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Trafalgar Square
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£10 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.See great offers available to all the Time Out Card holders

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
Contact:
Address: The Mall
London
SW1Y 5AH
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
  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    Tragedy hangs like smoke over this spectral, startling return to form for Polish-born, British-based writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski. First and foremost, there’s the historical tragedy of The Holocaust which drives the story. But there’s also, i...
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  • Time Out says
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    Magic realism comes to Minnesota in this sly slice of slow cinema, as a downtrodden Japanese office worker (Rinko Kikuchi) finds a VHS tape of the Coen brothers’s ‘Fargo’ hidden in a seaside cave, reads the fake ‘based on a true story’ caption and...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    According to Hollywood legend, the Oscars banned animals from being eligible for Best Actor after German shepherd Rin Tin Tin won most votes in 1929. That won’t sound so ridiculous if you watch this powerful Hungarian drama featuring the Al Pacino...
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  • Time Out says
    • 5 out of 5 stars
    ‘Most of the successful people in Hollywood are failures as human beings.’ So said Marlon Brando. But what happens when their 15 minutes are up? It’s not like failure suddenly transforms former mega-celebs into humble human beings who can pick up ...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    This is a whale of a movie, grotesque and a little bloated but impossible to ignore. Its power and its horrors sneak up on you. It's a contemporary Russian tale, set on the shores of the Barents Sea, about the unholy powers of the state and the ch...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    British filmmaker Peter Strickland (‘Berberian Sound Studio’) is a star student of ’70s Eurotrash: he loves screamy Italian B-movies and the kind of soft-focus lesbian cuddling that used to titillate weirdos when we still had sex cinemas. His abso...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    Ever since 'Boogie Nights', the untamable Paul Thomas Anderson ('There Will Be Blood', 'The Master') has thrilled us with the mania of self-made men – porn stars, game-show hosts, oil prospectors and cultists. Now, for a change, the director grabs...
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  • Installation Sat February 28th 2015 - Sun April 12th 2015
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  • Contemporary art Sat February 28th 2015 - Sun December 20th 2015
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  • Painting Sat February 28th 2015 - Sun March 1st 2015
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  • Photography Sat February 28th 2015 - Sun April 12th 2015
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    The Mall London London SW1Y 5AH
  • Contemporary art Tue March 24th 2015 - Sun May 10th 2015
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  • Installation Tue October 6th 2015 - Sun November 1st 2015
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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.

Luke

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