Imperial College London, Kensington, SW7 1BAShow on map
"Stay in London cheaply at modern London University campus accommodation" Imperial College London, founded in 1907, is the UK's leading science, technology and medicine university. With locations in and around... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
60 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, SW7 5BBShow on map
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of staying in Kensington is how green this part of the city is. From landscaped garden squares to Kensington Gardens, which inspired JM Barrie's Peter Pan, to Hyde Park, the... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
90-92 Lancaster Gate, Bayswater, W2 3NRShow on map
The Thistle Hyde Park hotel is located on Lancaster Gate, which is immediately north of Hyde Park, enjoying fabulous views of London's largest royal park and its environs. The hotel itself dates back to... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
Lancaster Terrace, Bayswater, W2 3PFShow on map
Located in a quiet square, within five minutes walk of Victoria rail, tube and coach stations, the Elizabeth Hotel is ideally located for local sights and attractions. Close to Buckingham Palace and the Royal... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
31-34 Queens Gate London, South Kensington, SW7 5JAShow on map
"Situated on one of the most desirable and upmarket roads in Central London" Situated on the broad and leafy Queens Gate, the Abba Queens Gate, London (previously the Queens Gate Concorde, London) offers a... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
1 - 7 Lancaster Gate, Bayswater, W2 3LGShow on map
The 4-Star Corus Hotel Hyde Park, in Bayswater, is 0.2 miles from Lancaster Gate tube station, on the Central Line, and 0.4 miles from Paddington. Paddington mainline station has express trains to Heathrow... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
12 Lancaster Gate, Bayswater, W2 3LGShow on map
“A modern 3 star venue in the heart of Paddington”The Mornington Hotel is a 66 room, 3 star hotel which is located in Paddington, West London. This lies in Zone 1 of the Underground system. The... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
1 Kensington Court, Kensington, W8 5DLShow on map
The Milestone Hotel is consistently rated London's most outstanding boutique hotel. It was recently voted "One of the Best Places in the World to Stay" in the Conde Nast Traveller’s Gold List 2011 and... Read More »
4 star classic boutique hotel
15-16 Prince of Wales Terrace, Kensington, W8 5PQShow on map
Situated on a 19th Century site, long associated with style and elegance, in a lovingly restored Victorian town house Kensington House Hotel offers its own modern brand of hospitality within an historical... Read More »
Search for cheap hotels near Serpentine Gallery
As one of the cultural centres of the world, London has a thriving modern art scene, with hugely popular, if controversial artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin, The Chapman Brothers, Anthony Gormley, Jasper Joffe and so many more all active in the city. Luckily, London also has some fabulous galleries to showcase these works, set in some of the most attractive and unique architecture in the city. Whilst the Tate Modern may be housed in the brutally elegant Bankside Power Station, The Serpentine Gallery has a rather more traditional setting, exhibiting contemporary and modern art in a 1934 tea pavilion, set against the lush greenery of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and the Serpentine Lake.
The gallery is a very popular venue, with over 800,000 visitors a year and a well-received programme of shows, talks and events throughout the year. It's proximity to London's museum district and the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington make it a must see on the tourist trail. Many of the art world's biggest names have exhibited there, including Hirst, Henry Moore, Man Ray, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Anish Kapoor and Wolfgang Tillmans, and the gallery is dedicated to the promotion of new talent and exhibiting art which hasn't yet had a platform in the UK. The Serpentine was the brains behind a major exhibition of modern Chinese art, which was held in Battersea Power Station, giving new life to a decrepit monument.
The gallery supports all mediums of art, including performance, digital architecture, music and even poetry and alongside its renowned artist and curator talks, they have an extensive education programme for kids, Londoners and more, making art accessible to all and organising fun family days where kids can spend the day making their own masterpieces.
Whilst the gallery may have an impressive collection, it is perhaps best known for its annual Pavilion. This is a huge event in London's art calendar, where a well-known artist collaborates with some of the best architects in the UK to produce a stunning outdoor space, which visitors can enjoy in the summer months. In the past, artists and architects such as Zaha Hadid, Olafur Eliasson, Herzog & De Meuron, Frank Gehry and Toyo Ito have created bizarre and wondrous structures resembling huge metallic planes, carousels, orchids, gardens, bunkers and a host of abstract forms, which have attracted many people to the site. If that isn't enough reason to visit, the Serpentine also has a large shop filled with funky souvenirs and sleek coffee table books. The gallery itself is only open to the public when there is an exhibition on, but the shop is open all year round. You can easily reach the Serpentine from South Kensington tube station and then spend the rest of the day wandering around the shops and sights of Kensington, Knightsbridge and nearby Chelsea.