The Tate Modern Highlights Tour

Tate Modern

Guided by Rick Jones

Please note

You must reserve your place online for this walk. Select your date and time on the table below.

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
5 January 2022 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Winter Reserve Online
12 January 2022 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Winter Reserve Online
19 January 2022 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Winter Reserve Online
26 January 2022 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Winter Reserve Online

Short read: Greatest Show on earth in London.

Long read: “Tate Modern, take one, was the ordinary made extraordinary… A few years on the strangeness was cranked up a notch, with the arrival of one of the most enigmatic buildings London has ever seen.” As for the art… Surreal, kinetic sculptures. A year collapsed into a document of only six minutes and four seconds. Behold 2009 (steel car bumpers and 4,000 metres of human hair). Bodily deformations to express heightened emotions (Picasso). Warhol’s self-portrait. An archive of misunderstandings, crises and ambivalences. Hommage à Chrysler Corp. 1957. Salvador Dali’s hallucinogenic imagery and Freudian confession. A dreary hotel corridor that’s the setting for an unnerving scene of unexplained events.

Let alone Bonnard, Matisse, Braque, Magritte, Mondrian, Moore, Pollock, Lichtenstein, Duchamp…..

Blue Badge Guide and Secretary of the Critics Circle, Rick knows the art, knows his way round the “enigmatic building” it’s folded into.

Translation read: 1) best possible introduction to a landmark building and art that is a series of flashpoints across the last century; 2) crash course in modern art (know your Dali from the Dali Llama).


To go on the Tate Modern Tour meet the distinguished arts critic  Rick Jones – bears repeating, Rick’s the Secretary of the Critics Circle – outside the entrance of the Tate Modern. Said entrance is (currently) the only entrance to the Tate Modern. It’s the entrance that is fronted by glass doors at the west end of the building. Through those doors is the Turbine Hall – as entrances go, it’s surely the most spectacular one in London.



If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, The Tate Modern Highlights Tour it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the The Tate Modern Highlights Tour walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.


A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.


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