As the literature notes, the Barbican has long been a source of controversy but your author, for one, is a fan. On a recent day off he took another of his regular wanders around the estate, gazing into the tropical conservatory which sits atop the arts centre, visiting a deserted St Giles Cripplegate, the ancient church in the heart of the concrete jungle, and popping into the shop at the Museum of London to browse the books.
The centre is a maze, but it has a great deal to offer if you take the time to examine it. An hour and a half with a guide certainly sounds like a perfect way to truly get to know this brutalist masterpiece. If any generous soul at the Barbican is reading your author is busy for the next couple of weekends but could probably squeeze something in in September.
Architecture Tours cost £8 and run until December. For more information, and to book online visit http://www.barbican.org.uk/education/event-detail.asp?ID=9526