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

How to get to Barbican Centre

When visiting Barbican Centre you can use the following:
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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.

 
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  • 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

   to Barbican Centre BarbicanJude Law will be starring in 'Obsession' at the Barbican Theatre, a play based on the classic movie by Luchino Visconti.

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

   Barbican Centre BarbicanViolinist Kyung Wha Chung will be playing all six of Bach's violin sonatas and partitas 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 BarbicanJoin conductor Harry Bicket and the English Concert for a performance of Handel's 'Ariodante' 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 BarbicanCome and hear some songs from KT Tunstall's new album KIN, when she plays one night at Barbican Hall in May.

   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 BarbicanJoin Thomas Ades and the Britten Sinfonia for an evening of classical works by Beethoven at Barbican Hall.

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

   Barbican Centre BarbicanJoin Thomas Ades and the Britten Sinfonia for a selection of classical works by Barry and Beethoven 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.

   to Barbican Centre BarbicanSir Simon Rattle, Lang Lang and the London Symphony Orchestra will be playing works by Wagner, Bartok and Haydn.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanSir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be playing works by Grime, Birtwistle, Ades, Knussen and Elgar.

   to Barbican Centre BarbicanSir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing Berlioz's 'The Damnation of Faust' at Barbican Hall.

   to Barbican Centre BarbicanSir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing three works by Stravinsky at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanSakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing works by Berg, Strauss and Sibelius at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Larcher, Bruch, Webyn and Haydn at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanJoin the London Symphony Orchestra for an evening of classical works by Britten and Mahler at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanJoin the London Symphony Orchestra for an evening of classical works by Beethoven and Brahms at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Birtwistle and Vaughan Williams at Barbican Hall.

   to Barbican Centre BarbicanJoin the London Symphony Orchestra for an evening of works by Thomas Ades, Mendelssohn and Brahms at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe Gewandhausorchester Leipzig will be playing some classical works by Beethoven and Bruckner at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Schmitt, Franck, Ravel and Sibelius at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanJoin the London Symphony Orchestra for an evening of works by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanGianandrea Noseda will be conducting a 'Half Six Fix' of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.4 at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Lili Boulanger, Betsy Jolas and Mahler at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanJoin the conductor Marin Alsop for an evening of classical works by Bernstein and Mahler at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe BBC Symphony Orchestra will be playing works by Tchaikovsky, Britten, Winter and Nicolson at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanMarin Alsop will be conducting an evening of classical works by Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe Britten Sinfonia will be performing some classical works by Finzi, Mahler and Brahms at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe BBC Symphony Orchestra will be playing some classical works by Shostakovich and Strauss at Barbican Hall.

   Barbican Centre BarbicanThe Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra will be performing classical works by Beethoven and Prokofiev 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.
> Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House hosts many major productions. It is also home to the Royal Ballet.
> Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall, famous for the Proms, was built to commemorate the death of Prince Albert.
 

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