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.



London’s Burning

St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern and the National Theatre join lineup of landmark locations and events for London’s Burning, Artichoke’s contemporary art and ideas festival marking 350th anniversary … continue reading

50th Anniversary of the United Parishes, Evensong Wednesday 7 September 2016 at St Giles’ Cripplegate Church

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations of the United Parish of St Giles' Cripplegate with St Luke's Old Street there will be a Festival Evensong for our friends and neighbours followed by a … continue reading

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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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Architecture and Light at the Barbican

Architectural photographer, Alan Ainsworth, discusses the hugely significant importance of light in the context of the Estate’s architectural design and ambience. Alan Ainsworth Barbican … continue reading

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Stamp Duty and Brexit hitting sales? – Flatwatch Summer 2016

BARBICAN FLATWATCH There are many mixed messages in the media about what is happening to property prices, but the sensible viewpoint is probably wait for the dust to settle after the changes in … 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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Simon Rattle

Rattle’s Folly

The celebrated conductor, Simon Rattle, comes next year to the Barbican in the footsteps of much-loved Colin Davis and highly-regarded Valery Gergiev, to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra.  Sadly … 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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 City Boot to Re-Open at New Highwalk Location

A Barbican favourite watering hole, the City Boot wine bar, which was forced to close due to site redevelopment at the eastern end of the Estate, is to re-open at another location on the Highwalk – at … continue reading

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