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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.

 

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Johann JohannssonJohann JohannssonJohann JohannssonIcelandic musician and composer Johann Johannsson, best known for soundtracks to films like The Theory of Everything, Sicario and The Miners' Hymns, performed at the Barbican in 2014, returns to London to premiere material from new sci-fi film Arrival. Johannsson will also play upcoming soundtracks for Danish documentary Good Things Await, music fr2016-12-09T00:00:00+00002016-12-09T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Hall,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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event > Concerts > Classical
PRICING  £17.50-£25 plus booking fee
DATES  Friday 9th December 2016
VENUE  Barbican Hall 
Icelandic musician and composer Johann Johannsson, best known for soundtracks to films like The Theory of Everything, Sicario and The Miners' Hymns, performed at the Barbican in 2014, returns to London to premiere material from new sci-fi film Arrival. Johannsson will also play upcoming soundtracks for Danish documentary Good Things Await, music fr... More about this event
 
King LearKing LearGregory Doran directs Antony Sher as the ageing ruler unable to see beyond the lies of his eldest daughters in Shakespeare's tragic story of ignorance and deceit. With David Troughton as Gloucester.2016-12-09T19:15:00+00002016-12-23T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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King Lear
Well Said!Well Said!A selection of Shakespeare's lines, chosen by actors, writers and poets, turned into artworks.2016-12-09T10:00:00+00002016-12-23T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Well Said!
An Outstanding Showcase Of New Contemporary JewelleryAn Outstanding Showcase Of New Contemporary JewelleryThe Designer Jewellers Group's winter showcase. On show will be jewellery in a range of styles, from the traditional to the contemporary.2016-12-09T12:00:00+00002017-01-01T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Free EventOngoing
An Outstanding Showcase Of New Contemporary Jewellery
Bedwyr WilliamsBedwyr WilliamsDreamlike and immersive installations courtesy of the acclaimed Welsh artist who works with a diverse range of mediums including performance, sculpture, painting and video.2016-12-09T10:00:00+00002017-01-08T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Free EventOngoing
Bedwyr Williams
The VulgarThe VulgarThe Vulgar What makes something vulgar? Drawing on a wealth of stunning exhibits from the Renaissance to the 18th, late 20th and 21st centuries, The Vulgar attempts to answer this question. Curated by exhibition-maker Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips, this Barbican exhibition shows how fashion often changes the definition of the word.2016-12-09T00:00:00+00002017-02-05T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Art Gallery,   Silk Street      EC2 8DS
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event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions
DATES  13th October 2016 to 5th February 2017
VENUE  Barbican Art Gallery 
What makes something vulgar? Drawing on a wealth of stunning exhibits from the Renaissance to the 18th, late 20th and 21st centuries, The Vulgar attempts to answer this question. Curated by exhibition-maker Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips, this Barbican exhibition shows how fashion often changes the definition of the word.... More about this event
 
The Vulgar: Fashion RedefinedThe Vulgar: Fashion RedefinedOver 120 garments and accessories drawn from major public and private collections worldwide, providing an insight into the inherently challenging but compelling territory of taste in fashion, from the renaissance through to contemporary design. With contributions from designers including designers such as Walter van Beirendonck, Chloe, Christian Di2016-12-09T10:00:00+00002017-02-05T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Ongoing
The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined
Galleria Campari On TourGalleria Campari On TourA dynamic collection of the most representative artworks from Campari's rich history, recounting the story of the brand through modern and contemporary works by international artists.2016-12-09T12:00:00+00002016-12-31T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Free EventOngoing
Galleria Campari On Tour
The Fantastic Barbican WorldThe Fantastic Barbican WorldExplore Chamberlin, Powell and Bon's endeavour to combine spaciousness with high density development. The exhibition includes a number of residential plans and interior images.2016-12-09T09:00:00+00002017-04-16T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Free EventOngoing
The Fantastic Barbican World
Omer Arbel: 44Omer Arbel: 44This bespoke light installation by the artist for the Barbican Foyer was produced by Bocci, a Vancouver and Berlin-based design and manufacturing company.2016-12-09T00:00:00+00002017-04-18T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Free EventOngoing
Omer Arbel: 44
 

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Apex London Wall Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £73  32% 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
 
 
 
The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £175  39% off
49-50 St John's Square, EC1V | 9 minutes from Barbican Centre
Located nearby to trendy neighbourbood Farringdon, The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell has been affectionately named the Great Aunt of the original Zetter Hotel. Within the Georgian townhouse, ... More
 
 
 
The Zetter Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £125  36% off
St John's Square 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M | 9 minutes from Barbican Centre
Found in the trendy neighbourhood of Clerkenwell, The Zetter Hotel provides stylish boutique accommodation within a converted Victorian warehouse. With 59 rooms, each individually designed and ... 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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Johann Johannsson
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Friday 9th December 2016 - 8pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y | Same location as Barbican Centre
The Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and composer leads an expanded performance of music from his new album, Orphee alongside new soundtrack work and material from across his career. ...More
 
 
 
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Carols By Candlelight: Action on Hearing Loss
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: 9th December 2016
Barbican Centre, West Smithfield, EC1A | 5 minutes from Barbican Centre
Celebrities Helen Lederer and Martyn Lewis will recite readings and both the North London Military Wives choir and Blackheath Prep School chamber choir will perform at ...More
 
 
 
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inTeRLaceD: Mi Casa With M.E.M
London > Events > Clubbing and Nightlife  Dates: Friday 9th December 2016 - 10pm-5am
Barbican Centre, 58 Old Street, EC1V | 6 minutes from Barbican Centre
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Sights and Attractions near Barbican Centre

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Barbican Centre
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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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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.
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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
 
 
 
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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
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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
 
 
 
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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
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