What to do on a Friday Evening in London?

The Tate Modern and Dorchester Hotel might just have the answers…

The new Tate Modern building opened last year, is a feat of architectural genius befitting its creators - Herzog and de Meuron.

The new Tate Modern building opened last year, is a feat of architectural genius befitting its creators – Herzog and de Meuron.

So, what to do in the Capital on a Friday evening?  Fresh out of the office and ready to start your weekend as soon as your feet hit the pavement?  Then the Tate Modern is the place to go for some cultural refreshment…

Situated on the Southbank, it is open every Friday and Saturday until 10pm.  Evening lectures, films and events frequent its calendar and the pay-off for waiting until after dark to attend means fewer visitors – and thus a better view!

Stand in relaxed contemplation before works such as Otobong Nkanga (Contemporary Voice Artist and Sculptor) and Susan Hiller (Commemorative Photographer), both situated in ‘The Tanks’ – the gallery’s basement dedication to creativity, energy and ‘new possibilities for artists and audiences’.

'In Wetin You Go Do', 2015, by Otobong Nkanga, Switch House Level 0, Tate Modern.

‘In Wetin You Go Do’, 2015, by Otobong Nkanga, Switch House Level 0, Tate Modern.

Current feature exhibitions include Wolfgang Tillmans (‘2017’ – a ground-breaking photographical take on the world today) and ‘The Radical Eye’ (Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John collection).

The last Friday of every month sees the gallery enter a particularly playful phase… Uniqlo Tate Lates occur from 18:00 – 22:00, with the next one on Friday, 26th May.  Featuring DJs, world-class exhibitions, talks, ‘playful artistic activations’ and hands-on workshops, you can also take a moment of repose for your favourite liquid refreshment amongst the avant-garde throng.

Place to Eat:-  The Dorchester – famed for its Martinis made from Old Tom gin – offers one of the best cocktail bars in London.  Following your cultural top-up at Tate Modern, enjoy its glass installations reflected in one of its infamous gin and tonics, flavoured with their in-house ginger bitters.

 

[Credits:  See tate.org.uk for more details.  Otobong Nkanga curated by Kerryn Greenberg; Susan Hiller curated by Valentina Ravaglia.  Feature exhibitions FREE to Tate members.  Bankside, London, SE1 9TG.].

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