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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47 Years On

It can be quite humbling attending a memorial service in St Giles Church, particularly for someone who had such a remarkable life as late Barbican resident Douglas Woodward who died late last year at … 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

Sir Thomas More – Martyr and Saint

The 19 Barbican residential blocks of apartments - soon to be 20 when Blake Tower is completed – are, with the exception of the Postern and Wallside - all named after historically significant persons … continue reading

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Frank Harris & Co


Uncertainty still reigns

It has become apparent from talking to our local Estate Agents that uncertainty about the potential for rises and falls in Barbican apartment purchase prices is continuing.  The froth has probably … continue reading

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SMITHS of Smithfield on the 2nd Floor: The Dining Room

SMITHS of Smithfield on the 2nd Floor: The Dining Room We last reviewed SMITHS’, specifically the  top-rated  top floor restaurant, in January last year, so it was interesting to come back and … continue reading

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The Charterhouse garden open for charity 6 Jun

GARDEN OPEN FOR CHARITY The Charterhouse Charterhouse Square, London ECIM 6AN Tuesday 6 June 6 -9pm Adults £5 Children free Wine BBQ (additional charge) More information at ngs.org.uk … continue reading


Indoor braai in Farringdon

Indoor braai in Farringdon Hammer & Tongs is a casual, and relatively low cost restaurant specialising in South African-style barbecue. Called a Braai, it is the most primal way of cooking and, … continue reading

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Opera in the City Festival – Bridewell 1-12 Aug. Win tickets for 29/5

OPERA IN THE CITY FESTIVAL from 1st - 12th August at Bridewell Theatre: Win 2 tickets to the launch night on 29th May at 7.30pm. Celebrate the opening of London's new summer opera festival … continue reading

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New Sourced Market opens on Goswell Road

The fourth location for the Sourced Market independent food and drink market has opened on Goswell Road, in collaboration with the Citadines hotel, two minutes walk north from Barbican Station and … continue reading

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