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Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Art Gallery and Performing Arts Venue
City of Westminster, London
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    Ale T.
    "Love the cinema programme in particular."(2 Tips)
    HISTORY UK
    "Damien Hirst’s first solo show"(2 Tips)
    Dave M.
    "The ICA offers free wifi and great coffee ideal for a causal working..."(4 Tips)
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    "Rarely seen art-related books"(4 Tips)
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  • Nico M.heart icon on user image
    Nico MacdonaldJune 4, 2016
    The Fox Reading Room exhibition space below the bar (it's small) has the loveliest shows, often documentary/historical. The bar is nice too!
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    Nico MacdonaldJune 21, 2016
    The Fox Reading Room exhibitions and installations are a hidden gem; good bar and eatery (where I used to work); and good exhibition spaces
  • Louis Vuitton
    Louis VuittonDecember 16, 2011
    Founded in 1947 to challenge the foundations of contemporary art, it enabled the first exhibitions of Picasso, Moore, and Hirst. The ICA's lecture series features eloquent artist and filmmakers.
  • Ale T.heart icon on user image
    Ale TowerMay 17, 2017
    Love the cinema programme in particular. Good spot to regularly check out for events. The book shop is small but rich with stimulating titles.
  • HISTORY UK
    HISTORY UKFebruary 10, 2011
    The ICA was founded in 1947 as a ‘playground’ for contemporary artists, and moved here in 1968. It hosted Damien Hirst’s first solo show and the debut London gig of Franz Ferdinand.
  • Xavier B.
    Xavier BrinonSeptember 8, 2011
    Great for fans of obscure Portuguese films and similar arty fare. Deserves a mention for the fantastic bookshop and being the home of Ultra Culture Cinema.The Mall, SW1Y
  • Chris R.heart icon on user image
    Nice cinema with small amounts of seating so feels quite intimate and special. Seems to have some interesting shows on.
  • Nova D.heart icon on user image
    Nova DandoSeptember 15, 2017
    Great Bar and also great for food. Lovely healthy options
  • London Symphony Orchestra
    London Symphony OrchestraSeptember 16, 2011
    Exhibitions of contemporary art and cinema, talks, contemporary music events and a very cool café bar hangout. It's art right here, right now.
  • Dave M.heart icon on user image
    Dave MarshallJanuary 21, 2016
    The ICA offers free wifi and great coffee ideal for a causal working meeting or arty elevenses.
  • Alison R.heart icon on user image
    Alison RocheOctober 14, 2016
    They always seem pretty disorganised every year when it's the film festival and showings never start on time!
  • Nasty A.
    Nasty AprilJanuary 29, 2013
    Teller is the coolest, soul-ironic-porn as we all like, I was the only girl crying as it is too beautiful, too sincere to be true, yo!
  • Alessia C.heart icon on user image
    Alessia CameraFebruary 24, 2016
    Nice gallery just a few steps from Trafalgar Square, free wifi
  • Dominic R.heart icon on user image
    Dominic RayDecember 1, 2014
    Great cinema, seen dozens of films here, free WiFi, cheap membership.
  • Iliccoheart icon on user image
    IliccoJanuary 20, 2016
    The vibe and reasonably priced drinks, oh and the art
  • Jade C.
    Jade ClarkeMarch 16, 2011
    One of the best venues for interesting films and art. Beautiful location wildly popular but stills feel undiscovered.
  • Londonist
    LondonistApril 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    There aren't too many places in this part of town to get beer and free wifi together. The ICA totally delivers. Oh, and they've also been known to put on films and artwork from time to time.
  • Galal G.heart icon on user image
    Galal GalalMarch 17, 2017
    Nice place, great infusion teas. Sadly, still no alcohol-free beers!☹️
  • Candid Magazine
    Candid MagazineMarch 5, 2014
    a great little bar here to relax in and the drinks aren't to expensive either.
  • Puppala D.heart icon on user image
    Puppala DupiOctober 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    a bit past its best but still worth a visit
  • Enzo M.heart icon on user image
    Enzo MartinelliOctober 24, 2015
    Love the art house cinema programme
  • Alfie B.
    Alfie BrambilaJune 18, 2012
    great atmosphere, i love getting some pints and chill out at the bar
  • Greg G.
    Greg GordonJanuary 18, 2013
    Come here for free ad easy to access wifi
  • Jason D.heart icon on user image
    Jason DevennyFebruary 25, 2015
    Classy and cultural. Antiestablishment bookstore
  • James
    JamesJuly 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I feel dislocated here, as if everyone else is part of a performance art event at which I am a mere spectator. Turns out, I was right.
  • Shaheeda S.
    Shaheeda SabirJune 13, 2011
    If you like Graphic Novels then the ICA is a must as they host Comica. Read more
  • Betony K.heart icon on user image
    Betony KellyJune 7, 2015
    Great lunch spot.
  • James W.heart icon on user image
    James WhatleyOctober 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great bar!
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    BOctober 1, 2017
    Rarely seen art-related books
  • Sam A.heart icon on user image
    Sam AshkenFebruary 3, 2018
    Cafe with skylights
  • Stefano
    StefanoApril 15, 2013
    The name explains itself.
  • Daniel M.heart icon on user image
    Haha, DJd here in 1998.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BoardmanNovember 16, 2011
    Very good sausage & mash!
  • Richard S.
    Richard SkeetJune 6, 2011
    great space for a private party Read more
  • Ged C.
    Ged CarrollJanuary 28, 2011
    Great selection of DVDs
  • Vic K.
    Vic KeeganDecember 1, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Food good but could be more generous with vegetables (a doctor writes . . )
  • neiljohnford
    neiljohnfordJune 6, 2012
    Remote Control exhibition
  • CatchAChoo
    CatchAChooApril 13, 2010
    Must catch up on the latest arthouse films at the cinema
  • Flavia S
    Flavia SFebruary 25, 2011
    Social media conference with Advantage!
  • Erick I.
    Erick IndoNovember 6, 2010
    Pray For Indonesia
  • P.O.Box: MOSCOW
    P.O.Box: MOSCOWOctober 5, 2014
    Симпатично и интересно. Есть на что посмотреть.
  • Beia C.
    Beia CarvalhoMarch 29, 2014
    Sempre bom voltar! Estive aqui pela 1a. vez em 1978. Incrivel e só £1!
  • Hyewon E.
    Hyewon EOctober 21, 2012
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