The Barbican Complex, London

The Barbican complex is an impressive landmark – 40 acres in central London home to 4,000 people, shops, restaurants, a church, a library, an art gallery, and the largest performing arts centre in Europe. Built in the 1960s and the 1970s it is a prominent example of British brutalist architecture and Grade II listed as a whole. It may not be to everyone’s taste, a lot of concrete was involved, but it’s hard not to be impressed with the scale and ambition.DSC09663DSC09679

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On the edge of the development are the remains of part of the London city walls.

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It has some strikingly walkways and interiors.

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It is home to the second biggest Conservatory in London, though unfortunately not open to the public the day I visited.

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In the centre is St Giles-without-Cripplegate, one of the few medieval churches left in the City of London, having survived the Great Fire of 1666.

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