An Afternoon at the Serpentine Pavilion

I had wanted to visit the Serpentine Pavilion all summer long and somehow time just escaped us this year. With only a week left to visit the psychedelic exhibit, we decided to spend the beautiful Sunday in Kensington Gardens enjoying the sunshine and some colourful art…

As it was such a lovely fall day, we took the scenic route and walked through Green Park and past the Serpentine Lido by the water on our way over to the Pavilion.

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This year’s funky exhibit was created by talented architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano. They created the vibrant, plastic cocoon for the 15th annual Serpentine Pavilion. When we walked up to the exhibit, we were intrigued by its structure and interested to see what was inside. Caterpillar like in shape and made out of plastic rainbow colours of different shapes and sizes, the space is completely off-the-wall, but in a great way.

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Once inside, it feels as though you are in a kaleidoscope, with secret corridors and inner layers, where we bopped around from entrance to entrance until we got to the middle. The opaque plastic creates a stained-glass-effect from the inside and it has a maze-like structure that feels almost magical. I would have loved to see the exhibit all lit up at night. It would make a fantastic party venue with its gorgeous colours and bar inside.

While I did love this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, my favourite still has to be the Lattice Cloud by Sou Fujimoto in 2013. I am excited to see what’s in store for next year’s pavilion.

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(Me at the Cloud Lattice in 2013)

We walked inside the Serpentine Gallery to have a look at the artwork inside. My favourite was the multi-coloured barrels by Jimmie Durham. I loved it because, like the pavilion, it was vivid, bright and fun.

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After we had our fill of inspirational art, we walked over to the Italian Gardens on the north side of Kensington Gardens near Lancaster Gate before heading home. This is one of the prettiest areas of the park with several fountains, gorgeous flowers and plenty of space to relax and enjoy the sunshine.

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If you’re like me and let time escape you this year, fear not because the Serpentine Pavilion exhibit will be around until this Sunday, 18th October. They will also be hosting their final Park Night of the year this Friday the 16th. Grab your friends for live music, dancing and performances, along with some great cocktails!

Serpentine Pavilion 

Kensington Gardens

London, W2 3XA 

  • Oooh it looks really surreal, must have been strange to be inside it 🙂