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:||Closed Mon. Tues–Thu 12pm–11pm, Fri–Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm–11pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Charing Cross|
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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.
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.