News from around the Barbican

Sample Christmas

A festive shopping experience offering unique gifts for the urban generation - this is a Christmas market like no other. The brightest stars in the world of fashion, homewares, and lifestyle products will showcase next season’s trends at the festive edition of SAMPLE. This free market on Greenwich Peninsula makes finding Christmas gifts a breeze with its handpicked selection of designers, independent producers and craftspeople. SAMPLE is open on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December from 11-7pm with both a day and night-time offering. Greeting the savvy shoppers will be an alternative … [Read more...]

Charterhouse Christmas Fair

The Charterhouse opens its doors for its very first Christmas Fair On Tuesday November 13th, the Charterhouse, which encompasses seven centuries of history in seven acres between Barbican and Farringdon, is welcoming everyone to its first Christmas Fair.  Open from 11.00am to 7.00pm the Fair will offer a treasure trove of wonderful gift ideas from cashmere hats and chocolate, to jewellery and gin, in the glorious atmospheric surrounds of this former monastery and Tudor mansion. Join us and get into the Christmas spirit with our own Santa, seasonal treats, and over 30 stalls of distinctive … [Read more...]

MoL raises more money for move

The Museum of London has announced significant support totalling £15m towards its bold, ambitious plans to create a new museum for London in West Smithfield. A major grant of £10m from the Linbury Trust, the charitable foundation established by Lord and Lady Sainsbury of Preston Candover, and initial support of £5m* National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) make up the latest high-profile support for creating a spectacular new home for the museum in the historic heart of the city.    The Linbury Trust’s support of £10m is one of the largest gifts in the museum’s … [Read more...]

COLPAI update

Over the past month, the City of London Primary Academy Islington (COLPAI) team has been busy investigating and preparing the new schools site for soft strip and demolition, which it aims to commence around now. It has now completed the removal of asbestos from the site and is continuing to disconnect  to the site ahead of demolition. The team thanks those who responded to the consultation on the hoarding colour. Several suggestions were made regarding different colours and the potential for artwork in the future was also raised. A colour for the hoardings was agreed with members of the … [Read more...]

Exclusive Legal Talks for Residents

Carter Lemon Camerons invite Barbican residents: 1 November 2018 - Letting your property 8 November 2018 - Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney 15 November 2018 - Inheritance Tax and Equity Release at Carter Lemon Camerons LLP Solicitors 10 Aldersgate Street London EC1A 4HJ Refreshments after the talk. Contact Caitlin Waghorn or Lorraine King on 0207 406 1000 to secure your place or by email at or … [Read more...]

Lunchtime Recital at St Bartholomew the Less Wed 17th Oct

2018-19 Lunchtime Recital Series at St Bart's the Less A former prize-winner at the USA International Harp Competition, Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llyr has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and St David's Hall. Her programme will include works by Debussy, Scriabin, and Liszt, as well as music by the French harpist/composer Henriette Renié and by Welsh composers Grace Williams, Haldon Evans, and William Matthias. Gwenllian joined the CMF Artist Programme in 2017. Free tickets at   … [Read more...]

Love, Betrayal, Death (in Opera) Concert at St Giles’ Cripplegate on Saturday October 20th (starting with mini wine tasting at 5:45 pm).

GS Wines and partners will present an exciting evening of music (mainly operatic arias), a little wine tasting of Italian wines plus an optional 3-course luxury Italian dinner - a complete night out for as little £53.50 (after applying appropriate discounts and booked directly through Gordon - see contact details below). Our internationally accomplished singers, Monique Loricchio Klongtruadroke (Soprano)  and Yuri Sabatini (Tenor) will be joined by talented newcomers Giulia Laudano (Mezzo) and Jacob Feldman (baritone) - a fine replacement for Michael Ronan who had to pull out.  This … [Read more...]

Lifesize elephant hologram at St Paul’s

A life-sized elephant, normally found roaming the plains of Africa, appeared in St Paul’s this morning. WWF released the majestic elephant hologram, standing at just under five metres, as part of their  ‘Stop Wildlife Trafficking’ campaign, which is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Every year, more elephants are poached than born and WWF is calling for world leaders to commit to ending the illegal wildlife trade at a major summit on the issue in London this week. Ahead of the 11-12 October London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade at Battersea’s Evolution Centre, WWF … [Read more...]

PETER PAN 5th Dec to 5th Jan

Damien Tracey Productions, Park Theatre and Julie Clare Productions are proud to present.... PETER PAN The original play by J.M. Barrie Filled with mermaids, pirates and fairies, lost boys and crocodiles, this is the stunning original story of the boy who could fly. With the help of a little sprinkle of fairy dust, Peter Pan will be a thrilling theatrical treat for the whole family this Christmas.  Alexander Vlahos, best known for playing Philippe, Duke of Orleans in Versailles and Mordred in BBC drama Merlin, stars as Captain Hook alongside exciting newcomer Nickcolia … [Read more...]

Charterhouse resident Stanley Underhill publishes turbulent memoir

Charterhouse resident Stanley Underhill publishes memoir of a life fighting prejudice and institutionalised ignorance: Out of the Black Country Zuleika Books & Publishing is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of Coming out of the Black Country, a memoir by Reverend Stanley Underhill, a resident of the Charterhouse almshouse in Islington, which will be available in-store and online from Friday 5th October 2018. Coming out of the Black Country is at once disturbing and inspiring: it is a powerful portrait of past social hardships and an insightful and personal memoir … [Read more...]