A true legend risen from the ashes caused by bombing during the war, from the victim of every disorder across the city, to the largest multi-arts venue in Europe.
With a history almost as old as London itself, the Barbican was first built by the Romans as a new settlement by the river. Walking along the amazing Lakeside Terrace in a beautiful spring day, it is hard to believe that this area used to be the victim of the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London.
Most people visit Barbican for the artistic events in Barbican Centre, which is one of my favourite places in London. The idea of the centre was born in the 1960s, an era of renewal after the Second World War and an exciting time for the arts. With its fabulous concert hall, theatres, cinema, gallery, and conference rooms, the Barbican Centre is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and educational events. It is a legend risen from the ashes caused by bombing during the war.
Novelist and poet Peter Ackroyd wrote, ‘the Barbican has been a neighbourhood of actors and of writers as well as the home of vice, disease and fire. It has been an asylum for refugees and outcasts. It has, in a word, been London.’ The more I know about Barbican, the more I love it!
Take your camera, enjoy a different London, and a wonderful day at Barbican!