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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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Richard DawsonRichard DawsonThe Newcastle-based singer-songwriter showcases contemporary folk with psych and avant garde stylings on his prescient latest album, 2020.2020-10-25T20:00:00+00002020-10-25T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Michael Clark: Cosmic DancerMichael Clark: Cosmic DancerFilm, photography and material from across dancer and choreographer Michael Clark's career plus his collaborations across visual arts, music and fashion including Charles Atlas' reworking of Hail The New Puritan as an immersive film installation. Contains some works of an adult nature.2020-10-25T10:00:00+00002021-01-03T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer
Jean DubuffetJean DubuffetJean DubuffetAs part of the year-long Inside Out series, the Barbican Art Gallery presents a major exhibition on French artist Jean Dubuffet. Regarded as one of the most powerful and provocative voices in the post war avant-garde, Dubuffet aimed to create works that 'directly plugged into our current life, that immediately emanates from our real life and our re2020-10-25T00:00:00+01002021-01-17T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Art Gallery,   Silk Street      EC2 8DS
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event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions
DATES  30th September 2020 to 17th January 2021
VENUE  Barbican Art Gallery 
As part of the year-long Inside Out series, the Barbican Art Gallery presents a major exhibition on French artist Jean Dubuffet. Regarded as one of the most powerful and provocative voices in the post war avant-garde, Dubuffet aimed to create works that 'directly plugged into our current life, that immediately emanates from our real life and our re... More about this event
 
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing TheoryToyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing TheoryThe first UK display of the Nigerian-American artist's work, comprising pastel and charcoal drawings that explore an imagined ancient myth, complemented by an immersive soundtrack composed by Peter Adjaye.2020-10-25T11:00:00+00002021-01-24T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
Nye Thompson; Insulae: Of The IslandNye Thompson; Insulae: Of The IslandA video installation of British coastal waters captured by drone, contemplating the impact of island geography on national identity in the age of Brexit.2020-10-25T12:00:00+00002021-04-04T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Nye Thompson; Insulae: Of The Island
Ling Tan: Playing DemocracyLing Tan: Playing DemocracyArtist Ling Tan explores social structures and collective responsibility in a multimedia installation comprising a giant two-player game of Pong.2020-10-25T12:00:00+00002021-04-04T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Free EventOngoing
Ling Tan: Playing Democracy
Nubya GarciaNubya GarciaThe London-based jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader incorporates dub reggae, cumbia, afrobeat and neo-soul with Caribbean and Latin America influences on her debut album, Source.2020-10-29T20:00:00+00002020-10-29T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Nubya Garcia
Pappano & FriendsPappano & FriendsSir Antonio Pappano on piano, tenor Ian Bostridge and mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly accompany the Carducci Quartet in Ralph Vaughan Williams's On Wenlock Edge and Ernest Chausson's Poeme De L'Amour Et De La Mer (arranged for quartet and piano by Franck Villard).2020-11-01T20:00:00+00002020-11-01T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Pappano & Friends
BBC Symphony OrchestraBBC Symphony OrchestraSakari Oramo conducts the ensemble and soprano Anu Komsi in Anna Clyne's Within her Arms, Joseph Haydn's Symphony No 49, La Passione and Magnus Lindberg's Accused.2020-11-06T20:00:00+00002020-11-06T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Barbican Centre,   Silk Street      EC2Y 8DS
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Apex London Wall Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £133  40% 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 £285  37% 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 £275  24% 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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Alternative Arts Centres nearest Barbican Centre

Nearest to Barbican Centre
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Village Underground
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 14 minutes from Barbican Centre
Easily recognisable for its disused tube carriages elevated well above the ground, Village Underground is an evolving project in Shoreditch building an ... More
 
 
 
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Rich Mix Centre
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 | 18 minutes from Barbican Centre
Located in one of London's most thriving and art-driven communities Rich Mix does exactly what it says on the tin, presenting visitors of different ... More
 
 
 
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The Old Truman Brewery
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 | 18 minutes from Barbican Centre
Popular with the Shoreditch crowd on the weekends, The Old Truman Brewery houses more than 200 small, creative businesses, a bar and several areas for hire. ... More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near Barbican Centre

