Switch House view

From the top of Tate’s new building
we looked out to leaden sky
the only people up there
on Bankside way up high
Early morning entrance
Members only on the door
A privilege to be here
Before crowds fill every floor

This gallery is our favourite place
and whenever we are here
we feel at home and share a peace
which fills our hearts with cheer
And looking out ‘cross London
to the changing skyline there
it was a moment savoured
and a precious thing to share


The top floor of the new Switch House at Tate Modern, Bankside London is an open viewing terrace. It boasts spectacular 360-degree views of the London Skyline. You can see the River Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral, and as far as Canary Wharf and Wembley Stadium. As members of Tate, we get ‘early doors’ entry on weekends. This gives us an hour when we literally have the whole gallery – The Turbine House, the Tank rooms and the new Switch House – all to ourselves before the crowds arrive. It’s a very special privilege to have.

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