EXPERIENCE THE BARBICAN

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This landmark building is best enjoyed with plenty of time to explore, so make the most of your visit and discover some of the best spots and activities across the Barbican this summer.

Places to relax

Eat

There are lots of different restaurants for you to choose from, all conveniently located in the Centre. Choose between Osteria, the Italian-style bistro on level 2, Bonfire, a laid-back burger joint with a sunny terrace, and Barbican Kitchen, the family-friendly café-restaurant serving fresh pizza, salads and daily hot specials, where kids eat free for every adult ordering a main meal.

Drink

For home-made cakes and coffees, there are cafes on Level G and at the Cinema Cafe on Beech Street. The Martini Bar overlooking the foyers serves classic cocktails and a very own Barbican Gin, while just for the summer you can enjoy a cocktail from London’s first ever robotic bartender, Makr Shakr, as part of the AI: More than Human exhibition.

Start your journey on Level G

Experience free installations in the public spaces, inspired by the AI: More than Human exhibition:

Dance with avatars and play in a futuristic Barbican

Enjoy pop-up events and talks in the Life Rewired Hub

If you have 30
minutes…

Explore the Life Rewired Hub on Level G. Inside the Hub you’ll find an exhibition of new writing and short films by artists navigating the dizzying impact of technology on our lives, and some beautiful (free) illustrated posters.

Drop-by the Bonfire Terrace for an Aperol Spritz and great views of the City skyline.

If you have an
hour…

Join one of the free 15 minute Welcome tours. We run several tours daily, starting from the Tickets Information desk on Level G. You’ll visit the Sculpture Court, Highwalks and other key sites – a great intro to the Barbican.

Take home a piece of the Barbican with a souvenir from the Barbican Shop.

If you have 90
minutes or more…

Go beyond the Barbican and explore the high walks of the Barbican Estate. You’ll see beautiful gardens, medieval structures such as St. Giles’ Church, sculptures and curios, and get an insight into what makes the estate a unique post-war undertaking.

Enjoy delicious food in the restaurants, or relax with a coffee on the Lakeside.