INSIGHT Exhibition Review

Janet Wells’ quarterly review of the Arts, Gallery and Museum scene. Barbican Library Exhibitions Tamara Tolley: At Home in the Barbican – October Starts Wednesday 2nd October with a private view at 6 – 8.30pm accompanied by two lunchtime lectures Tamara Tolley is a resident artist working from the balcony of her flat on the corner of Frobisher Crescent above the Barbican Centre.  Employing a range of mixed media, Tamara’s vibrant, fresh and intuitive landscapes of the Barbican reflect her deep love for the Estate, as well as her intimate knowledge of its majesty and an … [Read more...]

100 Years of Bauhaus

We celebrate the 50th Birthday of the first Residents moving into our Estate this year - but this year Barnebys (the global auction house portal) highlights that it is also the centennial of the Bauhaus movement, an influential school that ushered in a modern and integrated approach to art, architecture and design. Upon its founding in 1919, the Bauhaus movement revolutionised international modern art and design in the 20th century, from architectural achievements and furniture innovations to developments in fine art and craft textiles. Bauhaus defined a modern style that merged tenets of … [Read more...]

Not just summer’s lease with too short a date!

The last issue of the magazine celebrated the Barbican at 50. The excellent opening article gave me pause to reminisce on the many happy years we spent in Willoughby and Speed. As I frequently visit the Barbican, happily wandering down memory lane on the highwalks, I don’t actually feel as though I’ve left. In fact the entrance buzzer in Speed still bears our name! Among the highlights of our time in the Barbican was my wife, Nina’s birthday party held on Speed Lawn with some 80 or so friends, family members and neighbours in attendance. Kebabs were delivered by the Mangal in Dalston, the … [Read more...]

Where Light Falls at St Paul’s

Inspired by original poetry, cutting edge projections will illuminate this iconic landmark in honour of the men and women who risked their lives to save the Cathedral during WW2. Putting themselves in the path of bombs, the daring members of St Paul's Watch ensured the survival of a masterpiece that became a symbol of resilience. Historic England, working with the Poetry Society and leading creatives Double Take Projections, invite you to uncover the hidden histories of our wartime heroes. Where Light Falls, in partnership with St Paul's Cathedral and its companion piece at Coventry Cathedral … [Read more...]

Save the date – Christmas Fair – Charterhouse – Nov 19

Bigger, better, bolder – this year’s Christmas Fair at the Charterhouse Save the date for this year’s splendid Christmas Fair at the Charterhouse, Tuesday 12th November – with over 50 stands of distinctive, high quality and crafted gift ideas you can get your Christmas shopping for friends and family all wrapped up in one day!  Councillor Rakhia Ismail, Mayor of Islington, will be doing the honours to formally open the Fair. Open from 11.00pm to 8.00pm  the Fair will offer a cornucopia of wonderful gift ideas from ceramics to toys, to artisan foods, books and fashion accessories, in the … [Read more...]

The Snow Queen (Resident discount!)

We've just had a heads up about The Snow Queen at Park Theatre this Christmas. It’s going to be a beautiful piece of magical story-telling. We've secured a discount code for Barbican residents of £18.50 tickets in bands B&C if booked by 1st November (this excludes Friday and Saturday performances) and bear in mind there are already £18.50 tickets for the two preview performances on 4 and 5 December just FYI. When booking just put in the code BARBICAN. Winter Snow Ltd and J Clare Productions in association with Park Theatre present THE SNOW QUEEN 4 December 2019 – 4 January 2020 | … [Read more...]

Support Just Around the Corner

Fiona Savory and Janet Wells introduce us to St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney and the generous legacy of Gilbert House Resident, the late C Douglas Woodward Main entrance to St Joseph's Hospice, Mare Street St Joseph’s Hospice, located in Mare Street, Hackney, may be familiar to some Barbican residents either through visiting relatives and friends who have received support from the multi-faith hospice, or benefitting themselves from the services and support offered.  Others may not be aware of the work and activities of our local hospice.   It supports people in east and north east London, … [Read more...]

Wine and food pairing tips

After a successful English Wine Week earlier this year, Gert Pienaar - Audley Group Head Chef - has tips for us on how to pair wine and food. With thousands of wine regions across the world and hundreds of types of grapes, getting to grips with wine pairing can seem like a daunting task. And while there is no denying that a beautifully paired wine can really bring out the flavour in a dish, the truth is that no meal is ever ruined by a wine that isn’t quite right. However, if you are looking to start matching your wine choices with food, Gert Pienaar, Audley Group Head Chef, shares his … [Read more...]

Thames Clippers hosts Café Conversations

Free but book now - to meet and talk to new people, welcome aboard Thames Clippers London’s River Bus hosts Café Conversations Time to chat, meet new people and boost your happiness this World Mental Health Day! Thames Clippers invites Londoners to Café Conversations on the Thames; sail along the river and enjoy lively and interesting conversations about a variety of topics and ideas with friendly people. ''Sometimes being in a big city, you're even more isolated. You're surrounded by people, but you don't know who to talk to. Café Conversations is a platform to bridge this, making … [Read more...]

Bottomless Brunch at LINO

Our LINO is opening on Saturdays again from the 28th of September.  There is a big launch night from 5pm onwards this weekend and from next week, they are opening from midday. They are taking things bottomless.  What better way to spend a Saturday? Experience live music and chilled vibes along with flowing drinks plus a tasty food menu to top things off. After things kick off this weekend, the brunch is available to book between 11am - 3pm every Saturday (last booking 2.30pm).   The unlimited drinks include prosecco, Freedom draught lager or their LINO brunch cocktail and will be available … [Read more...]