About ICA: Institute of Contemporary Arts

The ICA is the centre for international contemporary arts in Britain with 3 galleries (exhibitions changing approximately every 8 weeks). Cinema, theatre, live music, restaurant, lectures and live music events, bookshop and late bar and cafe. Housed in elegant Regency premises on the Mall.

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Prices and Opening Times

Day Membership priced at £1 will now apply from 12 February 2014 during gallery opening hours Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm, until 9pm on Thursdays. No Day Membership will be charged on Tuesdays

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Venue Details & Map

Nash House
The Mall
+44 (0)20 7930 3647
Public transport:
Piccadilly: exit station, walk down Lower Regent St to Waterloo Place, descend Duke of York steps, turn left. Charing Cross: turn left, cross Trafalgar Sq bearing left
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app
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Yelp Reviews

4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews

Top 5 reviews of ICA: Institute of Contemporary Arts

5.0 out of 5 7 September 2009
by warriorgrrl

I echo the sentiment of the last reviewer - I really should go to the ICA more often. Just over a year ago I decided I would force myself to go there more often by becoming a member, but still didn't make very good use of the place. Boo to me!

What's not to like? Brilliant comfy little cinema screens showing interesting arty independent films all the time (with all tickets £5 on Mondays),...more

5.0 out of 5 21 June 2009
by Heleana

The ICA is my public gallery of choice these days, not least because a good friend and trustee lets me hold art meets there it's also a place of unprecedented diversity in terms of cultural experiences. They do concerts (The Mars Volta were playing when I went last week) design-driven workshops and have a cinema - the ideal place to go for an eclectic collection of independent movies - as well...more

4.0 out of 5 1 March 2009
by -adam-

As someone who has grown up in a village where the peak of creative exhibition involves water-coloured paintings of the village bridge, best jam rosettes and Classic Car exhibits I am always aroused with cautious optimism when the word 'Contemporary' is used. And few places excite that trait more than the ICA.

I must admit however that over the course of my two visits there I have been...more

4.0 out of 5 29 November 2008
by Siany

The ICA is one of my favourite buildings in London. It's got so much amazing stuff going on (although usually I remember about it the day after it's happened). There is always something interesting to do - they've just had a great comic exhibition, I was there for Gay Bingo last week, and the Social Media Cafe has just moved there (although I'm still yet to get there for that).

I need an...more

4.0 out of 5 27 October 2008
by Meike B.

Not sure what to make of the new membership policy. I suppose there aren't enough arty people around to fill the bar at all times. It generally appears to try and become a little less avant garde and more accessible to a larger base.

Still, as a member you receive a 10% discount at the bar, which is always a good thing.

I love coming here during the day and was pleasantly surprised by some...more


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