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Barbican Centre

Performing Arts Venue, Movie Theater, and Art Gallery
Barbican, London
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  • Don't forget it is Spring Bank Holiday today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Has a stamp of approval from Time Out London and The Guardian
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  • leanne f.
    "gorgeous conservatory on a Sunday or bank hol"(5 Tips)
    Amy
    "They also do architecture tours which are great!"(4 Tips)
    Dorian T.
    "Love the brutalist architecture."(4 Tips)
    wolfPup
    "Beware of new foodhall - nowhere near as good as old Waterside Café."(4 Tips)
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  • Frankie R.
    Frankie RobertoSeptember 12, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Grab a window seat in the Gin Joint (level 2). Great for people-watching. Huge range of gins, and they're all £7.50 (including mixer) between 5pm and 8pm, even the most expensive ones.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Lucy H.
    Lucy HadgeMay 3, 2016
    Love the Benugo cafe , there are lots of plugs around if you want to bring your laptop. Prices in Benugo are average. You can get an Americano for £2.40 (tall). Benugo has a nice overview of lakeside
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.May 18, 2015
    An ambitious Brutalist experiment spanning several city blocks. Includes several apartment towers, a small university, a performing arts center, office space, a plant-filled conservatory. Fascinating.
  • Niko F.
    Niko FelgerApril 4, 2013
    Do the Architecture Tour! It's incredible, there's so much fascinating stuff about this place. Plus, for us it was a private tour with the super-passionate guide as we were the only ones on the tour.
  • Y K.
    Y KimAugust 16, 2015
    Went to Cinema 3 to watch a movie. There were no many people so it was quiet and relaxing. The Benugo cafe inside the building is a hidden gem to spend a peaceful Sunday afternoon.
  • London Symphony Orchestra
    London Symphony OrchestraSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The LSO is the Resident Orchestra here, and very proud we are too. The BBC Symphony Orchestra also play here, as do many great international groups and individuals. Not just classical either!
  • Jake F.
    Jake FraserAugust 29, 2014
    The architecture is reason itself to visit, but there are many spaces to relax in, and some excellent performance venues too.
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 11, 2010
    The menu is made up of small, British-inspired sharing plates and a Dine & Dash menu that’ll keep you no longer than 50 minutes -- or your money back. A cool cocktail list wraps things up nicely!
  • Humso
    HumsoJanuary 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place to work if you don't have an office space. There is free wifi, good seating area and many electric plugs. Bring food if you are staying late.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SadownikOctober 18, 2012
    The Random International Rain Room installation currently in The Curve area has a queuing time of about two hours but is well worth it if you like being amazed at human ingenuity.
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YFebruary 28, 2015
    Free entry to walk around an amazing brutalist piece of architecture. Top notch architectural tour and even better music / arts / theatre gigs. See if you can get a discount via Young Barbican
  • Amy
    AmyFebruary 21
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the austere architecture, sit in the sun with a beer, watch a film, music or exhibition. They also do architecture tours which are great!
  • Leslie Q.
    Leslie QFebruary 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This is surely one of the best Arts Centres in the world. Is and has been the iconic home residences of greats such as London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Frankie R.
    Frankie RobertoDecember 10, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Join the members scheme to access the members-only Red Room, which is a quieter than the other bars, and has a good selection of wine & food.
  • Nancy R.
    Nancy Rodrigues da CostaSeptember 14, 2015
    The music library is a great study place! Is a quite area and as a plus you can listen to the CDs from the library to help with concentration.
  • Jason H.
    Jason HirstJune 9, 2015
    So many people simply walk by this big secret! A great cafe, lovely gardens, relaxing water feature and intellectual gatherings. Do visit!
  • Freddie H.
    Freddie HarrisonJanuary 11, 2016
    Great exhibition on Charles and Ray Eames, if a little pricey. Be sure to check your bags in to avoid the scorn of the security-conscious staff!
  • Y K.
    Y KimJune 28, 2015
    Amazing architecture and a nice selection of films. Don't miss a garden room where is peaceful and green.
  • Charlotte M.
