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London Sights

Barbican Centre

  • Silk St. Map It
  • The City
  • Arts/Performance Venue

Updated 02/27/2014

Fodor's Review

The Barbican is an enormous 1980s concrete maze that Londoners either love or hate—but the importance of the complex to the cultural life of the capital is beyond dispute. It houses two theaters; the London Symphony Orchestra and its auditorium; the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; a major art gallery for changing exhibitions; two movie theaters; a convention center; an upscale restaurant, cafés, terraces with fountains, and bookshops; and living space in some of the most desirable apartments in the City. Navigation around the complex is via the yellow lines running, Wizard-of-Oz-like, along the floors, with signs on the walls, although it's still easy to get lost. Actors and audiences alike rate the theater for its excellent acoustics and sightlines. The lively and varied programme encompasses all kinds of performance, including music, dance, theater, and film.

Sight Information


Silk St., London, EC2Y 8DS, England

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020-7638–8891-box office

Sight Details:

  • Barbican Centre free; prices for individual performances and exhibitions vary
  • Barbican Centre Mon.–Sat. 9 am–11 pm, Sun. and holidays noon–11; gallery Sat.–Wed. 10–6; Thurs.–Fri. 10–9

Updated 02/27/2014


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