Swinging by The Tate

Some time between now and next month, you have to swing by the Tate Modern.

Take a little stroll along the river.

Past some very famous haunts…

…and climb right to the top for a brew with view.

 

 

Before making your way into the Turbine Hall.

Where an orange line creeps from one side of the hall to another, before escaping out into the open air.

What’s so exciting about that? I hear you ask.

Well, the line is dotted with swings, built for friends.

“Each swing has been designed for three people by Danish artists’ collective SUPERFLEX. Swinging with two other people has greater potential than swinging alone and One Two Three Swing! invites us to realise this potential together. Swinging as three, our collective energy resists gravity and challenges the laws of nature.”

It’s about energy.

Coming together to become more than you are alone.

It’s about friendship.

And most importantly, it’s about fun!

When you find yourself all swung out, stretch out on the striped floor and watch the giant pendulum swing above you.

Each set of swings is slightly different to the last, so be sure to try a few!

Make your way outside.

And head off for a spot of lunch.

I know this great little place and it’s not at all far away.

Nestled at the edge of Flat Iron Square, you’ll find Bar Douro.

Can you tell what drew me to it?!

It’s a Portuguese tapas style joint, clad in Portuguese tiles, with a long marble bar wrapping around the kitchen for you to sit and nibble at.

And nibbling is something we’re rather good at!

The chefs beaver away right under your nose, teasing you with good looking morsels and tantalising wafts of caramelised things.

Which are as beautiful as they are delicious.

Croquetes de Alheira.

Char grilled tenderstem broccoli with ginger, chilli & garlic.

Pataniscas de Bacalhau (Salt cod fritters) with a beautiful romesco sauce.

Gambas aguilho (garlic prawns).

Braised pork cheeks with turnip top salsa verde.

The perfect mix of dishes for a long, chatty lunch with the girls.

Topped off with a Portuguese staple.

The compulsory custard tarts and coffee.

The food is good, not the best you’ll ever try (it’s no Barrafina) but a really great option if you’re looking for something close to the Tate for an easy bite.

And if you’re as into blue and white ceramics as I am, well the tiles are worth a trip in themselves!

We will most certainly be back.

Perhaps for a night out on the tiles?

(You knew that was coming right? How could I resist?!)

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