The Institute of Imagination exists to create space for children to re-imagine the world. Our aim is simple – to empower children to develop vital skills for the future and help them flourish. Visit us to see the transformative power of imagination for yourself.

imagination lab: book now

The Imagination Lab on London’s Albert Embankment is now open. Having already worked with over 13,000 children, we are delighted to have this dedicated space in central London that will enable children and adults to explore new ideas, invent new products and build new skills for the future.

Throughout 2017 we are running a programme of themed events for children and their families, schools and communities across London. Our innovative space will provide a compelling series of activities for visitors to tinker, experiment, explore and create using new tools and technologies.

Imagination Lab will allow us to scale up to the Institute of Imagination campus: a dedicated 100,000sqft space that will enable us to directly engage 500,000 people each year and to champion the importance of imagination to at a national and international level. Find out more here.

schools and communities

The Institute of Imagination’s programmes are not just accessible at the Imagination Lab, we also work across London in partnership with schools, learning centres, civic spaces and festivals.

Our mobile Imagination Lab also enables us to join festivals and faires.

We also exhibit and speak at conferences and events demonstrating and sharing the work of our Imagination Pods and how they can support and engage children of all abilities. For more information about speaking engagements contact us at:  imaginationlab@ioi.london

imagination pods

Our Imagination Pods programme provides exciting activities for children, regardless of age or ability, to engage in constructive exploratory play in a child-led way. The Pods are mobile and can be sent to schools, or other centres like libraries, allowing children and adults to test and implement new tools and new approaches to learning.

From 2016 through to 2018, with the support of the John Lyon’s Charity, we are working with schools and families to set up Imagination Hubs in communities across the nine boroughs the charity works in. We are building community driven hubs to provide even greater opportunities for participants across London to engage in imaginative and creative workshops across the arts, sciences and digital technologies.

To find out more about our Imagination Pods download our information pack here or email us at: imaginationpods@ioi.london

imagination hub

An Imagination Hub establishes a pop-up Imagination Lab in a civic community space like a library or school. The Hub provides the tools and expertise to facilitate the development of an Imagination Lab learning programme for pupils, teachers, their schools and families. Example activities include coding and digital literacy, animation and storytelling, robotics and engineering and virtual and augmented reality.

Once an Imagination Hub has been set up the Institute of Imagination will provide a ‘Show and Tell’ event for teachers invited from local schools or groups.  Attendees will have an opportunity to hear about the programme, as well as being able to tinker and experiment with a number of educational tools. With support from the Institute of Imagination, teachers and children/young people design and create their personalised ‘Lab’, choosing their desired content and curating their own programme. The curated Lab then runs as a Hub and participants are encouraged to take their learning back to school, home or community to share and pass on the learning.  If you are interested in running an Imagination Hub please contact us at:  imaginationlab@ioi.london

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