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Serpentine Boating Lake, London

#3 of 14 in Nature in London
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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

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 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.


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.


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.
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  • This is a fantastic beautiful lake in Hyde Park with boats for hire if you wish, but it Is also a beautiful circular walk, with so many birds to spot I saw swans, ducks, a Herron, little white egret.....  more »
  • The Serpentine has two halves. The western half in Kensington Gardens, known as Long Water, is more natural and quiet; the eastern half is busier and is where all the activity takes place, including.....  more »
  • Such a beautiful and impressive lake in London’s Hyde Park. Great location and not so busy when we went. A must to visit when you are in London.
  • Good To go...and return home zen
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