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The Big DrawThe Big Draw takes place nationwide throughout the month of October and museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, schools and parks all play host to a variety of events encouraging people of all ages to discover how drawing can connect them with their surroundings and communities. Put together by the Campaign for Drawing, a charity which aims to eradicate the words, "I can't draw", The Big Draw is one of the world's largest drawing festivals and more than 1,000 organisations in the UK and fifteen other countries participate each year. London institutions like the British Museum, National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Wellcome Collection, the British Library and Discover children's centre typically take part, hosting events so there's a good chance something will be going on at a venue near you.

 

About Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum (or V & A as everyone calls it) was originally founded in 1852 to inspire and educate British designers and manufacturers. Today it houses over 4 million items spanning centuries and hundreds of cultures. The stunning collection covers European, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Islamic artefacts ranging from ceramics, glass, metalwork and sculpture to costume, armour, weaponry and furniture. More about Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £246  29% off
17 Egerton Terrace, SW3 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
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45 Beaufort Gardens, SW3 | 6 minutes from The Big Draw
Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, Beaufort House is a small, five-star property containing 21 individually designed apartments. Awarded a Gold Award from Visit England in ... More
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Kensington
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £69  29% off
100 Queen's Gate, SW7 | 8 minutes from The Big Draw
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London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 28th November 2015 to 14th February 2016
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 | Same location as The Big Draw
The V&A marks the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron with a display of more than 100 of her photographs from its collection. One ...More
 
 
 
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London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Monday 8th February 2016 - 5.30pm-7pm
Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, SW7 | 5 minutes from The Big Draw
Student singers from the college perform a range of opera pieces, with piano accompaniment....More
 
 
 
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Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 16th January to 14th February 2016
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 | 7 minutes from The Big Draw
Montreal-based company Cirque du Soleil have made the Royal Albert Hall something of a home-from-home and they return for another January residency in 2016 with Amaluna. ...More
 
 
 
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Science Museum IMAX
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Exhibition Road, Knightsbridge, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Big Draw
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 | 5 minutes from The Big Draw
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 | 5 minutes from The Big Draw
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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Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | Same location as The Big Draw
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London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from The Big Draw
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Science Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Big Draw
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La Cave a Fromage
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
24-25 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Big Draw
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Gilding the Lily
London > Shopping > Florists
Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
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London > Shopping > Ladies Fashion
278-280 Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW3 | 5 minutes from The Big Draw
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London > Restaurants > British restaurants
3 Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from The Big Draw
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London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
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8 Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Big Draw
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58 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Big Draw
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History of Art Studies
London > Education > Arts and Drama
13 South Terrace, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
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London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 6 minutes from The Big Draw
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11 Thurloe Place, Knightsbridge, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Big Draw
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63-81 Pelham Street, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
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35 Walton Street, South Kensington, Knightsbridge, London SW3 | 6 minutes from The Big Draw
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17 Mossop Street, Knightsbridge, London SW3 | 7 minutes from The Big Draw
Affectionately referred to as "the Cod", this Knightsbridge boozer-come-gastropub has acquired a reputation for serving high quality, modern food in no-fuss, sleek surroundings. If you do ... More
 
 
 
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The Cadogan Arms
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298 Kings Road, Chelsea, Chelsea, London SW3 | 14 minutes from The Big Draw
The Cadogan Arms has been given a facelift by Tom and Ed Martin - the brothers behind The Botanist, The Gun, The Well, Hat & Tun ... More
 
 
 
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Boujis
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
43 Thurloe Street, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Big Draw
Private members club with a regular pack of paparazzi parked outside waiting for royals to exit after one too many vodka red bulls. Its popularity comes ... More
 
 
 
