The grand dame of British institutions, Tate Britain is tucked away from the main hub of museums and galleries in central London, poised on the Thames in leafy Pimlico. Housing the national collection of British art from 1400s to the present day, and international modern art, it is the place to see blockbuster shows by history’s finest artists.
While the temporary exhibitions never fail to attract visitors in their droves thanks to names such as Edward Muybridge, Henry Moore and JMW Turner, Londoners return to the permanent collections again and again to enjoy the high-ceilinged, glorious calm of the galleries and the world-class art they contain.
But don’t be mistaken into thinking there’s only older work here – the Duveen commission hosts annual contemporary and often controversial installations. There’s also an annual exhibition displaying works of the shortlisted Turner prize candidates between October and December.
The clincher for us, though, is the atmosphere – calm, poised, and quintessentially British, it fosters pure and quiet enjoyment.
This lovely restaurant is hidden in a corner of the Tate Britain’s front garden. Rex Whistler’s monumental mural, that hugs the entire restaurant, compliments the peaceful and intimate seating. The delicious, contemporary, British menu can be perfectly accompanied by a glass of wine from the restaurants award winning wine list, whether it’s brunch, lunch, or an early evening dinner.
Monday – Friday 11.30 – 17.00
Saturday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
Despite being a little hectic and overpriced, the Tate Britain Café is a well-lit social area. It’s a nice laid-back place to reflect on your Tate Britain experience over a coffee, cake, sandwich, or beer
Monday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.30
The gallery shops are nice, simple, modern spaces that have gifts and souvenirs for everyone. You can buy prints of your favourite works, books and publications on your favourite artists, literature on London, and there’s plenty of merchandise.
The pop-up exhibition shops are a well-selected collection of exhibition memorabilia. There’s no useless junk but a bunch of really lovely exhibition publications. There are also prints of exhibited works available for purchase.
+44 (0) 20 7887 8888
Monday – Thursday 10.00 – 18.00
Friday 10.00 – 22.00
Saturday 10.00 – 18.00
Tube: Pimlico (Victoria Line), Vauxhall (Victoria Line)