So many Londoners have enjoyed one of the playful exhibitions on the Hayward's outdoor terraces that the former brutalist monster has long since become a national treasure. Opened by the Queen in 1968, the gallery has become synonymous with presenting innovative art, and the changing programe of installations and exhibitions of works by emerging artists never fails to elicit a sigh from the country's more conservative critics - not least the Tracey Emin retrospective in 2011. The Hayward's minimal café bar Concrete does wonderful snacks and cocktails and there's probably nowhere better to head if you find yourself stranded on the South Bank of a Friday night.
Tel: 020 7960 4200
Tuesday & Wednesday 11am–7pm
Thursday & Friday: 11am–8pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am–7pm
Entry Charges: Adult £11 Child £7.50 Concessions £9