After the otherworldly experience of the Barbican Conservatory, I emerged into the incredible Barbican Estate. I'm really glad that Laura and I took some time to explore the Estate, because it acted as a very much needed buffer between the peace of being surrounded by plants, and going back into the London bustle.
The Barbican Estate is a Brutalist masterpiece, a residential estate built during the 1960s and 1970s on a plot that had been decimated by bombing during the Second World War. It also stands on the site of a former Roman fort or Barbecana, from which it gets its name. It was designed by the modernist architectural firm Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, and is now a Listed Building. It also contains the Barbican Centre, an arts and theatre venue.