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Barbican Centre, London

(4.1/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A modern, tranquil escape in central London. The pond is stunning and filled with large friendly fish. There are a variety of good restaurants at the medium to high price range. There is a large conce...  more »
  • Attended the graduation of students from the University College London, It was a grand affair and the facilities at the Center was top notch.  more »
  • We have visited many times and are always delighted with the calm of the place. Great place to see musical acts. We recently enjoyed Gilbert O'Sullivan's 50 year concert. Great sight lines and the sou...  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.