Angler Terrace Collaboration with Cambridge Distillery

Having started  from the 7th May and running until the end of August, Michelin-starred Angler’s rooftop terrace has launched a picturesque summer bar in collaboration with international award-winning gin producers, Cambridge Distillery. This quintessentially British terrace will bring Cambridge countryside charm to the city, offering refreshing gin cocktails amidst a haven of overflowing, blooming summer flowers and foliage. Founded in 2012 by husband and wife team, William and Lucy Lowe, Cambridge Distillery started out with the couple creating a laboratory in their living room. Inspired … [Read more...]

Artillery Arms update

An ever-popular ‘local’ for some Barbican residents, the Artillery Arms on Bunhill Row has had a relatively recent change of manager - Amelie has replaced Tony in this position - who has introduced some changes. The pub  first opened its doors as the Blue Anchor Tavern in 1831 further down the road from the present location (which incidentally still houses the original bar). The current name dates from 1856. The Blue Anchor was known for rat baiting events held in the cellar. In 1835, the Cruelty to Animals Act prohibited the baiting of any bulls, dogs, cocks and any other animal, but no … [Read more...]

Classy Italian dining in the Barbican Centre

Barbican residents are pretty well served with places to eat across the price spectrum without even having to leave the complex.  There are three licensed restaurants within the Arts Complex itself which all do particularly well, when there are performances on in the theatre and concert hall, but which deserve better at other times given the generally high quality of the food and the facilities on offer. Pride of place among these is Osteria on Level 2 (the library level), which is the complex’s flagship restaurant run by Searcy's, a group which offers high quality private catering … [Read more...]

New HAZ Turkish restaurant on Finsbury Square

The HAZ group of Restaurants has been something of a success story for Turkish-style cuisine in London and the group’s latest opening, its sixth, occupies the space in Finsbury Square’s Alphabeta building previously occupied by the rather shortlived branch of The Modern Pantry. HAZ has built itself up based on the experience and passion of its three Turkish founders. Using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, and taking great inspiration from its heritage and ancient Turkish cooking techniques, its aim has been to celebrate Mediterranean flavours and provide a true taste of the Turkish … [Read more...]

Misbehaving bodies

Wellcome Collection presents ‘Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery: Misbehaving Bodies’, a major new exhibition opening in May 2019, which brings together two artists who explore the representation of chronic illness and experiences of care. Through their work, and an accompanying live programme, the exhibition foregrounds health diversity and challenges our understanding of ‘untypical’ bodies, reflecting on how illness can disrupt and shape the way we think about the body, family and identity. Influential photographer Jo Spence’s (1934–92) work documents her diagnosis of breast cancer and … [Read more...]

Hammer & Tongs opens Protea Wine Bar

South African braai (barbecue) restaurant Hammer & Tongs on Farringdon Road is opening a new wine bar, The Protea Wine Bar, on May 1st.  It is hidden beneath the existing restaurant. We reviewed the Hammer & Tongs restaurant in April 2017 – See: Indoor braai in Farringdon   Named after South Africa’s National flower, the wine list at The Protea Wine Bar is proudly 100% South African, a first for London, if not the UK. Get to know the wide range of exceptional South African wines! The wine menu will take you on a journey through the wine regions of the rainbow nation; … [Read more...]

Street food burger transition in Shoreditch

It’s a bit of a stroll from the Barbican, but you’ll enjoy your burger all the more, Burger & Beyond is true street food turned restaurant.  Created by Craig Povoas and Tom Stock, the beef comes from their own farm in Essex so they can choose their own cuts for their famous burgers.  After three and a half years on the street, formerly in Soho, and now in Camden’s Assembly, Camden Market and at Woolwich’s Street Feast Public, their first bricks and mortar site is on Shoreditch High Street just south of St Leonard's Church on the other side of the road. Burger & Beyond’s Instagram … [Read more...]

Perspectives

Our first issue each year is this one we produce in March so although it’s a little late, may I wish you all the best for the remainder of 2019. Here at Barbican Life base camp, as your new editor, I am in at the deep end and enjoying every minute of it. I’ve made a few tweaks this issue; feedback greatly appreciated either way. Fortunately, Lawrence (who is looking healthier than ever) is also watching over me. I tell myself that I’m keeping him active by requesting that he continues with a couple of the regular parts of the magazine for now, but really I’m using him because I know he doesn’t … [Read more...]

Barbican-based coming-of-age film

‘Soundtrack to Sixteen’ is a quirky coming-of-age film about growing up in London in the noughties. It is set in the Barbican and at Queen’s College London. It is being featured on the opening night of the London Independent Film Festival Soundtrack to Sixteen was filmed by Anna-Elizabeth and Hillary Shakespeare back in 2013 when Hillary had just graduated from University and Anna-Elizabeth was just about to start. The film was based on their child/teenagehoods so it was really fitting to film it in all the places that were important to them and where they had so many memories. But … [Read more...]

Hidden Station tours

New season of Hidden London disused station tours to go on public sale on Friday 8 March includes new event: Aldwych and Darkest Hour film screening ·         New Hidden London Aldwych tour with complimentary film ·         Churchill fans can also enjoy the ever-popular Down Street tour ·         Ten different Hidden London events to choose from ·         Bond fans will love the Charing Cross and … [Read more...]