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Serpentine Galleries

#288 of 1,527 things to do in London
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Address: Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7402 6075
Today
10:00 - 18:00
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The Serpentine comprises two galleries situated 5 minutes walk from each...

The Serpentine comprises two galleries situated 5 minutes walk from each other on either side of The Serpentine Bridge in the heart of the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens in central London. The Serpentine Gallery, established in 1970, and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects in 2013, present world-renowned exhibitions of art, architecture and design throughout the year.

Admission is free. Open 10am - 6pm, Tuesday - Sunday, plus bank holidays

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Beautiful surroundings with a restaurant

Visited the Serpentine galleries which was an interesting day out. They are set in abeautiful park with swans and ducks and a restaurant. When we went there, there was a virtual... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited the Serpentine galleries which was an interesting day out. They are set in abeautiful park with swans and ducks and a restaurant. When we went there, there was a virtual experience section which brings 4 paintings/ pictures to life. The artwork is well spaced out and during the day it was not crowded so it was quite peaceful walking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently viewed the Zaha Hadid Exhibition, whom is adored by myself and many others for her works in architecture and design. The exhibition was beautiful - The gallery was very nice, a nice open space with a minimal feel to it but also offering the rough look with the brick walls and wood. The outside is visually stunning as well.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We wandered in not knowing the artist's work. Not to my style but the gallery is nice and easy to navigate. The bookshop is more extensive than you;'d think, and staff were knowledgeable and friendly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Maximum results with minimum effort. BIG's Pavilion is a (not so) hidden gem in the heart of Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens. Unfortunately, until oct. 9th!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We stopped by while walking through Hyde Park and enjoyed an interesting outside exhibit - a temporary cafe in an amazing "building". It was beautifully sited in the lawn. I hope to return to enjoy the galleries inside.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We went to the Gallery to see the young architects display. It was awesome and quite worth it. Comparing the different years was also awesome. Pity the structure cannot stay.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

This place is absolutely magical. A small gallery space that offers a beautiful setting for exhibitions.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Located five minutes' walk across the Serpentine Bridge, it comprises 900 square metres of gallery space, restaurant, shop and social space. The Magazine Restaurant adjoins the gallery space. The Gallery isn't large, but nicely laid out and free to get in, they depend on donations. Worth a visit if your in the area but wouldn't say its worth a special... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Trying to make the most of the last days of summer, I went for a walk along the Serpentine and found myself at the Sackler Gallery. It was a welcome respite from the sun and I really liked the layout and the exhibition.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

I was wandering around Kensington Gardens when I noticed The Galleries so decided to pop in. Basically, it's a small place and not really very interesting, but handy if you require toilet facilities.

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