So we decided to visit Tate Modern this weekend in London. Seeing as the weather wasn’t great, we thought it a good idea to go and explore. A weird yet wonderful place the Gallery itself sits on the South Bank of the River Thames, directly opposite the famous St Paul’s Cathedral.
How to get there
Tate Modern is an 8 minute walk from the nearest station, Southwark (Underground – Jubilee Line). Alternatively, you could walk or take a bus from Waterloo (Underground and National Rail) which would take approximately 15 minutes. However, if the weather is good, you could take the Central Line (Underground) to St Paul’s Station and walk over the iconic Millennium Bridge. This route gives the best possible views of the towering building that the gallery is housed in, which in fact used to be a power station since the mid 60s.
The gallery is home to one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the world, including several pieces from historic artists such as Picasso, Dali, Mondrian, Warhol and Matisse to name but a few. As well as these you will find new installations from up coming artists from all over the world, throughout the year.
Entrance is free to the main areas of the Gallery, with donations encouraged. Periodical special exhibits may require a fee, however, the free access still warrants at least a 2-3 hour visit to drink in the atmosphere and wonderful exhibits. Finish off with a coffee at the top of the Boiler Tower to soak up the amazing view of St Paul’s and the Thames, a really understated high vantage point in London!
As you will see from our video below, we really didn’t have the chance to see EVERYTHING, but nevertheless enjoyed every minute!
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Here is the location of the Tate Modern: