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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Roman Cuisine in Central Street

It’s a funny place, the Old Street area. Part City, part not, part workspace, part residential, part definitely an area, part just passing through.  It’s unisex bathrooms and recherché music and … continue reading

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London History Day – May 31

The first ever London History Day is to be held on 31 May 2017, marking the anniversary of the day in 1869 when Big Ben began keeping time ·         More than 40 London museums, galleries and … 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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Barbican residents – Win a Healthy Hamper with City LivingWise

City LivingWise, the new health service free to Barbican residents, is offering people who sign up the chance to win a Healthy Hamper - worth £225!City LivingWise is a great opportunity for Barbican … continue reading

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City Point About Turn

For those who had noticed, the Bad Egg restaurant in City Point had become Little Smoke, except at weekends when it reverted to serving the very popular Bad Egg bottomless brunches.  However the … continue reading

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