Guide to living in
This area is known for being densely populated by residents of the business sector, but that doesn’t mean it’s not also a great place to live as Barbican’s 6,500 residents would confirm.
The biggest residential area in central London with over 2,000 properties, Barbican is located to the north of the River Thames right in the heart of the city. The area has seen an increased number of older residents but its all-round appeal endures, many people relish being in the thick of London life without having to travel anywhere.
Barbican is considered somewhat of a cultural hotspot, home to many educational and lifestyle landmarks. The Guildhall School of Music and Dance is one of the most revered arts institutions in the country, and the Barbican Public Library is one of the leading libraries in the capital, home the largest selection of CDs in any UK public library.
“Property buyers can find some stylish town houses as well as many studio apartments and flats, many of which are conversions as opposed to new-builds”
Europe’s largest multi-events and conference venue is also in Barbican, conveniently called the Barbican. Offering film festivals, art exhibitions and music concerts, people travel from all over the world to visit the Barbican, imagine having it on your doorstep!
The area is infamous for the tower blocks that make up the Barbican Estate, incidentally some of the tallest residential towers in the capital. However, this is not all the area has to offer abode-wise, some stylish town houses can be found as well as many studio apartments and flats, many of which are conversions as opposed to new-builds.
The Old Red Cow is one of our favourite gastropubs. Located in Smithfield, this pub manages to effortlessly combine top grub with a genuine pub atmosphere. Also in Smithfield is Club Gascon, a morsel of South-West France in the heart of Central London. Some high-class meals here are combined with a warm and friendly atmosphere.
The Museum of London is the perfect venue to learn about the multi-faceted and exciting history of the capital. All for free, visitors can browse collections of wonderful London artefacts before visiting the cosy café, of course!
Most people in the area don’t need to travel very far but when they do there are tube services from Barbican, Moorgate, St Paul’s, Farringdon, the list goes on. If access to many of the London Underground’s busiest lines is not enough, there are also many buses running through the area.