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serpentine gallery hyde park Serpentine Gallery, on the border of Hyde Park and Kensingtion Gardens.

temporary pavilions by leading international architects The 2007 temporary pavilion by Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen

walk london contemporary architectural showcase Unique showcase for contemporary architectural practice


Opening Hours: Serpentine Gallary; Open daily, 10am - 6pm
Serpentine Sackler Gallary; Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 6pm

Cost: free 

Facilities: see Hyde Park


Further Information: Serpentine Gallery

sightseeing sight 10  SERPENTINE GALLERY

Serpentine Gallery, established in 1970, as a small gallery for modern and contemporary art it is now two galleries situated five minutes walk from each other on either side of the Serpentine Bridge.

The Serpentine Gallery is housed in a classical 1934 tea pavilion, located in Kensington Gardens. The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, situated on the banks of the Long Water, brought the unusual Grade II listed 'gunpowder' building into public use for the first time in its 206-year history.

The gallery displays permanent and visiting exhibitions, holds talks and events, including film showings and educational programs. Many famous artists have exhibited there including, Henry Moore, Damien Hirst, Paula Rego, Andy Warhol and Anish Kapoor.

Diana, Princess of Wales was a Patron of the Serpentine Gallery and in the grounds there is a permanent memorial to her by the Scottish artist and gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay, CBE.

An important event for the Serpentine Gallery is the annual ‘pavilion on the lawn’ exhibition. The Gallery commissions leading international architects of worldwide acclaim to design a pavilion that provides a unique showcase for contemporary architectural practice. Each summer there is a new pavilion to explore.

Opened in 2013, the Sackler Gallery is the refurbishment and re-use of the The Magazine, a former munitions depot and gunpowder store. Rejuvenated by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid.

Zaha Hadid, who has also won the 2010 RIBA Stirling Prize for best new building in Europe, designs and plans were accepted by The Royal Parks as part of their Better Buildings Programme. The transformation provided an additional 900sqm of exhibition space included a playscape for children, café/restaurant and landscaped gardens.