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 invention, grab a deckchair and enjoy sci-fi and romcom classics as well as blockbusters old and new. Follow mankind into space, the past and the future, and return to dinosaur-inhabited Isla Nublar. Find out if architect Tom Hansen and robots WALL-E and EVE find love and if maths can save a young man’s future. Food and drink will be available. Films in the Yard Day Film Monday … [Read more...]

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 shop, and even has a name like a coffee shop, so that’s my excuse.  But what a travesty!  My ignorance has denied you the shiniest little gem!  Before now, they have been a breakfast and lunch venue, but now they are open for dinners, too. In a nutshell, Aprés Food Co is all about eating nutritionally well in order to improve your life.  I know it sounds like a motivational teleshopping ‘time to … [Read more...]

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 impact on the planet so it has a strong environmental message to convey, as well as being a fun-packed family show that’s sure to amaze and delight (plus it’s free). Thank You For Having Us 7 September, 8pm King street/Cheapside Junction EC2V 6DT Take a night-time walk exploring a plastic-filled artificial island. Formed by the currents of the North Pacific Ocean, this is the 8th continent, … [Read more...]

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 Spritz Garden, St John Priory Church, St John’s Square, Farringdon, London, EC1V 4RQ www.secretspritzgarden.com Let's support them! Fentimans is a family owned business started in 1905 by Thomas Fentiman; it is presently run by Eldon Robson, Thomas Fentiman’s great, great grandson. Fentimans is the only brewer in the UK to use the timehonoured process of botanical brewing to produce natural … [Read more...]

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 short walk from the station but a million miles away from the concourse congestion. Our new Half Cup is in the new Bartholomew Square development (down to the Doctors’ and keep on walking past the bend), triangulated by LINO and Stem+Glory.  The area is becoming a pleasant eating-out destination, virtually devoid of traffic. Outside My only lament is that we couldn’t sit outside.  The … [Read more...]

Save the dates for the Charterhouse

August Open Gardens 15th August 2019 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm The opportunities to visit our lovely gardens are rare, as they have been created especially as a peaceful haven for the residents who live in the almshouse here.  We are therefore delighted to announce that, due to very popular demand, we are opening them for a monthly series of Open Garden evenings.  Join us for a relaxed evening when you will be free to walk amongst the gardens on these non-guided events, with the opportunity to enjoy an informal BBQ and bar.  Discover this beautifully planted oasis  on our stunning seven acre … [Read more...]

Illuminated River Foundation Community Fund

Illuminated River Foundation has announced a Community Fund to support local groups in delivering publicly accessible activities that engage with the first phase of Illuminated River (London, Cannon St, Southwark and Millennium Bridges) and encourage more people to enjoy the Thames, its bridges and riverside surroundings at night. The announcement follows the July 17th illumination of four Thames bridges - London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium – which were transformed with the launch of the first phase of the Illuminated River project. The 10-year artwork, by internationally … [Read more...]

HIX Oyster Celebration

Mark Hix invites you to join him and the team of HIX Oyster & Chop House to celebrate native season and the humble British oyster. To mark the occasion, we will be hosting a daytime celebration on Saturday 14th September serving British rock and native oysters for £1 paired to seasonal drinks. For the third year, Mark has teamed up with fellow oyster lovers and experts Robin Hancock (Wright Brothers) Pete Miles (Dorset Oysters) Nigel Bloxham (Crab House Cafe and Billy Winters) and Tom Haward (Richard Haward’s West Mersea Oysters) who will be serving their oysters whilst chatting to … [Read more...]

Cocktails & snacks at LINO

We went back for some quick cocktails and snacks to LINO last night and I was pleased to see that the (still relatively new) venue is maintaining its success.  The huge central bar in the capacious old linoleum warehouse was surrounded by happy hour customers, but the place is so big that there was still plenty of space to find a table – I have to says that I do love their heavy marble table-tops and sofa seating! I say ‘happy hour’ but their current special is actually ‘Sauer Hour’ - every night between 4pm - 7pm, you can get a portion of irresistible sauerkraut croquettes (tried and … [Read more...]

Short Eats (ingredients to your door)

Family. Fun. Food. That’s me. And that’s what Short Eats is all about. Firstly, “Hello” my fellow Barbicanians. It is beyond a pleasure to be here- here in this fantastic concrete jungle and literally here in this article; being a part of your day; a part of a morning read, a coffee browse or post dinner scroll. Thank you for lending me your ears and indeed, your time. So what is this all about? Short Eats (the concept) originates from South India and refers to all of those delicious bites that one would nibble on pre or post main meal. In my household growing up, my mother was an … [Read more...]