Why Barbican is a great one-stop date spot

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The Barbican isn't the first thing that comes to mind when planning a date but take a closer look and you'll find that it's a one stop shop for the perfect date - particularly for art and architecture lovers.

Definitely worth considering, the Barbican Centre is a collection of museums and art galleries, lively music venues, unique cafes, and restaurants, as well as the stunning architecture of Brutalist design that defines the space – this area of London has plenty to offer when it comes to creating an unforgettable date. Whether you’re feeling adventurous or want something laidback yet intimate – there are lots of activities available here to ensure your time spent together will be nothing but special. In this blog post we’ll cover why making Barbican your dating destination ensures good times with your date!

Barbican Conservatory

Escape the hustle and bustle of London and step into a serene and tranquil world at the Barbican Conservatory. As the second biggest conservatory in the city, it offers a delightful escape from the daily grind. Find your inner peace surrounded by exotic plants and tropical trees that transport you to a faraway destination, the Barbican Conservatory is a hidden gem that should be on everyone’s must-visit list. So why not take a stroll through this hidden tropical oasis and discover a whole new world of greenery in the heart of London?

Tours & Architecture

Experience the Barbican from a fresh viewpoint with their captivating tours. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary architecture that has established the Barbican as a world-renowned destination for art and culture. Delve deep into the sunken depths of the theatre or take in the magnificent views on offer from the top of our soaring towers. Gain exclusive insights into the Barbican’s history and how it has evolved into the thriving hub of creativity it is today. Elevate your next date with a unique and unforgettable experience that will leave you mesmerised.

Lakeside Terrace

Lakeside Terrace provides a serene, relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for unwinding after a long day. Located in the bustling heart of Barbican, this exceptional venue offers a tranquil oasis to enjoy a delicious coffee. The stunning surroundings of Lakeside Terrace will capture your heart. So, take a seat, breathe in the fresh air and let your worries melt away while you savour the flavours of our carefully crafted coffee.

Design-Led Shops

Barbican shops are a treasure trove of independent designs that are sure to delight any shopper looking for a unique and exciting experience. From gifts to books and souvenirs, you’ll find the latest range of products from emerging designers and makers. The shop prides itself on its exclusive commission pieces that showcase the creativity and skill of the designers. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind item or something to stay up-to-date with the latest trends, the Barbican shops have got you covered. So why not treat yourself or a loved one to something special and take a browse around this design-led haven?

Art exhibits, theatre, events

If you’re looking for a great date spot or just something fun to do, art exhibits, theatre, and events are always a great choice. With so many options out there, there’s sure to be something that piques your interest and gets the conversation flowing. Art exhibitions can be a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of the world around us, while theatre performances keep us on the edge of our seats with dramatic storytelling. And when it comes to events, there’s no shortage of exciting things to see and do. So, if you’re looking for a romantic evening out, be sure to explore all the great options that the local art and cultural scene has to offer.

Independent cinema

If you’re tired of the same old movie experience, the independent cinema might just be the perfect solution. With a focus on unique and thought-provoking films, indie cinemas offer a refreshing alternative to the Hollywood blockbusters that dominate mainstream theatres. Not only are these films often more daring and experimental, but the intimate settings of independent cinemas make for a cozy and romantic date spot. You and your partner can snuggle up and enjoy a one-of-a-kind movie experience like no other, all while supporting up-and-coming filmmakers and the art of independent cinema.


Visiting the Barbican area is a perfect one-stop spot for spending time with your date. Whether you’re looking to explore an impressive architectural tour, relax terrace-side or browse our design-led shops, the oasis of the Barbican perfectly captures all things natural and man-made in London. Furthermore, if you like live art, you can enjoy the theatre, independent cinema screenings and curated events is your cup of tea, then it’s definitely a place to visit this year. Follow us on Instagram for more date spots and ideas!

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Rachel Vida MacLynn

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In 2011, Rachel took a leap of faith. Following a series of serendipitous events, she founded Vida (now known as Maclynn) in London and never looked back. Rachel is a Chartered Member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and holds a Master’s degree in Occupational Psychology. Her own values around integrity, delivering the highest standards, inclusion, and self-empowerment are at the core of Maclynn’s unique matchmaking model. Described by clients as calm, compassionate, warm and wise, she continues to be fully immersed in the business, working with a select number of VIP clients. In recent years, Rachel’s personal life has focused on raising her two young sons with her partner, Jamie. Rachel has also achieved her personal goals of running the New York Marathon and reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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