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Institute of Contemporary Arts
Two people staring at a rack of magazines in the ICA Bookstore

A group of people sit in the Sake Bar, a long wooden table in moody yellow and red lighting
Photos: Anne Tetzlaff, Christa Holka
Opening hours

Monday: closed
Tue, Wed, Thu: 4pm – 11pm
Fri, Sat, Sun: 12pm – 11pm

EXHIBITION closes at 9pm
BAR closes at 10pm
BOOKSHOP and BOX OFFICE close at 11pm

Getting to the ICA

The Institute of Contemporary Arts is located between Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and Piccadilly Circus in the heart of central London and easily accessible by public transport and bike.

The Mall 
London SW1Y 5AH


– By tube:

The nearest stations are Charing Cross or Piccadilly Circus. From Charing Cross, follow the signs for Trafalgar Square, head through Admiralty Arch near the southwest corner on to The Mall: we're located approximately 50 metres along on the right hand side. From Piccadilly Circus, head down Lower Regent Street to Waterloo Place; the entrance is located at the bottom of the Duke of York Steps on your left.

– By overground rail:

The nearest train station is Charing Cross.

– By bus:

There are many bus stops on or around Trafalgar Square (no bus services operate on The Mall itself).

– By bicycle:

We have racks for locking bikes at the top of the Duke of York Steps. There is a London Cycle Hire docking station directly behind the ICA on the corner of Waterloo Place and Carlton House Terrace. Please use Cyclestreets to plan your journey.

– By car or taxi:

There is no parking on The Mall, but it is possible to drop off passengers at the main entrance. You can find metered parking bays in Waterloo Place and Carlton House Terrace, and there are also car parks in Whitcombe Street and Spring Gardens, both just off Trafalgar Square.

You can also plan your journey with Transport for London’s Journey Planner or call them on 0343 222 1234.

Road closures

During high-profile events such as state visits, there is usually a large police presence on The Mall, Carlton House Terrace and Waterloo Place.

Closures shown below are in addition to the closure of all park roads between 10:30 – 11:50am on days of Guard change.

Changing of the Guard takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10:45am. It does not take place when large events are held, such as State visits and the London Marathon.


Saturday 30th    NYE preparations
•  Proposed closure hours: 8am – 4pm
•  Areas/Roads closed: Birdcage Walk & Horse Guards Road

Sunday 31st    NYE
•  Proposed closure hours: 8am – 4pm
•  Areas/Roads closed: All park roads


Monday 1st    NYE Day Parade
•  Proposed closure hours: 12.00am – 5pm
•  Areas/Roads closed: All park roads