One of London’s best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art, Serpentine was established in 1970 and is housed in a classic tea pavilion dating back to 1934. The gallery takes its name from the nearby Serpentine Lake (site of the annual Freeze-Fest that is the 9am Christmas Day outdoor swim by the Serpentine Swimming Club.) As is customary, admission is free, and as the Serpentine is set in Kensington Gardens, visitors can enjoy some picturesque surroundings while soaking up the delights of the gallery’s current exhibition. On the grounds of the Gallery is a permanent work by artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, dedicated to the Serpentine’s former patron, Diana, Princess of Wales.
The Serpentine delivers shows by internationally acclaimed and historically significant artists such as Man Ray, Henry Moore, Andy Warhol, Bridget Riley, and Damien Hirst. It is also the site of a temporary summer pavilion, over the past few years designed by the likes of Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Rem Koolhaas, so we can all sip tea, talk art and enjoy the sunshine in style.