D&D Butler’s Wharf end of Summer Party

D&D London’s Butlers Wharf restaurants are providing the perfect way to close the summer, with a glittering party of food, refreshing tipples, live music and entertainment. Just before London settles into the new season, this will be the city’s final hurrah for those not willing to let the summer go quite yet, on Saturday 9th September from 12-3pm. All four restaurants will open their doors for the party, with each curating its own sun-kissed celebration menu of food and drinks. You can expect Butler’s Wharf Chop House to stay true to its meaty roots with Baby-back ribs and burgers, … [Read more...]

Bird’s summer menu and Spritz garden

Bird of Smithfield’s relatively new Head Chef, Tommy Boland, has now been successfully cooking there since October 2016. He has a strong background of working at Michelin starred restaurants and this is reflected in his delightful dishes. Tommy’s summer menu includes starters such as Cured Cornish Mackerel, kohlrabi, dill, yoghurt, cucumber, followed by a main course of Roasted Loin of Cornish Cod, ‘nduja, cockles, samphire, coco beans. Cleanse your palate with dessert such as Lemon Curd, agrumes, arlette biscuit, orange sorbet or Fresh Charentais Melon, lime, mojito granita, … [Read more...]

Disappearing Dining Club’s Little Quiet

Little Quiet – a new restaurant on Newbury Street (a short and very lightly trafficed street running parallel to Long lane and about 50 metres to its south between Cloth Street and Kinghorn Street) – probably takes the prize as being the area’s smallest.  It seats only 16 guests (it’s licensed for 18 so might be able to squeeze a couple more in) and will only survive if it can pretty much fill it every day it is open – currently Wednesday to Saturday evenings between 6pm and 10.45 pm (local residents are probably even more noise conscious than those of the Barbican).  Currently it is close to … [Read more...]

Eating on the Ned’s rooftop

The brand new Ned hotel, which has been opened in the old Grade 1 listed Midland Bank HQ building and which occupies a big area opposite the Bank of England between Princes Street and Poultry, has no less than nine eating options. The Ned (named after the building’s original architect, Edwin (Ned) Lutyens) is both an exclusive club and a 252 room five star hotel.  (One hopes that Scottish visitors are not put off by the name as Ned is something of a derogatory term north of the border!)  Two of its nine restaurants are only available for use by club members and hotel guests, which is a … [Read more...]

Rabezzana revisited

We last reviewed Enoteca Rabezzana on Long Lane a little over 2 years ago (See Enoteca Buonissima) but were tempted back with the news that the Wine Bar/Restaurant was now under new management with a new chef and a new menu.  It is still an Enoteca with a great range of Italian wines on offer, together with reasonably priced food.  For Barbican residents it is only around 250 metres from the west end of the Estate, and will be conveniently located too for the Elizabeth Line when it opens at the end of next year being almost opposite the Farringdon Long Lane station entrance. We went on a … [Read more...]

Culture Mile: Invitation to consultation pop-ups

With the proposed Cultural Hub linking the proposed new Museum of London site in Smithfield, the Barbican Centre and the proposed new state-of-the-art concert hall on the current MoL site being relaunched as the Culture Mile, The City of London is inviting interested parties to participate in a series of consultation pop-up.  The text of the Invitation - and the dates - are set out below: I am writing to share information on some upcoming consultation events taking place over the summer in connection with the Culture Mile. The Culture Mile, stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate is an … [Read more...]

Exciting Long Term Pop-Up Eateries in Broadgate Containers

British Land has announced the launch of a new pop-up food concept at Broadgate, EC2. Shipping containers in Finsbury Avenue Square have become home to an exciting line-up of five independent street-food operators. These include WOLF, which offers authentic Italian food akin to a neighbourhood-style restaurant; and Claw Food, serving crab burgers sourced from traceable, sustainable and fresh crabs from Start Bay in Devon, and Yolk, which offers breakfast and lunch including its famous poached egg pots and speciality Black Box Coffee.  Baba G Bhangra Burgers serving up massive … [Read more...]

First residents move in to Blake Tower

Named after the poet, artist and mystic William Blake, who is buried in nearby Bunhill Fields, and not the Marvel Comics lawyer for the righteous of the same name, Blake Tower, is, as readers of Barbican Life magazine will well know, the Barbican’s fourth tower block although considerably shorter in elevation than the estate’s main tower blocks – once Europe’s tallest residential towers.  And, after three to four years of construction it has been converted from a 218 room YMCA hostel to provide 74 high specification residential units to be added to, and run by,  the Barbican Estate. The first … [Read more...]

Whitecross Street Party

Urban Street Arts and Community Celebrations Returns for the Eighth Year on Saturday 15 July from 12pm - 6pm  Outdoor Exhibition starts on Sunday 16 July - 15 September 2017.   One of London's most unique street art experiences is back! The annual Whitecross Street Party and curated outdoor street arts exhibition, The Rise of the Nonconformists returns with a spectacular line up of performances from artists and from its local community. The party takeover offers an opportunity to witness some of London's finest street artists painting live on the day and opportunities to get involved … [Read more...]

Superbly refurbished Citadines hotel on Goswell Road

Not so long ago the Barbican/Clerkenwell/Shoreditch area was something of a hotel desert.  Hotels in the area were few and far between and most (not all) of what was on offer was pretty basic.  But over the past few years this has all changed.  What has prompted this short item was a recent visit to the Citadines aparthotel in Goswell Road, almost opposite the Barbican Estate's new Blake Tower.  The aparthotel has undergone a serious makeover, with now superbly equipped rooms at very reasonable prices for the London hotel scene.  The Barbican Life editor and a colleague were suitably impressed … [Read more...]