The Venue


Barbican Centre

Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

We’re thrilled to announce that the first Leading Design conference will now take place at iconic London venue the Barbican. Based in the heart of the city, the Barbican has a truly enviable design status. A Grade II listed building, it is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue and one of London’s best examples of Brutalist architecture. And with a refurbishment currently underway, we will be amongst the first to enjoy their soon-to-be-unveiled new conference wing.

This unique, historic venue, designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, has always been a conversation starter. The Barbican exists to inspire people to discover and love the arts. It innovates with outstanding artists and performers to create an international programme that crosses art forms, investing in the artists of today and tomorrow. Over 1.8 million people pass through the doors every year, alongside hundreds of artists and performers from across the globe.




The Barbican is within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being Barbican, St Paul’s and Moorgate. To plan your journey and for up to date travel information, visit the TfL website.


The nearest train stations are Liverpool Street and Farringdon.


Bus Route 153 runs directly past the Barbican along Chiswell Street. The Barbican is easily accessible by bus from around the city; plan your journey using the TfL Interactive Bus Map.


Cycle racks are available at the entrance to Car Park 5 and exit to Car Park 3 and helmets and equipment can be left in our free cloakrooms. The nearest TfL Bicycle Hire docking station is Silk Street. Plan your journey using the TfL Cycle Journey Planner.


The Barbican is clearly sign-posted and has four car parks on Beech Street and Silk Street.