The Serpentine Pavilion
It had a wobbly start - Health and Safety required alterations, there was a delay to the press opening - but Junya Ishigami's Serpentine Pavilion is now installed in Kensington Gardens and it is a joy. The slate roof swoops like a low flying bird, miraculously held aloft by the slenderest of poles. Kids will love running in and out feeling a connection with nature and their surroundings.
21 June–6 Oct. Free. Click here for details.
The Colour Palace, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Across town, the Colour Palace has opened in the grounds of the Dulwich Picture Gallery and could hardly be more different. The result of an design competition organised by the Gallery and the London Festival of Architecture it is a bright, boxy structure, made out of painted sticks. Vibrant but delicate, inside despite its size it is intimate and warm. And great fun.
To 22 Sept. Free. Click here for details.
Inspired by these two outdoor structures, have a look around town at the other sculptures dotted around the capital. We picked five favourites loved by the team's kids but we would love to hear yours:
We couldn't not start with Peter Pan. Designed by George Frampton in 1912 the boy who never grew up is on a new plinth next to the Long Water in Kensington Gardens.
Boy with Dolphin by Sir David Wynne in 1975 floats above the Embankment traffic fumes at the bottom of Cheyne Walk.
A Slice of Reality by David Wilson has been at Greenwich since 2000.
Tortoises with Triangle and Time by Wendy Taylor are just by the new adventure playground in Holland Park.
Head to the City to catch Gavin Turk's Nail, 36 New Change, EC4.