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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
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
 
 
 
Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £47  25% off
97 Cromwell Road, SW7 | 16 minutes from Serpentine
The location, two minutes' walk from Gloucester Road tube station, is the major draw of this modern, high-rise hotel. The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, Natural ... More
 
 
 
The Bentley Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
27 - 33 Harrington Gardens, SW7 | 18 minutes from Serpentine
As its name suggests, The Bentley hotel is a rather sleek model. Appropriately located in upmarket Kensington and Chelsea all of the 64 rooms in this ... 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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Jennifer Packer: The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 19th May to 22nd August 2021 - 10am-5pm
Serpentine, Kensington Gardens, W2 | Same location as Serpentine
The Philadelphia artist's first exhibition outside of America brings together 34 works produced between 2011 to 2020 including portraits, monochromatic paintings, intimate interiors and flower still ...More
 
 
 
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James Barnor: Accra/London - A Retrospective
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 19th May to 22nd October 2021 - 10am-5pm
Serpentine, West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, W2 | 1 minute from Serpentine
The first major survey of the British-Ghanaian photographer's work, spanning six decades, which captures political and social change in London and Accra in studio portraiture, photojournalism ...More
 
 
 
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Royal Choral Society: Handel's Messiah
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Sunday 30th May 2021 - 2.30pm
Serpentine, Kensington Gore, SW7 | 5 minutes from Serpentine
To mark Trinity Sunday, 119 socially distanced members of the choir perform Handel's seasonal oratorio accompanied by Richard Pearce on the Royal Albert Hall organ. The ...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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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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Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries
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Science Museum 10 minutes walk from Serpentine

Thousands of medical artefacts including the world's first MRI scanner, Fleming's penicillin mould, a pianist's prosthetic arm and robotic surgery ...More

 
 
 
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