Charterhouse Physiotherapy Update

OPEN for consultations and remote treatments.  Telephone consultations and/or physio / pilates via video conferencing.   … [Read more...]

Agony Aunts through the ages

The Barbican area has had Agony Aunts through the ages (all called Ann oddly enough).  Our own Ann Drewes has been going through the archives. 1625 - Dear Auntie Ann I  do regularly worshippe at St Gyles, Crypple Gate. In fact I was wed there. However there is a new Rector and I have noticed that there are now more icons and statues than before and there is talk of decorations at Christmastide. I have a strong desire to rid the church of these turbulent chattels. Indeed my mood is not helped by that Royalist, the King, with his preference for proroguing Parliament, and Catholicism is … [Read more...]

Investments and Pensions

My regular readers will be aware enough of the emphasis I place on estate planning. The reason for this is straightforward enough: having spent a lifetime building up family wealth, you are loath to see nearly half of it go into the government’s coffers to be spent on not always deserving causes. Given the choice you’d be rather more comforted by the thought that your children and grandchildren will benefit from the careful husbandry of your wealth. Financial planning also involves other basic motivations however. If for example you have a capital sum to your name it is only natural you … [Read more...]

Start Your Engines

Welcome to our first issue of the year and a chance to sweep away the cobwebs, have a jolly good spring clean and try something new.  We’ve tried to trim down this issue a little, but our ever-growing Barbican Association Discount Scheme members were a little cramped up squeezed into only two pages.  We’ve given them all some breathing space with an extra page so you can read about all the marvellous shops and services offering you discounts at your leisure (and without you having to squint once)!  Please remember to take your Barbican Association Membership Card with you so you have it to … [Read more...]

Change at Barbican Dental

Dr. Shahin Boghani has recently taken over the Barbican Dental Practice at No.1 Wallside from Dr. Michael Fisher who has owned and managed the Practice for many years.  Dr Fisher will continue working there also and to enhance his excellent care, the Practice has added an array of additional services, including dental implants and specialist gum disease treatments. Dr Boghani is a periodontist and gum disease specialist. Barbican Dental has updated its website, which is designed to be more user friendly, and allows for appointments to be booked online. Based within the Barbican Estate … [Read more...]

The Lost Words: Spell Songs

Book now for Saturday 18th April 2020 2019 saw The Lost Words: Spell Songs, a musical companion piece to The Lost Words: A Spell Book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris enjoy standing ovations at sell-out performances in major venues across the UK, including The Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank. Spell Songs was a highlight of The Hay International Literary Festival in May, and in August they were invited to perform at the BBC’s Lost Words Prom in the Royal Albert Hall. “… one of the most sublime evenings you will ever enjoy. The magic of these superstars onstage - the art, … [Read more...]

Syd’s coffee stall

The Museum of London has acquired Syd’s coffee stall as part of its London Collection when the store closed for business for the last time on 20 December, after over 100 years of service. A bastion for the East End, the stall has sat on Calvert Avenue, just off Shoreditch High Street, since 1919 and has passed down through three generations from Syd Tothill to the current owner, Jane Tothill, Syd’s granddaughter, who has been running it for over thirty years serving fresh filled rolls, coffee, and loose leaf tea. When it closed for business, Jane donated the coffee stall to the Museum of … [Read more...]

The Ivy City Garden

With this review, we had the opportunity to enjoy one of those experiences we all cherish as new City dwellers: the discovery of a backwater route and haven tucked away off Old Broad Street which we never knew existed.  Of course, I’d passed the church before, but I never realised that the St Botolph without Bishopsgate gardens also host tennis and netball courts (if you are interested, you can book with the church). The Ivy extended its branches this way into East London a few years ago and is part of The Ivy Collection of 36 (and counting) restaurants and cafes which are firmly planted in … [Read more...]

Book Now for ‘Awaking the Sleeping Giant’

Tuesday 31 March 2020 Bookings are now open for Friends of Barts Heritage's first event of the New Year, open to everyone, when Will Palin, the newly appointed chief executive of Barts Heritage, has gathered together key members of the elite team charged with the repair and conservation of the North Wing complex. The evening will include a welcome drink before expert speakers share the challenges, complexities and opportunities presented by this unique conservation project, and there will be the opportunity for networking afterwards. The price has been kept deliberately low, at just … [Read more...]

Open Mic Night

True Tales Open Mic Night They say everyone has a story to tell. Do you? Thursday 6th February 6.30-7.30pm Free! Share your 3-5 minute true story. Stories might be about memories we keep to ourselves, deeds we've done, or anything in between. Have a story to share? email barbicanlib@cityoflondon.gov.uk or sign up in the library for your under 5-minute (2-4 pages A4) open-mic slot! Don’t want to tell your story yourself?  Their host can read your story for you, but please e-mail your story in advance. If you are not ready to tell your story yet —don’t worry just come and listen … [Read more...]