Wednesday, May 20, 2009

For the love of parks

Ohh my love of Hyde Park has been taken up a notch.. Thanks to the opening of The Serpentine Bar & Kitchen. Not only can you buy yummy homemade ice cream sundaes from a lovely 1970s HVan, you can get a minty G&T from a stainless steel Winnebago that’s been converted into a cocktail bar and also enjoy an outdoor Barbie... We can’t wait to sample the gorgeous hampers with names like Urban & Royal – includes Champagne, gorgeous selection cheeses and chutneys, glassware, china and a rug for two!

Also with the inclusion of The Serpentine Sessions you’ll want to spend the entire summer blissfully wandering the lush greens of this picturesque space. Serpentine Sessions were created to support unique, visionary artists and allow concertgoers to enjoy in a stunning location where the focus is completely on the music. We can not wait to hear the hauntingly beautiful folk-ish tones of the lovely Bon Iver – an absolute gem and true favourite.

Good food, music and surroundings.. The Serpentine really has it all.. But ‘surroundings’ should be heavily emphasized with the inclusion of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion. It will be the ninth year for this ambitious architectural programme, architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa from Japan will be responsible for the design. In 2006 Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond created a futuristic round structure that let in plenty of natural dappled light. Olafur Eliasson (the artist behind the incredible Sun at Tate Modern) and Kjetil Thorsen took up the challenge in 2007 . They designed a structure that looks a little like a fantastic spinning top. And after the amazing 2008 structure designed by the legendary Frank Gehry this year’s creation has a hell of a lot to live up to.

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