Located in the midst of Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Gallery is a refreshing spot for culture if you fancy a break from the busier crowds of London’s bigger galleries and museums.
Still just as insightful and fascinating, the Serpentine Gallery is an ideal place to visit for guests in the Park Grand London Hyde Park, as it’s just short distance away from the many nearby attractions in surrounding Kensington.
Read on for your guide on what to see and do on your next visit to the Serpentine.
About the Serpentine
The Serpentine gallery is actually split in two. You’ll find each section of it on either side of the bridge over the famous lake of the same name. Established in 1970, the stunning Grade II listed building has exhibited art from some of the greatest names in contemporary art, including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Anish Kapoor and Bridget Riley, to name a few. Current exhibitions continue in the same vein, showing off leading names from the present day.
The building that forms the gallery was actually once a historic tea pavilion, and you’ll still see glimpses of its former regal charm in the building.
Discover the Pavilion
As well as the main exhibits in the gallery, each year, the Serpentine invites leading names in architecture to come up with a stunning new take on their Pavilion. Every year has brought an inventive and exciting take on the challenge, as architects develop a unique, temporary construction that takes up residence outside.
You can also get to experience more of the Pavilion with a series of live events and workshops designed to help you get the most out of it, so it’s a good idea to check out what’s on ahead of your visit.
Enjoy with the whole family
If you’re visiting London with your family and staying with one of the best hotel rewards program options around, then a visit to the Serpentine can be a surprisingly fun experience for the whole family. While adults might love checking out the more grown up art collections, the gallery also regularly hosts family-friendly events and activities, including its Big Family Weekend in the summer.
A perfect time introduce younger curious minds to the role of art, the weekend often includes fun, interactive workshops that encourage young people to get stuck in and make their own art, as well as discover fun new skills to boost their confidence.
Check out Chucs
No trip to a museum is complete without a trip to the café, and the Serpentine’s own Chucs Café is just as stylish as you might expect. Designed by the renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, it oozes with sophistication, and is worth a visit just on its own.
Enjoy a tasty brunch at the weekend, relax with a slice of cake and fresh coffee, while younger visitors can enjoy their delicious home made ice cream.
If you haven’t yet visited the Serpentine Gallery, these warmer summer months offer the perfect opportunity to tour the museum and take a stroll through the stunning surrounding areas.. Start planning your visit to London now!