This shrine to modern art in a huge, converted power station by the Thames is hugely successful.
Since its inauguration in 2000, when the immense inventory of the Tate Gallery was split into two galleries, the Tate Modern has been a star in London's museum firmament. International modern art is presented in a space of over 12,000 m2, in a former power plant. The gigantic brick building on the Thames was converted by the Swiss architectural team of Herzog & de Meuron (10 minute architecture audio tour/£1). The collection contains all the great names of the 20th century: Matisse, Picasso, Pollock, Rothko and Warhol. It is not arranged chronologically, but organised by themes. You will find Europe's biggest art bookshop in the Turbine Hall. From the café on the 7th floor there is a wide, sweeping view of London.