Tate Modern has record year

Despite uncertainty over the "Olympics effect" on cultural institutions in 2012, the year proved golden for Tate Modern. The gallery welcomed 5.3 million visitors, the most in its history.

The number of visitors was up 9.5 per cent on 2011 in what Alex Beard, the Tate's deputy director, described as an "extraordinary year". Crowds flocked to the Damien Hirst exhibition, the gallery's most popular solo show.