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Five Ways In Which A Visit To Tate Modern Makes For A Memorable Birthday

By Lakshmi:

I made a birthday resolution several years ago…to always take the day off from work and fill “my” 24 hours  with the things that give me tremendous joy!  So, given our proximity to London this year, I decided that I wanted to make a pilgrimage to Tate Modern.  On a beautiful, crisp summer day, we disembarked off the tube at St. Paul’s to make our way across the Millenium Bridge to our destination.

It was simply an idyllic way to spend the morning and here are five reasons why the visit to Tate Modern will always hold a special place in my heart.

1. The bright blue color painted on the tree trunks en route from St. Paul’s to the Millenieum Bridge.

Ok, I did not expect artistic creations to greet me on my walk.  We had just visited St. Paul’s two months ago and did not notice the bright, playful blue of the tree trunks along the way.  That playful, fun, unexpected visual just put me in a happier mood.  I later realized that the blue trunks are the work of Konstantin Dimopoulos, an Australian artist who is using this medium to highlight deforestation in the World.

Blue tree trunks

The bright blue tree trunks
The bright blue tree trunks

2.  The beautiful views of St. Paul’s that you turn back to upon your walk across the Millenium Bridge.  St. Paul’s is beautiful and this walk provided an additional vantage point.

St. Paul's as seen from the Millenium Bridge
St. Paul’s as seen from the Millenium Bridge

3. The beautiful views of London that greet you on either side of the bridge.  The views are pretty spectacular and spread out into the distance.

A view from the Millenium  Bridge
A view from the Millenium Bridge

4. The spectacular building that houses Tate Modern and its amazing art collection.  You could get lost here for days and in a span of several hours we were exposed to a variety of art forms, some famous and some completely anew.

Views from the Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art
Views from the Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art
Yet another piece from the same collection
Yet another piece from the same collection
More from Meschac Gaba
More from Meschac Gaba
An interesting composition from recycled materials
An interesting composition from recycled materials
Picasso!
Picasso

5. The views from Tate Modern across the Thames.  If you ever end up at Tate, do make it to the gallery to get some of the most spectacular views that London has to offer.

The view from the balcony at Tate Modern
The view from the balcony at Tate Modern

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London: The Ultimate Vantage Point

St. Paul’s Cathedral
Source: Wikipedia

By Rohan:

London is a city filled to the brim with picturesque architecture, gorgeous landmarks, and vibrant culture. It is hard to take in the entire city at once when you are walking endlessly through its labyrinth of streets. If you only have a few days in London but wish to see it all, fear not, because St. Paul’s Cathedral is a fantastic spot to see the entire city from a bird’s-eye view.

Don’t get too excited. This amazing view is not cheap. Sure, entrance into the cathedral is free provided you are dressed appropriately for the occasion and agree to follow the church’s rules, however getting to the top requires that you either wait in a long line for an elevator or climb flights upon flights of stairs. We recommend climbing up because it adds an adventurous feeling to the experience and being able to explore the catacombs and tunnels of an old cathedral is an awe-inspiring experience.

When you reach the top, you can literally hear your jaw dropping. The Tower Bridge looms majestically over the Thames river to your left and Big Ben chimes proudly to your right. If you want to get a chance to see all of London’s landmarks in one sitting, this is the place to be. Everything from miniscule double-decker buses to Buckingham Palace can all be clearly spotted from this view. Remember to bring your cameras because St. Paul’s Cathedral is perfect for getting the ultimate aerial shot of London that will blow your friends and family away.

Once you finish climbing endless staircases, you probably would have worked up quite an appetite. Luckily, there is an awesome pizza place just down the street from the cathedral as well as several fast food joints native to London that can provide you with a quick, cheap lunch.While this view is precious during the day, to truly see the city come to life, a second visit at night is highly suggested.

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