Practical Info for Groups


Planning your group visit

The LSO is based at the Barbican Centre, in the heart of the City of London.

Street address:
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London
EC2Y 8DS

For information on Group discounts and benefits please visit our Group Discounts page, or browse through our Group Booking brochure below.

 

Getting here

Coach

If you are travelling to the Centre on a coach or minibus, the following information will be essential. Please ensure that the following information is relayed to the relevant members of your party and your coach driver:

  • The Barbican Centre is situated in a residential area
  • Vehicle engines must be turned off at all times when your vehicle is stationary
  • Sound systems must be silenced before coach doors are opened
  • Take care when opening and closing vehicle doors to minimise noise disturbance
  • Please do not raise voices until well within the Centre
  • Under the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002 the City of London has powers to request drivers to turn off their engines when stationary, or receive a Fixed Penalty Notice, which will result in a fine.
  • It is an offence in the City of London for coaches parked in designated bays to leave their engines running under the City of London Coach Parking Places Order 1990.

Coach Drop-Off and Pick-Up Points

The usual drop-off point for coaches under 11ft 6” (3.5m) high and 20ft (6.3m) length is the Barbican private underground roadway accessed from Silk Street (signed Car Park & Taxis); the underground roadway allows parties to be dropped near the Stalls Foyer (Level Minus One) and near the main lifts to all levels.

Please ensure that your driver is aware of the need to turn off the vehicle engine whilst dropping off on the internal roadway.

Larger coaches can drop off on Silk Street public highway. Due to the residential nature of the area surrounding the Barbican Centre, time waiting on Silk Street should be kept to a minimum and vehicle engines must be turned off whilst dropping off/collecting.

Due to parking restrictions in the area coaches will need to make arrangements to leave after drop-off and park/wait elsewhere, returning to pick-up only.

The pick-up point is always Silk Street public highway. Coaches should arrive as close to the anticipated finish time of any event as possible. Vehicle engines must be switched off upon arrival until immediately prior to departure. Parking, congestion and noise have led to previous local resident complaints and police action.

For an update on the finish time of your event please ask your coach driver to speak with any of our team when you arrive or telephone the 24-hour attended Silk Street Reception on +44 20 7382 7308 for an update as the event progresses.

Coach Parking Bays

The nearest coach bays to the Barbican are:

Fore Street
2 bays
Free
Max stay 4 hours

Queen Victoria Street
8 bays
£6/hour
Max stay 4 hours
Chargeable Mon–Fri 8.00am–7.00pm, Sat 8.00am–11.00am
Operational 24 hours

St Martin's Le Grand
4 bays
£6/hour
Max stay 90 mins
Chargeable Mon–Fri 8.00am–7.00pm, Sat 8.00am–11.00am
Operational 24 hours

Angel Street
4 bays
£6/hour
Max stay 90 mins
Chargeable Mon–Fri 8.00am–7.00pm, Sat 8.00am–11.00am
Operational 24 hours

London Underground

The nearest Underground station is Barbican. Exit the station, cross Aldersgate Street and walk through the road tunnel (Beech Street), before taking the first turning right into Silk Street. For more information about planning your journey, visit Transport for London.

National Rail

Nearby rail stations are Moorgate, Liverpool Street and Farringdon, all approximately a 10-minute walk away.

Car

The Barbican has four car parks, with spaces that can be booked in advance through the Box Office. Phone +44 20 7382 7211 for more information.

> More information about the Barbican
> View a map of the venue

Access

The Barbican has step-free access, lifts and induction loops, and there are seats in the Hall for wheelchair users; please ask the Box Office for more information when booking. To find out more about access, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or download a copy of the Access Guide.

> Download a copy of the Barbican's Access Guide

Eating & drinking

The Barbican is the perfect place to relax or have a bite to eat before a concert. You can fine-dine in Gin Joint at Searcy's, a newly refurbished brasserie and bar, enjoy platters and cocktails in the stylish Barbican Lounge, or have a quick meal in the cafeteria-style Foodhall. There are also foyer bars and cafés that serve drinks, light snacks and ice creams in the concert intervals.

> More information about the Barbican's bars and restaurants

Other useful information

Programmes are free of charge and will be handed out on the door as you enter the Hall. The Barbican has a free cloakroom on Level -1 (Stalls), and there are also public telephones and a cashpoint.

Make a day of it

The Barbican is Europe’s largest multi-arts centre, and its many facilities also include a gift shop, cinemas, art galleries, a theatre and a library. The venue is also close to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Museum of London, the Bank of England, Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe, giving you plenty of choice if you’d like to make a day your visit.

> Visit the Barbican's website

Visitors at the Barbican Centre