There are more art galleries in London than it’s actually possible to see – you’ll often find that even locals haven’t tackled the full range of cultural institutions in the city. So for visitors, it’s important to make a shrewd choice, combining what you can feasibly tackle with what will give you the most cultural pleasure. As a pair, Tate Modern and Tate Britain are perfect. Tate Modern, at Southbank, is a striking space. The building is a repurposed power station, hence the name of the large foyer space, The Turbine Hall. The permanent collection here includes works by 20th century icons like Picasso and Warhol as well as current art superstars like Anish Kapoor. Families will be pleased with the multitude of free activities for kids – and we’re not talking just a bunch of crayons and butcher’s paper. Discover the digital drawing bar, interactive games and a sonic tour that’s sure to keep children of all ages stimulated.
Up the river (and across it) is Tate Britain, home to a swag of British masterpieces from 1500 to present day. The grand entranceway and central dome seem more in keeping with the types of artworks found here: expect the likes of Turner, Constable, William Blake and Francis Bacon. During April, May and June, “Late At Tate” offers music, workshops, talks, special guests, DJs, live performance and debate on Friday evenings.
For the Tate Modern, take the tube to Southwark, Blackfriars or St Pauls station. For the Tate Britain, get off at Pimlico, Vauxhall or Westminster.
Tate Modern, Bankside
Tate Britain, Millbank
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