Residents re-open the West End!

Barbican Residents Julie Clare and Alex Pearson are producing a show called Private Peaceful based on the book by Michael Morpurgo. It will be the first play to open in the West End since lockdown.  Julie has given us a summary of the production and the booking details are at the end.  Well done, both and we wish you the best of luck! I’ve had nearly eighteen years of yesterdays and tomorrows, and tonight I must remember as many of them as I can. Tonight, more than any other night of my life, I want to feel alive!” Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First … [Read more...]

New City Wellbeing Centre

We have a new wellbeing centre in the City of London. The new site, backed by £451,000 from the City of London Corporation, offers counselling and psychotherapy for workers in the Square Mile and those who live in or close to the City. The centre, located on Middlesex Street in the east of the City, has been offering virtual services during the pandemic and will now open within government COVID-19 guidelines. Sessions will be provided by staff from Tavistock Relationships, which has over 70 years of experience in working with people’s mental health concerns and relationship … [Read more...]

The Great Chamber renaissance

Revealing the newly refurbished and renovated Great Chamber at the Charterhouse The Charterhouse, the seven-acre historic site on the edge of the City of London, is delighted to announce the completion of the major refurbishment of the Great Chamber, the jewel in the crown of our Tudor history.  Made possible with funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and our generous donors, the works started in January and have involved a host of artisan specialists under the direction of Richard Griffiths Architects who were awarded the commission. Discover the Great Chamber here: … [Read more...]

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...]

Local Acupuncture Clinic

Update : 24th Sept 1) Clinic times have just changed: From Oct 6th every Tuesday 2pm - 7pm 2) For appointments please email: or call 07592 071 379 We've received an update from Fleur Clackson about a local multi-bed acupuncture clinic, where 3rd-year students, supervised by very experienced acupuncturists,  administer treatments. The clinic is keen to let local residents know of their existence (located in Old Street, 3 minutes from the station) and the very reasonably priced treatments the teaching clinic offers (just £15 … [Read more...]


This Autumn, a bright and bold installation will be bringing optimism to the area of the famous Brutalist London landmark: The Barbican. Japanese Artist MAMIMU has discovered the joy and optimistic side of this iconic piece of the London urban architecture. MAMIMU (aka June Mineyama-Smithson) is from Tokyo; where art meets craftsmanship, tradition and state-of-the-arts technology. ‘Barbican Geometrics’ is her study of shapes and forms around the area, inspired by the Brutalist aesthetics of the Barbican. Extracting a sense of order and progress from the regularity of windows, tiles, and … [Read more...]

Eating for Health

Edited by Stephanie Ross with content by Catherine Sharman, Nutritional therapist and Chef/Co-Founder Après Food Co Ltd, 72 St John Street, Farringdon, EC1M 4DT (online ordering available of Après at home tasty, nutritious restaurant meals to eat now or freeze for later) All about minerals | All about vitamins Corona viruses: there are many species that produce respiratory and gastrointestinal illness in humans and animals. Four strains cause the common cold. The pandemic corona virus SARS-CoV-2 causes the disease labeled COVID-19, which has distinctive clinical and … [Read more...]

Culture Mile: Radio Local

Hyper-local radio broadcast to the world Culture Mile, the City of London’s cultural district stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate will go hyper-local during the lockdown with Radio Local – a daily live broadcast, bringing the sounds and stories of the City, into people’s homes and broadcast to the world. Radio Local, created by performance artists Hunt & Darton, will be an hour-long show every day from 1 – 2pm, Sat 30 May – Fri 12 June. It will be built with, by and for the City’s residents, workers and local businesses. The show will be streamed live on and … [Read more...]


Update from Anne O'Donnell about her independent local business LONDON EYE OPTIQUE London Eye Optique, 2A Cherry Tree Walk, London EC1Y 8NX, independent Opticians by Waitrose, T: 020 7256 9778 Now open 10am - 3pm Mon- Fri Social distancing will apply. Please phone before visiting. … [Read more...]

Barbican announces new digital content

Barbican announces new digital content to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week and Human Rights Watch Film Festival Inspired by the Barbican’s international arts programme, a curated mix of podcasts, playlists, films, videos, talks and articles enables audiences to continue to enjoy the Centre’s rich and varied programme. Highlights of new digital content announced today include: As part of this year’s digital edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, the Barbican’s Head of Cinema, Gali Gold, will chair two Q&A webinar discussions with filmmakers and human rights … [Read more...]