FATBERG!. Showcasing at Museum of London from Feb 9th

The Museum of London will showcase the last remaining piece of the Whitechapel fatberg as part of a display entitled Fatberg! opening on 9 February.  The 250 m long Fatberg - a consolidation of congealed wet wipes, nappies, oils, sanitary items and condoms, which was blocking an east London sewer, was cleared after a nine-week “battle.” Thames Water removed the berg, which weighed the same as 11 double-decker buses and measured more than two Wembley football pitches in length. Workers had to remove the last sectiom of the berg by hand by scooping the mass away with shovels … [Read more...]

Debut Exhibition Launch: Girls by Martina Paukova  

The Book Club  in Shoreditch presents Girls, an art exhibition featuring the work of  Berlin-based artist Martina Paukova, launching on 8th of February. After studying illustration at Camberwell Collage of art, Paukova recently moved to Berlin where she is a celebrated illustrator for clients such as Pull&Bear, Converse, Google, Guardian or New York Times. In a world that encourages girls to be glamorous, to pose and perform at all times,  in her first major London show Paukova presents a collection of images celebrating the beauty in the relaxed, domestic, and off-duty female form … [Read more...]

Electric Vehicles and the Barbican

The big problem about writing an article on Electric Vehicles (EVs) is that the technology is advancing so fast and new announcements coming out of manufacturers so frequently that anything written in terms of model availability may well be completely out of date by the time the article is published.  Please bear that in mind when reading. The Tesla Model 3, the iconic EV manufacturer’s first ‘affordable’ car The Barbican, given its location on the northern edge of the City of London, would seem to be ideally placed for residents to switch to EVs provided that charging facilities can … [Read more...]

Coming of Age

The Barbican Estate was primarily constructed between 1965 and 1976 and most of us owner-occupiers have leases which have between 85 and 90 years to run before the properties are reclaimed by the freeholder, in nearly all cases the City of London.  While that timescale is presumably more than adequate to see most of us out, the shorter the lease life remaining, the more difficult a property becomes to sell, and the lower the price it is likely to command.  Generally 80 years on one’s lease is the tipping point at which values tend to start to decline sharply, or the freeholder can be entitled … [Read more...]

Up or down? Mid to long term prospects remain positive

Are Barbican flat prices coming down or not?  Anecdotally it does appear that properties are taking longer to sell and some vendors have been reducing asking prices accordingly, but we see little sign of any serious general degradation in apartment values.  The froth may have come off the top of the asking price expectations, but this could be considered a dose of reality after some fairly spectacular increases.  Nevertheless, gone are the days, at least for the time being, of sealed bids and properties selling within hours of hitting the market.  The Barbican flat market goes though times … [Read more...]

Temper in the City

Unfortunately we missed the opening of this, the second Temper restaurant, following the huge success of the first in Soho.  The new one is in Angel Court within spitting distance (well almost) of the Bank of England in the heart of the City and opened mid-summer.  Temper is the brainchild of chef Neil Rankin, noted for his Smokehouse BBQ restaurants.  Neil is said to have pioneered London’s high end barbecue scene and is well known for his experimental use of bold flavours, drawing on global influences. For those familiar with the original Temper restaurant, which has a Mexican theme, be … [Read more...]

A New Bar/Restaurant Oasis In The City

Located in the heart of the Square Mile in the new Cannon Green development, near Cannon Street Station, is The Listing. Yet anothernew bar/restaurant opening from Drake & Morgan.  It brings an everyday escape with a touch of on-trend industrial chic to the city. This designer-conscious contemporary bar and restaurant is the City’s latest and seemingly ideal for those forthcoming festive flings as well as business breakfasts, light lunches and evening drinks with nibbles. The Listing First to draw the eye is The Listing’s dramatic double height glass windows, which allow natural … [Read more...]

Lodge d’Argent returns

Following the success of last year’s Lodge d’Argent winter pop up, City restaurant Coq d’Argent, one of the Barbican Life editor’s favourites, will once again be creating a magical winter wonderland on its rooftop space for the festive season, this time with an Arctic theme.   Coq d’Argent is brilliantly located at No.1 Poultry with is roof terrace overlooking the Bank of England, the Mansion House and the Royal Exchange. Running from 21st November until the end of February, this year’s Arctic theme sees two cosy igloo tents installed on the heated ring terraces joining the familiar … [Read more...]

Two dates to note at Hoxton Square

Mean Girls’ Christmas Talent Show  Date: Thursday November 30th Time: 7pm doors open – 10pm Price: £4 adv/£6 on the door What’s your secret talent? Poetry? Song? Interpretive dance? Well here’s your chance to get it out of your system and strut your stuff in that synchronized sexy Santa outfit you’ve always wanted. WIN£100 bar tab to spend with your friends for the best talent of the night! Our gorgeous hostesses for the evening will be Shoreditch High’s very own drag-plastics, The Nightbus, Sue Gives a Fuk, Just May and a mystery guest … (oh my God Karen you can’t just ask someone … [Read more...]

Free Electrical Repair Party in the Barbican

Restart Parties in association with the London Waste and Recycling Board will be coming to another central London venue located in the Barbican, EC2 this Saturday (18th Nov)   This is a free event where you can bring along your Slow laptops, broken printers, smartphones, coffee grinders, lamps, kettles – you name it. We will have a go at fixing most anything with a plug or battery  and which can be carried – we don’t do white goods like fridges because of the size, or microwaves (because of safety issues). There is no need to book but please arrive at least 30 minutes before the end of … [Read more...]