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London’s Alleys: Braidwood Passage, EC1

This is a narrow dark modern-looking alley that provides the only gap in a wall that gives access to the warren of streets behind a long row of unremitting office blocks.

London’s Alleys: East Passage, EC1

This alley is a result of the dissolution of the Monasteries, as it sits within the lands owned by St Bartholomew’s Priory.

Spend 20 minutes in the 1960s with the Barbican

A short film about the changing London landscape is a delightful 20 minutes slipping back in time to when men wore top hats and builders didn’t wear hard hats.

London’s Alleys: Half Moon Court, EC1

When the area in this part of London was occupied by St Bartholomew’s priory, there was a large garden on the south of their estate, and this alley pretty much follows the line of that long lost garden boundary.

See Tangerine Dream at the Barbican

The Barbican’s music library is currently home to an exhibition about the pioneering German electronic music group, Tangerine Dream.

Tangerine Dream coming to the Barbican next year

An exhibition about the legendary German electronica band, Tangerine Dream will be opening at the Barbican in the New Year

The medieval St Giles Cripplegate inside Barbican

Surround by the modern Barbican estate, this old church is one of the few within the City of London that are medieval in nature, having survived the Great Fire of London and WW2 bombs.

London’s Alleys: Crescent Row, EC1

This is a curving narrow lane that runs behind rows of houses and offices just to the north of the Barbican estate.

Find Mendelssohn’s tree stump in the Barbican

In the Barbican is a most curious relic, a stump of a tree which is it claimed, may have regularly shaded the composer Felix Mendelssohn during his frequent visits to where the tree stood.

Barbican’s conservatory is now open on Saturdays

Wrapping around a tall tower in the Barbican is a large glass conservatory, which often surprises people to learn is, after Kew Gardens, the second largest in London.

Tickets Alert: Manga on the Big Screen

This summer, there will be a season of Manga films shown on the Barbican’s big screens.

A mixed display of Artificial Intelligence at the Barbican

At a time when humans are still struggling to define intelligence in machines, an exhibition about the same could be heading into controversial territory.

Odd video art in the Barbican

There’s a video screen that shows changing shapes in a sort of 1980s home computer version of the 2001 Space Odyssey scene.

An infinite loop of sunrise and sunset at the Barbican

A huge 24 metre length of slowly moving photographic film is currently turning in an endless loop in the heart of the Barbican.

City of London to trial an ultra-low emissions only road

The City of London has announced a pilot scheme that would see a road next to Barbican flats restricted to ultra-low emission vehicles to see what impact it has on improving air quality.

See the Barbican in a golden glow

A new film by the guy behind the award winning documentary about the last days of the Robin Hood Gardens estate in east London, has turned his gaze upon the Barbican itself and how sunset transforms the buildings.

Abbey Road Studios photography exhibition

There’s a small exhibition at the moment in The Barbican showing off photos taken inside the famous music studios at Abbey Road.

Yto Barrada’s bizarre exhibition at the Barbican

The curve, that wonderful massive space for art at the Barbican sometimes has queues around the block so good is the art on display. And sometimes, you’re left scratching your head in bewilderment.