Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries Modern and contemporary art and architecture. Free admission. Please note the Galleries are closed for installation between exhibitions.
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The Serpentine Galleries are one of London’s best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art. They attract up to 800,000 visitors in any one year and admission is free. In the grounds of the Galleries is a permanent work by artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, dedicated to the Serpentine’s former Patron Diana, Princess of Wales. The work comprises eight benches, a tree-plaque, and a carved stone circle at the Gallery’s entrance. In September 2013, Serpentine Galleries opened its new space, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. This innovative arts venue for the 21st century is housed in the Grade II-listed building formerly known as The Magazine, situated in Kensington Gardens. In 2016 the Serpentine Pavilion programme expanded to include four Summer Houses in a group show of architecture in the built form. For the second year running the Serpentine, in association with Bloomberg Philanthropies, has opened the Build Your Own Pavilion Challenge, a competition for 8-14 year olds to design and enter their Pavilion models. For more information http://buildyourownpavilion.serpentinegalleries.org/ Getting here Serpentine Gallery Nearest tube stations: Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge or South Kensington Main bus routes: 9, 10, 52, 94, 148 Serpentine Sackler Gallery Nearest tube stations: Lancaster Gate or Marble Arch Main bus routes: 148, 274, 390 94 Group visits The Serpentine welcomes school, university and community groups to the Galleries on Tuesday through Sunday for self-led visits. All groups must book in advance with the visitor services team. For further information regarding planning a group visit, please visit our group visits page. Parking for vehicles and bicycles There is metered car parking in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. There is dedicated cycle parking within the grounds of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. There are Santander Cycles hire stations on West Carriage Drive near the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and on The Ring near the Serpentine Gallery. Dogs Dogs are not permitted inside the Serpentine Galleries or The Magazine restaurant. There are several dog rings outside the Serpentine Galleries for short visits. Guide dogs are permitted. Accessibility We have full disability access and facilities. Facilities – toilets/baby changing room The Serpentine Galleries have full disability access and facilities. There is a baby changing room located at each Gallery. Refreshments Kofler & Kompanie run a cafe at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion has a selection of teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes available daily 10am-6pm until 9 October 2016. The Magazine bar at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery offers visitors a selection of snack items, teas, coffees, cocktails and wine. Opening times vary on a daily basis. Call the bar on 020 7298 7552 for more information.

19/06/2020
Serpentine Podcast: By Leaves We Listen

NEW 🌿 Back to Earth podcast! How can botanical knowledge support practices of ecological and personal healing?

Link in bio to listen 🎧

Hosts Victoria Sin and Lucia Pietroiusti are joined by Emma Nicolson, Head of Creative Programmes at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Together they swap personal plant stories and Emma moderates a roundtable with artists Keg de Souza, Nabihah Iqbal and botanist Greg Kenicer. Featuring sound works by Rachel Pimm and Keg de Souza.

The episode is a programming collaboration between Serpentine and Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Back to Earth is supported by Outset Partners’ Grant.

18/06/2020
Serpentine Podcast: Climate Symphony

Ever wondered what pollution might sound like? 👂

In our latest General Ecology podcast episode, we meet Climate Symphony – a group of artists and scientists turning climate change data into music.

Listen here: https://playpodca.st/serpentine

This episode also features artists @zadiexa and @cosmosheldrake, plus CEO of Julie’s Bicycle, Alison Tickell. Produced by @reduced.listening

“I came across a magazine with an inscription that said: “A civilisation flourishes when men plant trees under which the...
11/06/2020

“I came across a magazine with an inscription that said: “A civilisation flourishes when men plant trees under which they themselves never sit.” Putting something in [...] a young person's life, is the same as planting a tree that you will not cut and sell in your lifetime.”

Following his return to Ghana in the 70s, James Barnor began working with the cultural troupe Abaa Hi Gbiko (all will be well one day), who would practice in the yard of Studio X23. While he continued his work as a photographer, Barnor recounts how The troupe were became his top priority. He felt that practicing together after school kept the group out of trouble and in education: “I don’t play drums, write music or sing but I took them in like my own children.” The troupe later changed their name to Fee Hii (all is well).

