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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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  • August 18, 2017
    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 »
  • August 11, 2017
    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 »
  • August 9, 2017
    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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  • Came for the the "Into The Unknown" exhibition. Really good exhibition. Rest of the centre is good too. Good food in the cafe and a decent cup of coffee.
  • My wife and I have been to the Barbican twice very recently to see Obsession and hear Glass/Anderson. Both were wonderful left-field major events that one expects from this venue. Both visits, however, were hugely spoilt by our visits to the disgusting lavatories. The squalor of the ladies further compounded by the inevitable queue snaking up the stairs. Management should not allow third class facilities to cast a stench over first class events. I should mention that the loos at this venue have been bad for years but they they are now reaching new lows
  • The manager Neil has allowed me to have a quick shoot in the garden with a photographer, he was extremely welcoming. He came to get us at the door took us upstairs showed us everywhere and allowed us to use it even beyond the time we had it for. I will recommend this place for weddings or photoshoots because its beautiful and I would even have my birthday party or wedding there. Thank you so much Niel.
  • Always a great place to spend some time walking through its maze of corridors, or enjoy a show in one of the auditoriums. Interesting architecture, and on Sundays it's possible to visit the beautiful conservatory.
  • The locked theatre doors, the lack of any comfortable bar area. feels like train station / airport waiting lounge. For a theatrical experience it's a grim start.

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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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