Amongst the skyscrapers and the glass of The City lies a concrete estate that was once the new vision for high-density housing. The Barbican Estate was built in the 1950s to rejuvenate an area devastated by WWII bombings and was considered an architectural marvel.
We consider the Barbican Estate a real gem in the City's crown and quite fun to look around. It is so easy to get lost along the raised highways, plenty of surprising buildings to look for and two cultural institutions to fill out your day. Follow our Barbican Tramble for this interesting day out.
the highwalks of the barbican
The real fun of the Barbican is the highwalks. They connect the whole complex and it is easy to take a wrong turn and end up completely confused.
You probably know that the Museum of London is based on the Barbican site and the wonderful Barbican Centre. However, as you come around you will also quickly see some surprising sites amongst the concrete.
Along the Tramble you will come across the St Giles Cripplegate Church, a remaining segment of London Wall and some beautiful waterways.
MUSEUM OF LONDON
One of the two cultural hotspots is the Museum of London. Free to enter every day of the week from 10am to 6pm. The Museum boats plenty of permanent exhibitions telling the story of Roman London and the Great Fire amongst many others.
Museum of London | Barbican | Free
Walk down to the other end of the Estate and you will come across the Barbican Centre. Boasting film, theatre, dance and art, there really is something for everyone.
THE HIDDEN TROPICS
If all this wasn't enough then this should be the clincher. There is no need to trek out to Kew Gardens for your tropical gardens fix, when there is one slap bang in the middle of the City.
The Barbican Conservatory is only open on a Sunday and boasts exotic fish and over 2000 plant species. There are tours of the tropics and you can also book afternoon tea. Click here for more information.
Barbican Conservatory | Barbican | Free
On from the barbican
You are perfectly placed to travel anywhere in Central London for some food or drinks. Personally, we would probably walk towards Shoreditch and Brick Lane.