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Founded in 1947 by a collective of poets, artists and critics, the Institute of Contemporary Arts was intended to drive the London arts scene forward into brave new territory. The ICA has floundered somewhat in recent years, its status as art's rebel institution holding less sway in a scene awash with controversy-seeking work. Located on The Mall since 1968, the venue programmes arthouse cinema, performance art, philosophical debates, art-themed club nights, cutting-edge bands and anything else that might challenge accepted notions. There's also an excellent bookshop and sunlit café-cum-bar.

Venue name: ICA
Address: The Mall
Opening hours: Tue (Free), Wed, Fri-Sun 11am-6pm; Thu 11am-9pm. Bar: Tue-Sun 11am–11pm.
Transport: Tube: Charing Cross
Price: £1 Day membership, free Tue, under 18s and concs
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  • Digital and interactive Until Sunday November 13 2016
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  • Dance and electronic Friday November 18 2016
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  • Film events Sunday November 20 2016 - Sunday November 27 2016
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  • Wednesday November 23 2016 - Sunday January 22 2017 Free
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I simply love The ICA. I don't pretend for one moment to understand all I see there, but the Cinemas, Galleries and Cafe never fail to intrigue and delight. Last night I joined a Time Out Card curated tour of the "Looks" exhibition. The curator (Juliette, I think) was so eloquent and passionate about her work and the artists on display. The exhibition tackles gender representation in the digital age. Mixed media to include an awesome 20 minute dual-screen film. Fabulous stuff - and left me just in the right mood to walk down the Mall, under Admiralty Arch and into the London night. 

Tiago Almeida

Aurora @ICA

This was such a great gig.  Aurora played more up tempo tracks than her usual slow and sweet songs (she’s known best in the UK for singing last year’s John Lewis Christmas ad).  The ICA is a small and intimate venue, perfect for an artist like Aurora.  She and her very talented band got the crowd dancing and played a great encore  She is young but her music speaks of an old soul, and her genuine surprise and pleasure at the crowd turning up to see her was so endearing I’m sure she gained many new fans along the way.  Go see her on her tour and download her songs right now, you won’t be disappointed.

Sareta P

The ICA still makes me feel a bit giddy, like the early days of living in London. It's location alone - across from St. James's Park, down from Buckingham Palace and a hop away from Trafalgar Sq - makes it a special place to visit. However, it is instantly less assuming than it's regal neighbours and brings a brilliant slice of culture to central London. Cinema, exhibtion, cafe, shop - you can spend a good few hours in the ICA. Day membership is £1 but you get free access to exhibitions with any cinema ticket so it's well worth having a gander whilst in for a flick.

Syirin Said

It's actually quite rare to find a place like the ICA in London. Fair play that London does have places that are quirky yet traditional but the ICA stands out by being exceptionally cool. Having a cinema is definitely an icing on the cake for someone like me who is always craving for a place I could 'escape' to that is cool, understated yet elegant.


Amazing institution with a great film programme - and now a super deal on membership!

Accepts Time Out Card

£15 for annual membership

Usually £30. Benefits include: 25% off limited ed. prints, £4 off all films, 10% off at the ICA Bar and 12 free member screenings a year. Please note, Membership can ONLY be bought at the ICA when you show your Time Out Card.

This offer can be redeemed between 11am and 9pm. Don’t have a Time Out Card? Get yours here.