Sunday 5 May 2019

Barbican Estate - Parkour Magnet?

Parkour is an increasingly popular pastime for athletic urban explorers and the Barbican estate attracts quite a few practitioners, not least perhaps because of videos on YouTube.  Here are a couple of examples.

This first video at first appears to be an amature recording of a group leaving a tube train at Moorgate, running through the Barbican estate and jumping back on the same train at the Farringdon tube station.  A few replays suggest that there has been quite a bit of editing and that this video is actually a marketing effort by a clothing firm:

Hello Lambert Jones Mews
The second video is from RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects a "professional body for architects" who suggest people come to Run, Jump and Shoot here:
Shooting of films and photos only please

There are many positive aspects to parkour, it is great exercise so participants can expect to get fitter as long as the don't crash into any of the harder bits of the estate.  There are some negative aspects to parkour too, damage to the estate and noise from groups practicing to music.

The City has been asked if parkour breaks bylaws.  We shall see.

As we head into the warmer months, expect to see more parkour around the estate.

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