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12 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH
 
 
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Tues-Sun 11am-11pm | Galleries 11am-6pm (closes 9pm on Thursdays)
 
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FREE | Select exhibitions incur a charge
 

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Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)The Institute of Contemporary Arts boasts three galleries (with exhibitions changing approximately every six weeks), two cinemas, a theatre, restaurant, bookshop, late bar and cafe. The ICA also plays host to series of lectures, events, late night art and music parties. Housed in elegant Regency premises on the Mall, the ICA is a great place to start if you're looking for the very cutting edge of gallery art work. Founded in 1946, the artistic and cultural centre was initially housed in a basement on Oxford Street before moving to its first premises in Soho. With the support of the Arts Council, the ICA moved to its current location at Nash House in 1968. In recent years, the ICA has curated exhibitions featuring the likes of Yoko Ono, Gerhard Richter and Damien Hirst.

 

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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £181  30% off
2 Spring Gardens, SW1A | 3 minutes from Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
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Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), St Martins Lane, WC2N | 5 minutes from Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
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18 Suffolk Street, Haymarket, SW1Y | 3 minutes from Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
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63-65 Haymarket, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
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1a Oxendon Street, Soho, London SW1Y | 5 minutes from Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
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Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y | Same location as Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
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