A severe gray building on the south bank of the Thames, the Hayward Gallery hides within its austere walls a stimulating smorgasbord of modern and contemporary art displayed in ever-changing exhibits. Surrounded by Southbank Centre concert halls, the gallery was founded by Queen Elizabeth II in 1968 and has since become renowned for its commitment to showing old masterpieces in new light as well as new masterpieces by celebrated contemporaries like Tracy Emin and Pipilotti Rist. The Hayward is also home to an art-adorned café that transforms into a nightclub and a spectacular shop offering unique gifts and inspiring publications.
If you prefer to soak up the artistic sights in secluded serenity, try visiting on a weekday morning when the crowds are sparse.
AmenitiesOpen / Closes
- Accessible by Public Transportation
- Handicapped Accessible
- Parking Available