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Barbican Area Guide


Described variously as the “creative heartbeat” and the “soul” of the City of London, it’s easy to see why Barbican is a drawcard to people of all ages.

At its heart is the Grade II listed Barbican Centre, a 35-acre residential area that is the largest in the City of London. Residents can enjoy access to cultural highlights right at their doorstep. These include the Barbican Arts Centre, which is home to dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts, as well as the Barbican public library, the Museum of London and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


As well as having its own dedicated tube stop, Barbican residents also have easy access to National Rail services at Moorgate and Old Street as well as plenty of buses.

Nearest Tube Stations 

Barbican: Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Circle Line

Moorgate: Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Circle Line, National Rail Services

Old Street: Northern Line, National Rail Services

Dining & Entertainment

Catching a film, enjoying an exhibition, or watching a play couldn’t be easier for Barbican residents, who have it all right on their doorstep. There are also a wide range of trendy bars and modern restaurants dotted around the area.  

Some of our favourites:


2nd floor, Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Recommended for: a pre-theatre Italian meal

Located right inside the Barbican centre, Osteria is the perfect place to dine before catching a theatre show or independent film.

The Jugged Hare

49 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SA

Recommended for: a tasty pub lunch for meat-lovers  

A popular gastropub with plenty of atmosphere, be sure to arrive early to ensure you get a table.


City Point, 1 Ropemaker St, London EC2Y 9AW

Recommended for: testing out your cheesy dance moves

With decently-priced drinks and a pumping dance floor, Amber is just the place to go if you’re wanting to dance the night away to 70s and 80s classics.

The Slaughtered Lamb

34-35 Great Sutton Street, London EC1 0DX

Recommended for: the variety of beers available

With a regular programme of live music, The Slaughtered Lamb is a great place to sit back and enjoy the tunes. They have a wide range of beers to choose from, and the food is decent as well.

Insider’s secret:

Loving your inner-city lifestyle but dreaming of the tropics? London’s second biggest conservatory can be found right inside the Barbican Centre. It’s open every Sunday.


Primary Schools

  • Prior Weston Primary School and Children’s Centre
  • City of London School for Girls
  • Charterhouse Square School
  • The Lyceum
  • St Luke’s Church of England Primary School
  • Dallington School


Secondary Schools

  • City of London School for Girls
  • Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
  • Central Foundation Boys’ School

Local Authority

City of London Corporation

You might also be interested in our other City of London area guides:


Aldgate East

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