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Folk Customs:
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Beating the Tower Boundaries
Blessing of the Throats
Bonfire Night
Changing of the Quill
Doggett's Coat and Badge Race
Footbridge Rent of one Red Rose
Hot Cross Buns for the Widow’s son
Mass for the executed Charles I
Quit Rents Ceremony
Vintners' Company Procession

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Vivienne Westwood, the celebrated fashion designer, has said that watching a concert or play at the Barbican Centre is like being "in heaven". The Barbican buildings, a vast concrete complex of "brutalist" architecture, may not look particularly heavenly, but the variety and quality of cultural events on offer here - music, theatre, dance, film, art and education - make this the largest multi-arts centre in Europe and arguably the finest in the world. The centre, with its halls, theatres, galleries and state-of-the-art cinemas, forms part of an ambitious building project also incorporating residential tower blocks. It's located in the City of London in an area once inhabited by thieves, ruffians, mavericks and literary figures including William Shakespeare and Ben Johnson. The district only just survived the Great Plague and the Great Fire but it was finally flattened by World War II bombers, leaving a wasteland from which rose the Barbican, with the arts centre opened by the Queen in 1982. The only pre-War building on the site is the church of St Giles, Cripplegate. Constructed in 1550, it hosted the wedding of Oliver Cromwell and the burial of poet John Milton. Nearby, the purpose-built Museum of London is enduringly popular.


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Finsbury Residences (0.08 miles)

Finsbury Residences

Finsbury Residences offers clean, private accommodation in one of the best locations from which to explore the city.

The residences are located just minutes from the bustling bars and boutiques of Shoreditch and Angel and only ... More | visit website

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Citadines Apartments Barbican (0.39 miles)

Citadines Apartments Barbican

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In a new seven story building, Citadines offers 129 fully equipped apartments, either studios or two room apartments. Its location is near the Barbican centre, whose various cultural activities will satisfy ... More

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The Zetter (0.40 miles)

The Zetter

The Zetter is a new Hotel for the Clerkenwell area a dynamic conversion of a historic Victorian warehouse that ...
...benefits from giant windows, spectacular central atrium over 5 floors, comfortable contemporary bedrooms and the central ... More | visit website

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Rosebery Hall (0.43 miles)

Rosebery Hall

LSE Rosebery Hall has a central location in Clerkenwell between the West End and the City. It is located opposite Sadler’s Wells Theatre and just five minutes from Angel and Upper Street, with its vibrant ... More | visit website

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Malmaison London (0.48 miles)

Malmaison London
Malmaison London is situated in Charterhouse Square, on the sharper edge of the Square Mile, and near the hub of one of the world’s leading financial markets. It’s also a short taxi ride from those tourist ... More | visit website
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The Montcalm London City (0.48 miles)

The Montcalm London City
Sleek, chic and contemporary, The Montcalm London City presents a completely new experience in the heart of The Barbican, London City. The hotel accents luxurious comfort and offers a superb choice of lavish accommodation, whilst ... More | visit website
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66 Turnmill Street (0.53 miles)

66 Turnmill Street
These chic and modern apartments offer iPod docks, spacious living areas and fitted kitchens in London’s Clerkenwell district. King’s Cross Station and St. Paul’s Cathedral are a 20-minute walk away.

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Jurys Inn Islington (0.56 miles)

Jurys Inn Islington

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Ideally located in trendy Islington, just a few minutes' walk from Angel Tube station, this superior budget accommodation is easily accessible and ideal for business and leisure travellers. The Design Centre ... More

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University of Westminster Alexander Fleming Hall of Residence (0.62 miles)

University of Westminster Alexander Fleming Hall of Residence

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Located at the edge of the "Square Mile", the original City and the most historic part of London. Home to the financial district, St Paul?s Cathedral and the Law Courts. ... More | visit website

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Hoxton Hotel (0.62 miles)

Hoxton Hotel
Less than a mile from Liverpool Street in central London, the award-winning Hoxton Hotel offers contemporary accommodation in a Shoreditch manor, with roaring fires and exposed brick. Each modern room boasts picturesque views of the city, ... More | visit website

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