Tours

RIBA Friends architecture walking tour: Golden Lane and the Barbican

Join us on a walking tour to see the architectural differences and continuities between the Golden Lane and the Barbican estates in which two substantial new parts of London were realised.

Walking the Golden Lane and the Barbican estates gives insight into the social imperatives of housing in post-war London and its legacy today. Designed by the architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, and built on sites that were heavily bomb-damaged during the war, they are exemplars of a period of utopian ideals for city living with light-filled spaces, communal gardens and leisure facilities all carefully designed to meet the needs of residents.


On this walk see the architectural differences and continuities between the estates in which two substantial new parts to the city were realised, as well as exciting new housing typologies. Starting at Barbican station the walk explores the vantage points around Golden Lane before heading up onto the Barbican Highwalks and ending at Moorgate.