Dining and drinks at the top of the Gherkin

Searcys, well known to Barbican residents for running the Osteria and Bonfire restaurants at the Barbican Centre, has relaunched its private members’ club at the iconic Gherkin skyscraper on St Mary Axe, as a public restaurant and bar called Helix and Iris. The Gherkin was the building that first changed the landscape of the new London skyline. And now it is reasserting its architectural worth as well as its culinary credibility in the face of its new sky-high neighbours. On levels 39 and 40 of London’s iconic Norman Foster-designed building, Searcys at the Gherkin relaunches with a … [Read more...]

Well Connected

Well Connected: One very specific attribute of living on the Barbican Estate is that it has to be already one of the best connected residential complexes in the country with respect to transport links.  It has both east-west and north-south underground lines at Moorgate, not to forget the Great Northern commuter lines out of the same station; the Liverpool Street rail terminus only a short walk away giving access to the east of the country, Bank and the Docklands Light Railway and the Waterloo and City line, with its direct connection to Waterloo serving the south and the southwest, while … [Read more...]

Female circus performers to entertain us in Guildhall Yard

​   Performances from Upswing and Motionhouse will turn Guildhall Yard into a celebration of female circus talent on 2 and 3 August An all-female cast of talented acrobats, circus performers, gymnasts and dancers will transform the Square Mile’s Guildhall Yard into a colourful display of power and strength from 6 - 10pm on 2 and 3 August. Tying in with the 250th anniversary of the circus and a plethora of anniversaries celebrating female achievements in 2018, the free evenings of circus entertainment are part of the City of London Corporation’s ‘Women: Work and Power’ season. Women: … [Read more...]

Free Open Air Theatre near London Bridge

London’s Free Open Air Theatre returns to The Scoop at Summer by the River festival for its 15th year this summer with new adaptations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and King Arthur, offering unforgettable and totally accessible experiences in the heart of the city – completely free of charge. Continuing London’s Free Open-Air Theatre Season, the performances aim to give a new generation free access to the city’s finest theatrical artists, and promise an epic adventure for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Amidst iconic buildings beside the Thames, an oasis will appear each … [Read more...]

Special concert for voice and harp at Spitalfields

Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales and the Royal Wedding to deliver lunchtime concert in Spitalfields  Three of Europe’s most exciting female classical artists are to come together to deliver a concert of music for voice and harp at 1-1.50pm on 20th July. In a specially curated recital, the Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, Anne Denholm, who played at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex just last month, will perform works by internationally-celebrated 20th and 21st-century women composers, all in the elegant surrounds of Drapers’ Hall. Denholm will be joined by … [Read more...]


The Charterhouse, the historic site and museum in Charterhouse Square EC1, is continuing to build its diverse and exciting programme of workshops for families, schools and adults. New this summer is a series of art workshops for adults.  Each is run by an artist and experienced tutor, and take the Charterhouse estate, which dates back to 1348, as their starting point for each of the classes.  Catering for all levels, these workshops are a wonderful opportunity to both hone your art skills, and to be inspired by the extraordinary surroundings and history of the Charterhouse, which has been … [Read more...]

Barbican Property Prices: Doldrums or Decline?- Flatwatch Summer 2018

We are seeing increasing evidence that property prices in London have been turning downwards - perhaps falling as much as 10% in the City of London according to some estimates. However even such a small area as the City hides a broad variety of price movements relating to area, property type, size and asking prices and what applies overall may not be an accurate representation of trends in very specific areas like the Barbican or for specific sizes of properties.. In general analysis of the housing market is seeing falling prices across the board ever since the Brexit referendum, but this … [Read more...]

D&D to open new rooftop restaurant at 120 Fenchurch Street

D&D London has announced that it has signed an agreement with Generali Real Estate to launch a 9,257 sq ft restaurant on the 14th floor of new development, 120 Fenchurch Street. D&D, which took over the Conran restaurants in 2006, is one of the top rated  restaurant chains in the country with nearly all its restaurants serving exceptional quality food.  It owns and operates over 30 leading restaurants in London, Leeds, Manchester, Paris, New York and Tokyo and also the highly acclaimed South Place Hotel in the City of London with its Michelin-starred Angler restaurant only a … [Read more...]

Sublimecomp opportunity for young artists

Young artists to compete to display work in new exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery Budding young artists are being offered the unique opportunity to have their work displayed in a major new exhibition, as part of a competition launched today by City of London Corporation’s Guildhall Art Gallery and the De Morgan Foundation. Sublime Symmetry uncovers the mathematical concepts, symmetrical shapes, and fantastical beasts featured in the designs of William De Morgan, the leading ceramicist of the Victorian ‘Arts and Crafts’ movement. The exhibition showcases 80 his most … [Read more...]

Galettes and Crêpes par excellence at L’Ami Malo

For perhaps a lighter choice of restaurant food it is hard to beat the more flavoursome take on French style Galettes and Crepes and L’Ami Malo in Artillery Passage, close to Liverpool Street Station, does these really well.  It offers a good choice of savoury galettes and sweet crepes to whet one’s appetite and these are filling enough to more than satisfy the discerning diner.  Indeed the range of flavours on offer makes this small, very French, restaurant down a tiny narrow street, packed with bars and restaurants, a great choice for something a little different from your average restaurant … [Read more...]