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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

Our own Half Cup has arrived

This is the second Half Cup in London.  The first, in Kings Cross, opened in 2014 and is very popular. I’ve popped in a couple of time when I’ve been waiting for a train because it is only a very … continue reading

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LATEST RESIDENT NEWS

Fantastic Feats of Cinema

19 - 24 August Doors at 6pm, film starts at 8.45pm Cost: £15 (including a deckchair) - book online Location: Guildhall Yard Stretching the limits of architecture, engineering, science and … continue reading

LONDON RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Have your cake and eat it

Aprés Food Co have been on the right hand side about half of the way up St John St for a couple of years now and I’m ashamed to say that we never even noticed them.  The place looks like a coffee … continue reading

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LATEST RESIDENT NEWS

Fastastic Feats Circus 7th Sept

The City has commissioned a big street-based spectacular from French collective Générik Vapeur and flying trapeze specialists Gorilla Circus. It’s all about pollution, ocean plastics and humankind’s … continue reading

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden opens in Farringdon

Now open from Wednesday to Saturday, including the Sunday of the bank holiday weekend. Wed – Fri – 5pm – 11pm Saturday 12pm-11pm Bank Holiday Sunday 25th August - 12pm -11pm Fentimans Secret … 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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