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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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BARBICANIA

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

RECENT ARTICLES

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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FLATWATCH

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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BARBICAN RESTAURANT REVIEWS

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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LATEST RESIDENT NEWS

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

LONDON RESTAURANT REVIEWS

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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LATEST RESIDENT NEWS

Londinium: Three-month events programme to celebrate the Roman history of London (July-October)

To celebrate the unique Roman heritage at the heart of the capital, the City of London Corporation is staging a three-month season of exhibitions, walks, talks, theatre, film and special events, … continue reading

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Bird’s summer menu and Spritz garden

Bird of Smithfield’s relatively new Head Chef, Tommy Boland, has now been successfully cooking there since October 2016. He has a strong background of working at Michelin starred restaurants and this … continue reading

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