    Charlotte MaguierJanuary 4, 2014
    Delicious food and reasonable prices in the food hall (ground floor). Worth a visit if you're looking for a nice lunch in the area!
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareJuly 12, 2013
    It is while walking across the square of the Frobisher Cresent that James Bond tells Tanner that Mr Slate was a "dead end" and M responds, "Oh my God he killed him" in Quantum of Solace (2008). Read more
  • Kristina P.
    Kristina PhamMay 24, 2015
    I like sitting by the fountains it's calming and nice and there's a nice cafe nearby
  • Pookage H.
    Pookage HayesSeptember 14, 2011
    Wonderfully warm & cosy- great place to take a breather if wandering around on a cold day. Bring your own food though- these are central London prices!
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpillipsMarch 9, 2015
    Great cultural happenings all the time. The garden room on a Sunday is great.
  • D K.
    D KnitshadeAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring your own snacks if you don't fancy paying £1.70 for a small bottle of water. It's still very cool here though. Say hello to the ducks in the fountain.
  • Brian
    BrianSeptember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cinemas 2&3 are by far the best cinemas in London. No stale furniture smell, plenty of room, great sound quality.
  • Tee
    TeeAugust 31, 2015
    The theatre is such a little gem. the fountains outside the centre are great on a hot day - Never too busy.
  • leanne f.
    leanne fordJuly 28, 2011
    check out the gorgeous conservatory on a Sunday or bank hol - over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees to behold. so peaceful.
  • Kate T.
    Kate TurgooseJuly 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my absolute favourite places in London. Full of music, art and so much creativity. A joy to visit every time I go. Read more
  • S Marks The Spots
    S Marks The SpotsMarch 31, 2013
    The largest multi-arts centre in Europe. On sunny summer days enjoy a cup of coffee at its sunny terrace after an exhibition/play. Read more
  • Christoph B.
    Christoph BurgdorferNovember 3, 2012
    You gotta be pretty patient if you want to order from the Martini Bar. They are chronically understaffed. But it's worth the wait!
  • Naz M.
    Naz MeerhoutDecember 23, 2013
    Great place to watch a film. Only 2 screens so not a lot of choice but great seats, service and price.
  • Angus S.
    Angus Spawton-RiceAugust 15, 2016
    Always something cool on here so see listings but also great to just turn up and wander about. Striking architecture.
  • Justin
    JustinJanuary 18, 2015
    Wonderfully atmospheric space for concerts (great programme of events) or just relaxing
  • mylifeisgorgeous
    mylifeisgorgeousOctober 22, 2011
    One of the biggest multi-art institutions in Europe. Don't miss its temporary activities.+44 (0) 20 7638 4141http://www.barbican.org.uk/ Read more
  • Luke K.
    Luke KpaintFebruary 6, 2016
    Great concert hall. I love some live music events that take place in the central open areas, in front of the bar.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LewerDecember 31, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Explore the Barbican Centre and Estate - amazing architecture, and a brilliant place to watch live music, see great art and go to the cinema. Grab a quick bite at the Waterside Cafe. Read more
  • Friederike W.
    Friederike Wild1 week ago
    Great place to work with many seating areas. Free WiFi is called "Lets Take a Walk"
  • Helen F.
    Helen ForrestJanuary 2, 2010
    Waterside cafe is an inexpensive and good value place to eat with a choice of hot and cold dishes and desserts. You can get a main meal, dessert and drink for well under 15 pounds.
  • Lucy H.
    Lucy HadgeMay 3, 2016
    It's spacious, lots of sockets, perfect place to have meetings and work and grab a bite by lakeside
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 28, 2012
    It might look like it was built in 1920s Uzbekistan (then turned inside out) but, believe it or not, the Barbican is about to celebrate its thirtieth birthday. Read more
  • The Guardian
    The GuardianApril 25, 2012
    "Prepare to be struck by how crisp and clear the acoustics are, in spite of the vastness of the 2,000-capacity main hall..." Read more
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina CiolinoNovember 22, 2014
    Go to the toilets on the first floor, where the martini bar is - easier to get than the ones downstairs
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SwabyNovember 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great restaurant on the second floor run by Searcys. Great menu and loads of Gin! http://searcys.co.uk/venues/gin-joint/
  • Ekaterina S.
