Late Summer and Autumn Activities at the Serpentine

Late Summer and Autumn Activities at the Serpentine


The Serpentine is packed full of exhibitions, architecture, sound commissions, family activities, outdoor art, talks, food, music and more, all to explore for free this summer and autumn.

Discover the work of British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor in the highly acclaimed exhibition James Barnor: Accra/London at the Serpentine North Gallery until the 24th October. Then, from the 7th October until the 30th January 2022, enjoy the first UK institutional show for legendary Haitian-French artist, Hervé Télémaque: A HOPSCOTCH OF THE MIND at the Serpentine South Gallery.

Gather with friends and family in the Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace. This year’s Pavilion is the latest in the gallery’s annual architectural commission and its design is based on past and present places of meeting, organising and belonging across London. While visiting the Pavilion, make sure you listen out for a specially commissioned sound programme Listening to the City while enjoying a coffee or a cake from the Pavilion café.

For the first time ever, four Fragments have been placed in partner organisations whose work has inspired the design of the Serpentine Pavilion. From New Beacon Books in Finsbury Park and The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, through to 

The Albany in Deptford and the Becontree Forever Arts and Culture Hub at Valence Library, see if you can find them all.

Looking for something to do after dark? Park Nights at the Serpentine Pavilion features five experimental, interdisciplinary, live events that offer audiences unique ways of experiencing architecture and performance. With three Park Nights events left to experience before the end of September, there is bound to be a performance you’ll enjoy.

Families are invited to enjoy summer at the Serpentine too, with interactive art like Taraxosby Sophia Al-Maria, larger than life AI spiders in Webs of Life by Tomás Saraceno and family packs available to pick up from the Pavilion, there’s something for younger culture lovers to enjoy. Please note activities for children at the Serpentine are recommended for children 7+ but there are areas for all ages to enjoy. 

If you’re feeling hungry why not try the new Serpentine restaurant, The Magazine, set in the beautiful Zaha Hadid extension of Serpentine North Gallery? The contemporary menu puts sustainability and seasonality at the heart of the kitchen, ensuring maximum taste with minimum waste – and a kid’s menu too.

Explore it all at the Serpentine:

Image: Mark Ahsmann

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