Tate Modern was originally designed as a power station by Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) in the 1950s. In 1889 Henry Tate (1819-1899) offered his collection of British art to the nation. There was no space for it in the National Gallery and the creation of a new gallery dedicated to British art began. This gallery would house not only Henry Tate’s gift but also the works of British artists from various other collections.
Tate Modern is the most popular modern art gallery in the world, with 4.7 million visitors a year. The Tate Modern has many displays both permanent and temporary, you can go all the way up to Level 10 and enjoy the spectacular roof terrace with 360-degree views of the river Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral and the dramatic London skyline.
Open: Sunday – Thursday 10 am – 6 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am –10 pm, Closed 24–26 December.
Price: Free, except for special exhibitions.
Where is the Tate Modern? It is a 8 minute walk from Southwark Station in zone 1. Southwark serves the Jubilee line.
What is nearby? Bankside Gallery 1 min, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 5 mins.
Did you know? The building is made of approximately 4.2 million bricks.