If it weren’t for the monolithic architectural displays it commissions each year, the Serpentine Galleries could easily be passed without a second thought, but that would mean missing one of the world’s top places to see modern and contemporary art. So grab your sweetheart by the hand and stroll into this little brown brick building to experience the cutting edge of creativity. Even though the building screams Edwardian tea salon, the exposed brickwork and creaky wooden floorboards have for years hosted the work of some of the world’s greatest artists, from Man Ray and Andy Warhol to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst. The gallery is small but some of its installations are huge, dwarfing you both as you take them in and challenging you to inspect every detail. Impress your date with a few keen observations about composition and medium as you stroll from one display to the next (doing some research before the date can help). And keep your eyes peeled if you find yourselves in a seemingly empty room. This isn’t the kind of place where neat displays of framed oil paintings hang on sterile walls. Even small corners can contain a piece that will make you ponder that postmodern puzzle of exactly what art is. Take a little time on the way out to tour around the impromptu architecture once more. You’ll be left with plenty of conversation fodder to discuss over a leisurely dinner, still basking in the glow of creativity.

Serpentine Galleries

W2 3XA

44 20 7402 6075

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