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London > Nightlife > Bars
17a Harrington Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
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Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, London SW3 | 7 minutes from The Big Draw
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Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | Same location as The Big Draw
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Natural History Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
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The Great Hall, Imperial College
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South Kensington Campus, South Kensington, London SW7 | 7 minutes from The Big Draw
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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Victorian Art And Design: Pugin, Pre-Raphaelites And The Arts And CraftsVictorian Art And Design: Pugin, Pre-Raphaelites And The Arts And CraftsExplore the world's greatest collection of Victorian art and design.2016-02-08T14:00:00+00002016-03-14T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
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Victorian Art And Design: Pugin, Pre-Raphaelites And The Arts And Crafts
Julia Margaret CameronJulia Margaret CameronJulia Margaret CameronThe V&A marks the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron with a display of more than 100 of her photographs from its collection. One of photography's 19th-century pioneers, Cameron was dedicated to the medium and daring in her experiments with image making. Best known for her powerful portraits, the exhibition will also examine her rela2016-02-08T10:00:00+00002016-02-14T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
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Free EventOngoing

event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Photography | PRICING  Free  
DATES  28th November 2015 to 14th February 2016
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
The V&A marks the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron with a display of more than 100 of her photographs from its collection. One of photography's 19th-century pioneers, Cameron was dedicated to the medium and daring in her experiments with image making. Best known for her powerful portraits, the exhibition will also examine her rela... More about this event
 
Richard Learoyd: Dark MirrorRichard Learoyd: Dark MirrorThe artist creates large-scale portrait and still-life photographs by capturing images onto colour photographic paper in a room-sized camera obscura without resort to digital techniques.2016-02-08T10:00:00+00002016-02-14T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
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Richard Learoyd: Dark Mirror
Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani CollectionBejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani CollectionBejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani CollectionBejewelled Treasures: the Al-Thani Collection at the V&A explores the themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery, featuring a gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan. The exhibition will also include pieces that reveal the dramatic changes that took place in Indian jewellery design during the early 20th century and will examine the in2016-02-08T10:00:00+00002016-03-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
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Free EventOngoing

event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Decorative Arts | PRICING  Free  
DATES  21st November 2015 to 28th March 2016
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
Bejewelled Treasures: the Al-Thani Collection at the V&A explores the themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery, featuring a gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan. The exhibition will also include pieces that reveal the dramatic changes that took place in Indian jewellery design during the early 20th century and will examine the in... More about this event
 
Yiyun Kang: V & A Samsung Korean Digital Art ResidentYiyun Kang: V & A Samsung Korean Digital Art ResidentGo behind the scenes and visit Yiyun in her studio to find out more about her creative practice, ranging from projection mapping to immersive video installations, animation and digital prints.2016-02-08T10:00:00+00002016-03-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
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Free EventOngoing
Yiyun Kang: V & A Samsung Korean Digital Art Resident
Philip Webb 1831-1915Philip Webb 1831-1915A display which brings together the Arts and Crafts movement architect's diverse projects, focusing on his architectural schemes, and the furniture and interior decoration he designed for Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.2016-02-08T10:00:00+00002016-05-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
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Free EventOngoing
Philip Webb 1831-1915
William Morris And Philip Webb: The ForestWilliam Morris And Philip Webb: The ForestWebb's delicate drawings of a hare, lion, fox and raven are reunited with Morris's exquisite tapestry which he wove in 1887 and which is one of the designer's greatest works.2016-02-08T10:00:00+00002016-05-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
William Morris And Philip Webb: The Forest
Architecture Now: V&A Museum Of Design DundeeArchitecture Now: V&A Museum Of Design DundeeFind out more about the first dedicated design museum in Scotland due to open in 2018. Display items include Kengo Kuma's architectural competition model and film footage from the museum's construction site.2016-02-08T10:00:00+00002016-04-25T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
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Free EventOngoing
Architecture Now: V&A Museum Of Design Dundee
Alison Britton: Conent And FormAlison Britton: Conent And FormAn exhibition highlighting key moments within the career of ceramics artist Alison Britton, with a display of over sixty works, including new and unseen pieces.2016-02-08T10:00:00+00002016-09-04T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Alison Britton: Conent And Form
Facing History: Contemporary PortraitureFacing History: Contemporary PortraiturePortraits by contemporary artists and photographers, including Julian Opie, Grayson Perry, Alison Lambert, Bettina von Zwehl and Maud Sulter, all of whom took inspiration from earlier modes of portraiture to produce their work.2016-02-08T10:00:00+00002016-04-24T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
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Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture
 

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The British sculptor's large-scale installation, created with recycled engine oil and steel....More

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He was an influential teacher, working at Goldsmiths during the rise of ...More

 
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