Next week, Tate Modern will open a new all-day café and bar, opening onto an outdoor summer terrace, and for the first time, the corner cafe, appropriately named Corner, will offer visitors a place for an evening drink on the riverside at Tate Modern.

Corner cafe in the evening (c) Tate

Nathan Coley’s illuminated sculpture We Must Cultivate Our Garden will be installed on the lawn outside Tate Modern, bringing art into the public realm and connecting the gallery to the landscape via a new entrance into Corner.

Guests can sit on the terrace with its outdoor seating or spill out onto the lawn beyond.

In planning the space, the circular economy was at the heart of the discussions. Designed by Holland Harvey, the space has been stripped back and opened up, with furniture from Goldfinger and tabletops created by Spared reusing Tate Coffee grounds. Lighting design by There’s Light will help define different spaces and mark the transition from day-time cafe to night-time bar.

As Hamish Anderson explains, “The project has allowed us to deepen our sustainability agenda and learn new ways of working. We have taken on new suppliers, adopted new practices, and thought about how we can do everything with lower impact.”

Regular evening events and activities will take place (the space can seat 220 plus), responding to the art on display at Tate Modern. The year-round programme will include opportunities to meet food partners, brewers at Tap Takeovers, chefs from kitchen residencies, and experts in wine, cider and cocktails as part of masterclasses events. There will also be collaborations with Tate Collective, Tate’s network of 16–25-year-olds and artistic interventions in and around the space, from site specific commissions to works from Tate’s collection.

The Corner cafe opens to the public on Friday 7th July and will be open from 10am to 11pm every day, except Sunday and Mondays when it will close at 6pm.

Tate Members can have a preview on Wed 5th July, with half price on food and drink.

Corner cafe in the daytime (c) Tate


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