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Walking The Crossrail Route Between Farringdon And Moorgate Stations

I took these pictures on the route between Farringdon and Moorgate stations via Barbican station.

Note.

  • The massive amount of new development along the route.
  • The new site for the Museum of London.
  • Smithfield Market, which surely will be developed or refurbished.
  • The large amount of housing in the Barbican Estate.
  • The new office developments surrounding Moorgate station.

To me, one of the most interesting developments, is the creation of new walkways across the Barbican Estate and through the new office developments to link Batrbican and Moorgate stations to London Wall and walking routes going towards St. Pauls, Bank and the River.

Crossrail will serve the City indirectly using a modicum of walking in at a pleasant height away from the traffic.

September 4, 2018 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Banksy At The Barbican

These pictures show Banksy’s new art at the Barbican.

As it’s in a tunnel, that is probably owned by the City of London Corporation, I doubt it will be removed or stolen.

Is Banksy going upmarket choosing underneath the Barbican?

September 18, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

Crossrail’s Big Hole In The Barbican

Last night, I went to a lecture about Crossrail in the City of London Girl’s School in the Barbican. It is not an area, I visit often, but I did fulfil one of the ambitions C and myself had had since it was built about twenty years ago. That was to have a meal in the Pizza Express in the building  called Alban Gate, that is suspended over London Wall.

I was surprised to see this big hole in the plaza that ran south of the Barbican to London Wall.

Crossrail's Big Hole In The Barbican

Crossrail’s Big Hole In The Barbican

Forty years ago, when I lived in the Barbican, I used to walk across this area and take the bridge that then gave access to streets that led down to Bank, where I worked as a consultant on costing software. The buildings in this area were a group of rather unlovely office blocks, that only demolition would improve. I did find this picture taken five years ago, which shows London Wall in a picture set I uploaded, entitled Going Back to the Barbican.

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This Google Earth image shows the Barbican.

Barbican Estate

Barbican Estate

We used to live in Cromwell Tower, which is to the north of the estate. It is a triangular tower to the north-east of the semi-circular building, which is above the Barbican Centre. The dual-carriageway road at the bottom is London Wall, with Alban Gate about halway along and the Myseum of London at the western end.

The hole shown in my picture doesn’t seem to have been created, but is between Alban Gate and the distinctive Moor House, which is near to the stations at Moorgate.

Sometimes, when I look at the Barbican, I wish that I’d moved there five years ago. Especially as now, I tend to live a simple life at home, that needs just one good bed, a kitchen and good television, broadband and transport links.

I suppose I could always move! But I’ve never been one for that! I just prefer and like updating properties.

May 7, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , | 1 Comment

Did They Give This Building An Unlucky Name?

This article on the BBC describes a fire in a residential building called The Torch.

I suspect, if it is save, that the building will be renamed.

I’ve lived in a tower block in the Barbican and I can remember discussing with C at the time, the film Towering Inferno. It didn’t bother us living high in a tower, but we never saw the film.

I still haven’t!

February 21, 2015 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Around The Barbican

After my visit to the Cheapside Hoard, I walked across the Barbican to do some shopping at the Waitrose there.

I can’t resist taking pictures of the iconic buildings, where C and myself brought up our young family.

Note the elegant public lift to the podium, which enables a corner to be cut off.

October 15, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Barbican Station

I have some happy memories of Barbican Station and on Saturday, I passed through on the way to the Anniversary Games.

Barbican Station

Barbican Station

I can particular remember pushing our youngest son in his buggy along the central platform, from where the picture was taken, sometimes with C and our two sons and sometimes without.

Sad to think, that C and the baby in the buggy have both died from cancer.

July 27, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

The Last Quartet

I saw this film last night and it was thoroughly enjoyable and a very good study of the tensions and relationships of a group of talented people.

In some ways, I found it a bit allegorical, as the tensions between the major players in Metier, were rather similar at times, although we had simpler relationships.

Of course, philistine that I am, I didn’t recognise any of the music in the film. This probably means that you don’t have to be a music lover to enjoy the film.

I saw it in the excellent Barbican Cinema and afterwards had a drink looking out of the window, at the front door of Cromwell Tower.  That was a bit surreal and I did wonder how my life would have mapped out, if C and myself had kept the flat there, which we probably would have done, if Metier had been sold earlier.

Do we just go round in circles in our lives?

April 8, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Tall Residential Buildings

London is having a sprouting of tall residential buildings like Vermilion.

As someone, who with his late wife, brought their children up in one of the tallest building in Europe in Cromwell Tower, I can’t say I am against this trend.

One of my sons, still talks with affection about living there.

Provided of course, that they are well-designed and built.

January 16, 2013 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Are Starbucks Just Public Toilets That Sell Coffee?

This notion is put forward today in Caitlin Moran’s piece in The Times.

It also contains the piece of information that Manchester has just one public toilet. That can’t be true can it?

I rarely get caught short, but if I am, I usually go into a betting shop as many have very good toilets   All you need to do, if you feel guilty is to watch a race before or after doing the necessary.

Last night though in the Barbican, I went into one of the worst toilets for some time. The door had been spray painted by a vandal and the pan was slightly blocked and didn’t pull too well either.  For one of Europe’s largest arts centre it was a disgrace and very inferior to the immaculate ones inside Ipswich Town’s ground at Portman Road.  In fact on the whole football clubs do seem to try to get good facilities.  I can’t think of a bad one and I’ve used toilets in perhaps thirty grounds in the last few years.

January 5, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Quartet

I saw this film last night in the Barbican, but this time in the original screen in the main complex.

As when I saw Safety Not Guaranteed a few days earlier, I watched most of the film without my glasses.  What is happening to my eyesight? It’s certainly not getting worse, which you might expect as I get older.

As to the film, I found it a bit disappointing, although, if like me, you are an older person and like your stars to be stars, it is a good film. I note too, that it was a BBC film and it certainly isn’t wasting my licence fee.

January 5, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment