At the Festival

Getting to, and around, the Battle of Ideas 2019.

The Barbican is located in the heart of the City of London and is accessible by rail, road and underground.

The nearest underground stations are Barbican, Moorgate and St Paul’s. For more information about accessibility and travel options, visit

Free wifi : search for WiFi Zone – The Cloud

The festival hashtag is #battleofideas and you can follow the Academy of Ideas @instofideas


Barbican Kitchen offers hot meals, pizza, salads and cakes throughout the day. Benugo serve a great range of coffee, cakes and sandwiches to take away from their espresso bar on the foyer.

LEVEL 1 – BONFIRE Sat and Sun, 12.00 till 9.00pm
Bonfire is an industrial-chic eatery located on the first floor of the Barbican. With a focus on seasonal, great quality ingredients, Bonfire’s menus offer the food everyone craves. Wholesome burgers, fiery chicken wings and indulgent milkshakes can be enjoyed in a relaxed, rustic setting overlooking the Barbican’s lakeside. The perfect place to meet up with friends between sessions. Bonfire also offers a range of bespoke cocktails, wines and bottled beers, including premium craft Freedom Beer available on tap.

LEVEL 2 – OSTERIA Sat only, 12.00 till 10.30pm
Osteria by Searcys is a modern Italian restaurant, located in London’s most iconic performing arts centre – The Barbican. Offering spectacular views of the Barbican Lakeside and fountains, Osteria’s menu focusses on simple and generous Italian cooking, with an emphasis on produce and seasonality, paired with reinvented classic Italian cocktails and wines. In the Aperitivi bar, the cocktail list showcases the traditional Italian offerings with a twist, including six variations of the timeless cocktails Negroni and Bellini.

Coffee and snacks available.