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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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Three Generations

A PERSONAL REFLECTION ON THREE GENERATIONS OF FAMILY LIFE IN THE BARBICAN by Nadine Waddell “And up there” said my daughter pointing high up to one of the famous tooth edge balconies of the … continue reading

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The First Barbican Baby

(interview with Valerie Healey transcribed by Helen Hudson) We moved into Andrewes House in 1969. Our second flat was in Willoughby House but due to my ill health at the time the stairs over the … continue reading

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FLATWATCH

Barbican Flatwatch Summer 2019 – 50 Years and Still Going Strong

It is interesting to look back over prices of Barbican properties in the 15 or so years we have been publishing Barbican Life.  In our first issue in a feature with the rather anodyne title of … continue reading

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BARBICAN RESTAURANT REVIEWS

‘it’s a bit like a jamboree in your mouth’

This place is up there with my favourites. Head up Bunhill Row past Bunhill Fields and you’ll find Flamboree on Old St on the site of the original Bovril factory. Exterior Seating 75, the … continue reading

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LATEST RESIDENT NEWS

City Beerfest

Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE 18 July Head to Guildhall Yard for an afternoon of beer, food, music and, hopefully, sunshine for this celebration of one of the world's oldest inventions. Raise a glass … continue reading

LONDON RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Around the corner to Gascony

Monsieur le Duck has arrived in Clerkenwell fresh from success in their temporary home in Spitalfields.  On the left hand side of Clerkenwell Road heading west, just a little past the high walls of … continue reading

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LATEST RESIDENT NEWS

The People’s Tower

15 - 21 July 2019 See below for timings and locations FREE Work alongside artist Olivier Grossetête to create a monumental cardboard structure inspired by the Guildhall. Over 1,000 boxes will be … continue reading

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Cocktails & snacks at LINO

We went back for some quick cocktails and snacks to LINO last night and I was pleased to see that the (still relatively new) venue is maintaining its success.  The huge central bar in the capacious … continue reading

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BARBICANIA

Barbicania

Our second issue each year is always in June and this summer we are celebrating the 50th birthday of the first Residents moving onto the Estate, but before I start with all that – a toast - here’s to … continue reading

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