Right in the middle of Kensington Gardens The Serpentine Gallery is small but perfectly formed. You have to walk through the park to get to the gallery and you can pass by the Royal Albert Hall or Kensington Palace on the way but do not be fooled… This is a very modern gallery concerned only with the cutting edge.The recently opened Zaha Hadid designed wing of the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery, a short walk further, is a testament to that. With a great bookshop and a killer program this is a must see for Art lovers visiting the capital.
This lighthouse will guide us as we venture into the unknown waters of the Rooftop Sea. The Serpentine's annual temporary pavilion has become a fixture in the art calendar: the only criterion is that the architects must never have completed a building in the UK before. Leading architects like Zaha Hadid,Daniel Libeskind, Oscar Niemeyer, Alvaro Siza, Rem Koolhaas and Frank Gehry have all contributed with projects in the past. This years pavillion, designed by the french architect Jean Nouvel will be open to the public from July 10th to mid October.
After days of viewing museums, palaces, and churches, go to Hyde Park. In Spring or Summer, rowing or paddling along the Serpentine (natural lake), is really delightful. There is even a swimming area. You might come upon a band giving a concert; an orator in Speakers Corner; the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. For some other ideas(in a slideshow), see: http://www.frommers.com/slideshow/?p=1&group=503&cat_cd=ARTCULTURE#slide
An artist friend took me here on a visit to London. I really enjoyed walking there through the park, and the fancy London-y feel of the whole thing. The art we saw was beautiful and well-hung, so to speak. While the experience wasn't transcendant, it's worth popping in for a bit of modern artsy-ness.
A modern and contemporary focused gallery located in Hyde Park. There is a pavilion outside used for special events on certain nights. They also have seminars and music nights. Currently there is the Yoko Ono exhibit till September. In the past other notable artists have exhibited there.