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Barbican CentreDescribed by the Queen as 'one of the wonders of the modern world' , the Barbican Centre has also been voted 'London's ugliest building'. Ugly or not, this multi-faceted performance and arts venue is truly wondrous. Open 363 days a year, it offers the most diverse program of any London venue. As well as being home to the London Symphony Orchestra, the centre's giant Barbican Hall attracts a host of international classical, jazz, rock, and world music stars. Two theatres offer a year-round program of some of the finest in international performing arts, while three cinemas mix mainstream films with specialist seasons. The Barbican Art Gallery, several smaller exhibition spaces, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, live music in the foyer, and a host of talks, signings, and events for children are also on offer. The building itself is a labyrinth and finding your route from the station or car park is an adventure in itself. Staircases twist around each other, directing lost patrons into mysteriously empty mezzanines, where odd snatches of music are the only guide back to the main lobby. The joy of coming across exhibitions, live music, or talks from a major arts celebrity in some odd corner of the building is a unique feature of this remarkable concentration of artistic talent.

 

Barbican Centre events

 
Martinho Da VilaMartinho Da VilaThe Brazilian samba revivalist and his band perform music from their 50-year career, featuring traditional samba and contemporary pop fusions.2016-06-28T20:00:00+01002016-06-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Martinho Da Vila
On the Twentieth CenturyOn the Twentieth CenturyGuildhall actors present the musical tale about a down-on-his-luck theatre producer who attempts to rekindle his romance with a glamorous Hollywood starlet, in Betty Comden and Adolph Green's 1930s-era screwball comedy set on a train travelling from Chicago to New York.2016-06-28T19:30:00+01002016-07-06T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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On the Twentieth Century
The Shadow KingThe Shadow King2016-06-28T19:45:00+01002016-07-02T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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The Shadow King
Barbican Open Salon: Think Like An ArtistBarbican Open Salon: Think Like An ArtistBBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz in conversation with Erica Wagner.2016-06-29T19:30:00+01002016-06-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Barbican Open Salon: Think Like An Artist
London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraSir Simon Rattle conducts this programme which explores the pivotal works of three vastly different composers. The programme comprises Ives's The Unanswered Question, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4 and Rachmaninov's Symphony No 2. With pianist Krystian Zimerman.2016-06-30T19:30:00+01002016-06-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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London Symphony Orchestra
Possibly Colliding: Session One: Nils Frahm & Company - A Most Ambitious ConcertPossibly Colliding: Session One: Nils Frahm & Company - A Most Ambitious ConcertA performance of ambitious music as Frahm experiments with instrumentation and technology, not bound by genres or definitions.2016-07-01T19:30:00+01002016-07-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Possibly Colliding: Session One: Nils Frahm & Company - A Most Ambitious Concert
Possibly Colliding: A Weekend Curated By Nils FrahmPossibly Colliding: A Weekend Curated By Nils FrahmA musical exploration of the space where genres, sounds and ideas collide. With musicians AMBIQ, Anna Von Hausswolff, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Canto Ostinato Audio Visual, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and more.2016-07-01T09:00:00+01002016-07-03T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Possibly Colliding: A Weekend Curated By Nils Frahm
Possibly Colliding: Session Four Penguin Cafe & Anna Von HausswolffPossibly Colliding: Session Four Penguin Cafe & Anna Von HausswolffTwo very distinct sets from artists who combine classical and modern music influences to create something new.2016-07-02T19:30:00+01002016-07-02T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Possibly Colliding: Session Four Penguin Cafe & Anna Von Hausswolff
Cardboard Citizens: Cathy Come HomeCardboard Citizens: Cathy Come HomeAn amateur staging of 1966 drama of the same name.2016-07-05T19:30:00+01002016-07-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Cardboard Citizens: Cathy Come Home
Anohni: HopelessnessAnohni: HopelessnessThe lead singer from Antony And The Johnsons, Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke present their collaboration which aims to disrupt assumptions about popular music by embedding vigorously political lyrics within dance/pop tracks.2016-07-07T19:30:00+01002016-07-08T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Anohni: Hopelessness
 

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Underground Stations

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Barbican Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Moorgate Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Hoxton Overground Station
 
22 minutes walk
 
 
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Citadines London Barbican Apart-Hotel
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £80  31% off
7-21 Goswell Road, EC1M | 4 minutes from Barbican Centre
Just North of the city, these well-appointed family apartments offer an idyllic little spot for parents with children. At the weekend, the city is a wonderfully ... More
 
 
 
Malmaison London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £50  28% off
18-21 Charterhouse Square, EC1M | 5 minutes from Barbican Centre
Malmaison London has been stunningly converted into the finest boutique hotel in London. Right on the edge of trendy Clerkenwell and within the sound of bow ... More
 
 
 
