The Barbican Estate is a mainly residential area in the City of London, which is densely packed with commerce and finance. The Barbican Complex is adjacent to, the Barbican Arts Centre, Museum of London, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Barbican public library. It is a bright, lively and vibrant area with a number of bars and good quality restaurants.
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If you fancy a little bit of history or sightseeing with your escort in Barbican then why not head to The Museum of London or St Paul's Cathedral? You could round the evening off by going to see a play at the local Globe Theatre.
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What to See in Barbican
The origins of the first Globe theatre can be chased back to the late 16th century, during the reign of Elizabeth. The original Globe was constructed by Actor / Manager James Burbage in 1576, the first purpose built Theatre of its kind in London. The original site selected was Shoreditch.
In the later part of the 16th century William Shakespeare joined the residential troupe, known initially as the chamberlain’s and later the King’s Men. In 1613 after many years of successful performances, the globe caught fire and within a very short time burnt to the ground. The theatre was never reconstructed and the original site was use to construct tenements in 1664.
The project to rebuild Shakespeare’s Globe was instigated by the American actor, director and producer Sam Wanamaker subsequent to his first visit to London in the later part of the 1940’s. Over Twenty years later he founded what was to become the Shakespeare Globe Trust, committed to the reconstruction of the theatre and the development of an education centre and permanent exhibition. After 23 years spent tirelessly fundraising, advancing research into the appearance of the original Globe and planning the reconstruction with the Trust’s architect Theo Crosby, Sam Wanamaker died, the site having been secured, the exhibition undercroft structurally complete and a limited number of timber bays of the theatre in place. Three and a half years later the theatre was completed.
The Theatre opens its doors between April and October with productions based on the works of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and new and exciting writers. The Globe Theatre and its company, on an annual basis, rediscover the dynamic relationship between the audience and the actor in this unique space. Audiences indulge in the experience of the wooden O by either sitting in a gallery or standing informally as a groundling in the yard, replicating how audiences would have watched the productions some 400 years ago.
Situated under the Globe Theatre, the visitor will find an engaging and informative Exhibition exploring the life and times of Shakespeare, London in the 16th century and the theatre for which Shakespeare wrote. An enthralling guided tour of the theatre reveals the story of its reconstruction and gives a thrilling insight into the working life of the Globe throughout the ages.
St Paul’s Cathedral
The present Cathedral, the fourth to occupy this site, was designed by the then court architect Sir Christopher Wren and constructed between 1675 and 1710 after its antecedent was destroyed during the Great Fire of London.
Its architectural and artistic importance is reflected in the tenacity of the five monarchs who oversaw and were responsible for its construction. Insisting that as London’s foremost church it should be as stunning and impressive as their private palaces.
Since the inaugural service for the newly rebuilt cathedral was held here in 1697, Wren's masterpiece has been London’s focal point where people and events of overwhelming importance to the country have been celebrated.
Many Important services have been held at St Paul’s and include the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill, the Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria, the peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars. Many regal services and celebrations have also been held here and include, the Service of Remembrance and the Commemoration for the 11th September 2001, the 80th and 100th birthdays of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer. Most recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.
Over the centuries, St Paul’s has transformed to reflect the capital’s shifting tastes and viewpoints. New decoration has been added and existing, removed or changed. Services have been restructured, and different areas have been put to new uses. Today, the chronicle of the nation is etched in the carved stone of its pillars and arches and is celebrated in its works of art and monuments.
Visitors still test the acoustics in the Whispering Gallery and the 1695 organ once played by the composer Mendelssohn is still in use. In the crypt there are effigies and fragments of stone that pre-dates the Cathedral, relics of a medieval world. Wren’s original vision included the Jean Tijou’s designed beautiful wrought iron gates of 1700 which today still separate the quire from the ambulatory.
Museum of London
The Museum of London is possibly one of the world’s largest urban history museums, caring for over two million objects in its incredible collection. The lower galleries offer a spectacular insight into modern London and its ongoing story from the Great Fire to present day.
The new modern London galleries which are due to open in early 2010 will offer an amazing insight onto the history of our capital, until then visitors can still enjoy our prehistoric, Roman and medieval London galleries. The Museum of London will still stage its fantastic events and exhibitions for all ages: these will include a brilliant London’s Burning exhibition which will explore the Great Fire of London.
