Silk St, London, United Kingdom
020 7638 4141
NileGuide Expert tip:
To find your way into this labyrinthine complex follow the yellow lines on the ground. No, we're not joking!
Loved by a few, loathed by many – often because of its confusing layout/entrances – the Brutalist-style Barbican is the City's cultural and residential heart. Despite its off-West End location, it is Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue, presenting a wide and often challenging range of art, music, theatre, dance and film, plus restaurants and bars. The main attractions are: the arthouse Barbican Cinema; the acclaimed Barbican Theatre; among others; the Barbican Hall, home of the London Symphony Orchestra; and the Barbican Gallery, which showcases contemporary art exhibitions. Surrounding the core, ugly 42-storey towers provide accommodation to over 4,000 City of London dwellers.