Centre for Music’s new funding

The City of London Corporation has now agreed to provide further funding for the next stage of development for the proposed Centre for Music. The Court of Common Council, the City Corporation’s top decision-making body, approved the release of £1.95m to commission continuing work on the proposals, including the funding model and technical studies to inform the site’s masterplan. The new world-class venue for performance and education, designed by New York-based architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, would be built on the site of the Museum of London, which will relocate to West … [Read more...]

Barbican-based coming-of-age film

London screening dates :: The Princes Charles in Leicester Square on the 14th and 28th of March.  Book tickets here ------ ‘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 … [Read more...]

Irish pub launch at Daffodil Mulligan basement

Celebrated Irish pub, Gibney’s of Malahide, will launch its first international site in London after opening in Dublin over 80 years ago in 1937. The pub, run by Tony Gibney and his sons will open on Thursday 12 March in the basement of fellow Irishman, Richard Corrigan’s, critically acclaimed restaurant, Daffodil Mulligan in City Road, and will be called Gibney’s London. Gibney’s London will open daily offering guests an authentic Irish pub experience with Cormac Gibney (son of Tony Gibney) heading up the bar. There will be live music in the evenings from Thursday to Saturday and the … [Read more...]

Padella opens in Shoreditch

The resurgence of Shoreditch as an area for trendy popular eating continues with the opening of pasta specialist Padella’s second establishment on Phipp Street, between City Road and Great Eastern Street. The initial Padella in Borough has become one of the most popular restaurants in the Borough Market area with lomg queues forming outside virtually every lunchtime. It was voted one of the top 100 restaurants in London in TimeOut in 2016 and in the Sunday Times in 2017 and has appeared in several other ‘best of’ lists. It also has accolades as providing both exceptional quality pasta dishes … [Read more...]

Casa do Frango: Memories of the Algarve

Around 30 years ago (how time flies) I have fond memories of a very pleasant summer holiday based at Carvoeiro on Portugal’s Algarve, but I only have retained two food memories thereof – magnificent, and enormous,  freshly caught sardines cooked and eaten on the dockside at Portimão and piri piri chicken from close by where we were staying.  The sardines were easily the best I have ever tasted and the piri piri chicken I had been unable to match – until now at the Shoreditch branch of Casa do Frango, which opened in December. The light and airy restaurant on the first floor The … [Read more...]

Berkmann does wine tasting

While this is not exactly restaurant news, Berkmann Wine Cellars reckons to be the largest family-owned and family-run wine importer in the UK. The company has been selling wine to restaurants since 1964 and its expertise has grown along with its portfolio. Today, the company is headed up by second-generation family member Rupert Berkmann. The wineries it represents are said to also be progressive and fiercely independent.  Thus an invitation to attend its hugely impressive annual wine tasting experience – particularly given it was held at The Brewery on Chiswell Street, only a stone’s throw … [Read more...]

A great new casual Barbican restaurant

Well it’s not technically within the Barbican Estate itself but lies almost directly beneath the new Barbican highwalk just behind Salters Hall, but the new Barbie Green bar/restaurant/coffee shop is perhaps even closer to some Barbican flats than the restaurants within the Barbican Centre itself.  It is located in London Wall Place just to the south of the re-sited Minotaur sculpture and its big picture windows on its east side look out directly at the old ruins of St. Alphage Church. Barbie Green is located opposite the ruins of the old St. Alphage Church and almost underneath the new … [Read more...]

Secret Theatre Project: The Invitation

Fresh from a sell-out run in Hong Kong, Secret Theatre Project is returning to London with brand new immersive theatrical show The Invitation, launching on Tuesday 28th January 2020 in East London. Featuring an immersive dining option as part of the theatrical experience, The Invitation will transport its guests to a Masquerade Party with a dark secret in a five-star hotel, where once donning their disguises, participants become a part of a devilish narrative of action, murder and intrigue. Described as ‘Eyes Wide Shut Meets SE7EN’, Secret Theatre Project’s highly-anticipated new show … [Read more...]

A Rooftop Bar to Savour

Savage Garden rooftop bar is a good choice for a weekday lunch. We visited on a Monday following a river walk. Savage Garden rooftop bar It’s just off Trinity Square, near the Thames, on the 12th floor of Hilton’s Doubletree hotel. The bar itself has great views through floor to ceiling windows on three sides - Tower Bridge and the Tower of London directly in front, spanning out to Canary Wharf to the east and the Shard to the west. Seating in this part of the venue is high bar tables and chairs. There is a cosier more colourful bistro-style space to the back/side of the bar area, … [Read more...]

France wins oyster tasting competition

We do receive the occasional hugely self-indulgent treat from running this website and Barbican Life magazine and this week we were invited to participate in a GB/French oyster tasting competition hosted at Boisdale of Bishopsgate and sponsored by Boisdale, Wright Brothers and the City of London distillery.  Oysters are not to everyone’s taste, but they are to the writer’s, who participated with gusto. After an hour or so of judging and almost 1,000 oysters shucked, the results from this, the fourth Boisdale & Wright Brothers Oyster Championship 2019, a blind tasting was held to … [Read more...]