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High-end summer entertainment options are a dime a dozen in South Kensington this year, with the outdoor opera returning to nearby Holland Park, a diverse new exhibition at the V&A, and even a brilliant butterfly marquee popping up at the Natural History Museum for adults and children alike.

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at the V&A

The V & A Museum are renowned for having diverse and interesting exhibitions, and this latest one is no exception. Shoes: Pleasure and Pain focuses on the history of footwear from around the globe with everything from Ancient Egyptian sandals decorated in pure gold leaf to modern stilettos by well-known designers. This isn’t just about fashion though – the purpose of the exhibition is to explore the cultural significance of footwear and how it reflected changing times and attitudes. Definitely worth a visit.

Address: Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Phone: 020 7942 2000

BBC Proms in the Park

It may not be on until early September, but get your tickets now for BBC Proms in the Park as this popular musical event is sure to be packed. Presented by Tony Blackburn, this year sees special guests including soprano Danielle de Niese, tenor Russell Watson and even the cast of Memphis the Musical, as well as Proms stalwarts such as the BBC Concert Orchestra and host Sir Terry Wogan.

National Histopry Museum - South Kensington | Image credits:- www.zimbio.com

National Histopry Museum – South Kensington | Image credits:- www.zimbio.com

Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum

For the seventh year running, the Natural History Museum have set up a tropical butterfly house on the lawn of the museum filled with beautiful butterflies from around the world, as well as some vey impatient caterpillars. If you’re lucky, you might even bump into the adorable Prince George too – he celebrated his first birthday here!

Address: Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD
Phone: 020 7942 5000

Opera Holland Park – Finished

With the peacocks roaming the ground and the sun setting behind the romantic ruins of Holland House, we can’t think of a more atmospheric spot to enjoy an outdoor opera this summer. The renowned Opera Holland Park is held in an elegant marquee auditorium for the ultimate in al-fresco sophistication, and performances this year include Aida, Flight and Il trittico.

Address: Stable Yard, Holland Park, London W8 6LU
Phone: 0300 999 1000

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