From Blitz to Barbican

This website is all about free events and venues in London including one of my favourite places — the Barbican Center. It has been a magnet for culture vultures for years since opening its doors in the 1980s. The new complex dominates the area almost obliterated by German bombs in WWII. What is now a sprawling center used to be a street which took its name from a watch tower adjacent to the London wall built by the Romans. It has more than 2,100 homes in a maze of towers, terraces and walkways, and its own lakes and gardens. There is also a church, St. Giles, where Oliver Cromwell got married and John Milton was buried, a sports center, a library, restaurants, cinemas, concert halls, exhibition space and a conservatory.


London’s largest outside of Kew Gardens with 2,000 species of tropical plants, it is open to public on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A tip for parents: one child under 12 can eat for free at the Barbican Kitchen for every adult ordering a main meal. Cinema tickets are half price on Mondays. You can go on the Big Barbican Adventure to explore the nooks and crannies of the center in a trail for families. Pick up a free kit from the Box Office. Check the website for other free events.

Author: Freelondon

I am a journalist and a big fan of London. I decided to combine the two to help people enjoy what this great city has to offer for free.

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