, figure drawing and fabric interpretation. This session will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm.  

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From all of us here at Douglas and Gordon, have a wonderful weekend.