Unsettled markets and planning for the future

With the general election just having been called for the 12th December by Parliament as I write, you may by the time you are reading this be fully up to date on what on earth is going on. This of course depends on the precise date on which the magazine lands on your doormat and on when you are around to be able to stoop down and pick it up! However it’s not certain that even with the election results in you or I are any the wiser. A hung parliament doesn’t bear thinking about! One of the arguments I occasionally hear regarding the timing of a planning review is that it’s best to wait for … [Read more...]

Dormant but Defiant?

There now seems to be little doubt that the uncertainties over Brexit, and the latest delay in it coming about or not, have been creating ongoing uncertainty that is dampening the overall London property market, but perhaps not quite so evidently so in the Barbican.  Some areas are being affected more than others and anecdotal evidence suggests that properties in the City of London may be among the worst affected, although this is not so apparent here according to our local Estate Agents. The further delay to Crossrail’s opening, which is now likely to occur in 2021 at the earliest, will … [Read more...]

Theatre Previews Winter 2020

Hello! Can you believe that we are approaching the festive season already? It’s good to know that the Barbican Centre’s entertainment schedule has something for everyone to enjoy in the weeks ahead. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s season continues at the Barbican Theatre. “As You Like It”, “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Measure for Measure” are running in repertory, playing until January 18. In “As You Like It”, Kimberley Sykes blends physical comedy, music and storytelling in an imaginative take on Shakespeare's romantic comedy. Rosalind is banished to a world of exile, but not before … [Read more...]

Tech Talk

Our own local IT guru, Ian Posner, gives us advice on home technology These days people have various tech products and services from different vendors in their homes: You may have an Apple iPhone, a Windows laptop and an Amazon Alexa smart speaker device. Perhaps your email is hosted by Google’s GMail or Microsoft’s Outlook.com? Getting all these devices to work together can be challenging, when the contact information held on your phone doesn’t align with your email address book and your photos are stored on a cloud different to that of your email provider. So what can you do to ease … [Read more...]

2020 Vision

Our last magazine each year is always in December.  This issue is dropping into your mailbox slightly earlier than usual, however, so that we can remind you about the Designer Jewellers Group Exhibition which begins on Tuesday December 10th at midday.  The exhibition is being hosted very close by at Salters’ Hall (which is the large white building nestled in St Alphage Gardens facing Andrewes House).  The original home for the show (which started in 1984) was the Barbican Centre  and it ran here for several years.  For me, it triggered joy; I was working too hard to notice flyers of its … [Read more...]

Letter from St Giles

We are getting ready to welcome Suffolk. I am quite an expert on the county having experienced the bus replacement service along what appeared to be the entire length of A140 one wet weekend in the summer. Suffolk is like Norfolk but with hills and, thank goodness, speeds up as you approach Ipswich. I know some of you live there: you introduce yourselves by place whereas us conventional types opt for giving of our name. Thus I am greeted with, ‘We live in Suffolk’ indicating that although you seem to be bodily present in the Barbican several nights a week, and are shaking my hand right now, … [Read more...]

Barbican writers

The artistic community abounds in the Barbican, among which are a number of residents who are writers of novels, nonfiction publications or for the media.  Joanna Lyall from Bunyan Court introduces us to three of several resident book writers all of whom have fascinating histories and are still writing and publishing their works today. Peter Fraenkel, who celebrates his 93rd birthday this month (December 7th) vividly remembers the aftermath of Kristallnacht in his home town of Breslau, Germany, (now Wroclaw, Poland) in November 1938.  He saw the synagogue burning and a protester being … [Read more...]

2020 Vision

Our last magazine each year is always in December.  This issue is dropping into your mailbox slightly earlier than usual, however, so that we can remind you about the Designer Jewellers Group Exhibition which begins on Tuesday December 10th at midday.  The exhibition is being hosted very close by at Salters’ Hall (which is the large white building nestled in St Alphage Gardens facing Andrewes House).  The original home for the show (which started in 1984) was the Barbican Centre  and it ran here for several years.  For me, it triggered joy; I was working too hard to notice flyers of its … [Read more...]

YUM @ Cowcross Yards

London’s First Ever Christmas ‘Puds and Trees Market’ London’s first ever Puds and Trees market launches in December at Cowcross Yards forming the second ‘YUM @ Cowcross Yards’ A jaw-dropping ‘Christmas Pudding Tree’, the first of its kind, will be covered in edible puds with a surprising twist A three-day festive feast sees one late-night and two daytime markets to celebrate seasonality, tradition and trends Nestled between Cowcross Street, Britton Street and St John Street, and a stone’s throw from Farringdon Station, the newest foodie hotspot in the heart of London, Cowcross … [Read more...]

Free gym trial @Nuffield

Free trial visit at Nuffield Health Moorgate Fitness & Wellbeing Gym, CityPoint 1 Ropemaker Street, EC2Y 9AW Fully-equipped gym Over 100 classes/week 20m swimming pool Squash Squash courts Personal training Physiotherapy To book your free trial visit www.nuffieldhealth.com/trial … [Read more...]