I've just managed to blag my way out of work & grab a ticket for the opening day!http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/darwin-centre-visitors/index.html
On 15 September the landmark Darwin Centre opens to the public. Museum visitors can explore world-class science in action in a dramatic new public space.
The new Darwin Centre is a state-of-the- art science and collections facility and the building is the most significant expansion at the Museum since it moved to South Kensignton in 1881.
See world-leading scientists at work, incredible specimens, exciting displays and much more. Visit the Darwin Centre from 15 September.
Entrance is free
10.00 - 17.50
Booking is required for timed slots
One of the highlights will be Cocoon, a journey deep into the 65-metre-long, eight-storey- high cocoon at the heart of the Darwin Centre. Here, you will discover some of the 20 million plants and insects protected by this enormous structure, from huge tarantulas to metre-high poisonous plants. For the first time, visitors will be able to see into the hidden world of scientific research, where real Museum scientists work on cutting-edge projects that could help protect the future of our planet.
Demand for Cocoon is expected to be huge.
Entrance is free
Duration: approximately 45 minutes
Be among the first and book your Darwin Centre Cocoon visit. Telephone +44 (0)20 7942 5725
Begin your Cocoon journey with breathtaking views at the top of the 8-storey-high building, which you reach by glass lift. Wind your way down the gently sloping walkways past incredible specimens and exciting activities.
Discover 100s of real specimens from huge tarantulas to metre-high plants. Highlights include giant wall specimen displays to films and high-tech installations.
Take part in the many hands-on interactive activities as you explore science and nature.
For the first time the hidden world of scientific research is opened up, revealing real scientists at work naming, analysing and preserving specimens. Through viewing desks, video and intercom, look in on laboratories and witness state-of-the- art equipment in use.
* visit gardens in London not usually open to the public
* enjoy special activities in gardens
* discover gardens you didn't know existed.
213 gardens are taking part in the 2011 weekend, 31 of which are new this year.
http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/events/midsummer-picnic-2.aspxCumberland Market, NW1 3RH.
Hands-on activities for all ages at our community Midsummer Picnic with experiments, demonstrations, performances, food and fun. Get involved in the Science Boffins' show, meet Jones the Bones, make and launch a rocket, or just enjoy a picnic in the park.
This event, and all activities, are FREE.
Uhm, I'm not sure we ever used the recommendations in this thread, but we did all right thanks and have got married and had two kids since then. So we're fairly skint againwow i just stumbled across this crazy old forum post while googling something in london and i am just a little bit curious as to how cloo's next 12 months from date of posting all turned out. Hello cloo?
if you want to drink for free - i'd recommend art exhibition openings, usually there are more than one going on in the same areaCheap/free London!
Seeing as my beloved is shortly to become a full-time Master’s student and therefore will be chronically skint for the next 12 months, I was wondering if people had any recommendations for free or cheap stuff to do in London, ‘cos I’m not bloody well paying for him (well, not all the time, anyway ).
Obviously there’s the big free-entry museums, but what other stuff do you recommend to do for little or no money (outside the bedroom, you dirty-minded people!). Any good cinema/theatre ticket schemes for students or the general public, for example? Or websites that are good for info on free stuff or providing special offers?
PS, mods – if people come up with good stuff could this potentially be a sticky? Might make a good resource for the many poor and destitute urbanites out there.