Nearest Tube: Barbican
This small area of London is located in the north-eastern corner of the district of London known as The City. The name of the Barbican is derived from a fortified watchtower of The City (called a "barbican") that was located in this area until it was destroyed in the 13th century.
From the 16th century the area was home to several aristocratic and important families, for example the Bridgewater family. It was also home to tradesmen, craftsmen and various literary figures including John Milton, the author of Paradise Lost.
Much of the area was destroyed during World War II and was rebuilt during the 1950s as a predominantly residential area. The result really isn't up to much - with lots of concrete and high rise towers dominating the scenery.
But the saving grace is the huge cultural oasis known as the Barbican Centre that is found in the centre of the district.
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