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The Barbican Centre in London with its art gallery, cinema, theatre and unique architecture is literally just across the road from the London City Suites by Montcalm hotel, so if this is where you’re staying, it’s likely that the multi-arts venue will already be on your must-visit list.
There are so many fascinating attractions in the UK capital that it can be hard to know which to head to first. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of five great things to do near Barbican Centre so you can combine a visit there with another of London’s brilliant experiences, whether that’s a trip to the park, a spooky walk or some Great British pub food.
1. Visit the Museum of London
There are countless museums scattered throughout the UK capital, but the Museum of London is the closest one to the Barbican London Centre. The museum is home to exhibitions exploring the history of the city from the year 450,000 BC right through to the present day.
Before London became the buzzing urban hub that it is today, ancient carvings and paintings indicate that Neolithic people resided here, with the Roman and medieval eras following in due course. Artefacts from each of these eras are on display, along with exhibitions exploring more recent history, such as the Blitz of the Second World War and how mass immigration in the 20th century transformed London into the diverse multicultural centre of today.
How to get there from the Barbican Centre: The Museum of London is just a ten-minute walk from the arts centre via Aldersgate Street.
2. Take part in the Blood and Tears Walk
The Blood and Tears Walking Tour is one of the most thrilling guided walks that London has to offer and takes tourists around much of the local area surrounding both the Barbican Centre and the London City Suites by Montcalm hotel.
This tour is led by former professional actor and London history connoisseur Declan McHugh and will take you to the sites where notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper committed his crimes, to the places where Victorian grave robbers roamed, through secret tunnels and via execution sites, exploring historical conspiracy theories along the way.
How to get there from the Barbican Centre: When you ring up or email the event organisers to book a place on the Blood and Tears Walking Tour, you’ll be told where the meeting point is, which will be less than a mile from the Barbican Centre.
3. Visit Postman’s Park
Postman’s Park is a small green space in the heart of central London. The main feature of the park is the Watts Memorial, which was commissioned by Victorian artist George Frederic Watts in 1887. He wanted to see a memorial erected somewhere in London dedicated to the heroes of everyday life to mark Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.
The resulting monument is a wooden shelter housing 54 memorial plaques to individuals who have died while trying to save others. The first plaque dates from 1863, with the most recent one installed in 2007 to commemorate the life of Leigh Pitt, who lost life while trying to save another’s.
Postman’s Park is a poignant place to visit and provides a welcome spot of solitude amid the hustle- bustle of central London.
How to get there from the Barbican Centre: Postman’s Park is located just past the Museum of London, so head down Aldersgate Street from the Barbican and keep going past the museum. The park will be on your right.
4. Marvel at St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral is arguably the most beautiful piece of architecture in the whole of London, having been designed by the great Sir Christopher Wren in 1673. Its iconic dome and ornate ceiling are known around the world and it also served as the wedding venue of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.
Visitors can attend a church service at this majestic building, or simply enjoy a walk around this wonderful site, taking in its magnificent design and the final resting places of key figures from history including the poet John Donne, the inventor of penicillin Alexander Fleming and also Sir Christopher Wren himself.
How to get there from the Barbican Centre: St Paul’s takes around 15 minutes to reach from the Barbican Centre on foot. Head down Aldersgate Street, continue past Postman’s Park and you’ll be able to see its iconic dome looking ahead of you.
5. Tuck into London’s finest pub food
For a change of scenery from the restaurants at the London City Suites by Montcalm, we recommend the Jugged Hare – close to both the hotel and the Barbican Centre – for some traditional Great British pub fare.
The pub prides itself on serving British meat and game, with starters including braised pig’s trotter with haggis stuffing and piccalilli, and roast Norfolk quail with sweetbreads and hazelnuts. Highlights from the main course menu include a whole suckling piglet to share, as well as fresh fish from the nearby famous Billingsgate fish market.
How to get there from the Barbican Centre: The Jugged Hare is literally just across the road from the Barbican – it’ll take you less than five minutes to walk there, with the sumptuous smells of its marvelous food helping to guide you.
Who owns the Barbican Centre?
City of London Corporation, owns the Barbican Centre.
Why is Barbican called Barbican?
The name of the Barbican comes from the Low Latin word ‘Barbecana’ which referred to a fortified outpost or gateway, such as an outer defence of a city or castle or any tower situated over a gate or bridge which was used for defence purposes. Read more.
Who designed the Barbican Centre?
Barbican Centre in London was designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon.
Why was the Barbican built?
The Barbican Centre or Estate is a residential property that was built back in the year 1960 in central London. It was once devastated during the World War II. Now it is a financial institutions.