Institute of Contemporary Arts
Institute of Contemporary Arts ICA

Institute of Contemporary Arts


Central London

This is Funky because...

  • Founded in 1947, the ICA is a globally renowned cutting-edge cultural centre
  • The artist Damien Hirst once described it as the ‘cultural heartbeat of London’
  • The Nash architecture and delicious pumpkin gnocchi is a perfect dinner event









Museums & Galleries



The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in London: situated on the Mall, the ceremonial route to Buckingham Palace, and boasting views across St James’s Park to Big Ben, the London Eye and Horse Guards Parade. The building isn’t bad either – the Grade I listed former stables and coach houses of Carlton House Terrace, one of the Regency masterpieces designed by architect John Nash.

The ICA was founded over 60 years ago and has kept its cutting-edge position ever since, providing a performance venue and gallery for some of the most ground-breaking artists and musicians of our time. The ICA strikes a clever balance between its original neo-classical character and its distinctly contemporary content. Decoration and embellishments have been carefully restored, such as ornate ceiling cornices in the upstairs rooms, original doors, fireplaces, Corinthian columns in the Nash and Brandon rooms, and even the original paint on the door of the upper gallery. Modern additions to the spaces work well with the old: a thick-pile black carpet sweeps upstairs into the Nash and Brandon rooms, which feature floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden flooring, a grey and white colour scheme and three balconies overlooking St James’s Park.

With a light, modern-feeling café and bar on the ground floor; a theatre whose dark and atmospheric character is perfect for themed events; and the use of two cinemas for screenings, conferences and lectures, the ICA can offer a range of spaces for a wide variety of events.


  • Theatre
  • Cafe Bar
  • Balcony Overlooking St James's Park


  • Telephone: 02077661413
  • Email:

Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall

Venue Contact: Events Team


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