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The Big DrawBringing together Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths, STEAM is the theme for The Big Draw in 2016. Sketch a scientific theory, trace some technology, etch like an engineer or draw mathematical equations with masking tape for the drawing festival which takes place nationwide throughout the month of October. 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. 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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October in London 2016

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October in London 2015

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Family Friendly Events in London

This October half-term, from Monday 26th until Friday 30th October 2015, children go on a bear hunt with a brand new interactive exhibition at...

 
 
October in London 2014

The Frieze Art Fair draws the world's most influential art buyers to Regent's Park in October, Rembrandt comes to the National Gallery, the BFI...

 
 
September in London 2012

September plays host to the world famous Last Night of the Proms as well as the Mayor's Thames Festival on the same day so expect...

 
 
What to do in London throughout 2016

Plan the perfect year in the capital with our pick of the best events in London 2016. From January through to December, every month boasts an impressive line-up of entertainment. So, take a look at our guide and be sure not to miss a thing.

 
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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £246  29% off
17 Egerton Terrace, SW3 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
Set back from a tree-lined garden square in exclusive Knightsbridge, with prime shopping nearby at Harrods or along the King's Road and the Natural History Museum ... More
 
 
 
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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £116  25% off
10 Harrington Road, SW7 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
Discover The Ampersand Hotel, this 111 room boutique hotel combines contemporary design, service, food and technology within a building dating back to 1888. The rooms are ... More
 
 
 
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London > Apartment > Apartment   from £149  41% off
13 Harrington Road, SW7 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
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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Pond Life
London > Events > Kids Events  Dates: 3rd to 31st July 2016 - Various Times
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
Try your hand at pond-dipping....More
 
 
 
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Prom 19: David Bowie Prom
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: 29th July 2016
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 | 7 minutes from The Big Draw
Andre de Ridder conducts Stargaze in a tribute to the late David Bowie, reinterpreting and reenvisioning his classic works. Bowie, who died earlier this year, will ...More
 
 
 
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Prom 18: Mahler - Symphony No 3
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Friday 29th July 2016 - 7pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 | 7 minutes from The Big Draw
Bernard Haitink conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, along with the Eltham College Boys Choir, to perform Mahler's Symphony No 3 In D Minor. With ...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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Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | Same location as The Big Draw
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. ... More
 
 
 
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Brompton Oratory
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from The Big Draw
Built in 1884, in the Italianate Baroque style, the Brompton Oratory is an exact imitation of the Church of the Gesu in Rome and sports some ... More
 
 
 
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Science Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Big Draw
The Science Museum in South Kensington houses one of the most comprehensive collections looking at the development of science and industry, and it is all done ... More
 
 
 
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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
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 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
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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Chanel
London > Shopping > Ladies Fashion
278-280 Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW3 | 5 minutes from The Big Draw
The bags, the shoes, the accessories and of course the collection, Chanel needs no introduction. The fashion empire founded by Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel began in 1912 ... More
 
 
 
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Dorsia - London
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
3 Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from The Big Draw
British Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Kulu Kulu
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
39 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from The Big Draw
Kulu Kulu is a good example of a typical sushi bar, a great place to go for sushi whether you’re a novice or an experienced fan. ... More
 
 
 
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Fernandez and Wells
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
8 Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Big Draw
Journalist Rick Wells and ex-Monmouth manager Jorge Fernandez clearly enjoy the simple things in life and that's what you'll get when you go to their Fernandez ... More
 
 
 
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HULT International Business School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
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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Dana Centre
London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 6 minutes from The Big Draw
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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Aquilla Health and Fitness Club
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
11 Thurloe Place, Knightsbridge, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Big Draw
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Aquilla Health Club
London > Leisure > Fitness
11 Thurloe Place, Knightsbridge, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Big Draw
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G-Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
63-81 Pelham Street, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
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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The Enterprise
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
35 Walton Street, South Kensington, Knightsbridge, London SW3 | 6 minutes from The Big Draw
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The Admiral Codrington
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
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
London > Nightlife > Pubs
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
 
