Barbican Centre

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Barbican Centre
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Theaters • Art Museums
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9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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The Barbican Centre is the largest multi-arts centre in Europe, featuring art, film, music, theatre, dance and education all under one roof and under one creative direction. There's a great choice of eating and drinking at the Barbican, with something to please every taste.
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Neighborhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Barbican • 4 min walk
  • Moorgate • 5 min walk
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mrstraveller1
York, UK1,788 contributions
This brutalist monster has always fascinated me & the architectural tour was an excellent way of finding out more about its history & what lies within those concrete walls. Our guide Meghan was absolutely perfect for the job - very informed but also lots of fun. I won't bore you with any of it here but there are so many interesting aspects surrounding the estates' concept & development plus funny facts about the lived experience for residents. The tour is around 90 minutes & outdoors for the main part. Access to the conservatory is possible on certain days, or you can book the conservatory separately. The estate is a labyrinth of confusing walkways so allow plenty of time to find the meeting point. There are a handful of restaurants within the Barbican complex.
Written July 4, 2021
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kayelass23
Wakefield, UK406 contributions
Family
We didn’t know about this place and came across it via someone sharing on TikTok and so glad we did. Are daughter is obsessed by plants. You have to book and they realise tickets at 9.30 on the day and we were lucky to get a slot at 2pm. We arrived a bit early so walked around the area which there plenty of cafes and also outside there a large pond with plants and fish. We were lucky to see a heron.

We walked around it was lovely and takes around 30-45 mins and is free.
Written August 22, 2021
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Sarah W
Peterborough, UK218 contributions
Matinee performance at the theatre.

This is a lovely theatre with comfortable seats. For the performance we saw, seats in row F were £150 each A little pricey but an excellent view of the stage.

We also, before the show, had a sandwich and coffee at Benugos which was very nice but as you would expect as with this type of outlet, not value for money at £17.

The one thing that stood out about this venue was how helpful the staff were they scattered around the floors and easily identifiable.
Written November 1, 2021
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Norman
Nottinghamshire, UK4 contributions
We went to see "Anything Goes" last night (3rd October) and I have to say that the show was excellent, in fact more than excellent. Unfortunately the show was completely ruined by a film camera on an extending pole placed right in from of our seats Circle (EE111 and EE12). This occurred on many occasions, even during the specular dance routines. The camera pole was extended to finish up right in front of us blocking our view on the stage. We were not informed of the filming of the show until we arrived at the theatre although we had paid full price for our tickets. The seats were picked specifically as we are still being very careful of COVID due to my wife's medical appointments. This was the reason we did not take up the offer of a seat move during the interval to the crowded down stair seats. In normal circumstance seats with restricted views are offered at a reduced price and notified in advance. The explanation of a late notification of filming from the filming company (Trafalgar) was not a suitable as the theatre had our email address due to on line booking. The front of house manager tried as best she could and even told us that the filming company (Trafalgar) had ensured the theatre management that the camera would not go above the hand rail, which would have been acceptable, but this was not the case. Very poor experience. must do better.
Written October 4, 2021
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Sista Jean
London, UK14 contributions
This rating in no way reflects the joyous experience I had at the ‘Out and About’ exhibition and fascinating talk and presentation by a gentleman called Stefan Dickers. It was a real trip down memory lane and brought back so many wonderful memories of being on the gay scene for over 40 years. Very well put together and presented. I am so glad to have experienced it.

