Barbican Centre, London
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The largest performing arts center in Europe, Barbican Centre offers a wide range of theater, art, dance, film, and music events throughout the year. An important source of culture for Londoners, the center contains numerous venues, including the 2,000-capacity Barbican Hall, which hosts the London Symphony Orchestra, the 1,200-capacity Barbican Theatre, which the Royal Shakespeare Company designed and uses, the Barbican Art Gallery, a three-screen cinema, a library, and numerous restaurants, conference halls, and trade exhibition halls. The expansive facility can be challenging to navigate, so download a floorplan from its website before visiting. Put Barbican Centre into our London trip itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Although buildings are very 1970's in style, the library, eateries and meeting areas are of a good standard.
Michael Clark's programme, costume design and music all fantastic. My only complaint is that I didn't want it to end!
We actually visited to see a couple of small exhibitions in the Barbican Library. The building complex itself is interesting outside and in, but it is a huge place and not easy to find your way around... read more »
Great space and always featuring interesting exhibitions. I can personally admit to having spent a lot of money in the gift shop as well. The architecture devides many yet it should be marvelled for its idea; placing a multi-purpose arts venue within a housing estate, if I could love on any housing estate it would be this one.
Cafe in the cinema used to be great. Now benugo have taken over and the coffee is awful and service worse. Nobody ever clears any tables even when the place is completely empty. It's a shame because the rest of the barbican is great.
The current photographic exhibition is absolutely amazing, outstanding photography from the 50'ies and 60'ies. Really worth a trip to London
Pretty good place to work, because it's quit. However, it's very dark inside so you get the winter blues as soon as you walk in. Food and drinks are overpriced. So a good place to sit for a few hours, but not suitable to work all day
The Barbican Centre is really big - its architecture reminds me of big cities in South America for some reason... which in my opinion is not a good thing. Though the building is not a beauty per se, it is the home of the Symphony Orchestra, adding a layer of coolness to it. Overall, it's grey and a bit bleak. It hosts however, events and expos all the time. You need to keep up with the changes, because there is always something new. Head back towards the canal: there are some tables and chairs available outside by the cafe which is a very cool space in warm days.
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