Apex London Wall Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £73  41% off
7-9 Copthall Avenue, EC2R | 7 minutes from Barbican Centre
In the heart of the financial district and close to the Bank of England, the newly opened Apex London Wall Hotel, is within walking distance of ... More
 
 
 
 
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Entertainment near Barbican Centre

Near Barbican Centre
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Barbican Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Silk Street, City, London EC2Y | Same location as Barbican Centre
The Barbican Centre's two theatre spaces - the Barbican Theatre and The Pit - offer everything from gritty reality to far-flung fantasy, from dance to ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Barbican The Pit
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Silk Street, City, London EC2Y | Same location as Barbican Centre
In the two theatre spaces - the Barbican Theatre and the Pit - you can enjoy everything from gritty reality to far-flung fantasy, from dance ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
1 Milton Street, Barbican, City, London EC2Y | 2 minutes from Barbican Centre
Milton Court, opened in September 2013, provides the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with state-of-the-art performance and teaching facilities. The £89 million building on Silk ... More
 
 
 
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Martinho Da Vila
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Tuesday 28th June 2016 - 8pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y | Same location as Barbican Centre
The Brazilian samba revivalist and his band perform music from their 50-year career, featuring traditional samba and contemporary pop fusions....More
 
 
 
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Designer Jewellers Group
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 29th May to 30th June 2016 - 12noon-8pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y | Same location as Barbican Centre
Browse new pieces by many of the country's leading jewellers, all created from a range of materials. Plus, a showcase of pieces to celebrate the group's ...More
 
 
 
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Summer Lunchtime Concert: Jane Manning Voiceworks
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Tuesday 28th June 2016 - 1pm-2pm
Guildhall School Of Music And Drama, Silk Street, EC2Y | 1 minute from Barbican Centre
...More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Barbican Centre

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Barbican Centre
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Barbican - Curve Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Ground Level, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City, London EC2Y | Same location as Barbican Centre
Part of the Barbican Centre for arts and conferences the Curve Gallery, situated on the ground floor, has changing exhibitions of photography, art and design. ... More
 
 
 
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Barbican Art Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Silk Street, City, London EC2 | Same location as Barbican Centre
The Barbican is renowned as one of London's top venues for theatre, art and dance. At the Barbican Art Gallery on level 3 you get ... More
 
 
 
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Barbican Conservatory
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Gallery Floor (Level 3), Silk Street, City, London EC2Y | Same location as Barbican Centre
Home to over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees, the Barbican's Conservatory is a hidden tropical oasis in the heart of the city. So it ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near Barbican Centre

The best shops and markets near Barbican Centre
Zwemmer Bookshop
London > Shopping > Books
The Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City, London EC2Y | Same location as Barbican Centre
Specialises in books on art ... More
 
 
 
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Barbican Chimes Music Shop
London > Shopping > Music Shops
Cromwell Tower, Silk Street, City, London EC2Y | 1 minute from Barbican Centre
Tucked away near the Barbican multi-arts centre and the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Chimes Music is in illustrious company. Since opening in 1983 ... More
 
 
 
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Flittner
London > Shopping > Hair and Grooming
86 Moorgate, City, London EC2M | 6 minutes from Barbican Centre
An old-fashioned barber’s patronised by city gentlemen and established in 1904. As well as a shampoo and cut you can also have the traditional hot towel ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near Barbican Centre

What are the best dining options near Barbican Centre London?
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Searcy's Bar and Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
The Barbican Centre, Level 2, City, London EC2Y | Same location as Barbican Centre
Modern European cuisine. Booking advised. Dress smart casual. ... More
 
 
 
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Bonfire
London > Restaurants >
1st floor Barbican Centre, City, London EC2Y | Same location as Barbican Centre
Only quality ingredients are used at Bonfire, the burger bar on the first floor of the brilliant multi-purpose Barbican Centre arts hub. Burgers at Bonfire - ... More
 
 
 
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Osteria
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y | Same location as Barbican Centre
In the centre of Osteria , the Italian restaurant on the second floor of the Barbican Centre, is ... More
 
 
 
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Education near Barbican Centre

Near Barbican Centre
Guildhall School Of Music And Drama
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Silk Street, City, London EC2Y | 1 minute from Barbican Centre
Careers and Student advice ... More
 
 
 
Museum of London Access & Learning
London > Education > Evening Classes
London Wall, City, London EC2Y | 3 minutes from Barbican Centre
Courses in history, archaeology and creative writing... More
 
 
 
University of Law
London > Education > Law
2 Bunhill Row, City, London EC1Y | 4 minutes from Barbican Centre
The University of Law is a national institution with branches all over the UK. Along with BPP and City, the University of Law is widely recognised ... More
 
 
 
