Tuesday 27 September 2016 9.54am
New members' room is a bit of a bunker (albeit a bunker on the 8th floor - or is it 9th?). If it had windows at eye level, the views would be fantastic.
The expensive restaurant also has the same silly positioning of windows and consequent lack of views. I don't understand the logic for this at all.
Staff are pleasant, but the superslow queues are almost Soviet. Most/many people just want a drink...why not have one till just serving drinks?
The extension as a whole doesn't really work well imho. The ground floor bar is OK, the gallery space is also OK, and I like the look of the extension from the outside, but the building seems perversely designed NOT to allow free flow of people.
The main drawback of the "old" bit of the Tate is that it gets jammed up with people when it gets busy, but at least the staircases are fairly wide and the escalators also do a good job of shifting bodies. The new building is loads worse. It's as if they've learned nothing. Those tiny lifts (which everyone uses, just to go one or two floors, since the staircases are narrow and/or hard to locate) are comical.
...if you press it, they will come.