 
 
La Maison Des Artistes
London > Nightlife > Bars
17a Harrington Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
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Barts
London > Nightlife > Bars
Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, London SW3 | 7 minutes from The Big Draw
Taking its inspiration from the American speakeasy movement, Barts is a tiny, intimate and relaxed bar in South Kensington which promises a refreshingly fun experience - ... More
 
 
 
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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
Conference facilities can accommodate for up to 2450 people.... More
 
 
 
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Natural History Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Big Draw
The Natural History Museum is sure to impress even the most jaded of children. This ornate museum is home to more than 70 million specimens from ... More
 
 
 
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The Great Hall, Imperial College
London > Business > Venue Hire
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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Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total DesignEngineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total DesignEngineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design He made ambitious designs for the Sydney Opera House and the Penguin Pool at London Zoo a reality and now influential engineer Ove Arup is the subject of a career review at the V&A. Part of the South Kensington museum's 2016 Engineering Season, which also includes a site-specific installation in the John Madejski Garden by engineer 2016-07-29T00:00:00+01002016-11-06T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
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event > Exhibitions > Special exhibits - Museums
DATES  18th June to 6th November 2016
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
He made ambitious designs for the Sydney Opera House and the Penguin Pool at London Zoo a reality and now influential engineer Ove Arup is the subject of a career review at the V&A. Part of the South Kensington museum's 2016 Engineering Season, which also includes a site-specific installation in the John Madejski Garden by engineer ... More about this event
 
Elytra Filament PavilionElytra Filament PavilionElytra Filament PavilionThis newly-commissioned Elytra Filament Pavilion, a striking installation in the V&A's John Madejski Garden, has been created by architects and engineers at the University of Stuttgart, inspired by the forewing shells of flying beetles known as elytra. Using pioneering, lightweight construction principles, the filament parts of the beetles are reco2016-07-29T00:00:00+01002016-11-06T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
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Free EventOngoing

event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Installation | PRICING  Free  
DATES  18th May to 6th November 2016
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
This newly-commissioned Elytra Filament Pavilion, a striking installation in the V&A's John Madejski Garden, has been created by architects and engineers at the University of Stuttgart, inspired by the forewing shells of flying beetles known as elytra. Using pioneering, lightweight construction principles, the filament parts of the beetles are reco... More about this event
 
Master Strokes: Dutch And Flemish Drawings From The Golden AgeMaster Strokes: Dutch And Flemish Drawings From The Golden AgeSeventy drawings, including masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt and van Dyck, roughly spanning the 17th century plus landscapes, portraiture and religious works from the 16th, 18th and 19th centuries, which demonstrate the influence of earlier generations on Golden Age artists.2016-07-29T10:00:00+01002016-11-13T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
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Master Strokes: Dutch And Flemish Drawings From The Golden Age
Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York Part of a year-long programme of activity to mark 40 years of the Olivier Awards Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New Yorkexplores the extraordinary range of craft and collaboration that takes place when creating award-winning plays, musicals and productions. Taking place at the V&A, the free show will be an immersive theat2016-07-29T00:00:00+01002016-08-31T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
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Free EventOngoing

event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Design Shows | PRICING  Free  
DATES  9th February to 31st August 2016
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
Part of a year-long programme of activity to mark 40 years of the Olivier Awards Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New Yorkexplores the extraordinary range of craft and collaboration that takes place when creating award-winning plays, musicals and productions. Taking place at the V&A, the free show will be an immersive theat... More about this event
 
