Barbican Centre

Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK – 020 7638 4141

One of London’s quirkier venues, a bizarre architectural project that realistically should not work but does, few places are quite like this. A mix of shows, theatre, exhibitions, cinema and quirky stores. Sit back and soak up this 60s architectural vibe, with its prominence of red tones, from lighting to floor. Sit inside and chill, or step outside and watch the water feature. Fancy something different pop into the garden area inside one of the building, see the plants and visit the terrapins. Great exhibition space, lovely teams of people, extraordinary exclusive film performances, especially of movies that have gone off the grid.

Great venue for a concert or event. The architecture of the building is also unique and interesting. The cafe/restaurant is enjoyable on a warm day when you can sit out. The building is free to the public and you can use it to study etc. Not worth visiting as a tourist site on its own but if something is on here it will be a great opportunity to visit a historic building.


1 Rivington Pl, London EC2A 3BA, UK – 020 7729 9616

The 5 Stars say it all.

Brady Arts & Community Centre

New Town, 5HU, 192-196 Hanbury St, Mile End, London E1 5HU, UK – 020 7364 7900

I have been to several events at this centre over the years, albeit only on the ground floor. There are many regular activities taking place in this centre, which I am not familiar with. As you enter, there is a small lobby with manned reception where you can get various information leaflets etc, then you go through to a pleasant large lobby, which has tables and chairs and often exhibitions on the walls. Off this lobby is access to all the other parts, including stairs and a lift to the rest of the building. There's an auditorium with a floor level performance space featuring black stage curtains, good lighting rig and sound system and steep banked seating. There are two spacious halls towards the back which have a movable division. There is a very peaceful courtyard garden to the side. A spacious kitchen with serving counter opens out onto the hall. The venue serves its purpose well. Local parking is very difficult and it is not easy to drive there if you are an unfamiliar visitor. There is a small amount of space in front of the building for bicycles. Minus points are for the problem with how hot the auditorium gets and the steps into the garden. I am not aware of it being wheelchair accessible. Also, the toilet facilities are not quite ample. There's a disabled toilet but I'm not sure a wheelchair would fit in easily.

A good community centre with so much going on. Has it's own theatre, huge hall & conference room & cafe. If you are looking for rehearsal place or similar, this place is well worth looking into....easy access to West End etc., All info at reception or via website.

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