Barbican, a huge residential, commercial and artistic complex is an ambitious urban development project of from the 60’s. The construction began in 1962 in a place devastated by World War II, and it took 20 years to complete. High residential towers surround Centre of this attraction, the arts complex, which also includes an ornamental pond and fountains.
The old city wall surrounds a corner and substantial parts can still be seen (mostly from the Museum of London). The word means defensive tower over a gate – the architects may have been true to the name when they designed this self-sufficient community with defenses against the outside world. Dark entries and elevated walkways make you forget the bustle of the City.
Besides two theaters and a concert hall, the Centre has cinemas, one of the largest art galleries for itinerant exhibitions in London, conventions and exhibitions center, library and an amazing conservatory. The Conservatory is a tropical indoor oasis featuring over 2.000 species of tropical plants and trees, a dazzling place to enjoy a relaxing day with friends and family.
Centre – from 9:00AM (12PM on Sundays and Bank Holidays) till 11:00PM
Conservatory – only on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 12:00PM till 4:00PM
Depends on the exhibition or venue. Many of them are free of charge.
London EC2Y 8DS
Closest attractions: Museum of London and Smithfield Market.
Getting there:Barbican and Moorgate tube stations. Buses 8, 11, 23, 26, 35, 42, 43, 47, 48, 55, 56, 76, 78, 100, 133, 141, 149, 153, 172, 214, 242, 243, 271
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7638 8891