Tate Modern

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Modern and contemporary art housed in a sexy old power station
Shut in 1981, the monolithic Giles Gilbert Scott-designed mid-century power station Bankside re-opened in 2000 following a radical gutting and redevelopment as overseen by Swiss architects architects Herzog & de Meuron. An instant success, Tate Modern now ranks among the country's top attractions for not only visitors but Londoners too. The mammoth cavity-like Turbine Hall — annually 'converted' into a work of art by a major international artist — is alone enough of a draw. Upstairs are several galleries staging temporary exhibitions as well as Tate-collection works dating from 1900 onwards, from post-impressionism to abstract expressionism, pop art and well beyond. All in all, a major and very buzzy London destination, with several café/restaurant options and a sizeable basement bookshop. Gets crazy-busy on Saturdays. Great views overlooking the Thames, including the Millennium Bridge, which will take you to St Paul's. A sizeable, showy and fun new multi-function appendage, also designed by Herzog & de Meuron, opened on 17 June 2016, with award-winning views of the City of London. In 2017 Tate Modern staged a major retrospective of the work of gay Berlin/London photographic artist Wolfgang Tilmanns. Also within reach: Borough Market [Fri and Sat foodie extravaganza by London Bridge, see entry], Southwark Cathedral and City Hall. Plus the historical walk along the river. Tube stations: Southwark and London Bridge.


    • stevenlavigne
      stevenlavigne 3 months ago

      Sensational museum and I love how it's expanded. This is an old lightbulb factory and I've seen two exhibits here: one on Frida Kahlo and one which was Elton John's photography collection. Both are marvelous. Quirky shop and decent coffee shop.

    • jakedylan101
      jakedylan101 Over a year ago

      Lovely museum. Loved the narration provided by the written notes.