Why You Must Visit Barbican in London

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.

Visit Barbican in London. Barbican Arts Centre
Barbican Arts Centre ©MDHarding

Conservatory

The Barbican Conservatory is lush and green, filled with exotic palms and bird of paradise.

Barbican Conservatory. Visit Barbican in London.
Barbican Conservatory ©MDHarding

Libary

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.

Visit Barbican in London. Barbican Library
Barbican Library ©MDHarding

Shops/Restaurants/Cafes

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.

Visit Barbican in London, Benugo Cafe at the Barbican Arts Centre
Benugo Cafe at the Barbican Arts Centre ©MDHarding 

Theatre/Cinema

Titus Andronicus, a William Shakespeare production just finished, but click here to see what other productions/events are scheduled.

Barbican Theatre. Visit Barbican in London.
Barbican Theatre ©MDHarding

Exhibitions

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.

Art Gallery. Visit Barbican in London.
Art Gallery ©MDHarding

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.

Visit Barbican in London. Roman City Wall
Roman City Wall ©MDHarding

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.

Visit Barbican in London. Walk Alongside Museum of London
Walk Alongside Museum of London ©MDHarding

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.

Visit Barbican in London, St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral ©MDHarding

I hope you have enjoyed reading about Barbican if you did, don’t forget to share! Have you visited the area of Barbican? What was your favourite attraction? We would love to hear, please share or leave any comments/questions below. Happy Travels:) x

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Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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