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.


Urban Bazaar EC1

Urban Bazaar EC1 dates

Urban Bazaar EC1 Welcome to the Urban Bazaar EC1. This is a designer/maker and artisan fair held once a month on a Sunday. Visitors can find it at the wonderful St Luke’s Community Centre EC1. It is … continue reading

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Knoll SALE Saturday 19th Nov

Knoll UK announces up to 70% off iconic original designs in its annual sample sale: 19 November 2016 10.00 am – 4.00 pm For one day only, on Saturday 19 November, Knoll UK will hold its annual … continue reading

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Rattle’s Folly – Response from Sir Nicholas Kenyon

A response from Sir Nicholas Kenyon, The Barbican Arts Centre’s Managing Director, to the last issue’s guest editorial by Douglas Woodward regarding the plan to construct a new concert hall on the … continue reading


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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View from 2 bed triplex apartment in Willoughby House on sale at Scott City for £1,135,000

The Brexit Effect – Bust or Business As Usual?

Well, the Brexit vote is now behind us and, contrary to the doom and gloom merchants, the sky has not fallen in – at least not yet.  Indeed this seems to be the case across the economy.  Retail sales … 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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Health and Efficiency

Perhaps it takes a medical emergency to get to realise how good our local National Health Service hospitals and ambulance service can actually perform if needed.  Well perhaps not necessarily a major … 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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View from the end of the Coq d'Argent's roof garden

D&D Restaurants 10th Anniversary Special

This Autumn, one of London’s premier restaurant groups, D&D London, will celebrate its 10 year anniversary. On Wednesday 5th October, ten D&D restaurants will welcome diners for a special, … continue reading

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