Part residential estate, part cutting-edge art center, the Barbican is a fascinating example of Brutalist architecture – look up to the East and you will  see its three austere, concrete towers sticking out of the London skyline. Built in the 60s & 70’s on a site that had been bombed during WWII, the Barbican has become a bit of a London icon of late, and is now heritage listed.

Architecture buffs will simply love walking through the estate designed by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, and organized around a small central park and a water feature. Make sure you drop into the Barbican Arts Center, which has a roster of cool art & architecture exhibitions, concerts, events and even a cinema. A food hall on the ground floor serves good coffee and affordable lunch.

Silk St
City of London