Tagged: thames

Tate to Tate – London

One of my favourite cheap things to do in London when friends are visiting is to do ‘Tate to Tate‘, as I have recently named it. This involves (obviously) visiting both Tates – Britain and Modern – in the space of an afternoon. It’s made very easy: you just take the river boat which goes direct from Tate Modern to Tate Britain (or the other way round) for a small fee. Even though it’s not completely free, it’s worth remembering that unlike in most other European countries, you don’t pay to get into either museum. There are exhibitions which you need to buy tickets for, but if it’s not something you really want to see, it’s not always worth paying for, & you can spend a perfectly busy afternoon in the free parts…

Prices from http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-boat

  • Adults – £6.50 single, £12 return
  • Tate Members – £4.90
  • Child under 16 with Travelcard – £2.15
  • Travelcard holder or London Student Card Single £4.30
  • Children under 5 travel for free
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the mayor’s thames festival – the end of london 2012

Every year at the end of the summer, the mayor of London hosts a free festival on the banks of the Thames, lasting 2 days. This year, it’s this weekend: September 8 and 9. It’s a fun thing to go to – as well as loads of events, there’s great food from around the world, street performers, art installations and live music. Tomorrow there’s Shishi-Odori dance by Oshu Kanatsu-Ryu Dance Troupe, “All Eyes on Korea” by the Tate Modern, a boat display in St Katherine’s Docks and a Night Carnival (to name a few). As a sort of closing to the London 2012 Olympic Games, there’s also a Homage to Rio display worth checking out. It all ends with a firework finale between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridge.

To find out more, visit the official website: http://thamesfestival.org/