Inaugural London Oyster Week – 21-29 April

The first city-wide celebration of oysters will take place in London from Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 April 2018. London Oyster Week will see venues across the capital joining together to demystify oysters and raise awareness of the benefits of eating them, as well as raise funds for oyster education and restoration. Over 25 restaurants, bars and pubs – including Bentley’s, Wright Brothers, Noble Rot, Northbank, and the Hawksmoor group – will develop featured oyster dishes and serve special oyster-matched drinks and cocktails, designed with event sponsors, to encourage customers to try … [Read more...]

Mark Hix in praise of oysters

Time flies when you’re having fun and this April it’s the HIX Oyster & Chop House 10th anniversary. When I broke away from the Caprice group after 18 years of second-to-none experience and working with some great people in the industry some of which are still there now including Tim Hughes and Jesus Adorno-s. The Oyster & Chop House was a small restaurant compared to Scott’s, J Sheekey, The Ivy and Le Caprice, but for your first site on your own it fitted perfectly in the heart of Smithfield. We opened in times when serving meat on the bone was a tad controversial with BSE - and … [Read more...]

Fire Brigade exercise in Cromwell Tower

Jane Smith, Chair of the Barbican Association,  reports on the recent Fire Brigade high rise training exercise conducted in Cromwell Tower  I once said one of the highlights of being chair of the Barbican Association was the opportunity to see unusual things. That was when I witnessed a Crossrail tunnel boring machine on its journey under the Barbican. My latest unusual thing was observing a training exercise by London Fire Brigade at Cromwell Tower. This had been planned since before the Grenfell Tower fire and was designed to give the firefighters experience of fighting a fire in a … [Read more...]

The Elizabeth Line Reaches The Barbican – and its likely benefits

Barbican resident Peter Savage updates us on the construction of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail), which runs under the estate, and offers Barbican reidents direct access to the new rail link with stations at both the eastern (Liverpool Street/Moorgate) and western (Farringdon) ends.  Peter visted the Farringdon site to view the latest progress. Later this year we can look forward to 82,000 people a day using the new Elizabeth Line Farringdon station when it opens in December. 150,000 people a day are expected to use the Farringdon interchange to connect with the London Underground and … [Read more...]

Encroachment and Solidarity

What gets the residents of the Barbican up in arms – or perhaps those of any other similar urban village?  In one word – Encroachment.  In the Barbican it is the constant sense of being in some kind of fishbowl as new office, and residential construction is built around us, sometimes interfering with long established pedestrian and road accesses, and occasionally with an adverse impact on light!  But when the proposed change is actually within the complex, hackles rise, perhaps disproportionately. The latest such bête noire for Barbican residents is the proposal by the City of London School … [Read more...]

Steady as she goes! – Flatwatch Spring 2018

The media has been suggesting, at the very least, a hiatus in property price increases in the London area, although it appears the principal price fall sufferers have been at the real high end of the market, and in the outer zones with Zone 1 properties perhaps less affected. Certainly, if one checks asking prices on the websites of those agencies specialising in Barbican properties, prices seem to be holding up pretty well. But – and there’s always a ‘but’ - if one talks to the agents there is an indication that Barbican flat pricing levels are at best flat and may even be turning down a … [Read more...]

Moments in Time

Recent photographic work by members of City of London & Cripplegate Photographic Society will be on show in the Barbican Library Foyer  - 02 March -26 March. It includes images from final stage of the Society’s project to photograph the Livery Halls in the City of London. The show reflects members’ wide-ranging photographic interests –from landscape, architecture and portraiture to urban and travel photography. … [Read more...]

A Modern Take on Fish and Chips

United Chip has recently opened on the corner of Clerkenwell Road and Goswell Road, and thus within a short walk of the Barbican.  It offers what it claims to be a more modern take on fish and chips. It provides take-out and eat-in options. Cod, haddock and Pollock come in fresh daily. Along with Dingly Dell pork sausages, the fish is beer battered and fried in sunflower oil (lighter than alternative frying oils). Other food choices include: the very popular fish finger sandwich; Japanese-style Panko bread crumbed halloumi; soft shell crab burger and prawn burger served after 3pm and … [Read more...]

25th Ward. Good food, good prices, well presented.

If Barbican residents are looking for a close-at-hand restaurant serving well prepared and well presented dishes at a reasonable price, then they probably need look no further than the new 25th Ward establishment on Long Lane.  Going back in time the venue was once the home of Mustard’s Restaurant and then Il Boteglio, but the latter was replaced by 25th Ward back in November last year and we were impressed with the quality of the food and the service when we visited on a cold, damp February evening.  The restaurant is right opposite the eastern end of Smithfield Market and will be well-placed … [Read more...]

Temper City: Ultimate Fusion

Temper City is nestled in Angel Court, just off Throgmorton Street between Moorgate and Bank.  It is the second such restaurant from Neil Rankin.  The first still operates very successfully in Soho and the City restaurant opened in July last year.  Both are quite dazzling “firepit” restaurants with giant barbecues and grills in the centre of the dining rooms with all the prep and cooking on show and with everything radiating out from that central open kitchen area.  The menu is unique in offering flavour combinations seldom seen elsewhere.  It might be described as the ultimate fusion … [Read more...]