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Institute of Contemporary Arts

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Just when you thought interdisciplinarity was confusing enough. Wait till you see Forensic Architecture investigate

⌬ “Forensic Architecture: Counter Investigations” ...international events crossing criminology... read more

Reviewed February 6, 2019
London, United Kingdom
Good to place to take a break

In the middle of Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, there is a cinema, bookshop and cafe here... read more

Reviewed August 29, 2018
London, United Kingdom
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A cultural "think tank" where people can watch important films, browse the bookstore, discover innovate work of emerging artists, participate in live events, and engage in debate in support of a broader artistic culture.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A quiet oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. A great coffee shop and always an exhibition to view. Upper rooms are perfect for a wedding location with balconies that give the feeling of grandeur as you look down over The...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 6, 2019

⌬ “Forensic Architecture: Counter Investigations” ...international events crossing criminology with advocacy, information transparency, human rights, power balance, rescues, revolutions, debunking cover-ups, politics, testimony fact-checking and re-enactment (the latter of which resonates with the architectural expertise as is in its name). Right: re-enactment, sound analysis and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

Actually the ICA in the 50's didn't start at the current building at all, as one reviewer states. I used to go there when it was still at the Dover Street HQ, and heard Sir Roland Penrose, Dirk Bogarde and other celebrities there, performances of...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed August 29, 2018

In the middle of Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, there is a cinema, bookshop and cafe here. It's good value for money and a great place to take a break from the busy exterior.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

TIP TO TRAVELERS: For the one pound day pass, the weary tourist on The Mall can get a restroom, heat/air conditioning, a canteen, a bookshop and art exhibits. This is a MAJOR convenience. If I were a local, I would buy a membership. The calendar...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

We use the BFI quite a bit so my expectation of the ICA was that it would be like a cross between that and the Tate Modern. It sort of is but in a very Heath Robinson sort of way. The staff are all a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed March 14, 2018 via mobile

I first visited the ICA in the 1980s, for an exhibtion on situationalism in Paris. Visiting today was interesting in that the exhibition and the space it inhabits has been taken back to the bare walls. To the point that in the cafe afterwards we...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed January 6, 2018 via mobile

It’s been going strong since the 1950s as a bastion of radicalism at the other end of the Mall to Buckingham Palace. It has two cinemas, a renovated exhibition space, an excellent bookshop and now a truly great first floor cafe now it has been...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed October 19, 2017 via mobile

Visited with colleagues last week and found the food very much to our liking . The restaurant is very informal and arguably shabby, maybe shabby chic... anyway, food and service was very good . Had Barnsley chops but also tried sausage with polenta. All great.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 4, 2017

walking from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace we noticed that ICA was open with a showing of Water Color artists. I wanted to check it out and the amateur art was really really great. free to walk around but I think they probably ask for...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII,
the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier
destination for high end craft and bespoke design.
Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which
indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the
establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during
a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s
Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing
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