WHAT’S ON | SERPENTINE GALLERY – Artistic inspiration for the whole family

Posted: 22nd April 2016

We’re back again with our recommendations of fun days out for the whole family – this time we’re visiting the Serpentine Gallery situated in Hyde Park, who have supported and championed pioneering contemporary artists since the 1970s.

One of our favourite past times is gallery gazing and we’re happy to introduce London based mama of two, Muna Arzouni, to give us a guided tour on what to expect from one of their current exhibitions.


This Easter break I met my friend Claire and her three children in Hyde Park. We visited the ever so popular and enchanting Diana Memorial Playground or as my girls call it, the Peter Pan playground. To add on to our day out experience and to escape the crowds we decided to visit the Hilma Af Klint: Painting the Unseen exhibition which is showing till the 15 May 2016. It showcases the work of the Swedish Artist who is one of the earliest abstract painters and can be seen publicly and free of charge at the Serpentine Gallery.

Situated in the middle of Hyde Park, the small gallery is an enjoyable cultural experience you can incorporate into your visit to the park with your little ones. Hilma’s work was first shown 20 years after her death, as she feared the world was unprepared at the time for what she had created. Our collective favourite was the Yin and Yan monochrome swans. The girls felt very inspired and had many questions to ask about the artist and her paintings.

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The gallery bookstore was definitely a highlight for me. It had an impressive range of contemporary and modern art books. Less than 10 minutes walk from the exhibition is the Diana Memorial Fountain, perfect for a bit of a splash! I normally pack the girls’ swimming costumes and a picnic if we’re visiting the fountains. If we’re treating ourselves we like to visit the Magazine Restaurant at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery designed by the award winning female architect Zaha Hadid. The menu has some great options and a kids’ menu is also available with smaller prices.

Visit the Serpentine Galleries website for further information and let us know how you get on if you do visit by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook!