The principal exhibition space of the Southbank Centre, hidden on a back rampart of the vital nonprofit arts center, hosts terrific blockbuster shows, which have included Ansel Adams, Roy Lichtenstein, 1920s Surrealism, and a 60-artist panorama of modern African art. Always modern, never staid, and a recent multi-year renovation put it back on London's art A List—so if you want to go, you should make an advance booking. It also takes itself quite seriously, which can be good for a laugh.
South Bank Centre, Belvedere Rd., SE1
Our Rating Hours Weds–Mon 11am–7pm, Thurs until 9pm Transportation Tube: Waterloo Phone 020/3879-9555 Prices Usually £11 to £20, depending on the exhibition Web site Hayward Gallery