Constructed 1971-82, a precinct in the City of London where pedestrians are segregated from traffic on elevated levels; accommodation (in three tower blocks and groups of terraces) is sited about landscaped quadrangles with trees, lakes and fountains.
Incorporated are the City of London School for Girls, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Museum of London and the Barbican Centre. The Barbican Arts Centre is the London equivalent of the Lincoln Center New York or the Centre Pompidou Paris; its wide range of facilities including; Barbican Hall, Barbican Theatre, The Pit studio theatre, Barbican Library (the City Lending Library), art gallery, three cinemas, roof-top conservatory, restaurants, bars and car parks.
'Barbican' is derived from a former Medieval defence tower that formed part of the city wall. Historical elements incorporated into the precinct are fine sections of the Roman and Medieval City Wall and the ancient church of St Giles, Cripplegate, here Oliver Cromwell married in 1620. Frobisher d.1594, Speed d. 1629, and Milton d. 1674. are among those buried here.
Address: City of London, EC2
Website: Barbican Arts Centre
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