New Hoxton Venue opens 20th June

This June, Hoxton Square will welcome a brand new addition with the arrival of Gigi’s Hoxton, a new all-day restaurant, bar and late night music venue. Taking over the former site of Zigfrid von Underbelly, Gigi’s Hoxton will be a venue like no other in London, with a unique fusion of cutting edge design, contemporary food and kick-ass cocktails with the hottest DJ sets and live music, cementing its new place in Hoxton’s famously evolving going out scene. Gigi’s Hoxton is the brainchild of Giovanna Hussain, the powerhouse behind some of East London’s most popular venues. An inimitable force … [Read more...]

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 Barbican tower, and speaking with the authority of a Barbican tour guide…  “is where my Aunt’s visiting cat prowled its way along the balcony edge ….” This is evidently going to be a Barbican architecture tour with a difference. “Over there is the lift door where my mum’s veil nearly snagged on her wedding day, there’s the car park where Dad fitted the car seat for me when I came home from hospital … [Read more...]

325 years, 325 objects Bank of England Museum

22 July 2019 - 15 May 2020 325TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND 325 OBJECTS, MANY PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN, TELL THE STORIES OF THE BANK Story-filled exhibition covers art, design, architecture, politics, wartime, technology, fraud and forgery Objects drawn from the collections beneath Threadneedle Street include banknote designs, the earliest notes, Roman relics, 19th century forgeries, staff dexterity tests and a Cold War radiation calculator Exhibition features newly-commissioned floral banknote sculpture by artist Justine Smith At the end of July, the Bank of England will … [Read more...]

‘it’s a bit like a jamboree in your mouth’

This place is up there with my favourites. Head up Bunhill Row past Bunhill Fields and you’ll find Flamboree on Old St on the site of the original Bovril factory. Exterior Seating 75, the interior is vibrant industrial fun. Interior Flamboree focuses on tarte flambée, a speciality of the region of Alsace in eastern France and south west Germany - where it is called flammekueche (translates as ‘flame pastry’).  It originates from the process of baking bread when a thin slice of pastry would be used to test the heat of the ovens. Bringing us this deliciously different menu is … [Read more...]

Fundraising for Fortune St Park Community Fun Day

Fundraiser Fortune St. Park Community Fun Day In its 17th year organised by 4 local residents from City and Islington sides. About 500 visitors on the day, many from the Barbican and surrounding areas. Sat 6th July 12-5 pm What Friends of Fortune St Park will deliver for Saturday 6th July: • Put on a large variety of fun and creative activities and petting farm on the day • Promote other organisations and local groups • Feel included & welcomed as part of a bigger community • Live Jazz Music and Sing-alongs • Food and refreshments • Gain an understanding or nature and … [Read more...]

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 four level flat proved too much. We moved from there to Lauderdale Tower and after some time, and largely by accident, we noticed that for the same rent (the apartments were still rented at this time) there was a very large flat duplex flat at the end of Ben Jonson House.  It had larger bedrooms than our tower block flat which suited us better at the time so we decided to go with that one.  It … [Read more...]


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 a Goldilocks summer; not too hot to scorch the lawns again, but just the right amount of heat to make autumn something that we start looking forward to. We began prepping this special 50th birthday celebration issue at the end of last year so that we allowed enough time to interview our longer-term Residents.  Thanks to my trusty recorder (which we purchased in order to quantify tube rumble for … [Read more...]

Foxlow closing end of June

After a fantastic 6 years Foxlow are closing down. With Foxlow closed they will be able to focus exclusively on Hawksmoor, which continues to thrive in the UK and on their opening in New York this Autumn. Hopefully Hawksmoor’s success and integrity will mean that many of the people who worked in Foxlow will move to Hawksmoor to continue to build their careers. If you would like to hear about things happening at Hawksmoor, about their offers and events, then you can do so by signing up to their newsletter here. "To everyone that supported Foxlow and have made the last 6 years so … [Read more...]

Concerts in the gardens next week

Next week, the London Wall Place Partnership are hosting their second music festival celebrating the great musicians based in the City of London.  Taking place from 10th-13th June, the four-day series of concerts includes world class performances by the London Symphony Orchestra and musicians from Guildhall School of Music & Drama set amongst beautiful, lush gardens in the middle of the Square Mile. Guests are invited to bring picnic hampers and blankets and find a space on the lawn while enjoying outstanding acts by the London Symphony Orchestra’s virtuoso Wind Ensemble (music by … [Read more...]

Around the corner to Gascony

Monsieur le Duck has arrived in Clerkenwell fresh from success in their temporary home in Spitalfields.  On the left hand side of Clerkenwell Road heading west, just a little past the high walls of the back of the Charterhouse, the orange awning shouts out a warm welcome - serving fresh breakfast pastries from 8.30, brunch from 10, smaller plates from the bar and the full menu from 12 noon. With trademark duck and other ingredients coming all the way from farms in Gascony in the south-west of France, Monsieur le Duck gives us authentic quality.  There are also options for vegetarians and a … [Read more...]