Le Café du Marché reopens

One of our favourite restaurants close to the Barbican, Le Café du Marché , has announced it is due to open on October 1st, but with a slightly limited service.  Tucked away off Chartherhouse Square in a tiny alley next to the Malmaison hotel, the restaurant is long established (over 30 years) and brings a small slice of authentic rural France to our area.  The restaurant noted its re-opening as follows: “We have been very busy over the past month getting ready for our opening on the 1st October and are very excited to be seeing some of you soon! Our revised opening hours are based on … [Read more...]

Paternoster Chophouse relocation

D&D London, which owns and operates restaurants in London, Leeds, Manchester, Paris and New York and the 80 bedroom South Place Hotel close to the Barbican, which is the location of the Michelin starred Angler restaurant, has announced that it will relocate its restaurant Paternoster Chophouse from its current Paternoster Square location to a new address at 60 Ludgate, London EC4M. The reason for relocation is the proposed refurbishment of 1 Warwick Court in Paternoster Square, the building currently occupied by the restaurant. Paternoster Chophouse, which has achieved national fame due … [Read more...]

Barbican Arts Centre announces reopening

The Barbican today announced it will reopen its Art Gallery and Conservatory on Monday 13 July 2020 followed by The Curve on Tuesday 11 August 2020. In line with government guidelines, new safety measures will be in place including operating at reduced capacity, timed entry slots to ensure a safe flow of visitors through the space, and tickets needing to be booked online at barbican.org.uk in advance of a visit. The reopening programme includes critically acclaimed exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography; epic new installation A Countervailing Theory by artist Toyin Ojih … [Read more...]

Scott City

        Like most of the Estate Agents specialising in Barbican properties, Scott City is working remotely during this period of virtual lockdown.  The Agency's phones are being diverted so the company remains able to conduct its business (but without in-person viewings) and can thus deal with any enquiries on properties for sale or rent in the Barbican and in other areas the Agency normally covers. Contact details: Email:  Nick@scottcity.london Phone: 020 7600 0026 Website:  www.scottcity.co.uk … [Read more...]

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...]