The Museum is also the curator to one of the largest archaeological archives in Europe of this wealth of information. Step inside the Museum of London for an unforgettable journey through the capital’s turbulent past.
The London Museum is open daily from 10.00 - 18.00 (closed 24-26 December) and of course Entry is Free.
Restaurants in Barbican
Seventeen years after the inception of the super restaurant Chain, the Wagamama restaurants continue to win over new friends with the no-frills approach and a menu that now seems like oriental comfort food.
Wagamama’s reputation remains fully intact and very high, this has come around because you know exactly what you are going to get, a superb oriental noodle meal that is extremely tasteful. What started as a joyful celebration of the humble noodle soup has slowly diversified to embrace a much meatier selection of noodle-based specialities. This now includes star turns such as yaki udon, the Wagamama trademark chilli ramen soup and teriyaki soba, a recently introduced dish of grilled salmon or beef on a bed of teppan-fried soba noodles with teriyaki sauce.
The staff could not be more embracing of the guests; they continually smile whilst working the communal tables efficiently and with panache, and never frown on those incessant requests for free green tea. Before you realise it, you’ll have your entire favourite dishes numbers memorised.
City Boot Restaurant
Planted defiantly on one of London Wall’s growingly endangered 1960s high walks, this snug branch of Davy’s makes the most of its traffic-free setting. Outdoors there’s the probability of peaceful alfresco imbibing whilst watching the world pass you by, while the interior is a marque mix of days gone by warmth and colour.
The boot of the title does not relate to footwear, but relates to the name for an old fashioned leather vessel in which a bottle of wine was placed before flogging in the cork. A distinctive reminder that oenophile pleasures, are the main priority at this hostelry. The Davy’s list is known for its reliability and exceptionally good value, with no shortage of fine consumption below £20 a bottle and plenty of by-the-glass tasting.
To go with your chosen wine, a good recommendation would be to order something from the short menu, packed with many mouth watering accompaniments to go with your tipple. Perhaps dill-marinated herring fillets with red onion & potato salad, followed by bangers and mash or a plate of hand-carved Alderton ham with hot buttered potatoes & piccalilli relish.
There’s a splash of uniqueness about the food at the Barbican’s more informal substitute to Searcys. The Balcony Bistro’s reputations has grown through its Blackrock Grill concept, seafood, meat & poultry cooked at the table on super-heated volcanic rocks. Albeit the kitchen also sends out delectable meze plates, nourishing burgers & Mediterranean -influenced dishes which include gastronomic delights such as lemon & herb-crusted cod with andalouse dressing, or wild mushroom risotto.
Not content with the culinary exaggerations, the management has also seen fit to include some scurry to the express menu by creating a very flexible three-course sumptuous meal deal that is delivered on a single plate, starter, main & dessert all together. A superb example of this inventiveness is the very popular Smoked salmon & dill pancake, followed by chicken Caesar salad or Mediterranean fritto misto with tartare sauce.
The wine list short concise and yet moderately priced, will meet most palates. There is also an neighbouring cocktail bar. The lengthy, simple dining room is flooded with light through windows that front the eponymous balcony. A fantastic place to relax from the pressures of the day and unwind.
Crisp, clean lines and beneficial trappings suggest a universal modern Asian canteen, but this lively venue located at the foot of the City Point skyscraper has a major ace up its sleeve. Blossom’s unique and fusion orientated menu balances workaday Japanese dishes with some of the less familiar Korean specialities.
This brilliantly translates to bibimbap rice hotpot alongside the sushi sets and maki rolls; kimchi as well as miso soup among the sides, and bento boxes including sliced beef bulgogi, in addition to black cod in miso, katsu curries & teriyaki. A delectation for the taste buds, extremely easy on the pocket, making Blossom a fanatically good value venue to dine at.
Service is rapid, the lunchtime character noisy and bustling, as the business hordes assemble from nearby law firms in indulge in this eating emporium. If the thud and City hum drum of the interior does not appeal, disperse to one of the seats outside and enjoy the alfresco experience in a more subdued environment.
Ideally located, situated just a few hundred yards from Smithfield market, London’s biggest meat market, Burrito Bros are auspicious enough to be able to source the best chicken, beef and pork for the Restaurant. This ensures the very best of ingredients are used, more importantly the supplies are extremely fresh.
The Restaurant prides itself on being able to pick up fresh supplies each day and can therefore boast that they never use anything from frozen. All of the meats are then marinated over night in the now famous special blend of sauces for that full on flavour the guests have come to expect.
