Tate Modern

Price guide: Free

Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Price guide: Free

Tate Modern - © Tate Photography/Andrew Dunkley
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#9 of 30
expert-rated things to do in London
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Art, Design and architecture, Education, Great views / scenery

Expert review of Tate Modern

The flagship museum of London's buzzing modern art scene.

Converted from the shell of a disused riverside power station in 2002, Tate Modern exhibits our national collection of modern and contemporary art dating from 1900. Yet it is also far more than that. Free to enter, and open late at nights at the weekend, it's become a centrepiece of London's thriving cultural life. It does get busy, but the building is enormous and the temporary exhibitions are often world class. A good way to start would be to head for two of my favourite rooms - starting with number 7 on Level 3, which has work by Monet, Rothko and Pollock. Then go up to number 3 on Level 5, which is filled with intriguing sculptures, mostly from the late 1960s. On the way you will almost certainly get distracted, and so it should be.

Price advice: 

Entry to Tate Modern is free. Special exhibitons, for which there is a charge, are held on Level 4. The major ones attract big crowds so it's best to book a timed entry slot online in advance, preferably early or late in the day. It's also well worth renting a multimedia guide for these or if you are touring the free displays - they're cheap, informative and bring some privacy.

Expert tips: 
Take the lift to the 6th floor, where you'll find a decent restaurant and great views.
Visiting with children? Take a breather at the Interactive Zone on Level 5.

More information on Tate Modern:

Price guide:
Art gallery
Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
020 7887 8888
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Sun-Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm.

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