The Barbican Centre

Quiet London

The Barbican Centre

Quiet London: The Barbican Centre

Minimal. Urban. Concrete.

The Barbican Centre, situated in the heart of London, is world renowned for both its art credentials and its Brutalist architecture. What it is lesser known for, is the quiet escape it offers from the city.

As soon as you enter the Barbican Estate, on which the Barbican Centre is situated, the city and her noise just fades away. It is as if, the imposing concrete structures form a barrier, sheltering you from all the hustle and bustle of the city.

Quiet London: The Barbican Centre

To make the most of this beautiful space, explore the public pathways and find your way to the Conservatory (open on Sundays only) or the medieval Church of St Giles. Get a little bit lost. Find an empty bench to sit on. Look up. Take in the heights of the tower blocks. The concrete buildings. Let your eyes wander to the greenery, the ponds and the waterfall. Notice the contrast between the cityscapes and the plants nurtured. The sea of colour from the balcony flower pots.

Quiet London: The Barbican Centre

Once inside the Barbican Centre, the ground floor is a free space for everyone to enjoy, with work spaces and cosy corners… So, get a coffee. Read a book. Do some work or chat to friends.

Leave only when you are recharged and ready to face the city!

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If you find yourself rushing around and just a little bit exhausted, then these two posts are just for you:

https://www.thiscitything.com/home/in-favour-of-slow-mornings

and

https://www.thiscitything.com/home/life-lessons-from-holidays

Quiet London: The Barbican Centre
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