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Fire Brigade exercise in Cromwell Tower

Jane Smith, Chair of the Barbican Association,  reports on the recent Fire Brigade high rise training exercise conducted in Cromwell Tower  I once said one of the highlights of being chair of the … continue reading


The Elizabeth Line Reaches The Barbican – and its likely benefits

Barbican resident Peter Savage updates us on the construction of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail), which runs under the estate, and offers Barbican reidents direct access to the new rail link with … continue reading

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Barbican Property Prices: Doldrums or Decline?- Flatwatch Summer 2018

We are seeing increasing evidence that property prices in London have been turning downwards - perhaps falling as much as 10% in the City of London according to some estimates. However even such a … continue reading

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Bib Gourmand Restaurant on Charterhouse Street

Comptoir Gascon, north side of Smithfield, is a long-time Barbican gourmet bistro neighbour (opened in 2001). It is also one of Michelin starred Pascal Aussignac’s Gascony eateries and has held a … continue reading

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Free Art History Course

The Artist and the Garden – a FREE course to help people learn about art history Explore your passion for art and gardening during five-week course at the Paul Mellon Centre   For … continue reading


New Bottles in Old Spitalfields

Bottles launched in early July 2018 in the remarkable Old Spitalfields Market as a new Italian wine bar.  This is a partnership between the co-founders of Bottles & Battles in Mercato … continue reading

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Vegan Nights at Old Truman Brewery

THE OLD TRUMAN BREWERY PRESENTS: V FOR, A BRAND NEW VEGAN LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL THIS AUGUST starting with the launch event, Vegan Nights, on Thurs 2nd Aug. The Old Truman Brewery 91 Brick … continue reading

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Business as usual at Gaucho

The recent news that the Gaucho Group has entered administration has caused some confusion, but the management team has confirmed it is ‘very much business as usual’ at each of its 16 restaurants … continue reading

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Well Connected

Well Connected: One very specific attribute of living on the Barbican Estate is that it has to be already one of the best connected residential complexes in the country with respect to transport … continue reading

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