11 February 2014 | By: Sponsor

Win The Chance To Explore Dark London With Barbican

This is a sponsored competition on behalf of the Barbican.

Marc Almond & John Harle Oct 2013

Consider yourself a London nerd? A lover of London’s weird and wonderful history? Well then we have a competition perfect for you.

We have 10 pairs of tickets to give away to a package of exceptional London geekery, including a macabre walk around the East End and City of London, a one-off concert celebrating the dark corners of London’s history, and a newly-released album to take home. Piqued your curiosity? Read on …

London and its grisly stories are the theme for The Tyburn Tree, a new collaboration between composer/saxophonist John Harle and singer Marc Almond. From public hangings at the Tyburn gallows to the Vampire of Highgate, the Limehouse labyrinths to the dark secret behind ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’ – an interesting London character or place can be found in each song, and the duo are sharing the tales at the Barbican on Sunday 2 March.

And that’s not all, the collaboration has inspired the Barbican to put together an exclusive walk for our competition winners, right before the concert, around the East End and the City with a registered City of London guide. Covering the Ratfcliffe murders, East End poverty and the towering mystery figure of Jack the Ripper, it’s an exploration of London’s dark underbelly and the perfect accompaniment to the evening concert.

Here’s exactly what’s up for grabs: Each of the 10 winners will receive:

  • A pair of tickets to the atmospheric walk, 4-6pm on Sunday 2 March, starting from Aldgate tube station
  • A pair of tickets to John Harle and Marc Almond’s The Tyburn Tree performance at the Barbican Hall, from 7.30pm on Sunday 2 March
  • A copy of The Tyburn Tree album for each winner + guest to take home and enjoy at their leisure

Want to win? We don’t blame you. To be in with a chance, just enter your name and email address below and hit Submit.


We’ll pick the winners at random and notify them by email after Tuesday 25 February. Terms and conditions below. Good luck!

John Harle & Marc Almond perform at the Barbican on Sunday 2 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15-£25 and can be booked online here. If you want to hear more about the album and get a sneak peak of the music, listen to this Barbican podcast.

Competition terms and conditions: Ten readers will win a pair of tickets each to the Barbican’s East End walk on 2 March between 4-6pm, a pair of tickets each to see John Harle & Mark Almond at the Barbican on 2 March from 7.30pm, a pair of copies each of The Tyburn Tree album. Subject to availability. No cash alternative. Travel not included. Usual Londonist policy applies.