Near Barbican Centre
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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Guildhall School Of Music And Drama
London > Entertainment > Arts and Drama
Silk Street, City, London EC2Y | 1 minute from Barbican Centre
Part of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama , this is Grade II-listed building on Silk Street houses the Silk Street ... More
 
 
 
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Richard Dawson
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Sunday 25th October 2020 - 8pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y | Same location as Barbican Centre
The Newcastle-based singer-songwriter showcases contemporary folk with psych and avant garde stylings on his prescient latest album, 2020....More
 
 
 
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Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 7th October 2020 to 3rd January 2021 - Various Times
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y | Same location as Barbican Centre
Film, photography and material from across dancer and choreographer Michael Clark's career plus his collaborations across visual arts, music and fashion including Charles Atlas' reworking of ...More
 
 
 
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Jean Dubuffet
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 30th September 2020 to 17th January 2021
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2 | Same location as Barbican Centre
As part of the year-long Inside Out series, the Barbican Art Gallery presents a major exhibition on French artist Jean Dubuffet. Regarded as one of the ...More
 
 
 
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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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The best shops and markets near Barbican Centre
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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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Ted Baker & Friends
London > Shopping > Clothing
120 Cheapside, City, London EC2V | 7 minutes from Barbican Centre
We love the average Ted Baker store but with Ted Baker & Friends the cool fashion label has taken the shopping experience one step further - ... 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
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City Journalism
London > Education > Professional Training
106 Bunhill Row, City, London EC1Y | 6 minutes from Barbican Centre
City’s Print Journalism course is recognised as the best in London. Although places like Goldsmith’s are trendier, City is respected in the industry thanks to a ... More
 
 
 
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LSO St Luke's
London > Education > Professional Training
161 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 7 minutes from Barbican Centre
This gorgeous 18th century Grade I listed Hawksmoor church is one of a number of London churches which has, in recent years, been converted into a ... More
 
 
 
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Workers' Educational Association
London > Education > Evening Classes
4 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 12 minutes from Barbican Centre
National charity for adult learning which also runs an excellent selection of theatre, literature, history and politics evening classes.... More
 
 
 
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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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Urban Golf
London > Leisure > Golf
12 Smithfield Street, City, London EC1A | 8 minutes from Barbican Centre
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it’s a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
 
 
 
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London Dance Academy
London > Leisure >
The Basement, 49-51 Central Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 8 minutes from Barbican Centre
London Dance Academy is a dance studio in the middle of the City, five minutes' walk from Old Street and Barbican, which offers dance classes and ... 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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Barbican Centre clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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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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Simmons Farringdon
London > Nightlife > Bars
105 Charterhouse Street, EC1M | 6 minutes from Barbican Centre
The rapidly expanding Simmons Group has cracked the code when it comes to running a successful drinking spot with its bars (13 and counting) opening up ... 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.
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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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Jean Dubuffet
Jean Dubuffet
Exhibitions | Until 17th January 2021 

Barbican Art Gallery EC2 8DS EC2Y 8DS - 0 minute walk from Barbican Centre

As part of the year-long Inside Out series, the Barbican Art Gallery presents a major exhibition on French artist Jean ...More

 
Bruce Nauman
Exhibitions | Until 21st February 2021 

Tate Modern 17 minutes walk from Barbican Centre

Immersive installations with an emphasis on sound and moving image by the Indiana-born artist, shown alongside poetic sculptures and neon ...More

Hyundai Commission: Kara Walker
Exhibitions | Until 8th November 2020 

Tate Modern 17 minutes walk from Barbican Centre

A large-scale installation by the New York-based artist, entitled Fons Americanus, transforming the Turbine Hall to reflect her concerns regarding ...More

Andy Warhol
Exhibitions | Until 15th November 2020 

Tate Modern 17 minutes walk from Barbican Centre

A major retrospective of the American pop artist's work, featuring well-known images such as the iconic pop prints of Marilyn ...More

Dora Maurer
Exhibitions | Until 24th January 2021 

Tate Modern 17 minutes walk from Barbican Centre

A year-long exhibition brings together some 35 works by the Hungarian artist, including graphic works, photographs, films and paintings created ...More

 
 
 
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