News from around the Barbican

The Irony of Time

In the same way that the The Ned enhances the magic of the memory of Mary Poppins in the old Midland Bank down at Bank Junction, the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch has sympathetically converted a Grade II Baroque building which was once the Old Street Magistrates Court and Police Station into a fine, plush hotel – within walking distance to our Barbican Estate. The Kray Twins stood trial here in 1965 for “demanding money through menaces” and in its time the police station held Eric Arthur Blair (otherwise known as George Orwell) in its cells.  In one of his essays, Orwell describes 48 hours … [Read more...]

National Garden Scheme 5th July

Charterhouse Garden Tours The Charterhouse gardens will be open as part of the National Garden Scheme on 5th June 2019 from 6.00-900pm.  Details will be up on our website in the New Year. The gardens here at the Charterhouse transform from season to season – with the aim all year round of providing calm and a beautiful environment for the residents (known as Brothers) of the almshouse, originally established in 1611.  As Kate Robinson takes over, garden lovers can join her to discover each season’s variations, colours and textures, tap into her expertise, and hear her plans … [Read more...]

Fortune St Park Community Fun Day

Fundraiser Fortune St. Park Community Fun Day In its 17th year organised by 4 local residents from City and Islington sides. About 500 visitors on the day, many from the Barbican and surrounding areas. Sat 6th July 12-5 pm What Friends of Fortune St Park will deliver for Saturday 6th July: • Put on a large variety of fun and creative activities and petting farm on the day • Promote other organisations and local groups • Feel included & welcomed as part of a bigger community • Live Jazz Music and Sing-alongs • Food and refreshments • Gain an understanding or nature and … [Read more...]

Baby Loves Disco 29 June

Family dance party Shoreditch Town Hall Free facepainting, play tents, inflatables, arts and crafts, healthy snacks and dancefloor fun with games and giveaways! Suitable for 0 - 6 year olds but older siblings are welcome. Book at … [Read more...]

325 years, 325 objects Bank of England Museum

22 July 2019 - 15 May 2020 325TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND 325 OBJECTS, MANY PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN, TELL THE STORIES OF THE BANK Story-filled exhibition covers art, design, architecture, politics, wartime, technology, fraud and forgery Objects drawn from the collections beneath Threadneedle Street include banknote designs, the earliest notes, Roman relics, 19th century forgeries, staff dexterity tests and a Cold War radiation calculator Exhibition features newly-commissioned floral banknote sculpture by artist Justine Smith At the end of July, the Bank of England will … [Read more...]

Concerts in the gardens next week

Next week, the London Wall Place Partnership are hosting their second music festival celebrating the great musicians based in the City of London.  Taking place from 10th-13th June, the four-day series of concerts includes world class performances by the London Symphony Orchestra and musicians from Guildhall School of Music & Drama set amongst beautiful, lush gardens in the middle of the Square Mile. Guests are invited to bring picnic hampers and blankets and find a space on the lawn while enjoying outstanding acts by the London Symphony Orchestra’s virtuoso Wind Ensemble (music by … [Read more...]

Brighton’s cult ‘wavey’ artist

Brighton's cult 'wavey' artist comes to London for her debut show at The Book Club: WWWWaves  (FREE ENTRY - running until Sept 1st) Launching with a private view this Thursday 6th June, Brighton based artist Lois O’Hara brings her signature colourful waves to London with first solo exhibition at The Book Club in Shoreditch.  Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s book The Waves, the exhibition will see Lois paint fluid, dripping shapes and patterns directly onto the ceiling, walls and floor, also using the flowing prose from Woolf’s iconic novel. There will also be prints displayed on the walls and … [Read more...]

Open Farm Sunday 9 June

Open Farm Sunday free entry to 300+ farms Sunday 9 June About 350 farms across England, Scotland and Wales will open their gates to the public for various activities. To find out if your local farm is participating, use this Farm Finder – it lists all the info for each farm's event, including opening times. Our closest farm is: Spitalfields City Farm, E1 5AR Time of event: 12noon - 4pm Address: Buxton Street, Greater London, E1 5AR, United Kingdom Event cost: Free Highlights: Sheep; Pigs; Poultry; Other livestock; Potatoes; Vegetables; Salads; Fruit; Environmental … [Read more...]

Barbican @50 Mixtape 15th June

In celebration of the Barbican Estate’s 50th anniversary, The Barbican Archive Mixtape is a cut-and-paste journey through the TV, film and artists moving image that has captured the Estate on screen. The Barbican Archive Mixtape charts the life of the Estate as it was featured in television specials, as the stark modernist backdrop for drama, as advertised to the public and interpreted by numerous filmmakers. Featured in full are two rare TV documentaries presenting both sides to the history of the estate: the first, a World in Action special from 1967 entitled The … [Read more...]

Barbican Gin

special edition Barbican London Dry Gin Barbican collaborates with East London Liquor Company to launch a special edition Barbican London Dry Gin UPDATE - World Gin Day Tasting Event 8th June at the Barbican Shop 4-7pm The Barbican has announced a collaboration with East London Liquor Company to launch a special edition Barbican London Dry Gin, which will be available to buy in the Barbican Shop and drink in the centre’s bars from 6 March 2019. The gin has been distilled using the finest 100% British wheat spirit infused with lemon & grapefruit peel, coriander, angelica … [Read more...]