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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. Make Barbican Centre a centerpiece of your London vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our London attractions site .
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  • Wow, I'm still blown away in how brilliant this exhibition was. If you're into science fiction, this is a place is must go. Hurry up, as this exhibition is only on for another 12 days (closing at the ...  more »
  • just been to see the tempest and thought it was fantastic! the special effects were incredible. loved it! the seating was fantastic with great views of the stage. and very comfortable the centre itsel...  more »
  • Bimbled up here to watch the RSC's 'Twelfth Night' at the end of July (which was an amazing production for the record) and it struck me what a stand-out place this is, even amongst the behemoths of Lo...  more »
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  • Excellent place to spend weekend with your loved one, lots of activities going on Theatre, cinema, exhibitions, as well as free activities. This weekend we watched the party there it was brilliant. Also you have chance to get good food.
  • One of my favourite spaces to visit. The architecture is great and steeped in post war history. The library is worth a visit and the exhibitions are always 10/10. A brutalist national treasure.
  • A truly wonderful piece of Brutalist architecture. Beautiful and calm courtyard with water features, excellent place to relax for a cup of coffee from the cafe. The architecture tour is a must if you're into architecture but not familiar with the circulation through the estate.
  • Great venue for concerts. Tiered seating on circle offers good view looking down onto stage. Sound travels well. Been to two concerts
  • Beautiful building and interesting interior design with extremely helpful staff. The ONLY problem was poor control of late arriving people to performance.. Maybe because they were too many but nevertheless there should not be people coming and going in front of you when artists are performing

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Many of London's main attractions are spread out, so nearby public transportation is key. There is no downtown area as such in London, and some of the least expensive hotels have more convenient access to tourist sites than the costlier ones. For a quintessential London experience, consider staying in the West End. This part of town offers excellent theaters, historical sites, and eating and shopping options for every taste. Lodging won’t be cheap, but you’ll have the colorful variety of London life right at your doorstep. Look at Notting Hill or Chelsea for charming and less expensive boutique hotels and B&Bs.
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