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...]

Little Quiet now open lunchtimes

Little Quiet, the tiny restaurant on Newbury Street (a small street running parallel to Long Lane) which runs set menu evening meals in a space which only seats about 16 diners from Wednesdays to Saturdays only is, from this week, opening for lunches as well – but only on Thursdays and Fridays. On its publicity it describes itself as being ‘close to unfindable’, which is true.  Newbury Street is short, has little passing pedestrian traffic and there is little evidence in terms of signage that there is a restaurant there at all. The restaurant is at Nos. 24-26 Newbury Street and for … [Read more...]

Queen of Hoxton’s Winter rooftop and events

The Queen of Hoxton bar is a short walk from the Barbican, on the corner of Worship Street and Curtain Road.  Not so much Hoxton, Worship Street is actually one of those former light industrial and office locations on the northern fringe of the City of London and nowadays is seeing a number of bar and restaurant openings – and right opposite the Queen of Hoxton is the brand new Principal Place office and residential development which is providing the HQ for Amazon UK and is the location of some other new trendy bars and restaurants, which will serve to further advance the footfall in this area … [Read more...]

The Allegory opens under new Amazon London HQ

Time was when Worship Street was probably just outside the fringes of the City of London proper and was where the light industrial sector of this part of London began, but now it has changed drastically.  The initial impact was perhaps due to the Broadgate development which extended north from Liverpool Station to Worship Street and nowadays restaurants and bars are springing up all along the street.  It is becoming trendy all of a sudden. And it is due to become even more so with the development of Principal Place on what used to be a derelict piece of ground to the east of Curtain Road.  … [Read more...]

Barbican Life’s printer wins top print award for third consecutive year

A couple of years after we started Barbican Life our then printer – the excellent Friary Press in Dorchester - went out of business in the hugely competitive magazine print sector and Buxton Press stepped into the breach producing an issue of the magazine at very short notice.  We have been with them ever since and have received exemplary, and extremely price-competitive, service.  So we are delighted to report that not only has Buxton just received PrintWeek’s top award as Printing Company of the Year, it has now received this prestigious award for an unprecedented third time in a row and … [Read more...]

Barts Health NHS Trust – taking the Emergency Department to patients

  Key points   ·        Emergency patients saved a trip to hospital with new seven-day service ·        Physician Response Unit staffed by emergency doctors and an ambulance crew will carry advanced medication, equipment and treatments usually only found in hospitals ·        Service takes the emergency department to the patient, bringing care quicker and freeing up hospital and ambulance resources Emergency medicine is heading out on the road to provide seven-day hospital care in homes and communities across east London for the first time. London’s Air Ambulance, London Ambulance … [Read more...]

Mark Hix gives us his views on game and British Oysters – both now in season

The game and native oyster season is upon us and aside from other great British ingredients like asparagus and strawberries and gull's eggs, our native oyster and game bird season is probably the most significant of all amongst serious foodies. I shoot game birds myself but not in an en masse, shoot everything in the sky kind of thing on these big driven shoots, which I find a tad shocking and irresponsible as most of the birds shot don't really end up anywhere and get buried. I'm a believer in cook what you catch or shoot which makes the whole thing more sustainable and enjoyable. There's … [Read more...]

Royal visit for St Bart’s Hospital

The Guild of the Royal Hospital of St Bartholomew welcomed a special visit from HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO on Tuesday, 3rd October 2017. During his visit to St Bartholomew’s Hospital The Duke of Gloucester, the charity’s patron, officially opened a redeveloped shop run by Barts Guild and toured patient areas including Critical Care and operating rooms. The Duke also spent time in a hospital garden dedicated to the memory of his mother, Princess Alice. Founded in 1911, The Guild of the Royal Hospital of St Bartholomew (Barts Guild) has supported St Bartholomew's Hospital for … [Read more...]