Barbican Centre
Barbican Centre
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9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
About
The Barbican Centre is the largest multi-arts centre in Europe, featuring art, film, music, theatre, dance and education all under one roof and under one creative direction. There's a great choice of eating and drinking at the Barbican, with something to please every taste.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighbourhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Barbican • 4 min walk
  • Moorgate • 5 min walk
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  • MikeFo
    Brighton, United Kingdom1,060 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brutalist construction with a fine arts centre
    A curious place, architecture is rather brutalist, but it does a pleasant water featured interior. The main reason to be here is the arts centre, which is very good. It can be eerily quiet when outside the arts centre, and not always obvious to find your way around.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Linda R
    East Cowes, United Kingdom29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do
    My daughter had her graduation here. To be honest I was prepared to dislike it, I love old building, an modern building leaves me cold. And this, being described as Brutalist put me off... But, it has a beauty of its own. The starkness is broken by the abundance of flowers growing from the balconies of the apartments. Everywhere are little gardens, tiny oasis of greenery. It is peaceful, it feels a million miles from the city, but is just a minute from it. Sadly the Conservatory was closed when we visited, but we peered though the windows of several levels to admire the mass of greenery. So pleased to have visted.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Holly
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant architecture tour
    The Architecture Tour that I went on today was fantastic! Our guide was so knowledgeable, funny and interesting and the time just flew by. Lots of interesting facts and stories about the incredible architecture of this fascinating development. High recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 July 2023
  • kappy26
    Boston, Massachusetts1,091 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Barbican Centre London UK
    We had a great time at the Barbican Centre. We went to my cousin Lucy's wedding reception on July 30th 2023. What a beautiful place in London with a pretty conservatory with beautiful plants and trees and a lot of greenery
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Peter D
    London, United Kingdom29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    THE best place in London
    One of the finest architectural wonders of the world. The Barbican is an incredible space. It is worth doing the architecture tour (daily) and also wondering around yourself getting lost in the incredible architecture inside and out. There will never be anything like this ever built again in the world. This has to be the highlight of any trip to London.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 August 2023
  • AmbridgeGirl
    London, United Kingdom1,094 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great theatre.
    First visit to this theatre and really enjoyed it. The theatre is so comfortable and the design is great. We had ok seats but asked if there were any better available. The manager thought there might be and we were given tickets nearer the stage. Fab seats, good show and great customer service. Must visit the Barbican more often, so much going on there.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Wanderer
    Holbeach, United Kingdom397 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Estate and Theatre
    Excellent theatre, and really interesting entertainment space in general. We were very lucky on the day we visited the theatre that it had low ticket sales and we were upgraded to have much better seats from the Upper Circles to excellent stalls seats. Seats were nice and comfy in the Stalls! After leaving the theatre we had a little walk around the Barbican Complex, and have to say I was in love with it, I'd be interested to do one of the tours there in future to learn more about the architecture and concept of the estate.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 August 2023
  • E Austin
    United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant Architecture tour of Barbican - highly recommended
    Our group booked on the Barbican Architecture Tour. It was fantastic! Our guide was superb and provided great insights into both the history of the site, as well as the design concepts, engineering aspects, construction and architect ure. Fascinating. Started the day with lunch on the terrace of the Bonfire restaurant.. food and service excellent and great value for money. Highly recommend.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 September 2023
  • ChrisNe
    Dunstable, United Kingdom26 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing
    Signage both inside and out is terrible so allow plenty of time. A once lovely venue is looking rather shabby and appears to be poorly run. Several toilets were out of order, including the accessible one that I needed in cinema 1.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Nomad594325
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Architectural tour 30.10.23
    I went on a Barbican Architectural Tour on 30.10.23. The guide, Beth Watson, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, with excellent diction too. She tried hard to give a balanced view of Brutalism. I recommend the tour. The Barbican may be ugly, but it's also full of interest.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 October 2023
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Greg S
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Kiss Me Gate was excellent but the Barbican Centre itself needs demolishing. It's an incoherent mess. Enough stairs to give Escher nightmares. Vast open spaces which make little sense. Very, very difficult for elderly and disabled people. The management are well aware of the issues which is evidenced by the huge numbers of (very helpful) staff all over the place, guiding the confused in the right direction.
Even getting there is horrible - the two tube stations aren't close, and the route to the Barbican is an unpleasant concrete hellscape.
The icing on the cake tonight was that half the loos were out of action - and there are far too few in the first place!
I will never go back, unless Maria Callas and Frank Sinatra are resurrected and give a joint concert.
Written 10 July 2024
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Gary10564
Sudbury, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
A very interesting place, first time visit and not disappointed . Good toilet facilities. Lots of stairs..a little dated decorations.
Written 7 July 2024
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northernsouls14
Runcorn, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Came to the Barbican centre to see the 2Tone From the Caribbean to Coventry exhibition. Fantastic building and a brilliantly put together and curated exhibition.
Written 3 July 2024
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,817 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
The building has some interesting design elements and lots of art exhibits to see. We went early on a Sunday so much of it was closed but we were still able to walk around. The building is a brutalist design from the 1980s and we enjoyed our 20 minute visit here. We would have spent more time here if the conservatory or any of the exhibits were open. There are a number of restaurants and cafes here as well. It is free to enter and the closest metro station is Moorgate.
Written 1 July 2024
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A83
Berkshire, UK108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We went for the conservatory. This was a hit hard to locate however it was worth it when we got there it’s such a cute little part of London where you can go to truly relax. Some of the plants however are toxic although these have signs just make sure you’re careful if you go with smaller children. We used their restaurant afterwards and got bubble teas they were slightly pricey but they tasted nice and we were able to sit outside by the fountain whilst enjoying our drink.
Written 30 June 2024
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AmbridgeGirl
London, UK1,094 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Saw an excellent production of Kiss Me Kate. Very comfortable theatre, great seats and plenty of leg-room. The cast were superb.
Written 29 June 2024
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Elaine S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Went to show yesterday "Kiss me Kate" it was outstanding. My husband is sight impaired and Marianne was amazing support to him before, interval and after show. Theatre is really nice and we had lunch before again amazing.
Written 23 June 2024
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Edward the dog
Chichester, UK1,515 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Weve just seen the amazing Kiss Me Kate. The seats are so comfy, you almost feel like its from the comfort of your own home. The theatre , shop and bat staff are really friendly too. Love the Barbican and will come back. The tickets here for £175.00 were well worth the money for the excellent views. Again , what a wonderful production.
Written 22 June 2024
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AJ
Austin, TX1,355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
GREAT Architecture tour led by a resident. He shared not only the history of the area, but also provided a ton of insight into the design elements incorporated. Professional with plenty of humour. Highly recommend. Just leave plenty of time before your tour starts to ensure you aren't late. Getting lost at the Barbican is just part of the Barbican experience.
Written 12 June 2024
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HT
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Really informative walking tour of the Barbican architecture. It’s 90 minutes, but I didn’t feel like I’d walked and stood for a solid hour-and-a-half; the pace was fast enough to sustain interest, but not so fast as to feel rushed through. The guide, Camille, was very knowledgeable, having worked, lived and studied at the Barbican. They clearly love the Barbican—if critically—and their enthusiasm for the place shone through in their words. All of the places we visited were accessible to the general public, except a long metal walkway accessed via a fire exit door where we viewed a wall where different finishes on the concrete were tested before the final choice was made. The ticket was £15/£12 unwaged and included a 15% discount on purchases in the Barbican shop the same day.
Written 25 May 2024
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