The Barbican Complex lies between the City and West End of London and is an outstanding example of concrete brutalist architecture.
Constructed in the 60’s and 70’s by architects Chamberlin, Powell & Bon,
it was Grade II listed in 2001 and designated of special interest for its overall ambition, scale and design cohesion.
The wider area is a mix of residential and commercial buildings, with the Complex housing, amongst other institutions, the Barbican Arts Centre; Museum of London; and Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
The word Barbican comes from the
Latin ‘Barbecana’, a fortified out-post and gateway, and reflects the fact that the area once housed the main fort of Roman London. Beech Street sits close to where an old Roman watchtower used to stand and a section of the original 200 AD fortified walls is still visible within the residential part of