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.
On the edge of the development are the remains of part of the London city walls.
It has some strikingly walkways and interiors.
It is home to the second biggest Conservatory in London, though unfortunately not open to the public the day I visited.
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.