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Inside London’s most famous Brutalist housing estate.

Date: 15 Mar 2017

A controversial architecture movement is back in vogue with design fans as the relentless nostalgia trend continues to take center stage.

Brutalism is like the marmite of architecture - but one thing is for certain, these concrete structures and their residents, are part of the fabric of London. Ever wanted to feel like your were in a completely different galaxy but your oyster card only covered you from Zone 1 & 2? Cue the Barbican Estate.

Probably the greatest example of the Brutalist style, the Barbican Estate represents a utopia for inner-city living. Located just 20 minutes from Leman Locke, I really recommend a visit. Your first glimpse of the Barbican will be the tops of its 3 tall residential towers, which loom over the city. Barbican flats, are now 95% privately owned, are sought after and pricey. Although a few original residents remain.

So who lives here I hear you ask? Well, young artists such the fashion designer Giles Deacon, hipsters (of course) and some folks who could tell you a thing or two about ‘the glory days’.

When it comes to what the interiors tell us about them, it’s that they have a tendency to go for a provocative style, as one might expect from a brutalism enthusiast.

The estate also hosts the Barbican Centre, the largest performing arts centre in Europe. A creative hub where boundaries are pushed in all major art forms. It’s also a great place to work from or play a spontaneous game of hide and seek.

You’ll also find a pretty swanky gin bar, Gin Joint. From 7pm till 9pm, welcome the ‘Gin Democracy’ and try any of the 40 London Dry gins for the price of the house gin. Three hours of top quality gin at a reasonable price? I’ll see you there.