Located in the heart of historic London, the Barbican Centre is the largest performing arts venue in Europe. Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1982, the Barbican Centre has been entertaining and delighting hundreds of thousands of visitors with art shows, films, live theatre, a variety of dance performances, and both classical and modern music. It is the home of The London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the home of the Royal Shakespeare company in London.
Not only is it the home of the most sought-after theater performances in the UK and some of the best art exhibitions in the nation, it also has three notable restaurants, the largest public library in London, and its very own conservatory.
Visiting Barbican Centre:
Although the theater performances and workshops vary from month to month, it is almost certain you'll find something to see or do when you visit. In addition to the workshops and more experimental performances, the Barbican hosts some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed shows and exhibits in all of Europe. Examples of popular shows include the art show “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier,” and a performance by musician Emmylou Harris.
Even when no ballet, opera and theater performances are in production, the venue offers some form of fun and entertainment with the three on-site cinemas that play the latest Hollywood hits and cult classics.
When the show has ended and the night is still young, the entire area comes alive as a vibrant shopping destination. Shop amongst the best designers in the world before retiring to one of the numerous nearby eateries. Visit the Cote Brasserie for award-winning French dishes like decadent crème brulee with crème caramel. Or head to the Gin Joint for contemporary takes on traditional meats, seafood and vegetarian staples.
Because it is centrally located, finding your way to the show is easy with the use of the city's great transportation system. Simply hop on the Tube, Rail or Bus and be at the Barbican Centre in minutes.
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