Barbican Life is the website for residents of London’s Barbican Estate. We aim to act as a hub for resources useful to Barbican residents, an online home for content from the Barbican Life magazine, and a general source of information about The Barbican and what it is like to live here.


Openfest @ The Barbican Centre

Barbican OpenFest, a free day of art and inspiration taking place at the Barbican on Saturday 8 October

A free day of art, entertainment and inspiration Sat 8 Oct, 10am — 7pm Explore the Barbican and get a taste of everything we do. Dip into a mix of free events and activities from pop-up … continue reading


Thames Cruises for Culture Vultures

Building on the success of City Cruises’ Shakespeare cruises, the leading River Thames sightseeing operator is set to run a comprehensive programme of cultural cruises. Launching this month, culture … continue reading

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Rattle’s Folly – Response from Sir Nicholas Kenyon

A response from Sir Nicholas Kenyon, The Barbican Arts Centre’s Managing Director, to the last issue’s guest editorial by Douglas Woodward regarding the plan to construct a new concert hall on the … continue reading


Our Concrete Utopia

It is always interesting to see how the Barbican is viewed by outsiders in terms of both architecture and as a living space.  The following article was first published in the September edition of N … continue reading

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View from 2 bed triplex apartment in Willoughby House on sale at Scott City for £1,135,000

The Brexit Effect – Bust or Business As Usual?

Well, the Brexit vote is now behind us and, contrary to the doom and gloom merchants, the sky has not fallen in – at least not yet.  Indeed this seems to be the case across the economy.  Retail sales … continue reading

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Chez Mal – Nice food, but timing could have been better

A return visit to the Malmaison’s restaurant in Charterhouse Square.  This has gone through various incarnations and has effectively come back full circle, Chez Mal (its new title) being something of … continue reading

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Health and Efficiency

Perhaps it takes a medical emergency to get to realise how good our local National Health Service hospitals and ambulance service can actually perform if needed.  Well perhaps not necessarily a major … continue reading


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The Wright Brothers – Sumptuous Seafood in Spitalfields

Several years ago the writer ate several times at a great little Spanish Tapas Bar located in Old Spitalfields Market.  This closed a few years back and the space was taken over by seafood restaurant … continue reading

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View from the end of the Coq d'Argent's roof garden

D&D Restaurants 10th Anniversary Special

This Autumn, one of London’s premier restaurant groups, D&D London, will celebrate its 10 year anniversary. On Wednesday 5th October, ten D&D restaurants will welcome diners for a special, … continue reading

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