“I was close to the music fraternity too. I knew E.T. Mensah, who [...] played the trombone and the sax and spearheaded high-life music before all the others. I knew all the musicians. I was taking their pictures.”
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Fee Hi Cultural Group, performance for American Musicians visiting Ghana, Accra. 1981. Courtesy Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière @clementinedelaferonniere

E. K. Nyame, the legendary Ghanaian musician, photographed for a record cover. 1975. Courtesy Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière

Samiru, Same Day group performance, during Homowo Celebration, Wato Cafe, Accra. 1971. Courtesy Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière

E. K. Nyame, the legendary Ghanaian musician, photographed for a record cover. 1975. Courtesy Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière

Unknown, Photoshoot, Salaga Market. 1974-1976. Courtesy Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière

Tempos Band, birthday celebration, Adabraka, Accra. 1958. Courtesy Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière, Paris

Adom Professionals, Photoshoot of blind musicians, Nsawam, Adoagyiri, Accra. 1980s. Courtesy Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière, Paris

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09/06/2020

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“Nkrumah and his people spoke to the crowd from a stage, I remember Jim Bailey (the owner of @drum_magazine) and I were ...
07/06/2020

“Nkrumah and his people spoke to the crowd from a stage, I remember Jim Bailey (the owner of @drum_magazine) and I were standing right at the front. I took pictures of Nkrumah declaring, “Now Ghana is free”.

Flux and transition are recurring themes in Barnor’s life and work as he moved frequently between societies working through post-war and post-colonial contexts. In 1957 Ghana became the first African country to gain independence from colonial rule when Kwame Nkrumah became Prime Minister. Barnor was commissioned by UK based Black Star Picture Agency and Drum magazine to photograph this time of historic transformation. Throughout the decade leading up to it Barnor encountered many key political and cultural figures and his relative impartiality enabled him to move easily between different circles. “As close as I got to the political big names at the time, I never became a fanatic!”

Follow our #StillEverYoung tribute to James Barnor this week as we celebrate his 91st birthday ahead of his 2021 Serpentine exhibition. Discover more on Bloomberg Connects.

“I was the first newspaper photographer in Ghana, and I’m proud of that. Newspaper photography changed people’s lives an...
06/06/2020

“I was the first newspaper photographer in Ghana, and I’m proud of that. Newspaper photography changed people’s lives and it changed journalism in Ghana. I was part of this moment.”

James Barnor’s use of smaller handheld cameras reflected the democratisation of photography taking place across the continent and ultimately led to an invitation to work for the Daily Graphic, established by the Daily Mirror Group in 1950, and later, South Africa’s influential lifestyle publication Drum.

Jim Bailey, Drum’s energetic proprietor, and Barnor became great friends, hosting impromptu and often legendary parties for the Drum community. One gathering was organised by Barnor at his studio, with another on the beach where he recounts “people were swimming under the moon.”

Follow our #StillEverYoung tribute to James Barnor this week as we celebrate his 91st birthday ahead of his 2021 Serpentine exhibition. Discover more on Bloomberg Connects.

Happy Birthday James Barnor! 🎉 Today this pioneering photographer turns 91. Join us by following #StillEverYoung as we c...
06/06/2020

Happy Birthday James Barnor! 🎉 Today this pioneering photographer turns 91. Join us by following #StillEverYoung as we celebrate the photographer’s life and work in a week-long series of Instagram posts ahead of his Serpentine exhibition in 2021.

Today we’re reflecting on his images of 1950s Accra 📸

“If I needed a picture, or a new story, I would rush to the Makola market where people behave most like themselves… I enjoyed this more than studio photography, I would use a small camera. It was good for finding stories.”

James Barnor’s early work depicting life in and around Accra in the 1950s resisted the formalities associated with large format studio portraiture, becoming progressively more candid as he documented the communities around him. His cousin, Julius Aikins, worked with the West African Photographic Services and introduced Barnor to the work of other photographers via magazines and books, inspiring him to look outside of the studio. “For me it was like living in two worlds: there was the careful handling of a sitter in “my studio” with a big camera on a heavy tripod, and then running around town chasing news and sports!”
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Roy Ankrah During Road Work Training, Accra. 1951. Courtesy Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière

James’ Eldest Sister, Ivy, Accra. 1950s. Courtesy Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière

Nigerian Superman, Manste Agbona Park, Accra. 1958. Courtesy Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière

Mr Crabbe (one of James Barnor’s best friends) and other close friends in Jamestown, Accra. 1957. Courtesy Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière @clementinedelaferonniere

“My studio was at a spot where everything happened in Accra, where young and old people met from various backgrounds, fr...
05/06/2020

“My studio was at a spot where everything happened in Accra, where young and old people met from various backgrounds, free to talk about everything and anything."

Born into a family of photographers, @jamesbarnor learnt his trade serving an apprenticeship under his cousin J. P. Darku Dodoo, striking out on his own by establishing his Ever Young studio in the early 50s: initially as a makeshift set-up in the street using his Aunt’s vacant room as a darkroom before establishing a more suitable space in the Jamestown district of Accra in 1953.

