Located on the South side of the picturesque Kensington Gardens is the Serpentine Gallery. Housed within a classical 1934 Tea Pavilion the Gallery was founded by the Arts Council of Britain in 1970. Originally the Serpentine Gallery was to be used as a temporary location for the display of modern and contemporary Art- however the success of many early exhibitions meant that the Serpentine Gallery is still in use today. The Gallery was the subject of a £4 million renovation under the patronage of Diana, Princess of Wales. The renovations were completed in 1998 and the Serpentine Gallery is now excellently equipped to cope with the high volume of visitors it receives every year. The Gallery takes its name from the Serpentine Lake nearby. The Gallery is one of London's premier venues for the temporary exhibition of modern and contemporary Art, which often spills out into the surrounding park land. Among the many artists to exhibit their works at the Serpentine are Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Henry Moore. Receiving more than 500,000 visitors every year- the Serpentine Gallery is one of the few in London who manage to maintain a free admission policy. Visitors to the Serpentine can browse the adjoining shop and buy souvenirs and Art book. The Gallery is easily accessed via Lancaster Gate and Kensington Underground Stations.
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Hyde Park's Serpentine Gallery opened the Sackler Gallery in 2013. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid, it couldn't look more different to the Grade II-listed Serpentine with its futuristic, practically space-age appearance. It's a five minute walk from the original, showing a different exhibition each season of the year. It also has an acclaimed restaurant called The Magazine.