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“Forty years later and its still the nastiest development in London”
Review of Barbican Centre

Barbican Centre
Ranked #163 of 1,736 things to do in London
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 1, 2013

I have tried, I really have, to like the Barbican.
It has an excellent concert hall with top performers. And a good theatre-space which used to be the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, before they decided that it would be a better move to dump it and just go back home to Stratford. And a good Art-Gallery space, if you can find it.
So what makes the Barbican so unpleasant, apart from the Neo-Brutalist architecture?
The experience of going there - and being there - does everything to make you feel excluded.
Even their website (where they are trying to sell you tickets) is unfriendly.
Try it if you dare. I go occasionally to a concert or a show.
But don't expect to be made welcome.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Even if you don't like the style of the Barbican, this guided tour explaining the background to this Brutalist development by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon is a fascinating 2 hour tour that will interest anyone remotely interested in architecture.

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

a mix feeling in between Orange clockwork set and a decadent 80 hotel.
better to come in from Moorgate by the terrace walk( spectacular sight at night time).
a real labirynth of coffee shop, exibitions, restaurant, lounge , biblioteque et common spaces where people can enjoy the most diverse activities ( from mute piano playing to just sitting down staring at the visitors..).
very nice experience ( try the "stop the rain exibition"..)

Thank Drolky
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

It was raining on Thursday and everywhere in London was packed. I stopped with some friends at the Barbican Cinema for food - and it was excellent. Fresh and tasty, served with a smile. We got to sit down and chat. Highly recommended.

Thank Alex H
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

The architecture tour is highly recommended especially if you know absolutely nothing about the Barbican as I did. I could definitely live there!

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