Barbican, a residential area in the heart of London once devastated during World War II, now a thriving financial district. The area is a mixture of architecture from modern glass buildings to prefabricated housing built between the 1960’s and 1980’s. Here is what not to miss when you visit Barbican in London.
Top Attractions to Visit Barbican in London
Barbican Arts Centre
Only a few minutes walk from the Barbican tube station, the Barbican Arts Centre the largest building of its kind in Europe was opened to the public by Queen Elizabeth II in 1982. It is now a grade II listed building. There are large landscaped courtyards to walk around and enjoy the cascading waterfalls or sit and enjoy a coffee.
The Barbican Conservatory is lush and green, filled with exotic palms and bird of paradise.
Did you know the library has historical books dating back 300 years and they are all available on loan? There is also a music library with two pianos available for use by the public.
There are great facilities available within the Barbican Centre, whether you are in need of a light refreshment or bite of lunch after enjoying an exhibition in the Art Gallery. Don’t miss a wander in the gift shop on two levels, it is stocked with unusual books, mugs and planters.
Titus Andronicus, a William Shakespeare production just finished, but click here to see what other productions/events are scheduled.
On the day of my visit, it was extremely busy with long queues waiting for the art gallery. The popular exhibition of Basquiat’s Brain: Glitch Art Portraits takes place until February 24th, 2018.
In The Surrounding Area
When you visit Barbican in London and the Barbican Arts Centre, don’t miss the surrounding area. As mentioned it was devastated during WWII, today you can see some of the protected and preserved sites such as the City Wall.
Roman City Wall
The City Wall dating back to 200 AD once stretched 2 miles around ancient London from Tower Hill to Blackfriars Station. As you walk along you can read the informative placards and see the only remaining pieces of once this great wall.
Museum of London
On a wet and wild winter’s day why not visit the Museum of London. The museum is free to visit and open daily from 10am – 6pm, with exhibitions on pre-historic London, The Great Fire of London and even a death mask of Oliver Cromwell.
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral is only a few minutes walk away from the Barbican Arts Centre after passing the above places of interest. The grade I listed building sits on the highest point within the City of London at Ludgate Hill. Explore the underground crypt, Golden Gallery or Climb into the dome plus lots more when you visit Barbican in London.
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