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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. 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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  • On many of my visits to London I have planned to go to visit the Barbican Centre. I am very familiar with the National Theatre on the other side of the river, but had not quite ventured here as yet. I...  more »
  • Great setting and handy if you wish to travel in to the capital, also nice place to wonder around in evening, weather permitting. friendly staff and good breakfast. 
  • we took a guided tour of the whole barbican complex and learnt many interesting facts about this huge concrete architecture. It would've been even better if it had included a visit into 1 of the numer...  more »
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  • Great place to just go and do some work on your laptop, or meet some friends for some board games. They have a few places with ok food and coffee. The exhibitions are cool as well.
  • A true class act, absolutely fantastic concert hall designed in a strong concrete brutalist aesthetic. The venue is beautiful inside, and goes across 3 floors with plenty of toilets and shops/cafés to grab a bite or drink from. The staff are very friendly and helpful, unlike most concert hall staff, and the toilets (though busy) easily handle the capacity. Gorgeous place for real live orchestral music.
  • Amazing complex in a great part of town. Very good performances be it theater, concert, cinema... the barbicans complex in itself is worth visiting. It looks very brutalist/space age
  • If you want to see a great play come here, a bit off the radar but still good theater and also interesting photos/paintings/sculptures exhibitions the halls.
  • Went to see Hamlet in 2015, the place was intimidating because of the huge buildings but at the same time marvelous. Everybody was really friendly.