The Tate Modern presents the established giants of modern art as well as the new vanguard. It occupies the abandoned Bankside Power Station, which was stylishly redesigned in 2000 by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron.
Walk through the Tate Modern’s entrance into the spacious Turbine Hall, which runs the building’s entire length. Now gutted of machinery, the space houses grand-scale temporary exhibits, which often shock and awe. Past the power station’s boiling chambers, the permanent collection has priceless pieces by Matisse, Dali, Picasso and other giants from impressionism to surrealism.
Explore the building’s four wings housing works of the 20th century up to today. The wings are organized according to theme rather than period. In 2012, Tate Modern completed a glass tower dedicated to photography, video and graphical art. Be sure to check the ever-changing program for The Tanks on 0 level. These cavernous former oil storage tanks are extraordinary spaces in themselves and now showcase performance art and events.
Visited by four million people each year, the Tate Modern is one of the most popular modern art galleries in the world. Its growing prominence and sometimes controversial exhibits are popular with all ages, even those not interested in traditional art.
While modern art can sometimes be challenging to fully understand, the Tate Modern endeavors to make its collections and exhibits accessible. Join one of the 45-minute guided tours for an even deeper appreciation of the collection. And don’t forget to write down the numbers of pieces you particularly love, as postcards and prints are available from one of the three gallery shops.
Take a break from the exhibits and head to the riverside café or the restaurant on level 6, which has terrific views of London. Should you feel inspired to see even more art, jump aboard the Tate to Tate boat for the upriver cruise to the Tate Modern’s sister gallery, Tate Britain.
Tate Modern is located in the center of London, near many other attractions. It’s open daily. Admission is free except for special exhibitions. The Southwark tube station is a short walk away.
This fantastic new hotel is located on the South Bank, near London Eye. Waterloo and Westminster stations are within 5 minutes walk, making easier to travel and ideal choice for city break or business trip.
Located in the courtyard of historic Stationers Hall, this club-like hotel is within walking distance of the Tate Modern, the Museum of London, and Millennium Bridge.
Located in Southwark, this family-friendly London hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, and Royal National Theatre. St. Paul's Cathedral and Southbank Centre are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Southwark, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tate Modern, Royal National Theatre, and Globe Theatre. Southbank Centre and Borough Market are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Southwark, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tate Modern and Globe Theatre. Borough Market and Royal National Theatre are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Bermondsey, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tate Modern, The Shard, and London Bridge. St. Paul's Cathedral and Coca-Cola London Eye are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in City of Westminster, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Covent Garden Market and King's College London. Royal Opera House and London Coliseum are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Temple, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Cathedral, Old Bailey, and London Stock Exchange. Tate Modern and Globe Theatre are also within 15 minutes.