Victorian Santa’s grotto at the Museum of London – book up quickly!

Santa is ready to greet you in our festive Grotto. It’s time to get into the Christmas Spirit! Experience our Victorian Walk, transformed with festive decorations and the sound of Victorian carols being sung in the distance. Find Santa in his Secret Grotto, tell him your Christmas wishes and receive a special gift. From £10 per child when booked in advance (includes gift). Photographs available at an additional cost. Duration: 15 mins Min age: 1 - 7 Entry type: Paid advanced booking … [Read more...]

Intimate Dining Par Excellence – Little Quiet

Intimate Dining Par Excellence – Little Quiet You have to try this place, even if you only go once.  Little Quiet is the first permanent restaurant from the team behind The Disappearing Dining Club whose mission is to bring people together to enjoy great food and drink in private and unusual spaces.  They have been fashionably ‘popping  up’ temporary restaurants, and running supper clubs and dinner parties since 2010 in venues as varied as lighthouses to laundrettes.  Locally, they have previously temporarily hosted at Old Street, Bethnal Green, Brick Lane and Bermondsey but here in … [Read more...]

Good and Generous Dishes at the South Place Chop House

Good and Generous Dishes at the South Place Chop House The South Place Chop House can easily missed.  It comfortably covers half the ground floor area of the South Place Hotel nestled between the HSBC bank and Marks & Spencer and the Red Lion pub as you walk from  Moorgate to Liverpool Street.  Personally, I’ve had one or two G+Ts at the rooftop Angler Terrace in the summer sun and we’ve also reviewed the outstanding Michelin starred Angler mainly seafood restaurant at rooftop level, but this is our first review of a dinner at the Chop House.  The restaurant is thus only a short … [Read more...]

Knoll Sample Sale – 18 November 2017

Saturday 18th November from 10am to 4pm at The Knoll Store, 91 Goswell Road … [Read more...]

Designer Jewellers Group Winter Shows

The Designer Jewellers Group was founded in 1975.  Many Barbican residents will know that our annual Winter Show has been a prominent feature in the Arts Centre Foyer for some 32 years - and many of you have purchased from us.  In more recent years an annual summer show was added to the existing schedule. With the redesigning of the Arts Centre Foyer this long-standing tradition has come to an end.  This winter our work will be displayed at two places. The first show is at The Goldsmiths' Centre, 42 Britton Street London EC1M 5AD, November 24-25.  The venue is located about a 10 minute … [Read more...]

The Refinery Citypoint

The Refinery Citypoint is on our doorstep over the road from Willoughby House and is an all-day dining bar & restaurant which makes it flexible enough for those looking for breakfast through to an evening meal – or drink. The main entrance is in the atrium between Moor Lane and the City Point branch of Pret and the Rack and Tenter pub.  It is a long open plan room with the bar at the Moorgate end and the restaurant and lounge section at the Willoughby end.  Only the two ends of the room have much natural lighting from outside but the warm, stylish but still informal lighting inside … [Read more...]

Affordable Art Fair 19-22 Oct Battersea Park

For more details, to book tickets and browse art: … [Read more...]

The Full English Ruby Murray

The Full English Ruby Murray Will Bowlby of Soho’s modern Indian restaurant ‘Kricket’ will join Mark Hix for a one-off dinner at HIX Oyster and Chop House on Monday 16th October. Sharing a love for Indian food and a passion for spice, we will be celebrating the humble ‘Ruby Murray’ at our Smithfield restaurant with a 4-course meal and drinks to match during National Curry Week. With plenty of time to chat to Mark and Will, they will share stories of their experience with Indian food revealing how British ingredients work in Indian cookery. Expect to feast on Will’s classic Samphire … [Read more...]

Piano Works in Farringdon – one for the bucket list

The Piano Works is on Farringdon Road a short walk up from the tube station and on the left hand side in a listed Victorian basement.  It is perhaps as much a night club as a conventional restaurant but is definitely a fun venue and around a 15 minute walk from the Barbican. Before starting to read this review and just in case you don't get to the end, I urge you to visit at least once.  The place is enjoyably different in that the music takes centre stage.  As you go downstairs from the entrance, you enter into an abyss of a basement with lots of types of seating and zones to get … [Read more...]

Londinium: Three-month events programme to celebrate the Roman history of London (July-October)

To celebrate the unique Roman heritage at the heart of the capital, the City of London Corporation is staging a three-month season of exhibitions, walks, talks, theatre, film and special events, taking place from 28 July - 29 October 2017. Londinium will reveal the hidden history of Roman London, explore the great settlement’s contemporary legacy, and bring the Roman spirit to life for a 21st century audience. The season is headlined by three spectacular live events. The Gladiator Games (25 - 28 August), taking place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, will see battle commence once again … [Read more...]