Getting invited to press views of exhibitions is one the big upsides of writing an arts and culture blog.  Interesting, informative and fun are how I would describe most of them.  Glamorous is not a word I would ordinarily use for them.  The press view of the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 on Thursday night turned out to more of an opening party and was very glamorous.  Wafting around Hyde Park with a glass of bubbles in hand on a summer’s evening admiring the new pavilion was very pleasant.

Serpentine Pavilion 2017

Every year the Serpentine Gallery (slap bang in the middle of Hyde Park, at the top of the Serpentine) invites an international architect to construct their first structure in London.   This year it is the turn of Francis Kéré who originates from Burkina Faso and leads the Berlin-based Kéré Architecture.  He has taken his inspiration from a tree that is the meeting point of his home town of Gando.

Serpentine Pavilion 2017

The wooden roof represents the canopy of the tree and both offers shelter from the rain and heat.  The steel framework that supports the roof forms a hollow space in which it is possible to sit and enjoy the sun.  When it rains apparently, the water cascades down creating a waterfall effect; no chance of seeing that in the hottest week of the year!

Serpentine Pavilion 2017

We ventured inside the gallery too to catch a peek at the Grayson Perry show entitled THE MOST POPULAR ART EXHIBITION EVER!  On display were lots of his pots, tapestries and a rather fine motorbike.  I especially liked the piggy bank that greets you on arrival, it represents all the Brexit view points but most importantly of all acts as a collecting point for donations to the gallery.

Grayson Perry

If you happen to be in London during the summer, the Serpentine Gallery and Pavilion are free to visit and make an excellent focus for a stroll in Hyde Park.


Designed by Francis Kéré
23 June – 8 October 2017


Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA
Open daily 10am – 6pm
Admission free



  1. June 25, 2017 / 6:01 am

    I can think of worse things to do than spend time in Hyde Park with a glass of bubbles on a summer’s evening. Love the structure, you can tell it was based on a tree. Also love Grayson Perry’s piggy bank which quite surprises me as I’m not generally a huge fan of his work.

    • June 25, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Back to being the teen’s taxi driver now!

    • June 25, 2017 / 8:07 am

      Will dress with more care next time!

    • June 25, 2017 / 8:06 am

      I really want to see what it looks like in the rain!

  2. photalifemedia
    June 25, 2017 / 8:42 am

    What a wonderful place, Hyde Park is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy

    Thank you for linking up

  3. bavariansojourn
    June 25, 2017 / 9:59 am

    I love Pavillion, it’s so beautiful, and you can definitely see the African influence. Would love to see the Grayson Perry Exhibit too, will have to get there at some point! #sundayphoto

  4. June 25, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    What a great place. I live the different materials and the repeated patterns.

  5. June 25, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    What a wonderful event. Love Grayson Perry’s satirical view and the tree sculpture is fascinating!

  6. June 26, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Hi Catherine, what an interesting piece of architecture! I do like the sounds of rain forming a waterfall, I am sure there will be plenty of opportunities to see it with the amount of rain in the UK. I do like the piggy bank too, very different.


    • June 26, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      I never thought that would wake hoping for rain so I could hightail off to London!

  7. June 27, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    How brilliant to be invited and take part in such an occasion. A fascinating piece of architecture.
    A win win with a summer evening and bubbly involved too.
    Very interesting piggy bank 😀

  8. June 28, 2017 / 7:56 am

    It looks so impressive, I had no idea they did this every year and I know Hyde Park quite well 🙂

  9. July 1, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Fantastic. Looks like a great building and sounds really interesting. Sorry for the late comment. Hope to see you tomorrow #mysundayphoto

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