Fresh locally sourced vegetables are delivered daily keeping the trend of freshness maintained throughout the menu. During the day all of this fresh produce is expertly combined with authentic Mexican spices to create the restaurants trademark super sauces and salsas.
Burrito Bros aim to deliver in every mouthful, food that has the zing which can only be gained through the freshness and expert preparation of the produce used.
17 Clerkenwell Road
Entertainment in Barbican
For Your Eyes Only
Positioned in the heart of the financial district of the City of London, For Your Eyes Only is a fantastic place to visit, relax and enjoy the unique ambience of this Table Dancing Club.
The City Road venue is the largest capacity club of its kind in the UK. High rolling profligacy and exclusive panache continue the theme for this superb new addition to the For Your Eyes Only objet d'art.
Discerning clientele can enjoy and appreciate two fully stocked bars, twenty five champagne lounges and forty-eight private dance booths in luxurious, sophisticated surroundings with that element of exclusivity. For Your Eyes Only are putting the Capital back into VIP, making this venue an obvious choice for our guests.
Karaoke Box Smithfield
Recently refurbished to reflect the modern requirements of a prestigious venue, the Karaoke Box Smithfields is now sporting a new look bar complete with its own splendorous water feature.
Karaoke Box was unique in that it was London’s first ever private-roomed karaoke club. Its most recent opening in Smithfields sees one of the most upmarket karaoke venues this side of Japan. There are 15 rooms to hire, as well as a new VIP Room; parties of all sizes can be more than comfortably accommodated, creating that perfect solution for a great night out in the capital.
Whether as a group guests are looking for hard rock, soft rock, pop, reggae or Big Band classics each area has a play list of over 8,000 songs to choose from. It doesn’t stop at the singing: Karaoke Box has a superb munchies menu ranging from Japanese finger food to pizzas with truffle toppings and to wash it all down an extensive cocktail list to boot.
The Barbican Centre
Located within the now infamous Square Mile of London’s City District, the Barbican Centre is an oasis of fun, culture and enjoyment amidst the Hurley Burley of London’s heart of finance.
The Barbican centre offers a great venue to enjoy a new release film, see a great play, enjoy a new dance production, take in a musical creation or even enjoy an art exhibition. The Barbican Centre is a great place to come along and take pleasure in some of the best culture, exhibitions and presentations on offer in the capital.
After indulging yourself you may want to dine or simply enjoy a drink in one of the many local Bars, Restaurants and Cafes located nearby. Getting to the Barbican Centre could not be easier with access to Main Line stations, the London Underground, Bus routes and taxi’s all within easy walking distance from the centre.
The Medieval Banquet
The regal banquet offers guests the chance to indulge in a 16th centaury phenomena by flickering torchlight in the vaulted cellars of Ivory House, just a stone's throw from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
Together with King Henry VIII are his bands of fighting knights, strolling players and dancing wenches providing a magical medieval pageant for the delight of the attendees. After the extravaganza, there is music and dancing, after which, you could take a short walk to Tower Bridge and enjoy a panoramic view of London by night.
A stupendous four course feast lies ahead, with unlimited beer and wine in King Henry's Banqueting Halls. Prepare to be swash buckled by our fierce knights, wonder at the minstrels and raise your tankard and cry wassail to the lords and ladies of the dance as a medieval spectacular unfurls before your eyes.
Chatterbox Topless Bar
A popular Topless Bar venue located within easy walking distance of London Financial District, a fantastic place to relax, enjoy a drink and have a chat with some of the most beautiful hostesses in the capital.
The seductive and exquisite hostesses are welcoming and eager to charm and relax the discerning clientele, providing a great escape from the pressures of work. Whether as a guest you are looking for that special night out or looking for a venue to hold that important business meeting, Chatterbox will be sure to meet all of your aspirations for enjoyment.
For that absolutely memorable and intimate experience come along and indulge yourself in intellectual conversation or maybe just partake in flirty banter, the hostesses are sure to meet with your desires.
101 Farringdon Road
Where to Stay in Barbican
Apex City of London Hotel
The Apex City of London Hotel, boasts a prestigious Gold award gained at the Visit London Awards 2008. A visit to the Apex shows what this superb hotel has reached and the high acclaim it has achieved.
