The Barbican area, London
Not far from Liverpool Street Station, on a pathway between Bishopsgate and Old Broad Street known as Bishopsgate Churchyard, is this Victorian Turkish Bath House now used as a restaurant. This building is really only the entrance vestibule and the main premises are below ground and reached via a stairway.
What is amazing is that this little building survived the german Blitz in World War II and also the later redevelopment in this area.
The Barbican Estate is a vast concrete estate of 2,000 flats and a leading arts complex in the brutalist style. It is an interesting place to wander round especially near the lake and the Barbican Arts centre with its large lakeside terrace a corner of which is just visible on the left.
The Barbican is also home to the Museum of London and there are some historical locations to be seen such as the Roman wall.
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The Museum of London is to be found in the south-west corner of the Barbican complex on the corner of Aldersgate Street and London Wall and entry is free. It is a modern building and there are two cafes where refreshments are available.
It covers the history of London from prehistoric times to the present day.
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Smithfield Market is a little west of Barbican. Meat has been bought and sold here for over 800 years making it one of the oldest markets in London. The market has recently undergone a refurbishment and the result has been the creation of a thoroughly modern environment inside a magnificent Grade II listed Victorian building.
It is a wholesale market supplying businesses so casual visitors cannot buy products here but the public can walk through the avenues like this one.
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