About: Linked to St. Paul's Cathedral via the Millennium Bridge is the Tate Modern, Britain's national museum of Modern Art.
Housed in the former bankside power station and spread over seven floors, the Tate Modern houses works by some of the most influential and famous artists of the modern age including Picasso, Dali and Bacon. On the top floor is an extensive café offering a breathtaking view of London and the Thames.
The Tate regularly holds temporary exhibitions and events and offers something new with every visit. Previous exhibits have included Paul McCarthy's giant inflatable statues, the powerful Americana of Andy Warhol and the intense observations of Max Beckmann.
Entry to the Tate Modern is free, though there are few attractions anywhere in the world as worthy of a donation as this.
A new Tate to Tate boat service runs from the Tate Britain, past the London Eye to the Tate Modern and is an excellent day trip for those seeking a cultural feast.
The Tate modern also offers some of the most unique tours ever conceived. There is a multimedia tour, whereby handsets interact with the exhibits and give insights into their origins and influences. The Tate Modern is an experience that is as difficult to do justice in words. It is brilliant to behold and any visit to London must surely include at least one visit to the Tate Modern.
I really like contemporary art Ė you canít go wrong with Tate Modern.
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Culture vultures: head to London's best museums and galleries The best thing about most of Londonís museums/galleries is that they are usually free and the Tate Modern is the biggest and cheapest of all. Sure, if youíve visited before then by all means pay for the exhibition but if not there is enough to see at Tate Modern to keep you busy for hours. Thereís also the added bonus of the Turbine Hall and its installations along with a great shop selling anything from art books to stationery.
It's face staring blankly across the Thames at St Pauls, it is hard not to be impressed by the buildings scale and utilitarian appearance. Inside, the turbine hall makes a spectacular venue for unique installations. Famous names in modern art mingle with more obscure ones that will probably stay that way... Whilst the art will undoubtedly divide opinions, the galleries importance and worth cannot be criticised. The Millennium bridge is good for a stroll too.