The Apex City Hotel meets with all the stylish and contemporary expectations any discerning guest could require, as well as being ideally located, central and convenient to the London High life. The Hotel has an intimate feeling despite being large enough to offer everything as a guest you would expect, from a luxury hotel.
So whether you're visit to London is for business or simply a relaxing break to the capital, you will feel immediately at home at the Apex City of London Hotel.
The Apex boasts 179 sumptuous bedrooms in which to relax, work, shower, bathe and, of course, sleep. The Addendum Restaurant & Bar is far from a traditional hotel restaurant, they provide gourmet cuisine at very affordable prices. The apex also offers its guest a fully equipped gymnasium where you can exercise in style.
1 Seething Lane
Club Quarters St Paul’s
Club Quarters St. Paul's is tucked away in the historic Stationers Hall, located in the business and financial district of Central London. The property stands flanking St. Paul's Cathedral. The Tate Gallery of Modern Art and the New Millennium Bridge are to be found less than two kilometres from this beautifully appointed hotel.
Security is paramount and access to the accommodation is restricted to guests only. Marble pillars, congenial floral arrangements, combined with aesthetic warm colour schemes and exquisite seating arrangements present an stylish setting in the hotel lobby. The hotel offers an upstairs casual bistro and cocktail lounge, while the lower level is an exuberant Italian restaurant.
Both reception and concierge services are available 24 hours a day. A computer is located in the Club Room and equipped with complimentary high speed Internet access. Wireless Internet can be obtained throughout the hotel complex.
Complimentary hotel amenities include weekday newspapers, games and magazines. A very well equipped fitness room is available to guests and contains an exercise bike and a Stairmaster.
Grange St Paul’s Hotel
Grange St Paul's Hotel in the heart of the London City financial district is renowned for its sophisticated blend of modern-day style and prevailing flair, the stunning Grange St Paul’s Hotel sets new and redefining standards for luxury and chic.
Perfectly located in the heart of the City’s financial district and within easy access of many of the most popular sights and sounds of the capital. Moments away from a multitude of London’s delights which include the West End, Clerkenwell and Canary Wharf. The Grange St Paul’s provides a perfect venue for any visit to the capital, whether on business or visiting on a break.
The hotel offers its guests an ultra modern yet very contemporary in style Hotel. All guest rooms are superbly furnished throughout, offering a Wi-Fi Hub, flat screen television and most importantly the ultimate in comfort. Located in the Atrium area, which rises 80 feet through the centre of the hotel are a selection of bars and restaurants to met with the most discerning of guests, offering a relax atmosphere with spectacular views..
The Rookery Hotel
The Rookery can be found in the fashionable district of Clerkenwell, between the West End and London’s central business district, known as The City. The area is now very similar in characteristic to Soho, but located to the east of the city, boasting a superb bustling street life and a plethora of mesmerizing places to eat and drink.
Peacefully located a short distance from the Barbican, St Paul’s, Holborn and The Tate Modern, the only remaining early houses in St Peter’s Lane have been renovated and extended to create this delightful small hotel.
The interior of the Rookery has been tastefully restored to its former glory of a period charmed residence. Polished wooden panelling, complimented by the stone flagged floors, open fires and genuine antique furniture give the place a demonstrative, homely atmosphere offering more privacy as a beautifully appointed Hotel than a private club.
Thistle City Barbican Hotel
Thistle City Barbican Hotel is a excellent choice for a weekend break, that urgent business meeting or indeed a corporate special event. Located within a stones throw of the Barbican Centre, ideal for those concert goers who have a few minutes walk to return to the Hotel when the show or event has ended.
Thistle City Barbican Hotel boasts 463 bedrooms for full-service quality overnight accommodation. The Hotel also prides itself on being able to offer 13 meeting rooms in the dedicated conference facility making business meeting easier to arrange. Thistle City Barbican is located off City Road and the nearby St Pancras-Euro-Star rail station is only a few minute cab journey away.
London is renowned as a nightmare for parking if you need to bring your car the hotel can offer 10 on-site parking spaces which are available at an additional charge. The Thistle Hotel runs a courtesy shuttle service, during peak hours from Monday to Thursday, and Friday morning, from the hotel to Moorgate, Barbican and Old Street tube stations on a drop-off at the station basis only.
Whether as a guest your visit is for business or pleasure, you can wind down in the hotels Otium Health & Leisure Club helping to make a stay more complete.
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