Each year around 5 million visitors walk through the Tate Modern’s doors – that’s a lot of eyes on the art and a lot of mouths to feed. Next month will see the opening of the Switch House, a Herzog & de Meuron designed, ten story building that will be home to a variety of new spaces, including a panoramic roof terrace and restaurant.
Level 1 will be home to a hundred -seater Switch House Bar; on level 8 will see the new members’ room, a 150 cover fine-dining Switch House Restaurant will sit on level 9 and on level 10 you’ll find a viewing gallery. Just as with the ethos of art for all, the new spaces will be communal and open for all whether you’re just catching up over a Tate roasted coffee and brownie; debating ideas over a Tate-gin and tonic or soaking up the views with a glass of Champagne and Tate craft beers on the terrace.
With the opening of the new extension, The Turbine Hall will become the heart of the new Tate Modern the Switch House rising up above the Tanks on the one side and the current Boiler House on the other side, where visitors will be able to visit the Café on level 1, a refreshed Member’s Bar on level 5 and the new Kitchen & Bar Restaurant on level 6.
Just remember all food is art, but not all art is food…or something like that.
The new Tate Modern: Opens 17th June, Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG, www.tate.org.uk