London Sights

Serpentine Galleries

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

Taking its name from the lake that curves its way through Hyde Park, the Serpentine Gallery, housed in a modest redbrick building in Kensington Gardens, is one of London's foremost showcases for contemporary art. Just about everyone who's anyone has exhibited here: Louise Bourgeois, Jeff Koons, Marina Abramovic, and Gerhard Richter, to name a few. A permanent work on the gallery's grounds, consisting of eight benches and a carved stone circle, commemorates its former patron, Princess Diana. The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, a second exhibition space that's in a small Georgian gunpowder storeroom just over the water, has a dramatic extension designed by Zaha Hadid as well as a stylish restaurant. If you're in town between May and September, check out the annual Serpentine Pavilion, where each year a leading architect is given free rein to create a temporary pavilion of their choosing—always with imaginative results. Past designers have included Frank Gehry, Daniel Liebeskind, and Jean Nouvel.

Sight Information

Address:

Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA, England

Phone:

0207-402–6075

Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 08/30/2016

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