Barbican Centre

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Silk Street
EC2Y 8DS London, United Kingdom


+44 (0)20 7638 4141 / +44 (0)20 7638 8891 (Box Office)

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.


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