Rabezzana revisited

We last reviewed Enoteca Rabezzana on Long Lane a little over 2 years ago (See Enoteca Buonissima) but were tempted back with the news that the Wine Bar/Restaurant was now under new management with a new chef and a new menu.  It is still an Enoteca with a great range of Italian wines on offer, together with reasonably priced food.  For Barbican residents it is only around 250 metres from the west end of the Estate, and will be conveniently located too for the Elizabeth Line when it opens at the end of next year being almost opposite the Farringdon Long Lane station entrance. We went on a … [Read more...]

Culture Mile: Invitation to consultation pop-ups

With the proposed Cultural Hub linking the proposed new Museum of London site in Smithfield, the Barbican Centre and the proposed new state-of-the-art concert hall on the current MoL site being relaunched as the Culture Mile, The City of London is inviting interested parties to participate in a series of consultation pop-up.  The text of the Invitation - and the dates - are set out below: I am writing to share information on some upcoming consultation events taking place over the summer in connection with the Culture Mile. The Culture Mile, stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate is an … [Read more...]

Exciting Long Term Pop-Up Eateries in Broadgate Containers

British Land has announced the launch of a new pop-up food concept at Broadgate, EC2. Shipping containers in Finsbury Avenue Square have become home to an exciting line-up of five independent street-food operators. These include WOLF, which offers authentic Italian food akin to a neighbourhood-style restaurant; and Claw Food, serving crab burgers sourced from traceable, sustainable and fresh crabs from Start Bay in Devon, and Yolk, which offers breakfast and lunch including its famous poached egg pots and speciality Black Box Coffee.  Baba G Bhangra Burgers serving up massive … [Read more...]

First residents move in to Blake Tower

Named after the poet, artist and mystic William Blake, who is buried in nearby Bunhill Fields, and not the Marvel Comics lawyer for the righteous of the same name, Blake Tower, is, as readers of Barbican Life magazine will well know, the Barbican’s fourth tower block although considerably shorter in elevation than the estate’s main tower blocks – once Europe’s tallest residential towers.  And, after three to four years of construction it has been converted from a 218 room YMCA hostel to provide 74 high specification residential units to be added to, and run by,  the Barbican Estate. The first … [Read more...]

Whitecross Street Party

Urban Street Arts and Community Celebrations Returns for the Eighth Year on Saturday 15 July from 12pm - 6pm  Outdoor Exhibition starts on Sunday 16 July - 15 September 2017.   One of London's most unique street art experiences is back! The annual Whitecross Street Party and curated outdoor street arts exhibition, The Rise of the Nonconformists returns with a spectacular line up of performances from artists and from its local community. The party takeover offers an opportunity to witness some of London's finest street artists painting live on the day and opportunities to get involved … [Read more...]

Superbly refurbished Citadines hotel on Goswell Road

Not so long ago the Barbican/Clerkenwell/Shoreditch area was something of a hotel desert.  Hotels in the area were few and far between and most (not all) of what was on offer was pretty basic.  But over the past few years this has all changed.  What has prompted this short item was a recent visit to the Citadines aparthotel in Goswell Road, almost opposite the Barbican Estate's new Blake Tower.  The aparthotel has undergone a serious makeover, with now superbly equipped rooms at very reasonable prices for the London hotel scene.  The Barbican Life editor and a colleague were suitably impressed … [Read more...]

Crab Tavern joins BA discount scheme

Crab Tavern in Broadgate Circle is a seafood restaurant and bar that boasts a menu that merges New York style with classic west coast American fare. Choose from an abundance of hero crab dishes, rolls and salads, as well as more refined dishes from the classic grill and seafood selection. Th restaurant has just joined the Barbican Association Discount Scheme and offers a 15% discount on food only to Barbican Association members. Crab Tavern is at Unit 37, Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 2QS, UK.  Tel: 020 7096 2044.  Website: crabtavern.co.uk To view all the discounts offered to Barbican … [Read more...]

London Festival of Architecture- Upcoming Family Events

  The organisers of the London Festival of Architecture 2017 say they like to introduce the young to architecture and London's architectural heritage, which is why this year's programme has more events for families and kids than ever before.  The LFA reckons this programme is a brilliant way of introducing young minds (and the young at heart) to the wonders of the built environment - through exploration, creativity and play. So from the return of the phenomenally popular Great Architecture Bake Off to building workshops at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, … [Read more...]

Ned Hotel – 5* and Nine restaurants/bars at Bank

London-based Soho House & Co and New York’s Sydell Group have joined forces to create The Ned: a five star hotel with a collection of restaurants, members’ club and spa in the City of London, close to Bank Station and opposite the Coq d’Argent restaurant. Set in a former Midland Bank building, The Ned was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens in 1924. The space includes nine restaurants, two of which are reserved for Club members and hotel guests (who get temporary Club membership for the duration of their stay), 252 bedrooms channeling 1920s and 1930s design, a range of men’s and women’s … [Read more...]

Mortality and Succession

A lengthy spell in hospital does tend to focus one’s mind and emphasises one’s mortality.  Certainly an eight week stint following a stroke has caused your editor to consider his future involvement with this magazine – or at least to start putting in place some kind of succession plan.  You may have noted an advertisement to this effect in the Barbican Association’s quarterly newsletter As background, I set up Barbican Life over 14 years ago and although. I passed the publication over to the Barbican Association in exchange for the latter handling distribution and accounting, while … [Read more...]