Tube station: Lancaster Gate. Street: Bayswater Road. Where: the gates at the entrance of Kensington Gardens (by Lancaster Gate). When : every Sunday when not raining (all year long). Why: for the painting and humoristic wood decorations stalls. To wander around an informal open air art gallery, whose commercial definition would be: simple, modest and unusual. Those who have come to London to improve their English will enjoy the humoristic sign-boards: proverbs, puns, idioms... the drawings help understand, thank god for that! The humour is the one of men in a pub having enjoyed a couple of pints: often revengeful and more or less emancipated of British conveniences, yet full of truth. More "arty" art amateurs, go through the gardens to the Serpentine Gallery. Contemporary exhibitions in a surprising building in the shape of a UFO.
Regents Park, London's forest
Japan in Holland Park
Kensington Gardens, open every day from 6 am till nightfall, station: Lancaster Gate or Queensway. Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, open everyday from 10 am till 6 pm. Free.
© Text: Estelle Mariotte. Photography: Jean-Bernard Barsamian.