    Ekaterina SkorobogatovaJanuary 28, 2016
    brutalist architecture! go to the barbican conservatory - it is open to general public on Sunday
  • Chris L.
    Chris LintottNovember 24, 2016
    Cocktail bar on 1st floor does a pretty good martini - and £5 from 5-6pm
  • Simon K.
    Simon KJune 23, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great place to escape the lunchtime crowds in the city - a great oasis of calm
  • Idan C.
    Idan CohenApril 27, 2012
    Beautiful example of 60-70 Brutalism architecture. Sometimes excellent concerts and exhibitions.
  • Sergio F.
    Sergio FernandezAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best cultural hubs in London. The food hall is stunning too!
  • Ore W.
    Ore WilliamsSeptember 2, 2013
    The sears at the top make for a perfect Birdseye view and great acoustics!
  • Giacomo M.
    One of the most interesting urban projects in London. Do the archiectural tour at the weekend!
  • Friederike W.
    Friederike Wild1 week ago
    Visit Beech Garden for a tranquil urban break with some green. You find it near Bryer Court.
  • Bianca N.
    Bianca NgAugust 21, 2016
    Great place to study and they also put on great shows and exhibits.
  • Avalon d.
    Avalon de PDecember 6, 2014
    Love the architecture features. Even the toilet fittings are mostly original
    Upvoted Apr 10
  • Arnau B.
    Arnau BronsomsDecember 6, 2015
    Great construction, gardens, theater, cinema, exhibitions, cafeteria... Brutal
  • Daria 😎
    Daria 😎November 27, 2012
    Huge, comfortable and beautiful place. Must go and see for yourself.
  • John S.
    John SOctober 22, 2016
    Cool for relaxing near the lake and fountains and nothing more!
  • Dorian T.
    Dorian TireliOctober 16, 2016
    Great venue. Love the brutalist architecture. Amazing!
  • G C.
    G CMay 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best cafe. Lovely place. Visit and see something different there!
  • Gatambwa M.
    Gatambwa MukandalaApril 11, 2013
    Big exhibition place spread out over a few buildings. Overall a nice place.
  • 'Mista Montana C.
    Words cant describe how obnoxious this place has become. Nearly broke my arm fending off some of their flippin geese that swarm into you
  • John B.
    John BoothJuly 13, 2015
    Good to wander round and relax in the city. There are some good cultural events usually too.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SpindlerMay 21, 2015
    The free wifi is very fast. Never had such a fast Internet. Download speeds of 40+mbs
  • Marcus A.
    Marcus AgarMarch 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Martini bar upstairs is a great place to meet. Free wifi
  • Caterina
    CaterinaAugust 25, 2016
    If you haven't been to Ragnar Kjartansson's exhibition yet...GO NOW!!!
  • Alina Y.
    Alina Y.August 9, 2014
    Excited by this place and all the things that centre does. Every part and every exhibition is must-visit definitely
  • Vic M.
    Vic McGinFebruary 22, 2016
    Architectural utopia. Take a couple of hours and get lost.
  • Caterina
    CaterinaAugust 25, 2016
    If you haven't been to Ragnar Kartjansson's exhibition yet..GO NOW!!!
  • Ellie L.
    Ellie LovellAugust 7, 2014
    Free wifi in the cinema cafe - a good place to work between meetings.
  • Bullbearings
    BullbearingsJune 20, 2011
    Part of the Barbican Estate. Centre for the Arts & Culture where you will always find something interesting to do: music concerts, theatre, film screenings and art exhibitions.
  • Kiran P.
    Kiran PatelAugust 19, 2011
    If your a under 25 don't forget to sign up online for Barbican freeB, Great offers and freebies :)
  • laurari
    laurariSeptember 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    cloakroom is free and chocolate brownies are superb (just sayin')
  • Paul M.
