Saturday, October 2, 2010

The best view in London - East Room at Tate Modern

- Ask any Londoner and they would be able to name their favourite views along River Thames. Admittedly, there are a couple of views to be had along Thames path, many are out in the open, which is far from ideal given the fickle weather that London is famed for.

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But if you were to look a bit harder, you'll soon realised that many covered spots are already taken up by restaurants and cafes where a meal could easily burn a hole in your pocket. Unknown to many, Tate Modern's East Room (6th floor), which is across the Millennium Bridge from St. Paul's offers a breathtaking view that spans from Millennium Bridge to Blackfriars Road.

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For the price of a tea, you could plonk yourself down on the two very comfortable long black synthetic leather sofas, prop your legs up and enjoy the view. Even on a murky day, the thought that you're safe from the weather elements (unlike those unfortunate ones perched on the open cantilever viewing area on the 4th floor) can be rather relaxing and reassuring. Even if both sofas are fully occupied, there's a row of counter seats facing the window freely available as well.

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View of St Paul's Cathedral from East Room

If you, like me, find the art pieces a tad too contemporary to your liking, Tate Modern's East Room will always offer a welcome break. Skip the cafeteria on the 4th floor, head right up to East Room on the 6th floor instead.

What's your favourite viewing point along River Thames?

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