The Serpentine, a large artificial lake, is located at the south end of the park and extends into the neighbouring Kensington Gardens where the lake is called the Long Water.
Queen Caroline, wife of King George II had the lake constructed in 1730. It is popular for boating and swimming. The Serpentine Gallery is an art gallery in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, central London.
It focuses on modern and contemporary art. The exhibitions, architecture, education and public programmes attract approximately 750,000 visitors a year. Admission is free. Established in 1970 and housed in a classical 1934 tea pavilion, it takes its name from the nearby Serpentine Lake.