Five fun things to do this week in London, August 15-21, from visiting Buckingham Palace to finding lost dinosaur bones…
Lead Image: Slintachu, Small is Beautiful
1 Mystery at the Museum: The Search for Dippy, Natural History Museum, Kensington
Put on your sleuthing hat to find several ‘lost’ parts of Dippy the Diplodocus in this escape room-like evening set in 1905 that sees you exploring the wonderful Natural History Museum after hours. You’ve got an hour to interview suspects and find the culprit before you go off to have a look at some of the galleries and meet some of the museum’s scientists.
Date: Tuesday, August 16
Address: Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD
2 Small is Beautiful: Miniature Art Exhibition, South Kensington
This quirky exhibition is now in its final weeks, so catch Small is Beautiful: Miniature Art Exhibition before it’s gone. The delightfully playful exhibition showcases teeny tiny artworks and photographic works from more than 30 international artists. Watch out for a sculpture of a mother and daughter small enough to fit on the tip of a pencil by Bosnian artist Jasenko Dordevic and London-based photographer Slinkachu’s installations including one of a serpent attacking a little girl and her mother made from a green shoelace in a puddle.
Date: Running through to September 4
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am-8pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am-9pm
Price: £16/£13 adult/child
Address: 79-85 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW7 3LD
3 Summer Festival Menu at The Cinnamon Club, Westminster
The Cinnamon Collection’s flagship restaurant, the Cinnamon Club has a summery six-course tasting menu running across August. Celebrating some of the restaurant’s most loved summer dishes of the past, the menu features the likes of Shetland salmon carpaccio with mustard caviar, clove smoked saddle of Romney Marsh lamb with corn and yoghurt sauce.
Date: Available until September 3
Times: Monday to Saturday, lunch & dinner service
Address: The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith Street, Westminster, SW1P 3BU
4 Mexican Geniuses: A Frida & Diego Immersive Experience, Surrey Quays
Another immersive art experience, this one exploring the rich fantastical works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera. Sit in the immersive room and let some 300 projected artworks wash over you before you trip into Mexico and a virtual reality Day of the Dead celebration inspired by artworks by the couple.
Date: On now and booking through to the end of September
Times: Tuesday to Thursday 10am-7pm; Friday 10am-8pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm
Tickets: From £19.90/£13.90
Address: Dock X, Unit 1 Canada Water, Surrey Quays Road, SE16 2XU
5 Summer Opening of the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace
Back for the first time since the pandemic, Buckingham Palace’s state rooms open up to the public once again for summer. Take a look around the palace’s public rooms where the Queen and the Royal Family receive and entertain official visitors and conduct business as you learn about each ornate room’s history. This year, a special display featuring portraits of Queen Elizabeth and the featured jewels are on display to celebrate Her Majesty’s Jubilee year.
Date: Running until October 2
Time: August opening hours are 9.30pm to 7.30pm
Tickets: From £30
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