One of London’s most important art galleries, Tate Britain holds the most comprehensive collection of British art in the world. Set in Millbank beside the River Thames, the gallery is only a short walk from the Houses of Parliament.
For British art, Tate Britain is the place to visit. The gallery holds an eminent collection of British art from 1500 to the present day, including works by famous artists such as John Constable, William Blake, John Everett Millais, Henry Moore, David Hockney, Peter Blake, Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin and Sam Taylor-Wood. The gallery is perhaps most famous for its collection of works by J. M. W. Turner, and for hosting the annual Turner Prize exhibition named in his honour.
The gallery originally opened in 1897 when it was known as the National Gallery of British Art. It became known as the Tate Gallery from 1932, after its founder Sir Henry Tate. When the Tate Modern opened in 2000, the modern international artworks were moved there and the gallery was renamed Tate Britain. The main building was designed by Sidney R. J. Smith in a classical style. In 1987 the Clore Gallery extension was built and it has since been heralded as a key piece of postmodern architecture.
Westminster and Southbank
After delving into art and architecture you’ll want to get some fresh air. With its enviable location beside the River Thames, the Tate Britain is in an excellent position for strolling. A short walk will take you from Pimlico to the Houses of Parliament and, crossing the river, you’ll find the London Eye. Walk a little further and you’ll come across the Southbank Centre, which boasts a spectacular array of live music and events.
Places to stay
If you’re looking to stay close to the Tate Britain we have a superb selection of hotels in the area, from 5-star properties with breathtaking views of Big Ben to romantic city getaways near Victoria station. And if you’re travelling on a budget, we have a number of cheap hotels within easy walking distance.
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