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Serpentine Gallery

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Serpentine Gallery

Serpentine Gallery

KidRated’s Serpentine Gallery Top Tips:

  • For modern art-lovers
  • Some exhibitions are more child friendly than others
  • After your visit, why not take a walk in nearby Hyde Park

Sitting by the Serpentine Lake in the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Gallery is housed in a former tea pavilion and has displayed contemporary artists such as Bridget Riley and Henry Moore in its time. Each year it also features a different temporary pavilion.


There are a range of art exhibitions hosted by the Serpentine Gallery, as well as performances and films which take place frequently. There are a few family days each year which are extremely popular and give you and your kids the chance to meet artists and learn more about the gallery and the creation of art itself. Whilst you’re visiting, be sure to also check out the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, located in the perfect spot for a picnic if you’re visiting on a sunny day! Just don’t fall in!



Booking Advice:

  • Entrance is FREE
  • The pavilion is only open in Spring and Summer
  • Special events may be ticketed



Kensington Gardens
W2 3XA

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7402 6075


How to get there:

Tube: Lancaster Gate

Teen Verdict

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I went to the Serpentine with my family last year and had a pretty good time. There some really interesting pieces to see and I liked that it was in Hyde Park so afterwards we had a picnic and hangout on the grass. Some of the things we saw were a little bit young for me and I feel like more of an art lover would really appreciate the gallery. It’s a good spot if you’re looking for something free to do in London though.

Parent Point of View

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Laura Porter

  • There are actually two galleries: Serpentine Gallery and Serpentine Sackler Gallery, with a short walk between them.
  • If you have older kids who like art books, the bookshop here is very good.
  • The Magazine restaurant is a stunning part of the building, designed by Zaha Hadid, and does have a kids menu. It is a more adult space but great for kids who like to feel grown-up.
  • As it’s free to visit, it can be good to pop in with children to introduce them to contemporary art while playing in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.

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