All-Day Eating at LINO

On the newly redeveloped Bartholomew Close, by Barts Hospital and at the end of the road round the bend after the Neaman Practice, you will find LINO, a new all-day every day restaurant in the Barts Square zone.  The name of the restaurant was chosen because the building used to be an old linoleum and carpet warehouse.  The new interior has fondly kept the warehouse feel with original brown glazed tiles and 12-foot high double doors. The whole of this area, as you may know, has been gutted or rebuilt, so it is a credit to the designers that they have salvaged some of the décor for the … [Read more...]

Liveries unmasked

Helen Hudson unravels the mysteries of the City’s Livery Companies and Guilds and the origins and history behind the formation of these venerable City institutions.   The impressive main staircase at the Goldsmiths' Company Hall decorated for Christmas First of all, let me get this important item out there if you are looking for quirky Christmas gifts: the City and Livery website sells a drawn and decorated jigsaw puzzle map of livery halls in the City costing £30. That done, I’m going to go back to the basics on livery companies, selfishly, for my benefit, but hopefully … [Read more...]

Christmas Issue Barbican Flatwatch – Different Strokes

It’s amazing how the same piece of research can generate what appear to be totally different stories in the media.  It makes one wonder if all the accusations of ‘fake news’ which have been appearing sine President Trump came to power in the USA are actually due to differing interpretations of the same basic facts. The specific research I’m referring to here was put out by major estate agency Savills which generated seemingly totally contrasting headlines: “London prime property prices set to stagnate” trumpets the Financial Times while the rather less conservatively oriented Daily … [Read more...]

Jazz Bar on Old Street

There seems to be a whole host of bars and restaurants springing up close to the Barbican and one of the newer ones is Bugie Bar at 100 Old Street, a few yards from the top end of Whitecross Street in the direction of Old Street Station. Technically Bugie Bar is a basement cocktail bar (below a sex shop) which offers Jazz music, with live jazz performances weekly on Fridays.  Cocktails are reasonably priced and the atmosphere is lively.  It describes itself as the area’s newest ‘secret’ bar with free-flowing cocktails and a great collection of vintage jazz music.  It is currently open from … [Read more...]

Mulled Wine Afternoon Tea at the Courthouse

Standing as one of London’s most iconic hotel experiences, Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch has become East London’s festive haven for cosying up for some Christmas spirit.  It is one of the most luxurious hotels to have opened in our area having been developed inside the historic old Shoreditch Magistrates Court and Police Station on Old Street, a baroque style Grade II listed building opposite Shoreditch Town Hall, .  Its public rooms are themed around the old courthouse. Softly lit, elegant and welcoming, the hotel offers the perfect stop to escape the cold of the season and enjoy the … [Read more...]

“All of London Life is There”

The Barbican Library often has interesting art on show, and this exhibition is no exception. Taking as its title “All of London Life is There”, a famous quote from Ben Jonson’s ‘Bartholomew Fair’, an exhibition of 70 or so paintings present today’s London in all its fascinating variety. One of the paintings by a member of the Group - Royal Courts of Justice - Ink and Watercolour by John Crane  £220 Passing like a thread between the artworks are famous quotes about London, not all of them complimentary, but all honest. This neatly links the work on the walls with the works on the … [Read more...]

Local hospitals to star this week in Operation:Live on TV

Local hospital staff and patients will step into the limelight this week (13-15 November 2018), starring in Channel 5's Operation:Live. Viewers will go behind the scenes to join surgeons and their teams in a rarely-seen side of the NHS, as The Royal London and St Bartholomew's hospitals perform three operations live on air.   The live television event will be fronted by Nicky Campbell from 10pm each night, with viewers being invited to submit questions to surgical experts via social media. Episode 1 - Open Heart Surgery Live, Tuesday 13th November at 10pm on Channel 5 The live … [Read more...]

Sample Christmas

A festive shopping experience offering unique gifts for the urban generation - this is a Christmas market like no other. The brightest stars in the world of fashion, homewares, and lifestyle products will showcase next season’s trends at the festive edition of SAMPLE. This free market on Greenwich Peninsula makes finding Christmas gifts a breeze with its handpicked selection of designers, independent producers and craftspeople. SAMPLE is open on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December from 11-7pm with both a day and night-time offering. Greeting the savvy shoppers will be an alternative … [Read more...]

MoL raises more money for move

The Museum of London has announced significant support totalling £15m towards its bold, ambitious plans to create a new museum for London in West Smithfield. A major grant of £10m from the Linbury Trust, the charitable foundation established by Lord and Lady Sainsbury of Preston Candover, and initial support of £5m* National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) make up the latest high-profile support for creating a spectacular new home for the museum in the historic heart of the city.    The Linbury Trust’s support of £10m is one of the largest gifts in the museum’s … [Read more...]

Bloomberg Arcade restaurants

The latest major restaurant destination in the City is the new Bloomberg Arcade, which joins the two sections of the brand new Bloomberg development near Bank.  It puzzles the editor where the clientele will come from given the huge number of new restaurant openings in the City area over the past two to three years.  Obviously prosperity and disposable incomes, or perhaps just the spending habits of millenials, are running higher than is generally credited. The following is a listing of Bloomberg arcade restaurants with brief descriptions of their cuisine offerings taken from the … [Read more...]