New Open Gardens evenings at the Charterhouse

The Charterhouse, the seven-acre historic site nestling between Barbican and Farringdon, is delighted to announce, due to overwhelming demand, a new series of Open Gardens evenings from May 2019.  On one evening a month from May to September, you will be able to wonder at your leisure through their beautiful series of private gardens, and enjoy an informal BBQ and bar hosted by the Head Chef of the Charterhouse. Advance booking is recommended as numbers are limited. Dates for the Open Gardens are 24th May, 5th June (coinciding with the National Garden Scheme), 12th July, 15th August, and … [Read more...]

Residents’ offer on Barbican Gin!

special edition Barbican London Dry Gin Barbican collaborates with East London Liquor Company to launch a special edition Barbican London Dry Gin Online Offer - £5.00 off Barbican x ELLC Gin for residents when shopping online (collection from store only).  Normal Retail Price £35.00. Discount code – BARBICANGIN30 Dates – 1st April to 31st May 2019 T&C’s – eligible on online orders, collection in store only.  This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount and only applies to purchases of Barbican Gin made online. Use this link to make your … [Read more...]

Savage Garden @ Fenchurch St

The Savage Garden Rooftop bar is the ideal post-work get together venue for friends and work colleagues. With really stunning views (Shard and Tower Bridge etc.), this venue is one of London's newest rooftop bars.   It also has a very impressive private terrace with a useful retractable roof (if you have a function coming up). The menu is ideal for all-day dining and is sized for any appetite.  If you're on the budget tour, then you have plenty of smaller plates to choose from, too. Their quirky and appetizing snacks on the intro night included a 'fill yourself' miniature doughnut … [Read more...]

Instagram Heaven

If you enjoyed the front cover image of Shakespeare Tower in our March issue of Barbican Life, then I'd just like to remind you that it was shot on a cellphone as part of the O2 Sessions photography masterclass (online and free) which teaches aspiring photographers the ins and outs of smartphone photography. I met up with Neil Andrews who, inspired by our Barbican Estate, tutored the session which focused on Angles & Perspective. Neil is one of the new and fascinating professional Instagrammers we all hear about these days and we're lucky because his love of the Barbican Estate means we … [Read more...]

Le Cellar Wine Club

Tuesday 26th March is the next Wine club meeting at Le Cellar, 130 St John Street, London EC1V 4JS This time is all about WHITE GRAPES. Try some wine, talk & learn about wine, try more wine. Educational and sociable. 6.30pm or 8.15pm start £35 Limited availability, booking required. Email: Tel: 0207 689 9115 … [Read more...]

Real Nappy Cashback Scheme

Eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day - that's an incredible three billion each year! The Recycling Team is pleased to offer parents who live within the City of London the chance to receive up to £54.15 cash-back towards the cost of purchasing real nappies or using a real nappy laundry service. Why choose real nappies over disposables? Save money…The average baby gets through 5,000 disposable nappies from birth until being potty trained, which costs parents between £700 and £1,000! Research shows parents could save anywhere from £150 to well over £1000 by using real … [Read more...]

Life at Ground Level – A Village School in India

Talk in the Barbican Library on April 10th at 12.30. Susan and her husband Martin travel to India every year, focusing on a small school they support in an impoverished area of Tamil Nadu, South India.  The Library Talk is about the school and the village that has grown up around it. The project's aim is to give very poor children some literacy and numeracy skills to help them to a good start in life.   Over time these aims have developed to include the health and economy of the village as well. So much is heard of India's growing wealth, but this is  the story of the … [Read more...]

Waves of the Modern Age at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Waves of the Modern Age Waves of the Modern Age: an RGB Universe at HSBK by Carnovsky Free entry // Launch Night Tuesday 5th March Running until end of June 2019 Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen will be transformed into an Instagrammers dream from 5th March, with the installation of an RGB Universe exhibition. The iconic live music venue will be covered in the artist Carnovsky’s dramatic printed wallpaper which explores the interaction between colour and light. The RGB Universe will encompass the natural elements of the universe with scenes depicting jungles, seas, animals, flowers … [Read more...]

Charterhouse Garden Tour dates

Charterhouse Garden Tours Revealing the hidden Charterhouse gardens The Charterhouse announces Garden Tour dates for 2019 The Charterhouse, the unique historic site and almshouse in Clerkenwell, will be opening up its gardens to visitors throughout Spring, Summer and Autumn in 2019.  The gardens, which are for the benefit and wellbeing of almshouse residents, have been designed, planted and tended by former Head Gardener Claire Davies for the past nine years. Now they are under the care of new Head Gardener Kate Robinson who previously worked at the Geffrye Museum. The tours will … [Read more...]

Innovative all-day-dining bar and canteen

Out of the Barbican from the North West Blake Tower exit, up Goswell Road past our precious City Hardware, turn right into Old Street and just over the road on the North side is the new Fare Bar/Restaurant which opened in November last year.  This is the latest creation from Michael Sager and Marcis Dzelzainis, who created the popular Bethnal Green Sager + Wilde, specialising in lesser known wines, and also revamped the Bassoon Bar at the Corinthia. The massive conservatory windows try and convince you that this is a small bar, but it also has a decent sized downstairs restaurant and … [Read more...]