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SerpentineThe Serpentine lake gets its name from its curved shape which snakes around to the west of Hyde park. It's fed by a pure underground spring which makes it ideal for swimming and has a lido area cornered off for just such activity. There's an active swimming club who regularly dive in - even braving the waters every freezing New Year's Day. It's a superb feature which divides one of London's largest Royal Park's, Hyde Park, in two. There's also a regular running club which takes its name from the Serpentine who make use of the park's tracks, as does one of the city's most popular modern art galleries. It's a great spot to take time out from the city's bustle and has two cafes where you can take respite: The Dell to the east and the Lido cafe to the south of the lake, next to the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.

 

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Corus Hyde Park Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £75  36% off
1-7 Lancaster Gate, W2 | 9 minutes from Serpentine
The glorious expanses of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens form the backdrop for this tastefully decorated, modern, comfortable hotel. Located just down the road from Paddington ... More
 
 
 
Baglioni Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £267  36% off
60 Hyde Park Gate, SW7 | 9 minutes from Serpentine
You can really tell the Italian influence on this London branch of the Roman boutique hotel group. Not only is it located a short step from ... More
 
 
 
The Milestone Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £313  29% off
1 Kensington Court, W8 | 11 minutes from Serpentine
'Luxury' best sums up these rooms and apartments overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens in one of London's most coveted positions. Apartments come with fireplaces, en-suite marble ... More
 
 
 
 
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Primrose Hill
London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
Primrose Hill Road, Primrose Hill, London NW3 | 2.5 miles from Serpentine
This small, grassy, hilly park, boasting fantastic views over London, has become increasingly popular with the young, the trendy and the famous – particularly from the ... More
 
 
 
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Serpentine Boating Lake
London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
The Boat House, Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, London W2 | 6 minutes from Serpentine
Fed by a pure underground spring, and set in the heart of London's gorgeous Hyde Park, the Serpentine Boating Lake is one of the most pleasant ... More
 
 
 
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Holland Park
London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
Holland Park Avenue / Kensington High Street, Holland Park, London W8 | 24 minutes from Serpentine
Small, pretty park in west London. Pretty, petit Holland Park is the ideal location for those wanting to escape the clamour of the city but who don’t ... More
 
 
 
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Serpentine Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London W2 | Same location as Serpentine
Found in the middle of leafy Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, there are two galleries that go by the name of The Serpentine, the original Serpentine ... More
 
 
 
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Serpentine Sackler Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London W2 | 1 minute from Serpentine
The Serpentine Gallery made a significant expansion in September 2013, restoring a former gunpowder depot not far from its original gallery in Kensington Gardens. ... More
 
 
 
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Albert Memorial
London > Attractions > Sights
Kensington Gardens, 27 Princes Square, South Kensington, London W2 | 4 minutes from Serpentine
This 180ft Victorian bronze gilt statue in Kensington Gardens is a tribute to Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, and was erected following his death through typhoid ... More
 
 
 
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Serpentine Pavilion 2020: Counterspace
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 11th June to 11th October 2020
Serpentine, Kensington Gardens, W2 | Same location as Serpentine
The all-woman team of directors at Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace is behind the design for this year's Serpentine Pavilion. The youngest ever architects to be commissioned for ...More
 
 
 
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The BBC Proms 2020
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: 17th July to 12th September 2020
Serpentine, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 5 minutes from Serpentine
Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, the Proms is arguably the most popular season of classical music the world over, featuring a varied but accessible ...More
 
 
 
Billy Ocean
London > Events > Music  Dates: Sunday 4th October 2020 - 6.45pm
Serpentine, Kensington Gore, SW7 | 5 minutes from Serpentine
The multi-award-winning Trinidad and Tobago-born vocalist and guitarist, known for the songs Caribbean Queen, When The Going Gets Tough and Red Light, seamlessly blends rhythm'n'blues and ...More
 
 
 
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Royal Albert Hall
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 5 minutes from Serpentine
Classical music, rock, pop and jazz, sporting events, galas, banquets and balls and the world-famous Proms series all take place within the Royal Albert Hall's ... More
 
 
 
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Royal College of Music
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 8 minutes from Serpentine
The Royal College of Music is the school where Gustav Hoilst, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Benjamin Britten, James Galway, Joan Sutherland and Ralph Vaughan Williams learnt their ... More
 
 
 
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Science Museum IMAX
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Exhibition Road, Knightsbridge, South Kensington, London SW7 | 10 minutes from Serpentine
The huge IMAX screen - ten times bigger than the average screen - at the Science Museum is one of the few places in London where ... More
 
 
 
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The best shops and markets near Serpentine
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H&M
London > Shopping > Clothing
17-21 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 | 11 minutes from Serpentine
H&M is heaven for shoppers who like a bargain - with tons of variety and some cutting-edge designs thrown in to boot. A victim, in a ... More
 
 
 
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National Geographic Store
London > Shopping > Specialists
102a Brompton Road, Soho, London SW3 | 11 minutes from Serpentine
The vast National Geographic store on Regent Street cost, rumour has it, close to £6 million and it's spread over three-floors occupying 19,375 sq ft (1,800 ... More
 
 
 
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Cutler and Gross
London > Shopping > Eyewear
16 Knightsbridge Green, Knightsbridge, London SW1X | 11 minutes from Serpentine
If you're feeling flush and flashy then Cutler & Gross in Knightsbridge is a very exclusive place to invest in eyewear. They stock a selection of ... More
 
 
 
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Verdi
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 5 minutes from Serpentine
Verdi is the appropritately named restaurant at the Royal Albert Hall which replaces the former Cafe Consort, following a £1 million refurbishment unveiled on Tuesday 15th ... More
 
