About the Area
Located just north of London's most important financial district, Barbican is an important entertainment district, and is home to the world famous Barbican arts and culture centre. For many Londoners, the name Barbican has become synonymous with anything to do with world-class music, dance, theatre, and live performance. As this part of town is not far from the City, which is London's biggest financial hub, there are also a number of important financial businesses in the Barbican area including financial recruitment companies, asset management companies, banks, and even Fortune 500 companies like J.P. Morgan. The buildings in the Barbican district tend to be of a newer variety, as bombings during the Second World War destroyed much of the Barbican area.
Places of Interest
The real heart of the Barbican district is the Barbican Centre. This multi-venue arts and culture centre is the largest of its kind in Europe. It regularly hosts large international touring acts, and is also home to the London Symphony Orchestra. On top of its main concert hall, the Barbican Centre also boasts a library, two theatres, two art galleries, five conference rooms, three cinemas, two trade exhibition halls, several shops, and a conservatory. In addition to being used for live performances, these venues are also popular for conferences, weddings, and upscale parties. Another place of cultural importance in the Barbican district is the London Wall Museum, which sits at the junction of London Wall Road and Aldersgate Street. This museum is a popular tourist destination, and provides visitors with an interactive tour of the history of the city of London itself. A popular place to eat in Barbican is at the Barbican Lounge, which is part of the Barbican Centre. This restaurant features a modern European menu, and also has a terrace for outdoor dining. Other reputable nearby restaurants include Searcy's (Italian), the Jugged Hare (pub fare), and the romantic and upscale Chiswell Street Dining Room. Near the junction of City Road and Ropemaker Street, you will find most major banks, including a Barclay's, a Lloyd's, and a Halifax. There are also several hotels in the area including the Citadines Barbican on Aldersgate Street, The Montcalm at Brewery on Chiswell Street, and the Apex London Wall Hotel on Copthall Avenue, which is situated just off of London Wall Road.
Barbican can be easily accessed from the London Underground via Barbican station, which is on the Circle, Metropolitan, and Hammersmith & City lines. For bus transport, Barbican bus station on Aldersgate Street serves lines 4, 56, and 153. The area can also be accessed by overground rail via the Liverpool Street, Farringdon, and Blackfriars rail stations. There are also four car parks in the area, although Barbican is part of London's congestion zone, which means that motorists have to pay to drive in the area. Barbican is easy to find by car, as there are a number of clearly posted road signs in the surrounding area directing motorists to the Barbican Centre. Motorists will then be able to park in one of the area's car parks, which are located on Birch Street and Silk Street. And, as with all parts of central London, bike hire is always available from one of the many Barclay's Cycle Hire stations in the area.