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Barbican Centre

Performing Arts Venue, Movie Theater, and Art Gallery
Barbican, London
  • The folks at The Guardian and Time Out London like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Amy
    "They also do architecture tours which are great!"(4 Tips)
    Dorian T.
    "Love the brutalist architecture."(4 Tips)
    "Beware of new foodhall - nowhere near as good as old Waterside Café."(4 Tips)
    Dave I.
    "have a wonder round the free exhibitions then coffee outside."(3 Tips)
153 Tips and reviews
  • architecture
  • concerts
  • brutalist
  • café
  • quiet
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
    Upvoted Aug 19
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 10+ 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 4141 Read more
  • Friederike W.
    Great place to work with many seating areas. Free WiFi is called "Lets Take a Walk"
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ekaterina S.
    Ekaterina SkorobogatovaJanuary 28, 2016
    brutalist architecture! go to the barbican conservatory - it is open to general public on Sunday
  • 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
  • Chris L.
    Chris LintottNovember 24, 2016
    Cocktail bar on 1st floor does a pretty good martini - and £5 from 5-6pm
  • 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
  • Sergio F.
    Sergio FernandezAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best cultural hubs in London. The food hall is stunning too!
  • Idan C.
    Idan CohenApril 27, 2012
    Beautiful example of 60-70 Brutalism architecture. Sometimes excellent concerts and exhibitions.
  • Ore W.
    Ore WilliamsSeptember 2, 2013
    The sears at the top make for a perfect Birdseye view and great acoustics!
  • 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.
  • Giacomo M.
    One of the most interesting urban projects in London. Do the archiectural tour at the weekend!
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