A guide to Tate Gallery, London

Tate Museum London

Visiting the Tate Gallery is one of the key destinations for many art loving visitors staying potentially in one of the fantastic serviced apartments London.  It is easy to see why. The Tate has a world renowned collection of British and contemporary art so whatever your taste in art, there is guaranteed to be something to suit everyone.

Split across two sites in London, the Tate is one of the oldest art galleries in the UK.  It first opened in 1897, in a classically styled building in Chelsea.  This building is now known as Tate Britain and contains an incredible selection of works by British artists from 1500 AD onwards.  The Clore Gallery houses some of the most spectacular works by Joseph Mallard William Turner, who is often described as the father of modern art.  Among the art works by Turner that are on display are the spectacular scenes around London as well as The Shipwreck, Snowstorm, Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps. In addition, for travelers there are many 4 star Aparthotels London to choose from, which offer a luxury base for your trip.  

The Tate’s second site is very different in every way. This is Tate Modern, located at the former Bankside Power Station just across the River Thames from St Paul’s Cathedral.  Over 40 million people have visited Tate Modern since it opened in May 2000.  Many of the artists displayed here are very controversial and have included Tracey Ermin and Damien Hirst. There is a constantly changing programme of exhibitions, and not all relate to British Art. For example, during the autumn of 2017, there are exhibitions being held relating to Modigliani and Red Star over Russia – a revolution in Visual Culture under Stalin while in 2018, the headline exhibition focuses on Pablo Picasso.

Not everyone comes to the Tate Modern for its art. It is also well known for its dining experiences as its ninth floor restaurant provides gourmet cuisine accompanied by stunning views of the Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Sited in the centre of London and not too far from beautiful Presidential Marylebone Mayfair is Tate Modern is easy to reach as it is within walking distance of the South Bank Centre, St Paul’s Cathedral and many other popular attractions. Combining it with a visit to Tate Britain is slightly more difficult, given the distance between the two.  Fortunately, there is an answer.  Visitors can combine a visit to both London sites by using the Tate RB2 Boat service.  

The Tate Boat runs every 40 minutes during gallery times and you can buy tickets on line, from a self serve kiosk at the Tate Pier, or use an Oyster card.  Only children under 5 travel for free.  Using the Tate Boat makes travelling between the two sites quick and easy, while enjoying fantastic views of many of the famous riverside landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament.