The Barbican Centre, much like the Southbank Centre is a cultural venue which has pretty much anything on offer.
Festivals, talks, plays, dance shows, films, opera, concerts, exhibitions and workshops can all be found within the brutalist architecture. You name it, it’s probably there at some point so check the event calendar.
If you fancy just dropping in on a rainy day, there’s plenty of space for kids to just run around. On sunny days you can hang out in the courtyard.
In terms of food, there is a lot of choice. You are bound to find something your kids will love. Particularly at the food hall which serves up a variety of dishes from around the world. Though it’s probably best to avoid the gin bar unless you return in the evening without the kids.
Check out our Empty Pocket Guide to the Cinema for great money-saving tips at the Barbican cinema.