Serpentine Gallery

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 (© John Offenbach)
© John Offenbach
 (Summer pavilion by Smiljan Radic 2014 - © John Offenbach)
Summer pavilion by Smiljan Radic 2014 - © John Offenbach
 (Summer pavilion by Smiljan Radic 2014 - © John Offenbach)
Summer pavilion by Smiljan Radic 2014 - © John Offenbach
 (Family day © Benedict Johnson)
Family day © Benedict Johnson
 (© John Offenbach)
© John Offenbach

The secluded location to the west of the Long Water in Kensington Gardens makes this small and airy gallery for contemporary art an attractive destination. A rolling two-monthly programme of exhibitions featuring up-to-the-minute artists along with the recent opened Sackler Gallery just over the water keeps the Serpentine in the arts news, as does the annual Serpentine Pavilion: every spring an internationally renowned architect is commissioned to build a new pavilion that opens to the public between June and September. There's a good little art bookshop too, which handily stays open in between exhibitions while the gallery space itself closes.

Venue name: Serpentine Gallery
Address: Kensington Gardens
W2 3XA
Opening hours: Tue- Sun 10am-6pm
Transport: Tube: Lancaster Gate/Knightsbridge/South Kensington
Price: Free
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  • Installation Until Sunday November 20 2016 Free
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  • Thursday December 8 2016 - Sunday February 12 2017 Free
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  • Thursday June 8 2017 - Thursday September 7 2017 Free
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Richard N

The biggest draw to the Serpentine Gallery would be during summer, when the annual Serpentine Pavilion goes up, designed by different world renowned architects each time, always a lovely place to take photos and hang out for an afternoon. But people often pass over the actual gallery itself, which is in itself a great stop after strolling around Hyde Park for a bit. The gallery always offers introspective and thought provoking shows, or if you're not that into art, enjoy the nice interior design or the museum shop. 

Seraphina E

Nestled between Hyde Park and KensingtonGardens the enchanting Serpentine gallery regularly showcases fresh and exciting works of contemporary art. The location of the gallery is great, it is only a short walk from High Street Kensington so you can shop till you drop or grab a bite to eat and then wonder through London’s royal parks to check out some art. The building itself is, a former tea pavilion, is charming and provides a splendid backdrop for contemporary art. In addition, between June and September a new Pavilion is displayed each year showcasing architectural and design talents from around the world. If that isn’t enough to satisfy your art craving then the Sackler gallery just over the bridge will surely fulfil your desires.

Chloe D

 Every summer the Serpentine Gallery is adorned with a Pavilion designed by world renowned architects, and every summer it is amazing. Last years colourful tent-like maze could fill even the most cynical of visitors with childlike wonder, encouraging visitors to explore and play among the tunnels and ribbons. I can’t wait to visit the new pavilion, which opened its doors to the public yesterday, and will welcome guests until October.

Dearbhaile O'Hanlon

Right in the heart of Hyde park it's a super place to pop in and tick the culture box before chilling out in the park. The Pavillion this year is beautiful, a lovely spot to grab a coffee and ponder.