Tate Modern Gallery
While in the capital, make sure you go and see the world famous artwork on display at the Tate Modern. As you walk across the Thames on the Millennium Bridge, you’ll be greeted by the huge gallery building, which was once the Bankside Power Station. It’s now home to prestigious art including Salvador Dali’s Lobster Telephone, Picasso’s Weeping Woman and Monet’s Water Lilies.
The Tate Modern centres around the building’s huge five storey high, 3,400 square metre turbine hall. You don’t need to pay to see the permanent collections on levels three and five, but you’ll have to buy a ticket to see the temporary exhibitions on level four.
As you walk through the halls, you’ll see work by the likes of Pollock, Warhol, Dalí, Mondrian and Lichtenstein, a real who’s who of modern art. The gallery’s themed collections range from pop art to Cubism, Surrealism and Impressionism, while some artists have entire rooms dedicated to their work.
To make the most of your visit, hire an audioguide for a small fee or take a free guided tour. There’s late night opening on a Friday and Saturday, and plenty of special events through the year including films, lectures, performances and workshops, so keep an eye on the Tate website for the latest information.
After walking through the impressive collections, go up to the café on the seventh floor and relax with tea and cake as you look out across the city. To continue your cultural tour, buy a ticket for the Tate Boat which will take you along the Thames to Tate Britain.