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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Agony Aunts through the ages

The Barbican area has had Agony Aunts through the ages (all called Ann oddly enough).  Our own Ann Drewes has been going through the archives. 1625 - Dear Auntie Ann I  do regularly worshippe at … continue reading


Investments and Pensions

My regular readers will be aware enough of the emphasis I place on estate planning. The reason for this is straightforward enough: having spent a lifetime building up family wealth, you are loath to … continue reading

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Dormant but Defiant?

There now seems to be little doubt that the uncertainties over Brexit, and the latest delay in it coming about or not, have been creating ongoing uncertainty that is dampening the overall London … continue reading

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A great new casual Barbican restaurant

Well it’s not technically within the Barbican Estate itself but lies almost directly beneath the new Barbican highwalk just behind Salters Hall, but the new Barbie Green bar/restaurant/coffee shop is … continue reading

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Charterhouse Physiotherapy Update

OPEN for consultations and remote treatments.  Telephone consultations and/or physio/pilates via video conferencing. Tel: 020 7606 2435 Email: charterhouse@carugman.plus.com   … continue reading


Casa do Frango: Memories of the Algarve

Around 30 years ago (how time flies) I have fond memories of a very pleasant summer holiday based at Carvoeiro on Portugal’s Algarve, but I only have retained two food memories thereof – magnificent, … continue reading

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Centre for Music’s new funding

The City of London Corporation has now agreed to provide further funding for the next stage of development for the proposed Centre for Music. The Court of Common Council, the City Corporation’s … continue reading

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Irish pub launch at Daffodil Mulligan basement

Celebrated Irish pub, Gibney’s of Malahide, will launch its first international site in London after opening in Dublin over 80 years ago in 1937. The pub, run by Tony Gibney and his sons will open on … continue reading

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Start Your Engines

Welcome to our first issue of the year and a chance to sweep away the cobwebs, have a jolly good spring clean and try something new.  We’ve tried to trim down this issue a little, but our ever-growing … continue reading

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