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.
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Mortality and Succession

A lengthy spell in hospital does tend to focus one’s mind and emphasises one’s mortality.  Certainly an eight week stint following a stroke has caused your editor to consider his future involvement … continue reading


First residents move in to Blake Tower

Named after the poet, artist and mystic William Blake, who is buried in nearby Bunhill Fields, and not the Marvel Comics lawyer for the righteous of the same name, Blake Tower, is, as readers of … continue reading

The London Symphony Chorus

Barbican resident Liz Reeve tells us how she ended up joining the London Symphony Chorus and what is involved. When Liz Reeve moved into the Barbican 20 years ago, she cannot have realised how many … continue reading

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Barbican flat sales market nearing normal again

We read a lot in the media about property prices falling across the board, although still up by a small percentage year-on-year.  However, talking to the local estate agents, who probably have the … continue reading

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Rabezzana revisited

We last reviewed Enoteca Rabezzana on Long Lane a little over 2 years ago (See Enoteca Buonissima) but were tempted back with the news that the Wine Bar/Restaurant was now under new management with a … continue reading

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Vitra showroom sale (2 September 2017) – up to 90% off

Vitra announces showroom sale (2 September 2017) – up to 90% off On Saturday 2 September doors open at 9.30 am to the Vitra sale, which will offer contemporary design classics at reduced prices … continue reading


Eating on the Ned’s rooftop

The brand new Ned hotel, which has been opened in the old Grade 1 listed Midland Bank HQ building and which occupies a big area opposite the Bank of England between Princes Street and Poultry, has no … continue reading

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HIX Oyster Celebration 16 September

HIX Oyster Celebration 16 September A free event for anyone  to pop down to between 11 and 5pm Details at http://www.hixrestaurants.co.uk/event/hix-oyster-chop-house/ … continue reading

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D&D Butler’s Wharf end of Summer Party

D&D London’s Butlers Wharf restaurants are providing the perfect way to close the summer, with a glittering party of food, refreshing tipples, live music and entertainment. Just before London … continue reading

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