Bold, beautiful and never boring, the Barbican is a design classic at the heart of the City of London, and home to many a designer and architect. A symphony in concrete, its raw urban gutsiness is tempered by cascading water gardens. The complex includes an arts centre, with a world-leading theatre and gallery, a lakeside plaza with restaurants, and hundreds of 1960s apartments. Skip the futile attempts to get a satisfying photo of the London Eye and instead try capturing your own images of the Barbican’s Brutalist splendour, ideally in black and white.
Stay at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London