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...]

Flat Watch Spring 2019 – Are Brexit Doubts Being Overblown?

Brexit negotiations are dragging on and both major UK political parties seem to be in turmoil over a variety of potential outcomes .  The EU is seemingly staying intransigent on their negotiation stance, and with regard to the property sales situation in particular we might have expected the Barbican market to be in a state of limbo, or in decline.  But the estate agents which handle most of the Barbican property business seem to be uniformly reporting something of a pick-up in sales and excellent business in the lettings market.  The main problem they are reporting is a lack of … [Read more...]

New Italian restaurant in Shoreditch

Shoreditch is definitely becoming one of the trendiest areas for new restaurant openings in London, and perhaps the newest, which was due to open on 22nd February, is Gloria which styles itself as a 70’s Capri-style & all-day long Trattoria run by a what it terms as a crazy bunch of 85 young and passionate people from the Bel Paese and the sunny coast of Naples. It offers what it describes as an explosive menu mixing old Italian classics, with amazing products direct from 180 small producers in Italy – plus a few fun twists from Chef Filippo. From the 10-Level Lasagna, to the … [Read more...]

Seen and Heard at the Guildhall Art Gallery

Seen & Heard, an exhibition at the City of London Corporation’s Guildhall Art Gallery is open until April 28th and features 50 Victorian paintings exploring the changing role of children in Victorian Britain. The Music Lesson, Lord Frederic Leighton, 1877. One of the paintings in the exhibition. With paintings from the Guildhall Art Gallery’s own collection and important pieces loaned by Tate Britain and the Royal Academy on display, the exhibition will include works by artists such as Pre-Raphaelite pioneer, John Everett Millais, and Thomas Webster RA, which cast the era in a new … [Read more...]

Great New St. John Street wine bar

Le Cellar, St John Street’s newly opened wine bar is definitely worth frequenting. Antonin Charlier, co-owner/managing partner is a wine expert with impressive credentials, including former buyer and bar manager for Pascal Aussignac at the Michelin starred Club Gascon restaurant and sister bar in West Smithfield as well as Bulgari Hotel & Residences. Antonin and childhood friend and entrepreneur/TV producer/yoga teacher Simon Maniora have finally realised a long-held ambition to open their own wine bar/restaurant. Le Cellar interior Le Cellar is a relatively short walk from the … [Read more...]