Barbican Centre

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Barbican

The UK's leading international arts centre

The Barbican Centre, a vast concrete estate of 2,000 flats and a leading arts complex, is a prime example of brutalist architecture, softened a little by time and rectangular ponds of friendly resident ducks. The lakeside terrace and adjoining café are good spots to take a rest from visiting the art gallery, cinema, theatre, concert hall or library within the complex. The art gallery on the third floor stages exhibitions on design, architecture and pop culture, while on the ground floor, the Curve is a free exhibition space for specially commissioned works and contemporary art. At the core of the music roster, performing 90 concerts a year, is the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). The annual BITE season (Barbican International Theatre Events) continues to cherry-pick exciting and eclectic theatre companies from around the globe. The Barbican regularly attracts and nurtures experimental dance, and the Pit Theatre is a perfectly intimate space.

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Venue name: Barbican Centre
Contact:
Address: Silk St
London
EC2Y 8DS
Opening hours: Centre Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun noon-11pm. Art Gallery Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm; Thu, Fri 10am–9pm. The Curve Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun 11am–8pm; Thu, Fri 11am–9pm
Transport: Tube: Barbican
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    Lilli
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    I guess most people would agree the Barbican isn´t the most pretty landmark in London. However, even though our tastes might have changed since the Barbican was built in the 60s, it is still an incredibly impressive place to visit. One can imagine the futuristic visions of its creators when exploring all of its different levels and hidden corners.There are always some interesting and quirky exhibitions as well as a great cinema and theatre. 

    Don´t miss the conservatory or a coffee break at the "lake" if the weather is good enough. You´ll feel like you´re part of Brave New World or 1984 - not quite sure if the Barbican is a dystopia or utopia.

    Daniel L
    Tastemaker

    the weird, the wacky and the wow. The exhibitions on display (many of them FREE!!) are highly interactive and intriguing. It is a surprise that this is not as popular as some of the other major touristic venues. Hence this makes a good hideaway, alongside the ample cafe options dotted around the complex. Definitely a place to spend if you have an hour or two to spend learning about something completely new (and quirky) such as the most recent one about using light pulses to trace out the movement patterns of visitors upon a sandy floor... yes it isn't for everyone but still cool.

    bigsands

    I would love to do a gig here as this is London's answer to Carnegie hall on 7th Avenue. It is however sad to read the comments from the dissatisfied bride below. So anyone getting married in London should have a look at recommended venues: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIB4nvvLkNk Notwitstanding, the Barbican does other things very well and is worth a visit.

    PS

    I love going to shows, the art gallery and cinema here. Really cool 60s building.

    dissatisfied bride

    I had a lovely wedding, the location was spectacular and I had a fantastic day as did all my guests. It ended rather abruptly though with the music being turned off at 11 on the dot. I can hardly complain, but I do have some serious complaints regarding the service. The food at the wedding was a much lower quality than what I was served at my tasting. The appetiser, which had been lovely at the tasting, held no resemblance to what I was served at my wedding and the creme brulée instead of being luscious and creamy as it had been at the tasting, was a stiff gelatine. After the wedding the staff didn't pack up my crockery hire correctly which made me lose my deposit and they were completely unremorseful about it, ignoring my emails and not helpful at all. The cherry on top of the cake, 2 months after the wedding, after we had settle all accounts the wedding planner started bothering us for another 600 pounds. We had spent the budget, the invoices had all been settled and he was haggling us for more money. Quite unprofessional.