Our story

Our building

A Grade II listed building, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts.

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Our architecture

From exhibitions and tours, photography and film, to exploring the Centre itself, discover more about the Barbican's fascinating architecture in the Centre and surrounding estate.

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Our venues

Home to two art galleries, two theatres, three cinemas, a concert hall and a tropical conservatory — find out more about the venues that make up one of the world's leading arts centres

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Our archive

Join us as we build an archive to tell the story of the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music & Drama

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Our history

A Grade II listed building, the Barbican is one of London’s best examples of Brutalist architecture.

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Our neighbours

The Barbican is at the heart of the City of London and is the creative heartbeat of this financial district.