Serpentine Gallery

Kensington & Hyde Park

This gallery is one of London’s most important contemporary-art galleries. Damien Hirst, Andreas Gursky, Louise Bourgeois, Gabriel Orozco, Tomoko Takahashi and Jeff Koons have all exhibited here. A leading architect (who has never built in the UK) is annually commissioned to build a new ‘Summer Pavilion’ nearby, open from June to October. The galleries run a full program of readings, talks and workshops. Sister space the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid, is a few minutes away over the bridge.

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2. Albert Memorial


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3. Serpentine Sackler Gallery

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4. The Arch

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Fashioned in stone from northern Italy, this 37-tonne travertine statue by Henry Moore provides phenomenal views of Kensington Palace.

5. Royal Albert Hall

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6. Peter Pan Statue

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7. Kensington Gardens

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A delightful collection of manicured lawns, tree-shaded avenues and basins immediately west of Hyde Park, the picturesque expanse of Kensington Gardens is…

8. Royal College of Music Museum

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