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Tate Modern

St Paul’s to Tate Modern to London Eye

October 2017

Our last day in London is a walk pass St Paul’s cathedral to Tate Modern and onwards to London Eye. This has been on our itinerary since 2015 but ranked low, thus never realised. We made this year (2017) a point to accomplish this. Getting off our bus at King Edward Street, we walk through Paternoster Square to reach the back portion of St Paul. Walking around the cathedral to the front will lead you to the Millennium Bridge across river Thames and to Tate Modern museum on the other side.

St Paul's Cathedral

The back of St Paul’s cathedral from Paternoster Square. Bronze sculpture of man & sheep in the foreground.

Front view of St Paul’s cathedral.

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This ‘old’ London bus still operates it’s route in-front of St Paul’s cathedral.

Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge at the far end and the chimney of Tate Modern clearly visible.

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The start (or is it the end) of the Millennium Bridge beside City of London school.

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As you look backwards from the bridge, the City of London school & St Paul’s cathedral.

Towards your left walking to Tate Modern, past the Southwark Bridge, is the Tower Bridge and the Shard, the tallest building in UK.

Millennium Bridge

MBNA Thames Clippers under the bridge. It’s the fastest and most frequent river bus service on the Thames.

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Tate Modern in full view.

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The other end of the Millennium Bridge at Tate Modern.

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This lone female busker in-front Tate Modern entrance really entertained everyone.

Tate Modern is a museum that houses UK’s national and international collection of modern & contemporary arts. It is located in the former Bankside Power Station in London just off river Thames directly across St Paul’s cathedral. The power station ceased operations in 1981 and Tate Modern was opened in May, 2000.

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Building housing Tate Modern.

If you entered the building through the ‘Turbine Hall’ this is a massive 500 feet by 75 feet area with a height of 115 feet. The building also has a chimney 325 feet in height. Entrance is free for access to the collection displays, while tickets are required for the major temporary exhibitions. The building comprises of two units namely the 6-storey Boiler House and the 10-storey Blavatnik Building.

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Tate Modern’s vast ‘Turbine Hall’. A huge silver pendulum swing backwards & forwards above the entrance.

Currently until 2 April, 2018 the ‘Turbine Hall’ is hosting a work commissioned by Hyundai what is known as ‘One Two Three Swing!’ which turns the ‘Turbine Hall’ into an adult playground. Visitors can lie on the stripped carpet of the sloping entrance and be hypnotised by a large pendulum swinging from the ceiling. The carpet is thick so it is comfortable to rest on. Further onwards, are collection of 3-person swings in an effort to encourage interaction between visitors sitting next to someone who one might not usually interact with.

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The area with ‘One Two Three Swing!’       Credit : standard.co.uk

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One of the levels inside Tate Modern.

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Another level in Tate Modern.

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Photo gallery exhibition.

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Sculpture in one of the exhibition hall.

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You go figure out what this is.

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‘Informational’ wall in Tate Modern.

There are 2 viewing levels at Tate Modern. One is at Kitchen & Bar on the 6th floor of the ‘Boiler House’ building. This is actually part of Kitchen & Bar area overlooking river Thames and you can quickly take pictures and be done with if you do not intend to have any food or drink there. Their rest room facility is also free to use.

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Kitchen & Bar on the 6th floor of ‘Boiler House’.

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The bar facing the Thames. Nice views.

The viewing level on 10th floor of Blavatnik Building is a free open air covered level where you have 360° view of London. On a clear day, you can see London for miles. So, forget about paying expansive tickets for London views from the London Eye or the Shard.

Tip: You can get views of London for free from the Sky Garden at the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building but you need to book a free ticket very well in advance.

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Views towards St Paul’s cathedral and the Millennium Bridge from the 10th floor viewing level of Blavatnik Building. The chimney of Tate Modern which stands 325 feet towers over the viewing level.

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Blackfriars Bridge over river Thames.

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The Millennium Bridge with a tug boat underneth pulling containers on barges.

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The Shard on the right and across river Thames, the ‘walkie talkie’ (20 Fenchurch) building to the left.

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The 52 storey ‘One Blackfriars’ building under construction.

Finished with our tour of Tate Modern, we headed to London Eye. Took the hydrogen powered ‘RV’ bus  and got off at Royal Festival Hall. A stroll along ‘The Queen’s Walk’, leads to the London Eye and the Waterloo Bridge. Along the way, there is carousel ride for kid and adult alike, a Caribbean group doing street performance as well as a lone soldier performing robot like act.

Hydrogen Powered Bus, London

The Hydrogen powered bus of London.

Royal Festival Hall

Morning food market in-front of Royal Festival Hall on Fri-Sun. Halal food available here.

The Queen's Walk

A merry-go-round along The Queen’s Walk heading to London Eye.

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A street performance by a Caribbean group along ‘The Queen’s Walk’ besides Jubilee Gardens.

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A solo act by a group member.

London Eye

London Eye and Big Ben (under renovation) in the distance.

The Queen's Walk

This robotic act is really intriguing.

The Queen's Walk

The captivating act needs to be rewarded. Shook hands with the soldier but the hand felt soft. Could this be G.I. Jane ?

Although we were at London Eye, we didn’t take a ride in it. We haven’t done so and will probably not be doing it in the near future. Not only is the ticket expansive, the crowd is just ridicalous. Anyway, for the skyline of London, we’ve done that from the air via flight coming into London City Airport, The Shard, Sky Garden,  and of-course from Tate Modern which we consider the best venue on ground.

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The lines for London Eye.

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If you think this is crowded, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Come and see the line during peak period.

Big Ben London

Big Ben undergoing renovation. Scaffoldings an eyesore. Target completion : 2021 !

A shot of Big Ben under the arches of the Waterloo Bridge.