Ever Young was a veritable hive of activity, a drop-in space for people from all walks of life, and it was here that Barnor immortalised a nation craving modernity and independence to a backdrop of conversation and highlife music.

Follow our #StillEverYoung tribute to James Barnor this week as we celebrate his 91st birthday ahead of his 2021 Serpentine exhibition. Discover more on Bloomberg Connects.

Join us in celebrating the 91st birthday of James Barnor on 6 June 📸 ✨🎈. #StillEverYoung is a week-long celebration of t...
05/06/2020

Join us in celebrating the 91st birthday of James Barnor on 6 June 📸 ✨🎈. #StillEverYoung is a week-long celebration of the artist’s life and work ahead of his 2021 Serpentine exhibition .

Stay with us for a preview of Barnor’s extraordinary archive ahead of his major survey exhibition at the Serpentine in Spring 2021, and to hear messages from friends and familiar faces.

The British Ghanaian photographer’s career spans over six decades, two continents and many genres. Moving between Accra and London, Barnor captured the major social and political changes as they occurred, from 1950s Ghana on the cusp of independence to the burgeoning diaspora of 1960s London. Today we’re focusing on his famous Ever Young studio in Accra.

Stay tuned for our next post in a few hours by following the hashtag #StillEverYoung: https://www.instagram.com/serpentineuk/

Discover more on Bloomberg Connects 📲: https://www.bloomberg.org/program/arts/bloomberg-connects/#bloomberg-connects-program

#BlackOutTuesdayFind out more about where to donate and how you can take action:https://bit.ly/2U1wRHI
02/06/2020

#BlackOutTuesday

Find out more about where to donate and how you can take action:
https://bit.ly/2U1wRHI

“In a society it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.” – Angela DavisThe Serpentine stands in solidar...
01/06/2020

“In a society it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.” – Angela Davis

The Serpentine stands in solidarity with the Black community and #BlackLivesMatter.

Anti-racism resources:
https://bit.ly/2U1wRHI

Bail Fund & Organisers:
https://bit.ly/2Bm8Fcx

“The work of art is a scream of freedom.”RIP Christo 💔 We will always remember the summer you lit up Hyde Park with your...
01/06/2020

“The work of art is a scream of freedom.”

RIP Christo 💔

We will always remember the summer you lit up Hyde Park with your Serpentine exhibition and The London Mastaba floating sculpture made with 7,506 stacked barrels ✨🌈

Pic: Christo and Jeanne-Claude The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park 2016-2018

Shine like the stars 🔭🌟🌠Do it by Christodoulos Panayiotou 💙#doitaroundtheworld is a new chapter of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ...
31/05/2020

Shine like the stars 🔭🌟🌠

Do it by Christodoulos Panayiotou 💙

#doitaroundtheworld is a new chapter of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ongoing ‘do it’ exhibition inviting artists to propose instructions for anyone, anywhere to riff off, interpret and rephrase freely in your own way.

Share your own ‘do it’ by tagging us and #doitaroundtheworld. Explore more do its on Google Arts & Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/project/do-it

31/05/2020
How to Turn It All Around

‘How to Turn It All Around' ✨ – Do it by Daniel DeSure / Total Luxury Projects

#doitaroundtheworld is a new chapter of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ongoing ‘do it’ exhibition inviting artists to propose instructions for anyone, anywhere to riff off, interpret and rephrase freely in your own way.

Share your own ‘do it’ by tagging us and #doitaroundtheworld. Link in bio to explore new and archival Do Its at Google Arts & Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/project/do-it

30/05/2020

This is the last weekend to experience the magic of Jakob Kudsk Steensen's virtual forest 'Catharsis' 🦋🌸✨

Visit catharsis.live before it ends tomorrow. Go and enjoy this magical artwork one last time! #Connect_BTS

What has been your favourite thing about ‘Catharsis’?

29/05/2020
Serpentine Podcast: Cosmo Sheldrake

👂🌱✨ How can sound-based experiences bring forth a radically different way of knowing, thinking, and making the planet of tomorrow? 🌏

Listen: playpodca.st/serpentine

In the latest Serpentine Podcast, composer @cosmosheldrake explains the thinking behind his magpie attitude towards nature sounds and how, by simply tuning in, we can begin to appreciate the polyphony of the environment and its choral cohabitations 🎶

Recorded at We Make Tomorrow, a creative climate action summit organised by @julies_bicycle earlier this year, this podcast also features artists artists Zadie Xa, Climate Symphony, @cosmosheldrake and CEO of Julie’s Bicycle, Alison Tickell, with sound pieces from Zadie Xa and Cosmo Sheldrake. Produced by @reduced.listening

Release your tears into the Amazon 💧🌳✨Do it by Carla Juacaba#doitaroundtheworld is a new chapter of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s...
28/05/2020

Release your tears into the Amazon 💧🌳✨

Do it by Carla Juacaba

#doitaroundtheworld is a new chapter of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ongoing ‘do it’ exhibition inviting artists to propose instructions for anyone, anywhere to riff off, interpret and rephrase in your own way.

