The Tale Of Two Tates: What To Expect At The Tate Britain And The Tate Modern


Same name, very different galleries, both featuring fascinating and profound artwork well worth seeing. If you have booked your accommodation in The Piccadilly Westend Hotel, then there are various ways to visit Tate Modern from here. There is a lot of talks about the Tate Britain vs Tate Modern. Here’s what you need to know about your trip to two of the most well known galleries in London. Make the most of your trip by staying in the best hotels near Piccadilly Circus

What’s The Difference?

The Tate Britain

This extensive gallery is home to the largest collection of British Art, ranging from the 1500’s to present day. The gallery is filled with classic masterpieces and is a real must-see for any art lover.

The Tate Britain

The Tate Modern

This gallery celebrates art in its contemporary form and explores the progressive modernity that is expressed in current art. Unlike its older sibling, The Tate Modern provides us less with the classics and more with the contemporary.

The Tate Modern

What to See?

The Tate Britain


This gallery houses the best of the best in British art including a Turner collection of more than 300 paintings. There is also a generous amount of space dedicated to the iconic Romantics, Pre-Raphaelites, Constable and William Blake. The gallery exhibits the finest in portraiture with its collection of Elizabethan works, inclusive of those by Reynolds, Gainsborough and Hogarth. Other artists featured include Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. There are also fascinating exhibitions being constantly held at the gallery.

The Tate Modern


The converted Bankside Power Station displays the beauty and profundity of modern art through its permanent features and the contemporary exhibitions regularly held here. This gallery feature famous artwork from the likes of the iconic surrealist, Dali, as well as other celebrated artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Magritte and Mondrian. As well as holding exciting exhibitions, the gallery also hosts live music and live art performances.

Where are They?

Tate Modern: Bankside, London SE1 9TG.

The Tate Modern is situated in Bankside, close to Southwark, Blackfriars and St Paul’s tube station.

Tate Britain: Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG

The Tate Britain is located in Milbank, and is walking distance from Pimlico, Vauxhall and Westminster tube station.


Is Tate Modern free?

Entry is free

Is Tate Britain free?

Entry is free

How long does it take to go around Tate Modern?

It takes around 3 to 4 hours, but if you are an art lover you can spend a whole day gazing the arts.