A good place to start for those wanting to soak up some culture in London is the Tate Modern. A hub of diversity in art and design, if you find yourself walking these corridors, you know it will be an afternoon well spent. With permanent exhibitions that update every now and then, and a continual program of guest exhibitions, talks and events, you can live and breathe art from around the world and be transported in time, without even leaving South Bank.
Go to the tenth floor of the Blavatnik building for great 360° views of London – perhaps one of the best and quietest free views you’ll find – and see the iconic skyline of St Paul’s Cathedral and Millennium Bridge before the Thames turns a corner and leads you on towards Tower Bridge. (Side note: if you arrive by overground train from London Blackfriars, you get some great views from the glass bridge too.) Treat yourself to a coffee while you soak up the view, and peruse the gallery map deciding which spots to hit. Working from the top down is a more unusual way to enjoy both the gallery and its unique architecture and placement in the capital. There will of course be floors you miss, and you’ll likely hop from building to building, so don’t forget to make use of the many lifts and the two foot bridges that link the buildings on both the first and fourth floors.
DON’T MISS IN THE BLAVATNIK BUILDING
DON’T MISS IN THE NATALIE BELL BUILDING
Skull Snap 1989
Bird in Hand 2006
Dynamic Suprematism 1915/1916
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR, HOW TO APPRECIATE ART & ART GALLERY ETIQUETTE
the works of Aldo Tambellini at the Tate Modern
COFFEE, BOOKS & PRINTS
If traditional art is more your thing, head across the river to the Tate Britain and be sure to take the scenic route – by boat!