Tate Modern

Since it opened in 2000 the Tate Modern, on the south bank of the Thames, has quickly become one of London’s most esteemed cultural institutions.

Inside, the gallery is sparsely furnished and echoey, reflecting its former life as an oil-fired power station.

The vast turbine hall regularly hosts over-sized installations while the Tate’s upper levels are curated to reflect the major artistic movements of the 20th century.

Modern art isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and the Tate certainly throws up its share of bewildering exhibitions – too ponderous for anyone but the connoisseurs – but the gallery space is a triumph of innovation and should
be explored by anyone who doubts that London is a city fiercely committed to preserving its status as one of the world’s cultural capitals.

Verdict: mind expanding

Bankside, SE1 9TG
Tube: Waterloo