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The City of London Corporation is one of the largest sponsors of arts and culture in the UK. See the results of that investment at the stunning Barbican Centre, home to the London Symphony Orchestra and a powerhouse of cultural activity.

It's all set in great surroundings with many free events taking place whatever the day of the week. Take in an exhibition or a show, or just sit back and enjoy refreshment in one of the Barbican's cafés and restaurants while soaking up great architecture and the peaceful beauty of the Lakeside Terrace.

What you can do in 90 minutes or half a day

If you're just looking, allow about 90 minutes.

If you're going into the attractions, you should allow half a day.


'Culture vultures' is great for those in search of art and entertainment. In the daytime, there's usually an exhibition to see at one of the Barbican's galleries as well as film screenings in its cinemas, with lunchtime concerts, foyer performances and other entertainments taking place in any one of the venues.

In the evening, this hub comes alive with a packed programme of events. For full listings of what's on when, view the links.​