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Barbican Centre

The Barbican is an international arts and learning centre, pushing the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Opened in 1982, this grade-II listed building is recognised globally as an icon of Brutalist style. The Barbican Centre includes theatres, galleries, concert halls and cinemas, plus a large conservatory with over 1,500 species of plants and trees, a library, restaurants, bars, a shop and a picturesque lakeside oasis.

Featured Events at the Barbican Centre

Ibrahim Mahama: Purple Hibiscus
Transforming the Barbican’s famous Lakeside Terrace, the site-specific artwork will dramatically envelop the building’s iconic concrete exterior with approximately 2000 square metres of bespoke woven cloth.
Exhibition / Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art
This exhibition will shine a light on artists from the 1960s to today who have explored the transformative and subversive potential of textiles.
The Conservatory x Ranjani Shettar
Cloud songs on the horizon is the artist’s first major institutional show in Europe and will feature five new, large-scale suspended sculptures across the entirety of the Conservatory space.
Barbican Music Library Exhibition – From the Caribbean to Coventry
A free exhibition for the fans by the fans going some way to explain not just what 2Tone music is, but why and how they got there.
Soufiane Ababri: Their mouths were full of bumblebees but it was me who was pollinated
Moroccan-born artist Soufiane Ababri will transform The Curve for his first solo exhibition at a major UK institution.
Queer 80s: Cinema on the Brink of Global Change
From Wed 5—Wed 26 Jun, the Barbican Cinema will be presenting ground-breaking movies from across the globe as part of the Barbican’s Pride season this summer. 'Queer 80s: Cinema on the Brink of Global Change' invites audiences to time travel back to a decade when LGBTQ+ representation and creativity on screen thrived.

Explore the Barbican

Concerts at the Barbican
Concerts at the Barbican Centre showcase music in all its forms – from classical to techno, jazz to folk, symphonic to electronic and more.
Barbican Conservatory
Visit the spectacular Barbican Conservatory and explore this hidden tropical oasis in the heart of the City of London.
Barbican Lakeside Terrace
The Lakeside is the perfect place to relax, soak up the sunshine and enjoy a cup of coffee surrounded by iconic architecture.
Barbican Art Gallery & The Curve
The Barbican Art Gallery presents major exhibitions which showcase and transcend the disciplines of art, architecture, design, fashion, photography and film.
Barbican Cinemas
Discover the latest new releases alongside a curated programme of international cinema, ScreenTalks, and family events, from celebrated filmmakers to ground-breaking and under-heard voices from past and present.
Barbican Theatre
Ground-breaking theatre and dance performances from world-leading companies.

Places to eat and drink at the Barbican

Barbican Kitchen
Barbican Kitchen is a family-friendly restaurant, with plenty of tables and easy access to the Lakeside Terrace.
Barbican Martini Bar
Treat yourself to one of London's finest cocktails at the Barbican Martini Bar.
Barbican Brasserie by Searcys
Barbican Brasserie is located on the second floor of the Barbican Centre and offers fantastic views over London.

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