London Area Guides
Barbican Area Guide
Our area guide to Barbican gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.
Postcodes covered by this area guide include EC1Y, EC2Y
Property Types & Architecture
There is not a diverse range of properties in Barbican and it houses a residential estate called the Barbican Estate which is an example of Brutalist architecture much of which is Grade II listed. It was built in the 60's and 70's after extensive damage during World War II. The distinctive and sought-after residential estate consists of 3 main tower blocks as well as terrace blocks, mews and courts. They are grouped around a lake and green squares.
Shopping & Entertainment
The Barbican Estate also contains the Barbican Centre (the largest performing Arts Centre in Europe), the Barbican Public Library, the Museum of London, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama founded in 1880. The leading independent school, the City of London School for Girls is also situated there. There are several eateries and all day dining gastropubs and bars within the Barbican Centre and due to its central location, a wealth of places can be found nearby.
Parks & Commons
Not an area famed for its extensive parks, the Barbican's only green spaces sit within the Barbican Estate itself. However due to its central location, you are never more than a short journey away from a local park.
Who lives here?
Being one of the major cornerstones of London's cultural scene, it's not hard to see why this would be a great place for those that want to drink in the atmosphere 24/7 . Barbican is also very centrally located and has its own Tube Station. It is also very conveniently located for working in the financial districts in the City.
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Schools in Barbican & Exam Results
Schools in Barbican fall under the Islington Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Barbican by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Barbican
Barbican Council Tax Rates
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 2 councils covering the Barbican area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
|City of London||£629||£734||£839||£943||£1,153||£1,363||£1,572||£1,887|
How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs
Barbican Local Authorities
Barbican is is represented by City of London Council, Islington Counci. which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.
The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.
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