Share your own ‘do it’ by tagging us and #doitaroundtheworld. Explore new and archival Do Its at Google Arts & Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/project/do-it

27/05/2020

The seventh conversation in @formafantasma's series features Philipp Pattberg, Professor of Transnational environmental governance and policy at VU, Amsterdam.

Philipp H. Pattberg is Professor of Transnational Environmental Governance and Policy at Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam. He specialises in the study of global environmental politics, with a focus on institutional complexity, functional overlaps and fragmentation across environmental domains (including climate change governance, biodiversity, forest and ocean governance). Pattberg heads the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) and acts as Director of the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute (ASI). His next book, edited together with Oscar Widerberg, is Teaching Sustainability in the Anthropocene (Forthcoming 2020).

#formafantasma #serpentinegalleries #london #design #research #collaboration #timber #policymaking #governance #cambio @serpentineuk

Go and chase the trouble 🏃🏽Do it by Ian Cheng 💥#doitaroundtheworld is a new chapter of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ongoing ‘do ...
26/05/2020

Go and chase the trouble 🏃🏽

Do it by Ian Cheng 💥

#doitaroundtheworld is a new chapter of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ongoing ‘do it’ exhibition inviting artists to propose instructions for anyone, anywhere to riff off, interpret and rephrase freely and in their own way 🟠🟡🟢🔵🟣
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Share your own ‘do it’ by tagging us and #doitaroundtheworld. Link in bio to explore new and archival Do Its at Google Arts & Culture 🎨

artsandculture.google.com/project/do-it

23/05/2020

NEW PODCAST EPISODE 🌱 How can we create a better tomorrow?

“In the most basic terms, it’s about empathy” - Zadie Xa 💖

Listen here: playpodca.st/serpentine

Featuring artists Zadie Xa, Climate Symphony, Cosmo Sheldrake and CEO of Julie’s Bicycle, Julie Tickell, with sound pieces from Zadie Xa and Cosmo Sheldrake.

We are delighted to share that we have been jointly awarded The Outset Partners Transformative Grant 2020 alongside Roya...
22/05/2020

We are delighted to share that we have been jointly awarded The Outset Partners Transformative Grant 2020 alongside Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in support of our respective ecology projects, Back to Earth and Climate House.

After an introduction by Outset Partners, both institutions decided to work together on a series of initiatives founded on the principles of skills exchange and collaboration. This will include the joint convening of a new network and think-tank of organisations, General Ecology Network, dedicated to innovative thinking at the intersections of art-and-ecology.

To join the live announcement taking place right now, head over to https://www.facebook.com/OutsetArt/live/

22/05/2020

Write a prayer for the world in an arcane language. Score the prayer with a talisman you find in your home 🙏

Do it by Chino Amobi 🌺

#doitaroundtheworld is a new chapter of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ongoing ‘do it’ exhibition inviting artists to propose instructions for anyone, anywhere to riff off, interpret and rephrase freely in their own way.

Share your response to Chino’s instruction by tagging us and #doitaroundtheworld. Link in bio to explore new and archival Do Its at Google Arts & Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/project/do-it

TODAY!💥 Formafantasma will be in conversation with architect Paulo Tavares on Instagram Live.2.30pm UK time – set your a...
21/05/2020

TODAY!💥 Formafantasma will be in conversation with architect Paulo Tavares on Instagram Live.

2.30pm UK time – set your alarm! ⏰

Tune in here: https://www.instagram.com/serpentineuk/

How are you feeling today? Write it down, draw a picture – share with a friend 💌 Do it by @judychicago 🎨 #doitaroundthew...
21/05/2020

How are you feeling today? Write it down, draw a picture – share with a friend 💌

Do it by @judychicago 🎨

#doitaroundtheworld is a new chapter of @hansulrichobrist’s ongoing do it exhibition inviting artists to propose instructions which open up possibilities for anyone and everyone to riff off, interpret and rephrase freely and in their own way.

Share your response to Judy’s instruction by tagging #doitaroundtheworld and we will reshare it!

