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ICA
Trafalgar Square
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Accepts Time Out Card

£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
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    This should have been something truly remarkable: a peerless cast of playing-against-type Hollywood bigwigs, a director whose track record (‘Capote’, ‘Moneyball’) screams quality and a real-life story that speaks to timely themes of wealth, privil...
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    The title means ‘bad hair’, the chief bugbear for Venezuelan nine-year-old Junior (Samuel Lange Zambrano), who just wants to wear snazzy clothes, have glorious shiny locks and be a successful singer, rather than live out his life stuck in a brutal...
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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
    • 5 out of 5 stars
    For his latest exploration of an institution, the great American documentary-maker Frederick Wiseman, now in his mid-eighties, turns his inquisitive lens on the employees, patrons and paintings of London’s National Gallery. Time-wise it’s a mid-ra...
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  • Contemporary art Sun February 1st 2015 - Sun December 20th 2015
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  • Painting Sun February 1st 2015 - Sun March 1st 2015
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  • Installation Tue February 3rd 2015 - Sun April 12th 2015
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  • Photography Tue February 3rd 2015 - Sun April 12th 2015
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  • Pop Wed February 4th 2015 - Wed February 4th 2015
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  • Electronica Thu February 19th 2015 - Thu February 19th 2015
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  • 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!