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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Performing Arts Venue
“The Barbican Centre lures fans of serious culture into a labyrinthine arts complex, part of a vast concrete estate that also includes 2,000 highly coveted flats and innumerable concrete walkways. TimeOut says it's 'the UK's leading international arts centre'. My ultimately favourite part is the Conservatory.”
  • 277 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Great for a sightseeing stroll and a drink. Checkout the website for exhibitions, music & theatre.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Incredible centre for the arts, set in a stunning brutalist complex. There are always a number of exhibitions and events taking place - as well as a number of places you can eat.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Establishment
“From acclaimed architects to Turner prize-winning artists, the Barbican Art Gallery presents major exhibitions by leading international figures - entry £10.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“One of my favourite beautiful places in London. Take the Central Line to Liverpool Street and walk up. The Conservatory is only open some Sundays in the year, so check first, but even if it's not open Barbican estate is a beautiful place to walk around for the architecture and the cinema, art gallery and other cultural experiences”
  • 6 locals recommend
Establishment
“The Barbican Centre's two theatre spaces - the Barbican Theatre and The Pit - offer everything from gritty reality to far-flung fantasy.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theatre
“Our fav. cinema... interesting films and plenty of space. The coffee shop is ideal for working or people watching.”
  • 3 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“It serves sophisticated French meals at the right price. Ideal before going to a concert or a movie in the Barbican.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Distinctly British flavour, based on sourcing the best quality meats from Lake District Farmers, a co-operative group specialising in traditional, high quality meats. We also serve fantastic seafood a”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Lovely water fountains and running around space for little ones. Part of the Barbican arts and entertainment centre. A library inside as well, with a children's library”
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
“Tucked away near the Barbican multi-arts centre and the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Chimes Music is in illustrious company. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Cafe
  • 1 local recommends
Library
“Because the Barbican is known for it's Symphony Hall, Theatre, Cinema and Art Gallery, I chose to highlight the excellent library, which is open to the public. There's a great magazine section. ”
  • 1 local recommends
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French Restaurant
“It serves sophisticated French meals at the right price. Ideal before going to a concert or a movie in the Barbican.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Distinctly British flavour, based on sourcing the best quality meats from Lake District Farmers, a co-operative group specialising in traditional, high quality meats. We also serve fantastic seafood a”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cafe
  • 1 local recommends

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