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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Personal Finance

Further thoughts for the pandemic season In my last article I shared some observations about managing cash deposits and investments in this period of uncertainty resulting from the global pandemic. … continue reading


Insight Arts Review

Janet Wells’ teases us back into the Arts, Gallery and Museum scene Easing out of Lockdown: There were exhibitions that I’d planned to see in the Spring; then we had Lockdown:   However, I have … continue reading

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Dormant but Defiant?

There now seems to be little doubt that the uncertainties over Brexit, and the latest delay in it coming about or not, have been creating ongoing uncertainty that is dampening the overall London … continue reading

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A great new casual Barbican restaurant

Well it’s not technically within the Barbican Estate itself but lies almost directly beneath the new Barbican highwalk just behind Salters Hall, but the new Barbie Green bar/restaurant/coffee shop is … continue reading

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“The Magic of Opera”

GS Wines are pleased to announce that their concert 'The Magic of Opera 2020' has been rescheduled to take place at St Mary's Church Putney on Wednesday 16th December at 5:30 pm. Unique operatic … continue reading


Casa do Frango: Memories of the Algarve

Around 30 years ago (how time flies) I have fond memories of a very pleasant summer holiday based at Carvoeiro on Portugal’s Algarve, but I only have retained two food memories thereof – magnificent, … continue reading

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Residents re-open the West End!

Barbican Residents Julie Clare and Alex Pearson are producing a show called Private Peaceful based on the book by Michael Morpurgo. It will be the first play to open in the West End since lockdown.  … continue reading

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Paternoster Chophouse relocation

D&D London, which owns and operates restaurants in London, Leeds, Manchester, Paris and New York and the 80 bedroom South Place Hotel close to the Barbican, which is the location of the Michelin … continue reading

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Counting our blessings

At least once a day, I find myself feeling very grateful to be living in our Barbican community.  It could be when I’m collecting a parcel from the car park attendant (who is always there for … continue reading

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