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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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RECENT ARTICLES

Liveries unmasked

Helen Hudson unravels the mysteries of the City’s Livery Companies and Guilds and the origins and history behind the formation of these venerable City institutions.   The impressive … continue reading

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New Era for the Charterhouse

Barbican residents should perhaps be well aware of the nearby historical and architectural gem which is the Charterhouse. It is now entering a new era with the appointment of its first female ‘Master’ … continue reading

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FLATWATCH

Christmas Issue Barbican Flatwatch – Different Strokes

It’s amazing how the same piece of research can generate what appear to be totally different stories in the media.  It makes one wonder if all the accusations of ‘fake news’ which have been appearing … continue reading

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BARBICAN RESTAURANT REVIEWS

All-Day Eating at LINO

On the newly redeveloped Bartholomew Close, by Barts Hospital and at the end of the road round the bend after the Neaman Practice, you will find LINO, a new all-day every day restaurant in the Barts … continue reading

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LATEST RESIDENT NEWS

Barbican Music Library hosts exhibition by Making Music 16 Jan – 23 March

Celebrating leisure-time music in the UK, this exhibition features quotes, posters and film from Making Music member groups and a specially commissioned series of portraits of leisure-time … continue reading

LONDON RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Helix/Iris – Searcy’s Gherkin flagship with great views

Our principal Barbican Centre restaurant (now Osteria) used to be, arguably, the original signature venue in Searcy’s portfolio of restaurants.  Their new Helix on level 39 of the Gherkin, coupled … continue reading

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LATEST RESIDENT NEWS

New glass globe welcomes you to the Charterhouse

As you may know, as a local, The Charterhouse opened its garden square and a new museum early in 2017. A reminder of the fascinating history of the place... set in the heart of Clerkenwell, the … continue reading

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RESTAURANT NEWS

New Duck Pop-Up in Spitalfields

Monsieur Le Duck is a new pop-up restaurant that brings the food and wine of South-West France to the heart of London. Inspired by the douceur de vivre of Gascony, it offers a simple but alluring … continue reading

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BARBICANIA

The Time is Nigh

Just over a year ago in a Barbicania article entitled Mortality and Succession (those with internet access can read this by entering the following link into their web browser - https://wp.me/p4Ev7N-Ww … continue reading

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