City of London's Cultural Hub

The Barbican Centre is working with other cultural organisations in the City of London to form a Cultural Hub, a creative alliance which builds upon the City’s already internationally acclaimed cultural offer.

A unique collection of arts, cultural and educational organisations in the north of London’s Square Mile, the Cultural Hub is a partnership of:

Designed to be the creative heart of the City of London financial district and a place where creativity thrives, is celebrated and is welcoming to all, the Cultural Hub will work closely with a range of providers from the City’s visitor and cultural sectors through the City’s Hotels, Attractions and Retail Network (CHARN) and City Culture Network (CNN)

The Cultural Hub will take shape in a series of developments over the next 10- 15 years.

Where is the Cultural Hub?

The Cultural Hub will be centred on the Barbican complex, running from Farringdon to Moorgate on its east-west axis and from LSO St Luke’s to St Paul’s Cathedral on its north-south axis. With the new Crossrail stations of Farringdon and Moorgate/ Liverpool Street on either side, it will become one of the most accessible cultural areas in London. A welcoming centre for the arts, heritage, learning and entertainment, over 1 million additional visitors a year are expected from 2018 onwards. Comprehensive highways, streetscapes and public and open spaces proposals are underway.

Two major building projects are potentially on the horizon which would add to the scale and possibilities of the Cultural Hub:

Centre for Music
The City of London Corporation has provided funding for the Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama to complete a detailed business case for a world-class Centre for Music that provides access to great music to the widest possible audience. Work on this business case is ongoing and will be completed by December 2018.

New Museum of London
Also among the plans as part of the creation of the Cultural Hub is a potential new Museum of London opening at West Smithfield. This will be an unrivalled experience welcoming even more people and displaying even more of the museum's collection.


For more information contact David Bianco or Matthew Pitt at the City of London Corporation.