Food and drink
The Tate proudly supports British food producers but the menu reaches beyond the south coast to embrace Mediterranean recipes as well as English classics and modern dishes based on local ingredients. I love the utterly un-British meze plate, but the fish and chips are good too, with crunchy, tangy beer batter, tartare sauce and proper mushy peas. Wine lovers will be thrilled – Tate employs a sommelier and has won many ‘best wine list’ awards. If you don’t want to eat, just have a drink at the bar.
Not as tourist-y as you might think: this large, light, bright space (not altogether common in London) attracts plenty of business people at lunchtimes, as well as gallery members and patrons.
Can be slow, especially at peak times.
Not so long ago this corner of London was out-of-the-way, but Tate Modern gallery is such a success that the area is starting to thrive. You can walk from Southwark tube but best is to come from St Paul’s or Blackfriars, over the Millennium Bridge.
Mains courses are £11.95 to £14.75, but you could have the meze plate or a slow-cooked pork shoulder sandwich with soused red onions and apple chutney for under a tenner. Wines start at £14.50 a bottle. Children eat for free when accompanied by an adult ordering a main course and dessert from the a la carte menu.
The Level 2 café doesn’t have the same views but does offer a few of the same dishes. Over at the Tate Gallery in Pimlico, the Rex Whistler restaurant (with mural painted by Whistler himself) also serves Modern European cooking of a high standard, and the same fabulous wine list.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- People watching
- Design and architecture