Venue Guide

Host An Event At The Barbican Centre, London

The Barbican Centre in London is the largest multi-arts centre in Europe, an award winning venue used for a variety of events from conferences to art exhibitions to theatre productions. Home to two art galleries, two theatres, three cinemas, a concert hall and a tropical conservatory, it offers some of the best facilities in the country and its location in central London makes it the perfect venue for hosting an event.

The Barbican Centre - Key Info

If you’re considering hosting an event at the Barbican Centre, here are some of the key facts you’ll need to know about the venue:

 

Venue Address

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Venue Website

https://www.barbican.org.uk/

Capacity

1,943 (Barbican Hall)

 

 

 

The Barbican Centre Capacity

The Barbican Centre can host events for almost 2,000 people at any one time. Below are a few sample rooms and their capacity for those considering hiring event space within the Barbican Centre venue.

Room

Capacity

Barbican Hall 

Up to 1950 total capacity.

Barbican Theatre

Up to 1160 total capacity.

Cinema 1

Up to 280 auditorium seating.

Frobisher Auditorium 1

Up to 250 auditorium seating.

Frobisher Rooms

Up to 170 in theatre-style seating.

 

The Barbican Centre Facilities

In House Catering Available

Yes

In House Audio & Visual Facilities

Yes

Wifi Provisions

Wifi Available

Accessibility

All venues are suitable for wheelchair users.

In the Silk Street building, hearing induction loops are provided in the Music Hall and Theatre.

Event Security

Yes

 

Getting To The Barbican Centre

Air Travel

The Barbican Centre is just a 30-minute drive (subject to traffic) from the London City Airport which offers international flights to and from major cities across Europe.

Other nearby airports include:

  • Gatwick Airport (1 hr 15 minutes - 1 hr using the train and underground)
  • Heathrow Airport (1 hr 15 minutes using the train and underground)
  • Luton Airport (1 hr 15 minutes using airport shuttle, train, and underground)

Train Travel

The Barbican Centre is just an 11-minute walk from Liverpool Street and Farringdon train stations. Old Street and Moorgate train stations are served by Great Northern and Thameslink and are also within walking distance of the venue.

Travel by Car

Driving within London is rarely necessary thanks to the excellent public transport services including the London Underground. Especially given the likelihood of encountering heavy traffic, particularly during peak times.

If, however, you do decide to drive, beware of road restrictions near the venue. As of March 2020, there is no through route on Beech Street except for zero-emission vehicles, and nearby Bridgewater Street and Golden Lane are restricted to only non-motorized vehicles. However, access to nearby car parks 4 and 5 is still permitted to all vehicles.

Local Travel

The Barbican is within walking distance of a number of London Underground stations. Barbican (4-minute walk) and Moorgate (7-minute walk) offer connections to the Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, and Circle lines, while St Paul’s (11-minute walk) offers services on the Central line).

Buses to and from the venue are also available from bus stops on Beech Street and Goswell Road near the Barbican underground station, both within walking distance of the venue.

Nearby Parking

Parking is available at the Barbican Centre and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with CCTV and security at all times. Parking can be accessed via Silk Street and Beech Street and can be booked in advance.

Nearby Hotels & Accommodation

The Barbican Centre boasts a prime city center location with plenty of hotels within walking distance of the venue. The Montcalm Royal London House is a great option for a luxurious overnight stay and other fantastic options nearby include:

  • Malmaison London
  • The Montcalm at The Brewery London City
  • Apex London Wall Hotel
  • South Place Hotel
  • Andaz London Liverpool Street

Nearby Bars & Restaurants

The Barbican Centre itself is full of fantastic places to eat and drink, whether delegates are looking for a coffee and snack, a dinnertime meal at a restaurant or a bar for a drink or two after the event. And if that’s not enough, the Barbican is also surrounded by a variety of cafes, bars, and restaurants. Within walking distance you’ll find: 

  • Côte - Barbican
  • Pham Sushi
  • Baracca
  • Wood Street Bar and Restaurant
  • Black Rock

Past Events Hosted At The Barbican Centre

Past events at The Barbican Centre include:

  • The Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • Sun At Night Art Exhibition
  • Visual Arts Open Workshop

How To Hold An Event At The Barbican Centre

You can find out more by contacting the venue directly:

Website: https://www.barbican.org.uk/

Phone: +44 (0)20 7382 7043

Email: businessevents@barbican.org.uk

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