Located in the real heart of London, the striking, Brutalist style Barbican Centre is Europe’s largest performing arts centre, with a rich agenda filled with performances and events. Progressing beyond this, it’s a space that encompasses all aspects of culture. A wide, diverse, and ever-changing programme continues to excite and inspire anyone who walks through its doors.
The building houses the Barbican Art Gallery, two theatre spaces, a cinema, the Curve Gallery, a library, tropical conservatory, conference halls, and three restaurants, not to mention that this is the permanent home of the Resident Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Associate Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. To say that this is a multi-discipline, multi-purpose space is quite an understatement. The gallery in particular is consistently well received, and its recent exhibitions, including, The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns, and the upcoming Pop Art Design and The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier are large in scale and in theme, giving attention to many aspects and facets of art and design with thought provoking yet inviting curation.
Upholding its status as the beating heart of the city, the Barbican Centre reaches beyond its Grade II listed walls with this ever-enticing calendar of cultural events.
Searcy’s is a rather pricey option, but you’ll rewarded you for splashing out with a rich experience. The food is delicious, and the setting is incredibly opulent. Join all of the city-types enjoying some expertly made cocktails and you’ll see just why this place is so popular. Reservations are suggested.
Reservation: +44 (0) 20 7588 3008
Monday – Friday 12.00 – 22.30
Saturday 17.00 – 22.00
Lounge really is a wonderful way to spend an evening in London. It has an affordable and delicious, if not slightly small, menu, which we recommend enjoying with some experimental cocktails on the peaceful terrace that overlooks the unique landscape of the Barbican centre’s fountains and ponds. If the weather doesn’t allow for outside seating, you can sit in the warmth and shelter of the vibrant indoor restaurant.
Monday – Friday 12.00 – 20.30
Saturday 17.00 – 20.30
Sunday 12.00 – 19.30
The Barbican Foodhall is nothing like an ordinary foodhall or canteen, and instead has an almost boutique feel about it. The space is filled with light bulbs encased in jars, and the high quality food feels cooked with care. There are also few better places to enjoy an evening beer than outside with the Barbican’s fountains.
Monday – Saturday 09.00 – 20.00
Sunday 11.00 – 20.00
The exhibition shop always has an excellent collection of publications, souvenirs, and gifts. It is small, and has few items, but those selected pieces are of the highest quality and make perfect gifts.
You can buy some lovely, personally and carefully selected boutique home ware at the Barbican’s Foyer Shop, such as pillows, throws and clocks. There are also some nice small items perfect for kids’ pocket money.
Monday – Sunday 11.00 – 18.30
+44 (0) 20 7638 4141
Monday – Tuesday 11.00 – 20.00
Wednesday 11.00 – 18.00
Thursday 11.00 – 22.00
Friday – Sunday 11.00 – 20.00
Free, except special exhibitions
Tube: Barbican (Circle Line, Hammersmith and City Line, Metropolitan Line)