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“Iconic setting for top notch modern art” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tate Modern
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Private Tour: Tate Britain and Tate Modern
Ranked #89 of 1,558 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: International modern and contemporary art.
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London, United Kingdom
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“Iconic setting for top notch modern art”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

This gallery sits on the south bank of the Thames in an ex-power station, a setting which complements the art on display. There is a core of the greats - Rothko, Bacon, etc - and ever changing exhibits. The building has a great bar on its top floor.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2012

One of my fav galleries in the world, I love the fact that it is so open to people from all walks of life , being many exhibits are free, though some fee for special exhibits.

My mother knows a great deal about art and we agree it is always worth it.

Visited March 2011
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“Certainly worth visiting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2012

I work just across the Thames and have been the the Tate many times often just for an hour at lunch. There is an enormous breadth of modern art in the gallery including some very famous peices. A few of my favourites are the huge Gerhard Richter abstract paintings and Summertime Number 9A by Jackson Pollock.

The gallery is free and there is no obligation to donate. Its a nice place to get a seat and relax if you want to take a break. The computers provide a quick catalogue of the gallery if you want something specific.

My advice is to go for just an hour. Wander about and look for things you like. The brilliant thing is museums and galleries in London are free so you can go back many times and take things in afresh instead of trudging round for 4 hours and getting tired.

My other advice is take a look at the works. Really look at them and spend some time taking them in. Discuss the works with others. Engage with them. Do not be a typical tourist and just wander about taking pictures of the works. This is a total waste of time. You might as well just by a book from the shop and go home.

This is a world class gallery and well worth a visit even if you are not a big modern art fan there are often good photography exhibits. The museum is almost as good as the MMOMA in New York but my tastes prefer the collection at the MMOMA.

Visited October 2011
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“If you like modern art...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2012

this is the place to go in London! And if you are not sure, go anyway and you may be surprised!

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“Go even just for a look”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2012

The bigness and apparently empty main space can seem off putting but worth going anyway just to marvel at the scale of it all. Can be seen from the north Thames river bank and easy to get to via the buses that stop on the south side of Blackfriars Bridge (public announcements on red London buses before each stop are useful). But from the Southwark Tube station ticket hall, hundreds are baffled trying to find it every day! Top tip, follow the orange-painted street lighting standards across the road from the ticket hall. It's easy then. Lots of eateries to the south east of the TM site around Southwark tube station and along The Cut (a street) where the Old Vic and New Vic are located.

Thank Stephen J
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