Switch House View II

High above the Switch House
of Tate Modern, London town
from the viewing platform way up here
it’s a long way looking down

But you can see all of London
so it’s well worth getting there
particularly with a camera
so the view you can then share


The new 10-storey building extension to London’s Tate Modern, known as the Switch House, rises 65 metres over the former power station’s subterranean oil tanks. It includes three new gallery levels and a panoramic roof terrace.


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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