New Sourced Market opens on Goswell Road

The fourth location for the Sourced Market independent food and drink market has opened on Goswell Road, in collaboration with the Citadines hotel, two minutes walk north from Barbican Station and almost opposite the Barbican’s newest block, Blake Tower, and John Trundle Court. The concept is both a shop and a café which is open through the day from breakfast time to the evenings featuring food and drink from independent suppliers with the option to purchase and take-away, or to eat in on site.  Dining in menus may be viewed on the company’s website. If you are quick you can take … [Read more...]

New Crossrail Documentary on BBC2

BBC TWO’s The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway returns for a second series on 22 May at 9pm to follow the construction of the Elizabeth line under London. The first series of The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway aired in July 2014 and followed workers as they tunnelled under London, re-built the Victorian Connaught Tunnel in the Royal Docks and constructed the cathedral-sized new station at Canary Wharf. The popularity of the first series led to BBC TWO commissioning a second series. The first episode in series two follows workers as they complete 26 miles of tunnels, install permanent … [Read more...]

Summer in the City

The City of London will be the venue for a host of events and activities throughout the summer and beyond many/most of which may be attended free of charge.  Listed below are some of the highlights - with links to learn more about the individual events. Guildhall Yard Lunch Market 22 June 2017, 12noon – 2.30pm For future dates please check the website Guildhall Yard, EC2V 5AE Guildhall Yard hosts a regular lunch market with more than 20 stalls serving up mouth-watering dishes from … [Read more...]

Luca: New St John Street restaurant from Clove Club team

We were a little upset to see the demise of Portal in St. John Street – it had been in operation from just after the start of Barbican Life 14 years ago and we recall fondly a couple of good, but not exceptional, meals there as well as two launch and anniversary parties serving excellent canapés and wine.  But in restaurants all good things tend to come to an end and Portal closed down about a year ago and the space has been completely refurbished and re-opened as Luca – the second restaurant from the founders of the hugely successful Michelin starred Clove Club in Shoreditch adjacent to … [Read more...]

Humble Grape to open new outlet in Islington

Humble Grape Islington will be a neighbourhood wine bar and wine shop to open this summer. Following the success of Humble Grape, Battersea (2015) and Fleet Street (2016) – the latter covered here back in May 2016 -  this will mark the latest opening from founder, James Dawson. Now with a collection of over 400 wines directly imported, James and his team are dedicated to providing quality wines, that are single vineyard, largely organic, biodynamic and sustainably sourced.  The Islington venue will be at 11 Theberton Street, just off Upper Street, a short distance after Islington … [Read more...]

City Point About Turn

For those who had noticed, the Bad Egg restaurant in City Point had become Little Smoke, except at weekends when it reverted to serving the very popular Bad Egg bottomless brunches.  However the Little Smoke concept didn’t last long in the City and the restaurant has reverted to being Bad Egg full time again.  As the Little Smoke website comments: “Our Little Smoke experiment has now ended and has returned to its spiritual home of the Smokehouse blackboard in Islington.  It’s been a lot of fun and we would like to thank everyone who visited.  For more information on Smokehouse, to book a … [Read more...]

London History Day – May 31

The first ever London History Day is to be held on 31 May 2017, marking the anniversary of the day in 1869 when Big Ben began keeping time ·         More than 40 London museums, galleries and institutions  to show rare or unusual London-related objects or stage a special event to mark London History Day ·         The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is encouraging all London primary schools to join in on Friday 26 May by going to school dressed as their favourite historic Londoner. From Viking weapons and Roman coins found in the Thames to Sigmund Freud’s notebook; from Charles Dickens’ … [Read more...]

Rooftop al fresco drinking in Shoreditch

The editor was delighted to be invited to the launch party for an uprated roof terrace bar right next door to his old offices in Singer Street, close by ‘Silicon Roundabout’ and only a couple of minutes walk from Old Street underground station. Thus, Shoreditch venue Golden Bee has launched a new, split-level rooftop terrace, which will see its open-air space doubled in time for summer making it an ideal spot for al fresco drinks. The East London bar has long been the destination for sun-worshippers during the summer months, but will now become the only venue in Shoreditch with a … [Read more...]

Afternoon tea is becoming the rage

First it was breakfast, with a number of high end restaurants opening up early to serve the first meal of the day – now it seems to be afternoon tea which is becoming all the rage in restaurants trying to fill what might have been dead time with a profitable offering.  We have received a plethora of publicity releases on specialist afternoon teas – many of which are getting to match a dinner outing in food volume and costs.  We recently covered the Japanese afternoon tea at Jason Atherton’s Sosharu restaurant near Farringdon Station – click on Japanese Afternoon Tea at Sosharu to read again – … [Read more...]

Barbican residents – Win a Healthy Hamper with City LivingWise

City LivingWise, the new health service free to Barbican residents, is offering people who sign up the chance to win a Healthy Hamper - worth £225!City LivingWise is a great opportunity for Barbican residents to start living healthier lives. It offers a free, 12 week weight management course, a free personal exercise programme and, for residents aged 40-74, a free NHS Health Check. The programme's Health Trainers also hold regular healthy lifestyle workshops. The programme is commissioned by the City of London Corporation and delivered by health experts Reed Momenta. Anyone who joins … [Read more...]