Tate Modern – The Switch House

Tate Modern Switch House

Tate Modern has opened an extension, on its southerly side. It offers a range of galleries to expand the amount of space available to the Tate. With free entry the museum offers good value for visitors. Special exhibitions require additional payment however.

A warm spring day saw a busy museum. The large Turbine Hall was full of children, and some adults enjoying a rather confusing installation.

The highlight however, is the 10th floor viewing gallery in the Switch House Рas the extension is properly known. Free to access, you can either walk up the stairs or take a lift, As a tip, join the lift at Level 0 Рit is often full by the time it gets to Level 4 Рwhere a bridge connects the new section with the old.

On arriving at the 10th floor you enter a large lobby area, which provide access to the viewing area. (There is also a coffee shop and some benches for those in need of a rest). The walkway goes through 360 degrees, is wide, but was very busy on the day I was there. That being said, it was always possible to get access to the view, uninterrupted by other visitors, by waiting.

The view East to The Shard and in the distance Canary Wharf:

Tate Modern Switch House

The City, with the Walkie-Talkie and Cheesegrater buildings:

Tate Modern Switch House

North side of the Thames, with St. Paul’s in the centre and the Millennium¬†Bridge:

Tate Modern Switch House

West, with Blackfriars bridge in the foreground.

Tate Modern Switch House

Slightly oddly as you move round you get to see clearly in the various rooms of apartments adjacent to the museum.

Going down a couple of levels you come to the rather lovely Restaurant. No more expensive than most London restaurants, the food and service were excellent.

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Walking down the stairs to get back to the main part of the museum you pass the spectacular lobby at the 5th floor.

Tate Modern Switch House