London’s Museums and the Great Outdoors
In Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Pavilion is now in place as the centrepiece for the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn. This architectural commision is a magnet for talent, and this year Mexico’s Frida Escobedo has crafted a courtyard that combines British and Mexican styles. On The Serpentine Lake, you’ll find Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Mastaba. The married couple concieved the project before Jeanne-Claude died in 2009, leaving Christo to realise the huge sculpture alone. It’s inspired by mastaba benches, popular among the civilisations of Mesopotamia.
Make sure your trail takes in Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. Since 1998, the plinth has welcomed 12 works. The current structure is Michael Rakowitz’s Lamassu, a mythical winged bull built from 10,500 Iraqi date syrup cans.
It’s easy to overlook Victoria Tower Gardens, but here you’ll find a 1911 piece from Auguste Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais series. It depicts citizens of Calais, who offered their lives to end England’s year long siege of the French town in 1347. Then make the short walk to Parliament Square to see its first sculpture of a woman. It depicts suffragist Millicent Fawcett, who fought for womans rights.
Our final recommendation is Regent’s Park. Every summer, the Frieze Sculpture exhibition takes over with 20th-century and modern pieces. Take some scones and a blanket – it’s time for an art picnic.