‘Magic Metropolis’

Karen Neale invites you to 'Magic Metropolis'. 'Magic Metropolis' brings together paintings, canvases, prints and published books from my ‘London in Landscape’ and 'A Fellow Traveller' sketchbooks, along with sketches I'll be doing around Clerkenwell in the run up to the exhibition. With inspiration from the exhibition of views of London and other fabulous cities, visitors are invited to create their own beautiful building to add to a large scale map of a made-up metropolis, in the centre of the exhibition. Each unique addition adds to the collective community to create another magical … [Read more...]

Barbican Garden Walks

Barbican Walks led by the ‘Garden Guides’; qualified City of London Walking Guides specialising in the history and the horticulture of the City Gardens.  The walks (starting at Moorgate Underground and ending at the Barbican Underground about two hours later) will describe what was in the area before the creation of the Barbican Estate, introduce some interesting facts about what is there now and what is coming, and also discuss what is growing on the Estate. The walk will conclude with particular attention given to the new gardens above Beech Street created by Professor Nigel Dunnett.  … [Read more...]

Storytelling concert for under 5s 10Mar

Fri 10 Mar 2017 12.30pm - 1.15pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, London STORYTELLING CONCERT SUITABLE FOR UNDER-5S Vanessa King presenter An interactive concert for mini musicmakers! Vanessa King and LSO musicians retell the fairy tale story Little Red Riding Hood through music, offering younger children a chance to experience a live performance in the beautiful Jerwood Hall. Dance and sing your way through the concert as the instruments bring the tale to life. Tickets: £3 children, £5 adults (babies under 12 months free, no ticket … [Read more...]

India Pakistan London Fashion Event 4th March

BOLLYWOOD & FASHION ROYALTY TO GRACE “INDIA PAKISTAN LONDON FASHION EVENT” IN SUPPORT OF THE BRITISH ASIAN TRUST Bollywood Belle Bipasha Basu Announced as Showstopper for Acclaimed Indian Celebrity Designer Rimple & Harpreet Narula The India, Pakistan and London Fashion Show (IPL Fashion Show) makes a magnanimous entry to London’s high-fashion scene on Saturday, 4th March at the iconic Gibson Hall, as it brings to UK shores the finest concept fashion venture, amalgamating design, artistry and culture from the East and West. A symbolic concept that boasts luxury and celebrates … [Read more...]

Morning explorers at the Museum of London 4th March

ASC friendly family event Book here Explore our galleries exclusively from 08.30am (normal opening hours are 10am-6pm). Discover fascinating objects and take part in relaxed family activities such as sensory rooms, object handling and an arts and craft session. Morning explorers is free and provides an informal atmosphere in which to explore the museum, sensitive to the needs of children with autistic spectrum conditions under the age of 13. Our next event focuses on London’s early history up until the Great Fire of 1666. There will also be the opportunity on the day to purchase tickets to … [Read more...]

Weds babies activities at Museum of London

Hands-on free babies activities Join us at the museum for this weekly session for babies and carers every Wednesday morning during term time. Special one-hour sessions designed to support you and baby learning together in the unique museum environment. For babies 6 months old to walking, this is a free session but families must book in advance by clicking here. Remember to select an adult ticket as well as a child, and that there is generally only one child per adult admitted. Please call 020 7001 9846 if you have any questions. … [Read more...]

New free health service for Barbican residents

A new, free health service for Barbican residents has been launched this month. City LivingWise is for all Barbican residents aged 18+ who would like to lose weight, be more active and/or have an NHS health check. This brand new health programme is commissioned by City of London Corporation and offers a completely free 12 week weight management course; a free personal exercise programme (on GP referral); and, for residents aged 40-74, an NHS Health Check – helping to prevent diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. City LivingWise is delivered by health intervention … [Read more...]

Memorial service for Douglas Woodward

A memorial service for long-time Barbican resident, and prominent City servant, Douglas Woodward will be held in St Giles Cripplegate church in the Barbican on February 21st at 11 a.m. Douglas Woodward in the Barbican's Thomas More Garden - Photo by Fiona SavoryDouglas and his wife Ann were amongst the earliest residents in the Barbican moving into thge Estate in 1970 and amongst the early members of the Barbican Residents Association. He had a distinguished career in City of London governance being elected to The Court of Common Council in 1971 in the ward of Cripplegate. … [Read more...]


Fri 10 Feb 2017 12.30pm - 1.15pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, London Come and discover more about music and instruments of the orchestra in the beautiful setting of the Jerwood Hall in specially designed concerts by LSO musicians and students from the Guildhall School. The concerts offer an informal introduction to the LSO and the world of music-making. Our presenter Rachel Leach talks about the works and the instruments, and there are opportunities to ask questions of Rachel and the musicians. Each concert begins at 12.30pm and lasts for 45 minutes. The Café is open for light … [Read more...]

A Georgian Valentine’s Day

Cover of Spring 2011 issue of Barbican Life with article on Wesley, the chapel and his house in City Road. The article may be read by clicking on Magazine issues on barbicanlife.com   14th of February 11am-3pm in John Wesley’s House Admission is free Discover how Georgians celebrated Valentine’s Day here in this rare and historic London Townhouse. Come and meet our costumed re-enactors in John Wesley's House and discover how the Georgians celebrated Valentine’s Day. The Cook will be down in the kitchen with homemade baking for you to taste, our Housekeeper will be … [Read more...]