Serpentine Galleries
Serpentine Galleries
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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NicolaHT
København10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Small gallery showing interesting pieces by Barbara Chase-Ribould. Not many others at the gallery so should have been a peaceful and contemplative time.

But visit spoilt by officious gallery staff following me round the gallery! I stayed in one room for a while, one of the gallery staff looked in four times checking on what I was looking! It was very officious and a shame that they don’t just let their visitors look at the art in peace.

Have never experienced this before in any gallery I have visited and it would put me off visiting again.
Written February 18, 2023
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sandy c
Copenhagen, Denmark660 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Can't believe I've seen Jeff Koons exhibitions here in the past. Lately it seems like a high schooler's idea of an installation or conceptual project. A couple artists looked like they made an effort, papering the walls with altered maps, or a hallway hung with stretched fabric or something? Maybe the current artists/curators had grand intentions, but generally it seems like you've seen or experienced nothing. Awkward too, was having to deny the door staff your contact information. Also, it seems they don't even have washrooms! Doesn't live up to the hype, and not worth the journey.
Written October 24, 2022
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travelogue_voyage
London, UK104 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
They got two galleries, which is just a few minutes' walk from each other. I would suggest people to visit if you drop by as it's free anyway OR if you truly understand the arts. Most of the pieces there are like installation arts or conceptual arts, which I, as a non-art major person, don't quite understand and they are sort of boring for me. But, I still appreciate the effort the artists and staff did. Just that it is not for everyone to understand.
Written August 27, 2022
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,769 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Every time we come to London from Australia we try to visit the Serpentine galleries and every time they have been shut for one reason or another.

Today we tried again. We had lunch at The Magazine and asked the way to the gallery. We were told it was shut for refurbishment. This was only in relation to the North gallery, we found out. No mention that the South gallery was actually open which we found out by accident as we were leaving the park that way.

The exhibition we saw was by Yinka Shonibare. The 'paintings' were ok but the highlights for us were the stunning installations. Very different and interesting. And well worth a view.

There's also a lovely bookshop, bigger than we expected, and with a focus on the arts.
Written May 18, 2024
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Carmen Santiago
Mountain View, CA2,633 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
A must visit, inspiring art and it is free! The current exhibition (feb 2023) is works by Barbara Chase-Riboud. It is incredible to have her best pieces all in the same place, with detailed explanations (on the walls or via app). In the middle of the hub hub of Hyde Park and London, the art is an oasis of calm where you can think. The staff is super friendly. And of course you need to see the restaurant on the side designed by Zaha Hadid, spectacular!
Written February 19, 2023
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AL_reviewer_2014
Weymouth, UK156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I went especially to see the Kamala Ibrahim Ishag exhibition as I had read a review about it online. Loved it. What a wonderful artist! The venue was super clean, had toilets, displayed the works really well. The staff were very friendly. One member of staff was particularly interesting and had a lot to say about the exhibition. An excellent free exhibition / venue.
Written November 23, 2022
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,087 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Serpentine is an art gallery located inside Kensington Gardens. There's an ever changing program of exhibitions. On the day that I visited. it happened to be an exhibition of "art" by Emma Kunz.I kid you not, her art is described as her gifts of telepathy, prophesy and healing using pendulum assisted drawings to answer her questions of philosophical and other esoteric questions. Total waste of time. Looked like something drawn by a child using Spirograph Cyclex Drawing Tool.

Had the exhibition not been free, I'd been really angry.
Written May 5, 2019
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Bernd Leygarf
London, UK29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
despite the architecture the restaurant fails miserably; the formal dining area is overly rigid - without the quality of food this might suggest - and the are that surrounds it..well, it hasnt quite decided whether it wants to be a low grade, poor choice of food, well, a caff really without any of the charm one might expect. Staff is inattentive and disinterested, live music was poor
Written August 7, 2019
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zestinpeace
Florence, Italy121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
A sunny spring day through the Park. It couldn’t be better located!
Make sure you visit both buildings, only few minutes apart from one another.
The two shows I’ve admired had both plenty of informations, a good book store, audio guides and lovely assistants to answer any questions.
At the largest location also a good coffee/restaurant.
Written April 22, 2019
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mrtjaet
Worcestershire, UK343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
The Serpentine Gallery is one I don't visit often enough. Shows are always good, and it's free entry, but in my mind it's off the beaten track. 10-15 minute walk from 🚇 (Lancaster Gate, Queensway, South Kensington). Rather than making it an add-on to the V&A/Natural History/Science museums, I recommend starting at the Serpentine and then the walk downhill towards South Kensington is quite enjoyable.

Today it was Turner Prize winning, British contemporary artist, Grayson Perry's latest one-man show. An extrovert, transvestite potter. His work is amazingly British, and accessible. And nicely political, without being judgemental. A sort of a "peoples' artist": of the people, for the people.

Large scale tapestries, wood block prints and 'pots'.
Written July 27, 2017
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