The Tate modern is a huge sight that impresses its visitors. Formerly a Bankside Power Station, it is today a modern art museum, thanks to the work of the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. A perfect example of how something which was destined to be abandoned can be turned into a famous attraction. Not very attractive from the outside, but astonishing inside. Probably not as complete as the Pompidou Museum, but still not to be missed. The access is free, just like other museums in London. Free guided tours are organized daily. You pay for the extras and the temporary exhibitions, which are hosted in the enormous Turbine Hall; they are quite expensive, it is really subjective whether they might be worth it. The price of the audio guide is 4£; it gives an explanation of several of the artworks exposed.
The permanent collection is organized chronologically and by theme on levels 2 to 4. We are talking about more than 60000 pieces of art, from different artists which are very well known to the public: Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, among others. It opens from 10 am to 6 pm from Sunday until Thursday, while the closing time is extended until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy the museum. If you are not a passionate about modern arts you might not appreciate it, some of the artwork appear to be odd to some people. On the other hand, since it is free you can still go and take a look, you will see something completely different. And if you get tired pretty quickly, if you like enjoying a coffee with a view, make sure you do not miss the bar on the fifth floor.
For the most passionate, it is possible to book a private tour:
Your Bicentennial Concierge remains at your disposal.