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Barbican Centre gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Bodymotion Chiropractic and Sports Injuries Clinic
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Wood Street, Barbican, City, London EC2Y | 2 minutes from Barbican Centre
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Barbican Acupuncture
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
1 Wallside, City, London EC2Y | 2 minutes from Barbican Centre
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Postman's Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
King Edward Street, City, London EC4M | 5 minutes from Barbican Centre
Bounded in by surrounding office buildings, Postman's Park's appeal lies in what it symbolises as much as how it looks. Located just north of St Paul's ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near Barbican Centre

The best pubs near London Barbican Centre.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Old Red Cow
London > Nightlife > Pubs
71 Long Lane, Clerkenwell, London EC1A | 5 minutes from Barbican Centre
One of the oldest pubs in Smithfield, The Old Red Cow has stood on this spot on Long Lane since the year dot. Steeped in history, ... More
 
 
 
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Fox & Anchor
London > Nightlife > Pubs
115 Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 6 minutes from Barbican Centre
This renovated traditional pub in the heart of Clerkenwell has been serving the traders of nearby Smithfields Market for years. Under the Malmaison umbrella - the ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Hat & Feathers
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
2 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 7 minutes from Barbican Centre
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Nightlife near Barbican Centre

Barbican Centre clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
El Vino
London > Nightlife > Bars
3 Bastion Highwalk, 125 London Wall, City, London EC2Y | 3 minutes from Barbican Centre
Wine Bar ... More
 
 
 
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Cocktail Trading Company Smithfield
London > Nightlife > Bars
50-52 Long Acre Lane, EC1A | 5 minutes from Barbican Centre
Following the huge success of the Cocktail Trading Company in Oxford Circus, launched in January 2015, the award winning team ... More
 
 
 
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Artillery Arms
London > Nightlife > Bars
102 Bunhill Row, City, London EC1Y | 6 minutes from Barbican Centre
... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near Barbican Centre

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Barbican Centre.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Barbican Conference Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
Silk Street, City, London EC2Y | Same location as Barbican Centre
The Barbican Centre is the jewel in London's artistic crown, with its theatres, concert halls, art galleries and cinema providing a year-round programme of ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Brewery
London > Business > Venue Hire
Chiswell Street, City, London EC1Y | 2 minutes from Barbican Centre
While the City of London is not short of modern, flexible event-spaces, not many can claim to be located in a Grade II listed building, or ... More
 
 
 
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Brewers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Aldermanbury Square, Moorgate, City, London EC2V | 4 minutes from Barbican Centre
... More
 
 
 
 
 

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St Clement Danes Young Artists' Lunchtime Concert Series
Concerts | Until 5th July 2016 

St Clement Danes 8 minutes walk from Barbican Centre

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The Deep Blue Sea
The Deep Blue Sea
Theatre | Until 17th August 2016 

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 11 minutes walk from Barbican Centre

After working together on the acclaimed 2014 production of Medea, Helen McCrory and director Carrie Cracknell reunite for an adaptation ...More

 
Dr Johnsons Houses
Tours | Until 31st December 2016 

Dr Johnson's House 13 minutes walk from Barbican Centre

A 300 year old town house, nestled amongst a maze of courts and alleys. It was built in 1700 and ...More

Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr
Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr
Exhibitions | Until 31st July 2016 

Guildhall Art Gallery 18 minutes walk from Barbican Centre

For two years acclaimed British photographer Martin Parr was the City of London's official photographer-in-residence. Between 2013 and 2015 ...More

 
Funny Women: Time Of The Month
Exhibitions | On 28th June 2016 

The Betsey Trotwood 19 minutes walk from Barbican Centre

Come and give comedy a go....More

Art School 2015-16
Exhibitions | Until 6th July 2016 

Tate Modern 21 minutes walk from Barbican Centre

Enhance your art skills....More

Artist Rooms: Louise Bourgeois
Artist Rooms: Louise Bourgeois
Exhibitions | Until 17th June 2017 

Tate Modern 21 minutes walk from Barbican Centre

Louise Bourgeois, the artist whose giant spiders first welcomed visitors to Tate Modern in 2000, is back 16 years later ...More

 
Artist Rooms: Phyllida Barlow
Artist Rooms: Phyllida Barlow
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2016 

Tate Modern 21 minutes walk from Barbican Centre

British sculptor Phyllida Barlow, who was awarded a CBE for services to art in the 2016 New Year's Honours list, ...More

 
Mona Hatoum
Mona Hatoum
Exhibitions | Until 21st August 2016 

Tate Modern 21 minutes walk from Barbican Centre

Born in Beirut to a Palestinian family, Mona Hatoum settled in England in 1975 ...More

 
Macbeth
Theatre | Until 1st October 2016 

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 23 minutes walk from Barbican Centre

Iqbal Khan directs a new production of Macbeth at the Globe in 2016, reviving ...More

 
 
 
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