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.
|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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James Richards: Requests And Antisongs
Multimedia works in which the artist continues his ongoing exploration of the emotive power of appropriated digital video and sound.Digital and interactive Until Sunday November 13 2016Read more
ICA Music - Kode9 & Lawrence Lek Present The Notel
Electronic music and live audio-visuals from Kode9 and Lawrence Lek.Dance and electronic Friday November 18 2016Read more
Things to do
Framed Lives Screenings
Give your Sunday mornings an intense start with this series of screenings run by the Institute of Psychoanalysis. Following the spring/summer programme on the lives of artists, this autumn biographical films on prominent monarchs are followed by discussions...Film events Sunday November 20 2016 - Sunday November 27 2016Read more
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016
The exhibition that showcases the work of recent graduates makes a welcome return to the ICA. Rarely coherent, but always bold and refreshing, it makes for a fascinating cross-section of what young artists are making today.Wednesday November 23 2016 - Sunday January 22 2017 FreeRead more
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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.
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.
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.