Sunday, 16 September 2012

Cycle parking at the Tate Modern


I dropped into the Tate Modern bookshop after going to see work at the Bankside Gallery next door. Because the British Museum has now stopped accepting heavy luggage in the cloak room I was worried that the same rule would now apply at the Tate. But not so. As I was locking the Brompton a helpful security guard came over to tell me that I could leave it in the cloak room. He even called the cloak room to confirm but couldn’t get through. I decided to leave the bike as it was already locked and I wasn’t staying long. I did go to the cloak room to ask about leaving the bike in the future and they said they would accept folding bikes, the attendant even told me to go and bring the bike. The Tate is bike friendly. They allow cyclists to chain their bikes on the railings just outside and don’t stop you from cycling on their land. The British Museum does have cycle stands but at a distance from the building, and on the last occasion when I cycled to the parking area a guard came over to politely tell me that I wasn’t allowed to do this.

7 comments:

aedan said...

I was in London a few weeks ago and left a Brompton with the cloakroom of the Imperial War Museum.

Carfree40dad said...

The British Library are happy to have Bromptons chained up in their left luggage room, which is really handy.

Adam

PS: As a Brompton fan, can I recommend A2B.org.uk to you? They do a fab little magazine with lots of folding news and other things on a general eco friendly cycling line. Also, noting you are in Woolwich, if you fancy a day out in Kent, have you tried going to Northfleet, a quick Brompton ride to Ebbsfleet and then the HiSpeed Javelin trains to places like Canterbury, Dover, Margate (Tate), or Folkestone? Very fast way eaat.

Cycling in Heels said...

Thanks for reminding me about A2B. I haven't looked at their site in a while but before I got the Brompton 4.5 years ago I read all their reviews on folding bikes.

Good to hear that other museums are letting us park our bikes.

ACL said...

I was just going to the Tate today, and googled 'Tate Modern Brompton' to find out if I could bring the bike and your post came up first on the list! Seriously, G, we must 'stop meeting like this'!

Grace Black said...

LOL!

Anonymous said...

Try AtoB.org.uk not A2B.org.uk

Grace Black said...

Apologies to the reader who left a comment this pm with a link to a Guardian article. The comment seems to have disappeared as I was publishing it!