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Serpentine Gallery

Art, Galleries Hyde Park Free
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)
 (© 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

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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.



Address: Kensington Gardens
W2 3XA
Transport: Tube: Lancaster Gate/Knightsbridge/South Kensington
Price: Free
Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm. Check website for seasonal variations
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Arriving here is quite magical as it's a solid 15-20min walk in the park to reach it. The building is fantastic and this place carries quite a following in the design community. However the collection being shown in both buildings at the time of my visit were not particularly... great. It wasn't contemporary art that evokes emotion and triggers introspection, or pieces that evoke a wow response. Will return when another collection is on display. The architecture of the cafe though - solid 5 stars.


The Serpentine and Serpentine Sackler Galleries straddle the iconic Serpentine in Kensington Gardens and have come a long way since the main gallery began its life as a tea house last century. Each season, two new exhibitions are shown and run for around 3 months, with free entry throughout the year (they're closed on Mondays). 

If you get the chance, make sure you visit during the summer months (June to October), when their annual Pavilion is designed each year by an architect who has not yet had a permanent structure built in the UK (past architects include Zaha Hadid and Bjarke Ingels). 

Definitely worth a visit, the artists are all great and you get to see something a little bit different. 


Is a small intimate little gallery showing art exhibitions with a difference. Situated near Kensington gardens and opposite to the Serpentine Pavilion come summer time that changes annually this is worthwhile visiting is you fancy a quick escape from the park or a little break from a rainy spell. It is very quiet on a weekday lunchtime (excluding the school holidays) you could easily end up being the only people in there. Great way to reclaim your lunch break if your after a little bit of arty culture, there is a cool bookshop in there as well to browse through afterwards.


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Every year I look forward to seeing the pavilion at the Serpentine. Their constant support for artists of every discipline keep the gallery up to date, and ever changing. Recently, they have been involving the younger generation by Opening a pavilion competition for young students which I think is a great way of getting children involved in modern art!

I also really recommend their bookshop- some great finds and some publications you wouldn't find elsewhere!

Also worth noting that entry is free which is great for students and thrifty art lovers everywhere!

Two galleries and a great restaurant to be found right in the middle of Hyde Park. I simply love the place. A real escape from the hub-bub of city life. Whatever the season take a walk from Knightsbridge or Hyde Park Corner , and let the stresses of life ebb away.

The exhibitions here are always good - often challenging.

The restaurant is superb.

Take time to discover one of London's treasures


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. 

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.

 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.

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.

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