Two Hours in London: If You Love Art & Architecture, Visit the Tate Modern and Walk Across the Millennium Bridge

May 20, 2018

Millennium Bridge London

You’re in London for business and you only have two hours or one afternoon to spend on yourself.  Our recommendation?  If you like modern art and stunning architecture, we highly recommend that you visit the Tate Modern; then take a stroll over the Millennium Bridge.

For Travelers Who Like: Art and architecture.

Where to Go: Take the Tube to either the Blackfriars or the London Bridge station. The Tate is right outside the Blackfriars station and the London Bridge station is about a 10 minute walk. The Tate Modern is open every day and admission is free.

What Makes It Special: Although it houses a world-famous collection of modern art, the Tate Modern was actually founded in 1897. Along with its extensive collection of art, the Tate Modern is known for its striking appearance. It is housed in what was formerly the Bankside Power Station, a unique-looking building that is both industrial and looming. 

Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day as well as an impressive collection of international works.  The section of the Tate called Tate Britain houses British art from 1500 to the present.  One exhibit worth seeing is “Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One” which explores the impact of the war on British, German, and French art. This exhibit is open until September 23, 2018. Tate Liverpool and Tate Modern feature international modern and contemporary artwork.

The Millennium Bridge is right next to the Tate Modern and is also a eye-catching piece of architecture. Harry Potter fans might recognize the bridge from the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince film. Because it swayed from side to side, when it first opened in 2000, Londoners nicknamed it “The Wobbly Bridge.  But adjustments were made so that the bridge no longer wobbles.

Must Try: The Tate is directly across from St. Paul’s Cathedral.  It's a great view so whip out your phone and take some amazing photos of the Cathedral from the bridge



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