News from around the Barbican

Illuminated River Foundation Community Fund

Illuminated River Foundation has announced a Community Fund to support local groups in delivering publicly accessible activities that engage with the first phase of Illuminated River (London, Cannon St, Southwark and Millennium Bridges) and encourage more people to enjoy the Thames, its bridges and riverside surroundings at night. The announcement follows the July 17th illumination of four Thames bridges - London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium – which were transformed with the launch of the first phase of the Illuminated River project. The 10-year artwork, by internationally … [Read more...]

HIX Oyster Celebration

Mark Hix invites you to join him and the team of HIX Oyster & Chop House to celebrate native season and the humble British oyster. To mark the occasion, we will be hosting a daytime celebration on Saturday 14th September serving British rock and native oysters for £1 paired to seasonal drinks. For the third year, Mark has teamed up with fellow oyster lovers and experts Robin Hancock (Wright Brothers) Pete Miles (Dorset Oysters) Nigel Bloxham (Crab House Cafe and Billy Winters) and Tom Haward (Richard Haward’s West Mersea Oysters) who will be serving their oysters whilst chatting to … [Read more...]

Opera in the City Festival

London’s new summer opera festival from 20th August - 7th September at Bridewell Theatre, City of London. Time Zone Theatre Ltd in association with the Bridewell Theatre presents OPERA IN THE CITY FESTIVAL. Now in its third year, the festival creates a dynamic new hub for opera right in the heart of the City of London, presenting innovative productions which push the boundaries of classical music. Rarely performed pieces, new works and multi-disciplinary projects with a focus on international collaborations promise a unique season: including an opera with a touch of Jazz which sets … [Read more...]

The People’s Tower

15 - 21 July 2019 See below for timings and locations FREE Work alongside artist Olivier Grossetête to create a monumental cardboard structure inspired by the Guildhall. Over 1,000 boxes will be used to build this 20m high masterpiece and Olivier needs the public’s help to assemble the building blocks of this giant tower. Following a week of drop-in box building workshops, members of the public will be invited to help build the tower on the Saturday and then welcomed back to topple and destroy it on the Sunday. Come and take part in all, or some, of the fun. Box-building … [Read more...]

Fiesta de Mexico

26th – 28th July in Guildhall Yard This July, Fiesta de Mexico will bring the verve, sights, smells and flavours of Mexico’s rich and diverse culture to the heart of the City of London. Taking place over 26th – 28th July in Guildhall Yard, the square, decorated with colourful ‘papel picado’ bunting, will recreate one of Mexico’s famous fiestas, complete with authentic food, drink and produce stalls.  From Mariachi bands and Aztec dance performances to traditional artisan workshops and electrifying Lucha Libre shows, the live entertainment at Fiesta de Mexico will be like nothing ever seen … [Read more...]

City Beerfest

Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE 18 July Head to Guildhall Yard for an afternoon of beer, food, music and, hopefully, sunshine for this celebration of one of the world's oldest inventions. Raise a glass with friends, colleagues or clients and enjoy some of the best beers and ciders from 16 breweries, all in support of the Lord Mayor's Appeal. ORGANISED BY CITY OF LONDON CORPORATION AND THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF BREWERS. THIS YEAR'S CITY BEERFEST IS PART OF THE CITY OF LONDON CORPORATION'S FANTASTIC FEATS: THE BUILDING OF LONDON PROGRAMME OF EVENTS. … [Read more...]

Give and take day 13 July

City of London Recycling Events Having a clear out? Give and take days are an exchange event where you can get rid of household items you no longer want but are too good to throw away. Items are then offered for free to anyone who would like them enabling them to be reused by others. How the event works Drop off your unwanted items between 10am-12noon.Unfortunately we are unable to accept donations after this time. Bring good quality items such as; Books, DVDs and CDs Children's toys Furniture and soft furnishings like cushions and curtains Clothes, shoes and … [Read more...]

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...]