Barbican Centre

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Barbican Centre address and telephone

Address:
Barbican Centre is located at: Silk Street, Barbican,
London EC2Y 8DS
England
Telephone:
You can contact Barbican Centre on Work +44 (0) 207 638 8891
Website:
The Barbican Centre website can be visited at www.barbican.org.uk

Barbican Centre opening times and ticket price

Opening hours:
Barbican Centre is open to the public from: 9 AM to 11 PM (Mon-Sat); 12 noon to 11 PM (Sun)
Visiting hours are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm whether it’s open to visitors before making plans to visit Barbican Centre

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Exterior view of the Barbican Arts CentreThe Barbican Centre, London Interior of the Barbican Arts CentreInside the Barbican Centre Interior of the Barbican HallBarbican Hall

Daniil Trifonov -- Schumann, Shostakovich, Stravinsky   

Anne-Sophie Mutter -- Mozart, Respighi, Saint-Saens   

> See all events at Barbican Centre

 

London’s Barbican Centre was erected in the 1960s and is home to numerous cultural exhibitions, art galleries and theatres. It also has residential flats, conference facilities and a shopping centre.

History of The Barbican

The Barbican takes its name from the ancient fortifications that used to surround the City. (A barbican is a watchtower that hangs upon a gate.) It remained an upper-class part of town for much of the 17th-century, but by Victorian times the working class had taken over.

Due to its proximity to the docks, it suffered plenty of punishing raids in the Blitz – German bombs demolished a third of the buildings. When the armistice came in 1945 the area north of St. Paul’s resembled a square mile of rubble. The high cost of reconstruction work delayed the diggers for a decade, and it wasn’t completed until 1982.

The resulting wash of concrete has been much derided down the years, but the original plans were of considerable note. They planned 2,000 apartments for 6,500 people – some in tower blocks over 400-foot high (the tallest in Europe at the time). They also included a Museum of London, the Guildhall School of Music, and a fully-featured arts centre.

Very few of the finished buildings are pleasing to the eye – the complex is deathly grey and cramped, and it’s all too easy to get lost in a dreary world of concrete constructs.

The Barbican Arts Centre

The ugly Barbican redeems itself when it comes to culture. The Museum of London has its buildings in the grounds, and you can catch concerts by the London Symphony Orchestra. A lively set of jazz, classical and contemporary pieces are played in the 2,000-seater concert hall.

Contemporary art displays are held in The Curve, and the gallery on Level 3, and art-house movies are screened in the art centre’s three cinemas. They even have some stage-plays and shows in the Barbican Theatre.

St. Giles of Cripplegate

Tucked away amongst the block solid walls is St. Giles Cripplegate. It is one of the very few churches to survive both the Great Fire in 1666 and the Luftwaffe’s bombs.

It is the jewel in the Barbican Centre’s concrete crown: Oliver Cromwell was married here in 1620, and the grave of poet John Milton is hidden in the crypt.

 
  • pwyn – “I only ever go here to listen to the London symphony orchestra, who have a residency here. I wouldn't go for any other reason as the barbican is one of the ugliest parts of London. It can also be quite scary walking the forboding concrete walkways at night, but once you are inside it is very nice and pleasant. The London symphony orchestra is one of the best in London (although not a patch on the London philharmonic), but they frequently have big name conductors and new works receiving their debut. The price is also a little less than the concerts at the royal festival hall. If you think that classical music in London is only worth going to if it's at the festival hall or royal albert hall, then give this a try. You might be pleasantly surprised.”
  • glenking – “There are probably millions of Londoners who have lived in London for years who have never been to the barbican. I know why.. Because you have to make an effort to get there (it's not really near anything else that's interesting) and it looks like a concrete car-park. If first impressions count, then you wouldnt bother stepping through the front door, because it's an archtiectural monstrosity. But give it a chance! You can actually have a full day out at the barbican because they've got everything -- an art gallery, a theatre, a concert hall, a cinema, and even the museum of London tacked on as well. The only one I’ve not been to is the theatre, but the concert hall has some great stuff in it. And the art gallery usually has some good contemporary stuff on show, if you like that sort of thing. A bit like the stuff they show at the tate modern.”

> Events at Barbican Centre

   Barbican Centre BarbicanPianist Daniil Trifonov will be playing some classical works by Schumann, Shostakovich and Stravinsky at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanAnne-Sophie Mutter will be performing some classical works by Mozart, Respighi and Saint-Saens at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical works by Brahms and Strauss at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe BBC Symphony Orchestra will be playing works by Kabalevsky, Shostakovich and Michael Zev Gordon at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe London Symphony Orchestra will be performing classical works by Sibelius, Nielsen and Bernstein at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanBallroom dancers Anton du Beke and Erin Boag are back at the Barbican Hall with their brand new show — Swing Time!

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Rachmaninov, Mark-Anthony Turnage at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe BBC Symphony Orchestra will be playing works by Schrecker, Rachmaninov and Nicola LeFanu at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanMurray Perahia will be playing works by Beethoven at Barbican Hall, alongside the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanLothar Koenigs and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be playing works by Wolfgang Rihm and Bruckner at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanTanita Tikaram will be appearing at Barbican Hall, playing songs from her latest album 'Closer To The People'.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers will be playing works by Nielsen, Glanert and Sibelius at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanGilbert O'Sullivan is bringing his 50th Anniversary Tour to the Barbican, and playing songs from his album 'Latin ala G'.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Bartok and Peter Eotvos at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanJanine Jansen and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing works by Brahms and Strauss at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical works by Beethoven and Brahms at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical works by Schubert and Brahms at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe London Symphony Orchestra will be playing classical works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Ravel at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe London Symphony Orchestra will be playing classical works by Debussy, Bartok and Mahler at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe New York Philharmonic Orchestra will be in town to play some works by Bartok and Mahler at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe New York Philharmonic Orchestra will be in town to play some works by Beethoven, Berlioz and Adams at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe New York Philharmonic and cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be playing some works by Adams and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanListen to the London Symphony Orchestra performing classical works by Berg and Mahler at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanHear pianist Murray Perahia performing some Beethoven at Barbican Hall, alongside the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanMariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra will be playing works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanJiri Belohlavek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing Dvorak's "Requiem" at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe London Symphony Orchestra will be playing classical works by Debussy, Bartok and Bruckner at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanAnne-Sophie Mutter will be performing classical works by Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanSir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing works by Elgar and Bliss at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanNikolaj Znaider will be conducting some classical music by Mozart and Tchaikovsky at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanSir Mark Elder will be conducting some classical works by Vaughan Williams, Brahms and Holst at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe London Symphony Orchestra will be performing Mahler's "Symphony No.9" at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanSakari Oramoand the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing two works by Messiaen at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe London Symphony Orchestra will be performing two classical works by Bruckner at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe London Symphony Orchestra will be performing two classical works by Beethoven and Bruckner at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanMichael Tilson Thomas will be conducting some classical music by Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanMichael Tilson Thomas will be conducting some classical music by Brahms and Nielsen at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanPianist Murray Perahia will be giving a solo recital at Barbican Hall, performing some works by Beethoven.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe London Symphony Orchestra will be giving a performance of Mahler's "Symphony No 3" at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanSir Simon Rattle will be conducting some Sibelius with the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall.

If you like Barbican Centre, then you might also like…

> Royal Festival Hall Royal Festival Hall is one of London’s main concert venues, and is part of the Southbank Centre.
> Cadogan Hall Cadogan Hall near Sloane Square is one of London’s best venues for classical music.
> Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House hosts many major productions. It is also home to the Royal Ballet.
 

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