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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

the barbican's architecture

Our architecture

An icon of Brutalist architecture, the Barbican has always been controversial. Voted ‘London’s ugliest building’ in 2003, among design aficionados it's one of the UK’s architectural treasures.

an example of Brutalist architecture in London, the Barbican Centre towers

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

Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory

Sustainability

We recognise the impacts that our operations and activities can have on the environment and we are committed to reducing these.