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A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican is famous for pushing boundaries in all major art forms - dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts - and has an excellent creative learning programme.

The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 is home to:

  • The Barbican Hall
  • The Barbican Theatre
  • The Pit
  • Three cinemas
  • The Barbican Art Gallery
  • A second gallery
  • The Curve
  • Foyers and public spaces
  • A library
  • The Lakeside Terrace
  • A glasshouse conservatory
  • Conference facilities and three restaurants

Theatre and dance

Keep an eye on the busy programme at the Barbican's two theatres. The Barbican Theatre and the Pit provide a vibrant London home for established international artists, and also help commissioners to launch young performers. As well as performances, the Barbican hosts workshops, talks and debates. Its Artistic Associates include:

  • Boy Blue Entertainment
  • Cheek by Jowl
  • Drum Works
  • Michael Clark Company and a range of international associates


The Barbican welcomes the world's top musicians in both classical and contemporary music to its concert hall. It is home to its resident orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and its associate orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Big names who have graced the stage include world-famous classical music artists such as:

  • Cecilia Bartoli
  • Simon Rattle
  • Evgeny Kissin
  • Maxim Vengerov
  • Alfred Brendel
  • Bernard Haitink
  • Renée Fleming
  • Andreas Scholl and Yo-Yo Ma

The vibrant contemporary music programme features the best of jazz, folk, world, roots, soul, country, contemporary classical and the more experimental ends of rock, pop and electronica.


The only cinema in the City of London, the Barbican hosts and programmes a diverse range of film festivals, screen talks, seasons and events, as well as showing the biggest new releases, specialist and international cinema, and live events. There are three cinemas - one inside the main building (Cinema 1) and two situated on the corner of Beech Street and Whitecross Street (Cinemas 2 and 3).


The Barbican has two art galleries, the main gallery, Barbican Art Gallery, and a smaller space, The Curve. One of the UK's leading art spaces, Barbican Art Gallery presents the best of international visual art with a dynamic mix of art, architecture, design, fashion and photography. The Curve is dedicated to showing new commissions created by leading international artists in direct response to the distinctively shaped gallery space. Accompanying each exhibition is a programme of talks and events.

Certain discounts at Barbican events may be available for both serving members and veterans of the Armed Forces, as part of the City of London's commitment to fulfilling the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

Visit the Barbican website to find out about upcoming theatre, dance and music events, as well as exhibitions, screenings and special events.

The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.


Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
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Tel: 020 7638 8891 (10am - 8pm Mon - Sat; 11am - 8pm Sun) 
Text phone for hard of hearing visitors: 07710 854 085

Centre opening times

9am - 11pm Monday - Saturday
11am - 11pm Sunday
12pm - 11pm Public Holidays

Access information

Find out about access at the Barbican.

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      ​With large terraces and tranquil lakes the Barbican is a great place to relax and unwind