SLIDE SERPENTINE GALLERIES INTO YOUR CULTURAL CALENDAR
If you want to get a taste of art, architecture and design while picnicking at Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens, head over to the Serpentine Galleries. The two iconic buildings offer free entry and an accompanying creative high thanks to its wide range of exhibitions, installations and events.
Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA. Phone: 020 7402 6075
You’ll find the Serpentine Galleries at the heart of one of London’s most popular open spaces: the sprawling and leafy Kensington Gardens. The two gallery buildings sit at either end of the Serpentine Bridge, that crosses the long body of water known as, that’s right, the Serpentine. On sunny days you’ll find the water filled with rowing and pedal boats, and this is a great spot to cool down and relax. Thanks to the galleries, it’s a great spot to interrupt your wandering and see exhibitions of art, architecture, and design too.
The original Serpentine Gallery opened in 1970, while the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, across the bridge, opened in 2013. These galleries are well known for big, bold and spectacular installation work, putting the space in and around the gallery to good use. A magnificent new Serpentine Summer Pavilion is built next to the gallery by a different artist each year — for 2017 the architect is Diébédo Francis Keré — and its unveiling is one of the major summer events in the London art calendar. You’ll also see the Serpentine Summer Houses, a continuation of this idea of publically accessible, cutting edge creative architecture. You can expect to find almost every kind of exhibition in every kind of format or style imaginable, whether it’s interactive installations, paintings, ceramics or performance. You’ll also find a busy programme of poetry, film, literature and theory discussions taking place in the evenings, so be sure to keep an eye on the events calendar for what’s coming up.