    Paul MisonJune 10, 2013
    If there's nothing in the arts centre you want to see, at least you can wander around the imposing architecture.
  • Sue S.
    Sue SpenceMay 14, 2012
    Comfortable clean cinema with an interesting selection of films.
  • Jean Hannah
    Jean HannahMarch 10, 2013
    Best place for a Sunday afternoon walk, if you like concrete.
  • Clio T.
    Clio ThomasAugust 18, 2010
    the curve usually has very interesting free exhibitions, and the Ron Arad show there was fantastic
  • Barbora K.
    Barbora KreuzerovaAugust 19, 2015
    In love with this architecture <3
  • vivan thi t.
    vivan thi tangSeptember 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    sitting outside before/after an exhibit is such a peaceful treat!
  • Bilge U.
    Bilge UOctober 8, 2015
    Great example of brutal architecture. Walk around and inside.
  • arshia v.
    arshia varletJune 30, 2010
    The London INDIAN Film Festival15-20 July 2010The Festival launches with a range of cutting-edge movies from some of India’s hottest independent talents, we aren’t talking Bollywood here, but fi Read more
  • Kate G.
    Kate GomesAugust 8, 2015
    Love the space. All the seats are good!
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan McGinleyFebruary 22, 2014
    Make sure you get there early for the big exhibitions
  • Adam N.
    Adam NowekJune 14, 2015
    Do the architecture tour! Make sure you book it in advance online.
  • Alice J.
    Alice JaneJanuary 19, 2016
    Can't find a place for chilling with family better than here.
  • Joe T.
    Joe TFebruary 17, 2013
    Go to the conservatory.....a free oasis in the middle of the city. Who needs kew?!
  • Kukkii K.
    Another fine exhibit: the Japanese House.
  • Oliver S.
    Oliver ShreeveMarch 12, 2015
    Old school building concept "of the future"
  • Andy Y.
    Andy YourglivchJuly 30, 2011
    I love going to The Barbican for Classical Music with a meal in the Food Hall before the concert.
  • Imagine B.
    Imagine BowtiesDecember 29, 2012
    there is always something great happening here -concerts/exhibitions/theatre performances
  • Ed W.
    Ed WildAugust 3, 2013
    Cinema 2, seats B9 and 10 have nobody in front for an unimpeded virw of the screen.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BadrFebruary 1, 2010
    The calendar is jam-packed with things to see ranging from festivals, film, art, music and more. Read more
  • Kostas K.
    Kostas KoukoravasNovember 22, 2014
    Great cocktails at the martini bar!
  • Lucas E.
    Lucas EskenaziJune 4, 2014
    Great JPG exhibition. A must for London
  • Nick F.
    Nick FrancisFebruary 22, 2016
    Great events but bleak and souless industrial design
  • Nelson C.
    Nelson CookOctober 9, 2011
    Try to go with someone who has already been there, otherwise you might get lost.
  • SoJuno
    SoJunoMarch 31
    Visit this place and try to catch a show there.
  • Enzo M.
    Enzo MartinelliOctober 18, 2015
    World class venue for music performances
  • Inayaili d.
    Have a nice dinner and a bottle of wine at the Waterside Cafe and then go see a movie in the cinema—I love it that there is no pop-corn, and it's also one of the cheapest cinema's in town.
  • Britannica
    BritannicaAugust 5, 2011
    London Symphony Orchestra is resident in the arts complex, which is also the London home of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina CiolinoMarch 9, 2015
    Need to cross the pond? Go to first floor - there's no way from the ground floor unless you're a resident
  • Helen H.
    Helen HudsonJanuary 7, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Lovely peacefull costa by the lakeside
  • Valerie
    ValerieMay 16, 2014
    Exposition Jean Paul Gauthier a ne pas manquer. Amazing !!! Des collections époustouflantes !
  • Sam .
    Sam 🎀December 2, 2012
    mærkeligt men fascinerende stykke arkitektur, og så er der en hyggelig café i komplekset med gode kager. Der er også et galleri, og nogle gange kan man være heldig at komme forbi en gratis koncert
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