News from around the Barbican

Save the date – Christmas Fair – Charterhouse

Bigger, better, bolder – this year’s Christmas Fair at the Charterhouse Save the date for this year’s splendid Christmas Fair at the Charterhouse, Tuesday 12th November – with over 50 stands of distinctive, high quality and crafted gift ideas you can get your Christmas shopping for friends and family all wrapped up in one day!  Councillor Rakhia Ismail, Mayor of Islington, will be doing the honours to formally open the Fair. Open from 11.00pm to 8.00pm  the Fair will offer a cornucopia of wonderful gift ideas from ceramics to toys, to artisan foods, books and fashion accessories, in the … [Read more...]

Murder in the Cathedral

One more week of rehearsals and Murder in the Cathedral will open in Southwark before travelling to Oxford and Guildford. Thet have sent us a glimpse of events over the last three weeks in the rehearsal room. Do not forget to book your tickets now - see you in church!                       In WEEK 4, "What work... what wrong, shall have been done"? … [Read more...]

First aid compulsory from 2020

Dear editor, You never know how you would act in an emergency, yet our actions could save a life. This is why I think it’s fantastic that, after 10 years of campaigning by the British Red Cross, it will be compulsory for first aid skills to be taught in all state schools in England from 2020. It’s an  impactful way to give young people the confidence they need to help someone.  As parents, Ben and I are so thrilled our children will be able to learn these important skills so that they never feel completely helpless in an emergency situation.  It’s also a relief knowing that if … [Read more...]

St Luke’s celebrates volunteer gardening groups with three awards

St Luke’s Community Centre, Central Street, is celebrating three prestigious gardening accolades after receiving a Gold Award in the Islington in Bloom Competition, Gold Award for London in Bloom 2019 and Outstanding in Britain in Bloom – It’s Your Neighbourhood. Poppy Fishman, Community Gardening Manager at St Luke’s says: “We’re thrilled with our awards, and it’s thanks to our volunteer gardening groups that keep our green areas thriving. They’re friendly, social groups, and we always welcome new faces. You don’t need any experience, just come along and enjoy the benefits of gardening all … [Read more...]

Everyman Cinema Broadgate

At Broadgate’s new Everyman cinema the reels are rolling.  So why would Barbican neighbours be encouraged to switch their cinema-going allegiance from the Barbican Centre’s three screens to those of the Everyman? It depends on your priorities – and maybe time constraints. At the ground floor entrance there’s a small café/bar with agreeable outdoor seating but downstairs the renovation to boutique-style cinema with large well stocked bar and hot food bistro is well styled and impressive. In the three auditoriums colourful comfy double seat sofas have wooden side tables for drinks and food. … [Read more...]

Local Yoga Workshop

Meditation and Healing Workshop with Jeannie When: Friday October 25th 18:30-21:30 Where: Golden Lane Community Centre, Golden Lane Estate, Fann Street, London EC1Y 0RN Cost: £50 Please contact Jeannie at to register. Really relaxing start to the weekend (the 3 hours enables a much more relaxing session than a usual 1 hour session) small pleasant and friendly group led by experienced yoga instructor Jeannie Brèhaut … [Read more...]

Become a Cult Model!

Marianne Nicolaou sent us news about Cult Vision's latest project - CULT CUSTOMER SHOOT (VOL. 1) This has been many months in the making and we are now excited to share the portraits with you. Conceived as a fun way of showing off our diverse and wonderful customers while at the same time showcasing our Curated Eyewear. We invited our customers to either wear their own or pick a pair of eyewear that revealed a side of their personality. Photographed over a single day against our vibrant Bauhaus orange background here in Clerkenwell, we present you with the pick of the bunch. It was really a … [Read more...]

Where Light Falls at St Paul’s

Inspired by original poetry, cutting edge projections will illuminate this iconic landmark in honour of the men and women who risked their lives to save the Cathedral during WW2. Putting themselves in the path of bombs, the daring members of St Paul's Watch ensured the survival of a masterpiece that became a symbol of resilience. Historic England, working with the Poetry Society and leading creatives Double Take Projections, invite you to uncover the hidden histories of our wartime heroes. Where Light Falls, in partnership with St Paul's Cathedral and its companion piece at Coventry Cathedral … [Read more...]

The Snow Queen (Resident discount!)

We've just had a heads up about The Snow Queen at Park Theatre this Christmas. It’s going to be a beautiful piece of magical story-telling. We've secured a discount code for Barbican residents of £18.50 tickets in bands B&C if booked by 1st November (this excludes Friday and Saturday performances) and bear in mind there are already £18.50 tickets for the two preview performances on 4 and 5 December just FYI. When booking just put in the code BARBICAN. Winter Snow Ltd and J Clare Productions in association with Park Theatre present THE SNOW QUEEN 4 December 2019 – 4 January 2020 | … [Read more...]

Thames Clippers hosts Café Conversations

Free but book now - to meet and talk to new people, welcome aboard Thames Clippers London’s River Bus hosts Café Conversations Time to chat, meet new people and boost your happiness this World Mental Health Day! Thames Clippers invites Londoners to Café Conversations on the Thames; sail along the river and enjoy lively and interesting conversations about a variety of topics and ideas with friendly people. ''Sometimes being in a big city, you're even more isolated. You're surrounded by people, but you don't know who to talk to. Café Conversations is a platform to bridge this, making … [Read more...]