Tate Lates

“Do you want to go to Tate Late tonight?”

That was the WhatsApp message that I received from my sister at 5:13pm on the last Friday of February 2018. I had intended to go straight home and get a takeaway and fall asleep on the sofa while Will and Grace was being recorded……..

After about 30 minutes of deliberation and WhatsApp messages I finally left the office and found myself venturing to South London to meet my sister. 

Tate Lates is a free after-hours event that takes places at the Tate Modern on the last Friday of the month. It is a mixture of art, music, film, talks and workshops.


My sister and I pretty much spent our time roaming between floors at the Tate Modern, observing, appreciating and questioning what was defined as “art”. I particularly enjoyed viewing art by American Artists Romare Bearden and George Condo; I think i understood their art better than others......

The Tate was bustling and loud; there were various workshops and talks ongoing and live music as well. The workshops were full as well as the author talks; Otegha Uwagba of the bestselling Little Black Book was giving a talk; it would have been nice to attend. The 10th floor has a 360 degree viewing platform. While it was blooming cold, the night sky was pretty clear and the views of the London skyline were amazing.

Tate Late would be ideal for attending with friends or with your other half. I would also recommend making an evening of it by catching an early dinner before visiting the Tate Modern….the venue serves drinks however I didn’t see much in the way of food during my time there!

Towards the end of our visit, my sister confessed that she had invited me on a last minute whim after her friend had to pull out of the visit…..how charming(!) Though I kind of figured that from the timing of the message she sent! 

Winter, especially after Christmas has made it so easy for me to follow a very simple routine of home-work-home. Save for a couple of catch-up dinners with friends and career related activities, I’ve not really gone into central London for any other social events or activities. Going to the Tate with my sister was a nice change and also reminded me that there is a lot to do and see in London that I have yet to explore…..

1 comment:

  1. It would have been so nice to listen to Otegha's talk! I love museums so this looks like something right up my alley. xx
    Coco Bella Blog


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