The issue arose after departing from ‘The Curve’ which is the area of the Barbican centre in which it took place. My friend and I thought it would be pleasant to sit outside in the sunshine and have a drink and a catch up. The prices of the beverages were astronomical and I was charged £6.50 for a 250ml can of a pink gin that had I purchased it in a local shop would cost no more than £1.69. Then there was the trek to get to the ladies washroom, where only 2 out 3 WC’s were in use and the queue was ridiculously long. If an establishment is charging almost £5 more for a 250ml can, they must be making a massive profit. This being the case, they could surely have afforded a plumber to ensure that all washroom facilities were in working order. Considering the amount of people present I think it’s totally unacceptable that they feel it’s ok to offer sub-standard facilities. Absolutely appalling and the management should be ashamed of themselves. I will think twice about going there again in the future.
Written March 19, 2022
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Gaynor C
Oxford, UK87 contributions
Excellent exhibition on Postwar Art. Born at the start of this era, it opened my eyes to the artists and their motivation. Very well curated and explained. All the staff we encountered from cloakroom, to admission to shop were delightful. BUT as other reviews have commented so many omissions for a good experience. Got lost from the tube - how?? Claustrophobic in some of the exhibition space with such low ceilings and narrow corridors, lifts took forever with constant loud dystopian announcements, dark internal space we couldn't wait to leave to get outside for lunch. Lunch from The Kitchen was excellent. Oh, and ladies loo out of order on 3rd floor gallery space.
Written April 28, 2022
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jillyb930
London, UK12 contributions
I would give an unequivocal five star review for the show I saw which was the London Africa Gospel Choir's Graceland concert. It was superb, the most uplifting experience you could want with the Covid/Omicron effect still governing our lives, and it sideswiped any post lockdown blues magnificently. But experiencing the building was, as ever, a relentlessly grim and miserable business. Once you have succeeded in making your way there by public transport and on foot, a challenge in itself, especially in bad weather, acres of empty, rather grimy orange carpet - why orange? - stretch dispiritingly ahead, and it's yet another challenge to find out where you're supposed to be. The signage is inadequate where it exists, last night there were depressing, squashed together queues for a drink in the interval - why, in those acres of orange can't the Barbican powers find room for another, easily accessible, cheerful bar? I didn't have to use the lavatories, thank heaven, but I was told they were pretty much hold your nose, turn a blind eye and hope for the best as you hover. Apologies if that's too much information, but a decent loo is quite crucial to an overall good experience of a place or event. The National, for all its sprawl, manages to feel intimate and dedicated to humans; visiting it is a lovely experience in itself, separate from whatever production you're seeing. Getting there is a doddle. The last show I saw at The Barbican, and I am a member, was Anything Goes, which was a phenomenon, one of the best shows I have seen ever, anywhere. The Barbican knows how to put on a show, there's no doubt, but they haven't a clue what hospitality means and it must be one of the most inhospitable, uncomfortable venues in London.
Written January 22, 2022
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Andy K
5 contributions
Couples
The barbican is a mediocre arts centre that is situated in the rogue state of the City of London.
Running through the centre is the UK's most expensive toll road. Drive by and get charged £130.00

Avoid this cash trap. If you have to go to the Barbican don't drive.
Written August 6, 2021
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Jewess
London, UK90 contributions
One of my fave places in London. I come here usually to wander around, see an exhibition, pop into the shops, to see a movie or to visit the conservatory... but this time I decided to join the Barbican architecture guided tour. That was only £15, but over 90 minutes, we were walked through the estate, showed and explained all the details about this amazing brutalism spot in London. Megan the guide was really lovely, very knowledgeable and shared many insightful details about all parts of the estate and the centre. I recommend that to every architecture lover!
Thank you!
Written July 22, 2021
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H..
East Midlands, UK113 contributions
This is a review for the venue, the show was amazing and I am purposefully not saying which show we saw as these comments do not in anyway reflect the show, they only relate to the venue.
The restaurant was fully booked, had we been warned there was a graduation ceremony taking place we would have called ahead and booked. The poor signage, none existent external lighting and restricted access routes (don't use a map prior to your visit to make any plans as the paths are locked off and available to residents only) meant we were unable to access a suitable alternative. Some of the floors in the communal areas have been built with a slope, not good if you have mobility issues. The leg room on the front row of the dress circle in the theatre is poor and if you are in the middle you have to walk past 30 seats to get out as the row has around 60 seats and can only be accessed from either side. There were very few front off house staff and SOME of them were quite unhelpful. Signage inside the centre is limited and where there is some is confusing. I have never felt so unwelcome at a theatre and would think twice about attending a show here again.
Written November 6, 2021
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  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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