Link in bio to explore new and archival Do Its at @googleartsculture
@curatorsintl @kaldorpublicart @bloombergdotorg

#createartforearth

Es Devlin - Do ItFind a photograph of two trees,Find an x ray image of the two bronchial trees within a pair of human lu...
20/05/2020

Es Devlin - Do It

Find a photograph of two trees,

Find an x ray image of the two bronchial trees within a pair of human lungs.

Trace over both.

Overlay the two tracings.

Contemplate the visual connection:

The bifurcating geometry that defines both:

the structures inside us that allow us to breathe;

the structures outside us that render the air breathable.

As you breathe in, visualise the 600 million alveoli, like leaves on the branches of the bronchial trees within your lungs

As you breathe out, visualise the stomata on the leaves of the 3 trillion trees which make your breathing possible

If you have $8 go to www.institutoterra.org and plant a tree Think of it growing as you breathe.

#doitaroundtheworld #doit #esdevlin

Link in bio to explore new and archival Do Its at @googleartsculture

@esdevlin @curatorsintl @kaldorpublicart @bloombergdotorg

Arca - Do It1 look inward2 take a deep breath3 continue to look inward and contemplate the alien you find there4 imagine...
19/05/2020

Arca - Do It

1 look inward

2 take a deep breath

3 continue to look inward and contemplate the alien you find there

4 imagine the other as you imagine the alien you find within

5 surrender toward compassion for both simultaneously

6 allow contraction and expansion of the ego in a tempo that feels pleasurable, modulating it as you would your sphincter

7 return to any step of the instructions in tandem with your curiosity

8 read this list passively or actively

#doitaroundtheworld #doit #arca

To explore new and archival Do Its:

http://g.co/doitaroundtheworld

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West Carriage Drive · London, United Kingdom
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W2 3XA

Nearest London Underground stations: Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate or South Kensington; Buses: 9, 10, 52, 94, 148; Metered parking in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park; Full disability access.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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Championing the possibilities of new ideas in contemporary art since opening in 1970, the Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions for almost half a century, showing a wide range of work from emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists of our time, providing a place for them to experiment and an open platform for them to be seen and heard.

The Serpentine is committed to presenting interdisciplinary and collaborative work across art, architecture, design, fashion and digital.

Across two sites, the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery present a year-round, open programme of exhibitions, education, live events and technological innovation, in the park and beyond. Proud to maintain free access for all visitors, thanks to its unique location, the Galleries also reach an exceptionally broad audience and connect with the local community.

Architecture is a core aspect of the Serpentine’s programme, with the annual Serpentine Pavilion commission as well as its global extension, with a Beijing Pavilion in 2018. The late Dame Zaha Hadid, Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Zaha Hadid, designed the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and Chucs Serpentine, a former 1805 Grade II* listed former gunpowder store, returning it to public use for the first time in its 208-year history.

The Serpentine offers innovative ways for all ages to engage with its exhibitions, projects, education and public programmes, including podcasts. Only 17% of the Galleries’ annual operating income comes from government sources, with the remaining 83% raised privately through donations, corporate sponsorships, trusts, foundations, individuals and other activities, including Gallery and restaurant hire.

Open 10am - 6pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays. Getting here Serpentine Gallery Nearest tube stations: Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge or South Kensington. Main bus routes: 9, 10, 52, 94, 148 Serpentine Sackler Gallery Nearest tube stations: Lancaster Gate or Marble Arch. Main bus routes: 148, 274, 390 94 Group visits The Serpentine welcomes school, university and community groups to the Galleries on Tuesday through Sunday for self-led visits. All groups must book in advance with the visitor services team. For further information regarding planning a group visit, please visit our group visits page. Parking for vehicles and bicycles There is metered car parking in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. There is dedicated cycle parking within the grounds of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. There are Santander Cycles hire stations on West Carriage Drive near the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and on The Ring near the Serpentine Gallery. Dogs Dogs are not permitted inside the Serpentine Galleries or the Chucs Serpentine restaurant. There are several dog rings outside the Serpentine Galleries for short visits. Guide dogs are permitted. Accessibility We have full disability access and facilities. Facilities – toilets/baby changing room The Serpentine Galleries have full disability access and facilities. There is a baby changing room located at each Gallery. Refreshments Chucs Serpentine restaurant and café is now at the Serpentine Galleries. Chucs offers an all-day menu, a £25 three-course set menu, children’s classics, homemade ice creams and cocktails. A take-away menu is also available.

Chucs Serpentine is open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea: 9am-6.30pm Tuesday-Sunday, closed Mondays.

For reservations, please call 020 7298 7552.


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