Since 1970 the Serpentine Gallery has advocated for new ideas within the world of contemporary art, for over fifty years the Serpentine Gallery has introduced pioneering exhibitions from an eclectic range of emerging artists to the most internationally recognised practitioners of all time.
The Serpentine Gallery is split across two sites that are five minutes’ walk apart and are situated in the aesthetically pleasing Kensington Gardens just a short walk from our hotel. The Serpentine boasts a year-round, free programme of architecture, education, exhibitions, live events and technological innovation, in the park and beyond.
Proud to maintain free access for all visitors, thanks to its unique location the Serpentine also reaches an exceptionally broad audience and maintains a deep connection with its local community.
Serpentine South Gallery
The Serpentine South Gallery showcases emerging and established contemporary art, including the annual Pavilion architecture commission in the park.
Throughout its 50-year history, the gallery has celebrated artists who have gone on to international acclaim, including: Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Marina Abramović. Koenig Books, located at the Gallery entrance, is one of the UK’s best art bookshops.
Serpentine North Gallery
The Serpentine North Gallery opened in 2013, with Zaha Hadid’s renowned ‘Magazine’ extension on the original Grade II listed former gunpowder store.
This gallery is a beautiful space dedicated to contemporary art. It also includes the Serpentine Shop.
When you are planning your next stay at Mercure London Paddington be sure to explore the Serpentine Gallery, an inspiring experience that is fun for all the family.Book Now