Alison Britton: Conent And FormAlison Britton: Conent And FormMore than 60 works, including new and unseen pieces, which highlight key moments within the ceramics artist's career.2016-07-29T10:00:00+01002016-09-04T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Alison Britton: Conent And Form
Display: Exhibition Road BuildingDisplay: Exhibition Road BuildingView the display, featuring models, visualisations, sketches and mock ups, dedicated to the largest architectural intervention undertaken in the last 100 years of the V&As history which will provide new facilities to the site.2016-07-29T10:00:00+01002016-10-15T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Display: Exhibition Road Building
Silver SpeaksSilver SpeaksAn exhibition displaying work by some of the best silversmiths practising in Britain today, exploring the development of traditional silversmithing to the more contemporary practices.2016-07-29T10:00:00+01002017-01-31T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Silver Speaks
Undressed: A Brief History of UnderwearUndressed: A Brief History of UnderwearUndressed: A Brief History of UnderwearTighten your girdle. This spring the V&A tells the story of underwear, from the sensory to the practical, through strapping, stretchy and silky undergarments designed since the 18th century . More than 200 examples of underwear are revealed in Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear which explores themes of innovation and luxury, from t2016-07-29T00:00:00+01002017-03-12T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
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Ongoing

event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions
PRICING  £12
DATES  16th April 2016 to 12th March 2017
VENUE  Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 
Tighten your girdle. This spring the V&A tells the story of underwear, from the sensory to the practical, through strapping, stretchy and silky undergarments designed since the 18th century . More than 200 examples of underwear are revealed in Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear which explores themes of innovation and luxury, from t... More about this event
 
A History Of Photography: The BodyA History Of Photography: The BodyView the variety of approaches to capturing images of the human body, from the invention of the medium to today; exploring themes such as sexuality, beauty, growth and ageing, and from both artistic and scientific approaches.2016-07-29T10:00:00+01002017-02-19T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
A History Of Photography: The Body
Rapid Response CollectingRapid Response CollectingAcquisitions responding to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing, including Christian Louboutin shoes in five shades of nude, a cuddly toy that was thrown at a Hong Kong politician and the world's first 3D-printed gun.2016-07-29T10:00:00+01002016-12-15T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,   Cromwell Road      SW7 2RL
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Barry Humphries's Weimar Cabaret
Concerts | Until 3rd August 2016 

Cadogan Hall 1.98 miles from The Big Draw

Barry Humphries curates, presents and performs the music of Berlin's Weimar Republic (1920s-30s) including jazz, cabaret, tango and Broadway-musical style ...More

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Royal Court Theatre 1.99 miles from The Big Draw

Known for his pioneering and imaginative work, Anthony Neilson returns to the Royal Court Theatre ...More

 
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Foodie Events | Until 25th April 2017 

Chai Wu Harrods 2.01 miles from The Big Draw

An eastern twist on the traditional afternoon tea, Chai Wu, the elegant Chinese restaurant on the fifth floor of Harrods, ...More

 
Into the Woods by Ellie Davies
Exhibitions | Until 20th August 2016 

Crane Kalman Gallery 2.16 miles from The Big Draw

Exhibitions & Art, Photography....More

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones
Exhibitions | Until 4th September 2016 

Saatchi Gallery 2.16 miles from The Big Draw

Combining more than 500 original Stones' artefacts such as rare instruments, original stage designs, iconic costumes, diaries and posters, alongside ...More

Richard Wilson: 20:50
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2016 

Saatchi Gallery 2.16 miles from The Big Draw

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

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Exhibitions | Until 4th September 2016 

Saatchi Gallery 2.16 miles from The Big Draw

Going strong for 50 years and counting, the Rolling Stones stage their first major exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, documenting ...More

 
Tabor Robak: Drinking Bird Seasons
Exhibitions | Until 13th November 2016 

Serpentine Gallery 2.3 miles from The Big Draw

A single-channel video work which serves as a commentary on the intrusiveness of digital information and the reliance on technical ...More

Etel Adnan: The Weight Of The World
Exhibitions | Until 11th September 2016 

Serpentine Sackler Gallery 2.3 miles from The Big Draw

Paintings, drawings, poetry, film and tapestry by the Beirut artist....More

Alex Katz
Exhibitions | Until 11th September 2016 

Serpentine Gallery 2.3 miles from The Big Draw

American artist Alex Katz 's stylised figurative portraits were the subject of several major museum exhibitions in ...More

 
 
 
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