 
 
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Bistrot 190
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
190 Queen's Gate, Gore Hotel, South Kensington, London SW7 | 7 minutes from Serpentine
Mediterranean cuisine. Booking advised. ... More
 
 
 
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Bistro One Ninety Queen's Gate
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
189 - 190 Queens Gate, Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 7 minutes from Serpentine
Bistro One Ninety is an all-day restaurant in the prestigious Gore Hotel. With tasteful vintage décor and a friendly atmosphere, the bistro is known for fine ... More
 
 
 
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The LookOut, Hyde Park
London > Education > Other Attractions
Hyde Park, Hyde Park, London W2 | 8 minutes from Serpentine
Hidden in a copse of trees in Hyde Park, The LookOut is a tranquil haven in the heart of London. Home to the Isis Education Centre, ... More
 
 
 
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Dana Centre
London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 11 minutes from Serpentine
There are plenty of initiatives trying to get kids involved in science, but the Dana Centre, an extension of the Science Museum, is the first one ... More
 
 
 
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The London School of Painting and Drawing
London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 15 minutes from Serpentine
Evening and weekend classes in life drawing and painting, taught by tutors from the Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal Society of British Sculptors. ... More
 
 
 
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Kensington Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Princes Square, Bayswater, London W2 | 9 minutes from Serpentine
Technically two different parks, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are in practical and historical terms one huge, merging expanse. Almost every kind of outdoor pursuit takes ... More
 
 
 
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Hyde Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London W2 | 9 minutes from Serpentine
Technically two different parks, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are in practical terms one huge, merging expanse. The 'split' dates back to 1728 when Queen Caroline, ... More
 
 
 
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Pensioners' Playground
London > Leisure > Activities
Hyde Park Pavilion Tennis and Bowls Centre, Hyde Park, London W2 | 9 minutes from Serpentine
It's not just kids who get a playground all to themselves. The over-60s can enjoy their own dedicated space in Hyde Park where London's first ever ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10a Strathearn Place, Paddington, London W2 | 12 minutes from Serpentine
High up on a wall, behind the counter of this opulent, smart Victorian pub is a clock dated 1864. A framed copy of the Sun newspaper ... More
 
 
 
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The Enterprise
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
35 Walton Street, South Kensington, Knightsbridge, London SW3 | 15 minutes from Serpentine
Bar ... More
 
 
 
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The Mall Tavern
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
71 Palace Garden Terrace, Kensington, London W8 | 16 minutes from Serpentine
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Serpentine clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Bloom
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
2 Kensington High Street, W8 | 11 minutes from Serpentine
Forget strict guest lists, ignore boring dress codes and exclusive nonsense and instead rock up at Bloom, a new kind of bar in Kensington from the ... More
 
 
 
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Hyde Kensington
London > Nightlife > Bars
1-1a Kensington High Street, W8 | 12 minutes from Serpentine
Opposite Kensington Palace, an area not known for its nightlife, Hyde Kensington cocktail bar has a drinks list by world ... More
 
 
 
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Harvey Nichols, Fifth Floor Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London SW1X | 13 minutes from Serpentine
The Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Bar is a London institution, a place to have a ... More
 
 
 
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Royal Geographical Society
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from Serpentine
Conference facilities can accomodate for up to 1034 people.... More
 
 
 
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Royal Albert Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 5 minutes from Serpentine
Can accomodate for up to 5200 people.... More
 
 
 
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The Great Hall, Imperial College
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Kensington Campus, South Kensington, London SW7 | 6 minutes from Serpentine
One of London's largest academic venues, the Imperial College London has a portfolio of more than 200 meeting and seminar rooms. Its largest conference room, The ... More
 
 
 
 

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Serpentine Pavilion 2020: Counterspace
Serpentine Pavilion 2020: Counterspace
Exhibitions | Until 11th October 2020 

Serpentine Gallery

The all-woman team of directors at Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace is behind the design for this year's Serpentine Pavilion. The youngest ...More

 
Driverless: Who is in control?
Driverless: Who is in control?
Exhibitions | Until 1st October 2020 

Science Museum 10 minutes walk from Serpentine

With continuous development of new technology, the concept of a robot-driven society is getting closer and closer. But just how ...More

 
On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100
On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100
Exhibitions | Until 6th February 2021 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 11 minutes walk from Serpentine

In 2020, the V&A celebrates the significant contribution that the Royal Academy of Dance has made to the development of ...More

 
Renaissance Watercolours: from Durer to Van Dyck
Renaissance Watercolours: from Durer to Van Dyck
Exhibitions | Until 20th September 2020 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 11 minutes walk from Serpentine

This spring, the V&A explores the development of watercolour painting during the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery with its ...More

 
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
Exhibitions | Until 10th January 2021 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 11 minutes walk from Serpentine

Take a tumble down the rabbit hole at the Victoria & Albert Museum's landmark exhibition, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser which ...More

 
Bags: Inside Out
Bags: Inside Out
Exhibitions | Until 31st January 2021 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 11 minutes walk from Serpentine

From Margaret Thatcher's iconic handbag to Queen Mary's World War II gas mask, the V&A puts history's most famous bags ...More

 
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
Exhibitions | Until 3rd January 2021 

Natural History Museum 11 minutes walk from Serpentine

Discover the real life creatures, specimens and artefacts from the Natural History Museum's collection which could just as easily feature ...More

 
Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes
Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes
Exhibitions | Until 13th September 2020 

Wallace Collection 25 minutes walk from Serpentine

In 2020, two landscapes by Peter Paul Rubens will be reunited for the first time in over two hundred years ...More

 
 
 
 
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