Our building

Our venues

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

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

At the Barbican

Photo of multicoloured seats in the Barbican Hall

Hall

The Barbican Hall seats up to 1943 people and regularly welcomes internationally renowned musicians in both classical and contemporary music.
 

Photo of Barbican Theatre seats from above

Theatre

Hosting outstanding theatre and dance companies from across the globe, our main theatre has a capacity of 1156 and is divided over four levels.

Photo of Cinema seats

Cinemas

The Barbican’s three cinemas include the recently refurbished 280 seat Cinema 1 and our two 153 seat screens in the Barbican’s new cinema building on Beech Street (opened in autumn 2012).
 

Photo of the Barbican Pit theatre

The Pit

The Pit is the Barbican’s 164 seat studio theatre; it is a flexible space that regular champions emerging companies and artists.

Photo of The Japanese House in the Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Our Art Gallery presents major exhibitions by leading international figures, from architects to Turner-prize-winning artists.

Photo of Bedwyr Williams in The Curve

The Curve

The Curve is an exhibition space at the heart of the Centre where we present new and recently produced work by contemporary artists through a programme of temporary exhibitions.

Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory

Conservatory

Our spectacular Conservatory is a hidden tropical oasis in the heart of the City and is home to exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees. 

a photo of an art installation at the barbican centre in london called cosmic teta

Public spaces

The Barbican Centre also includes large foyers and public spaces, a library, the Lakeside Terrace, conference facilities and three restaurants.
Experience free installations, commissions and events in our public spaces, whatever time you visit.