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Serpentine Galleries

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Address: Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7402 6075
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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Nice gallery

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Florence, Italy
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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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San Diego, California
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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.

Thank Jack B
Benoni, South Africa
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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.

Thank HermanK449
Bradford, United Kingdom
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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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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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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.

Thank George H
Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely quaint gallery and excellent outdoor installation perfect for a stop in whilst in Hyde park and nice space to get away from the rain.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

It was obvious from the behaviour of the audience that nobody was appreciating this 'Art' it was of a naive style but incredibly average. Poorly composed, lack in depth and frankly weak. There are much better artist waiting to be exhibited

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