Across the Barbican and the City of London are many cultural and historical attractions, including markets, museums and architectural heritage sites.
Middle Temple Hall gets its name from those mischievous Knights Templar who had this site in the fourteenth century.
The Monument was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666 and offers panoramic views over London, if you are prepared to walk up 311 stairs.
Barbican Conservatory – second biggest conservatory in London and home to exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees. The Conservatory is open on selected Sundays each month and Bank Holidays from 12 noon–5pm. Afternoon tea is on selected Sundays.
The Roman Amphitheatre London – general admission is free! Located under the Guildhall Art Gallery, open every day of the week, offers a glimpse into the city’s history.
Barbican Architecture Tours – 90 minutes walking tour, tours are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The Bank of England Museum tells the fascinating story of the bank from 1694(!) up to the present day.
The Old Bailey – the general public have access to the public galleries to view trials (it’s a bit like sitting in the balcony seats of a small theatre). Admittance to the galleries is free as the Court is a public building. You may have to queue to gain admittance to a particular case if the public gallery is full. Sitting times for the Court are 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm (approx).
The Museum of London traces the city’s history back to pre-Roman times and is truly mind-blowing in places.
MARKETS GALORE! This area is home to some of London’s oldest markets, including…
Leadenhall Market’s cobbled streets and quaint surroundings make this market an attractive place to browse and relax.
Smithfield Market is one of the oldest markets around and has been going for over 800 years! The market of medieval times held hangings, disembowelling, whilst scenes of torture were commonplace. The wife sale became popular here in the early nineteenth century: divorce was exceedingly difficult and men brought their unwanted wives along with their normal goods to the meat market to sell them.
Whitecross Street Market is a specialist food market at lunchtimes and offers a delicious range of food and drinks.