Moving to London’s East-Central Side

The city’s EC postcodes (“EC” for “East Central”) perhaps don’t immediately conjure images of residential houses in London. This is largely a financial district, after all, with corporate buildings clustered around Temple, St. Paul’s, Bank, Monument, and even the Tower of London. That alone says a lot about London’s capacity to embrace progress while preserving history.

And Barbican is no different, with the old coexisting with the new in an area that was heavily bombed during WWII. Standing on 35 acres of such former devastation is the Barbican Estate, a large residential complex built in the 1960s and ’70s comprised of over a dozen seven-storey terrace blocks and three of the city’s tallest residential towers: the Cromwell, Shakespeare, and Lauderdale Towers—over 2,000 Barbican apartments are located at the Barbican Estate alone. Nearby is the Barbican Centre, the largest multi-art venue in Europe, as well as other institutions including the Barbican public library, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Museum of London. And lest we forget how far this city dates back, cropping up amongst these sites and the many City offices here are remnants of the London Wall, built originally by the Romans in the late 2nd/early 3rd century and maintained into the Middle Ages.

Another local spot of historic merit is the nearby Smithfield Market, Europe’s oldest and biggest wholesale meat market (it started as a livestock market eight hundred years ago). Yet if it’s a more figurative “meat market” you’re after when it comes to nightlife, Smithfield Market has many great pubs and restaurants in the immediate vicinity and further up in Farringdon. Just around the West Smithfield circular street is also St. Bartholomew’s Hospital (standing on a former site for executions, including that of William “Braveheart” Wallace) and the 12th century church of St. Bartholomew the Great that has appeared in films like Four Weddings and a Funeral. Barbican apartments also aren’t far from the cute network of pubs and boutiques of Bow Lane (just east of St. Paul’s) and the newly constructed One New Change shopping mall, which has helped make this part of the city conducive to both work and lifestyle with its fine shopping and dining (famous chefs Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver both have restaurants here).

And depending on where you’re searching for flats in London’s EC1 or EC2 postcodes, the Barbican tube station might be your closest one (servicing the Circle, Metropolitan, and Hammersmith & City lines, as does the Farringdon station). Alternatively, you can catch the Central line at St. Paul’s, and all four of these Underground lines are accessible at Liverpool Street station along with Network Rail trains (other local rail stations include Moorgate, Farringdon, and Old Street). There are also five Barclays-bike docking stations in the area and six bus routes running from Barbican station.

Finding Barbican Apartments

Hunting for the best London apartments for rent in any neighborhood on your own takes a lot of time and energy, mainly because the local London rentals market doesn’t use MLS! So because different agencies don’t share their different listings with each other, you have to visit several of them in the same neighborhood to exhaust that area’s offerings.

As expats who know first-hand how complicated moving to London can be, we at London Relocation have refined finding London flats to an art form. If you’re interested in Barbican, we’ll chat with you in-depth about the location (as well as others that might suit you), chauffeur you to 18 to 25 Barbican apartments in only one day, and negotiate the lease for the dream property you choose. Walking you through every step of the relocation process and tailoring our services to your particular needs, we do much more than find London apartments—we give you one point of contact for all you require, fighting on your side and not leaving it until you’re settled in and happy here.