News from around the Barbican

Centre for Music’s new funding

The City of London Corporation has now agreed to provide further funding for the next stage of development for the proposed Centre for Music. The Court of Common Council, the City Corporation’s top decision-making body, approved the release of £1.95m to commission continuing work on the proposals, including the funding model and technical studies to inform the site’s masterplan. The new world-class venue for performance and education, designed by New York-based architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, would be built on the site of the Museum of London, which will relocate to West … [Read more...]

Barbican-based coming-of-age film

London screening dates :: The Princes Charles in Leicester Square on the 14th and 28th of March.  Book tickets here ------ ‘Soundtrack to Sixteen’ is a quirky coming-of-age film about growing up in London in the noughties. It is set in the Barbican and at Queen’s College London. It is being featured on the opening night of the London Independent Film Festival Soundtrack to Sixteen was filmed by Anna-Elizabeth and Hillary Shakespeare back in 2013 when Hillary had just graduated from University and Anna-Elizabeth was just about to start. The film was based on their … [Read more...]

Change at Barbican Dental

Dr. Shahin Boghani has recently taken over the Barbican Dental Practice at No.1 Wallside from Dr. Michael Fisher who has owned and managed the Practice for many years.  Dr Fisher will continue working there also and to enhance his excellent care, the Practice has added an array of additional services, including dental implants and specialist gum disease treatments. Dr Boghani is a periodontist and gum disease specialist. Barbican Dental has updated its website, which is designed to be more user friendly, and allows for appointments to be booked online. Based within the Barbican Estate … [Read more...]

The Lost Words: Spell Songs

Book now for Saturday 18th April 2020 2019 saw The Lost Words: Spell Songs, a musical companion piece to The Lost Words: A Spell Book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris enjoy standing ovations at sell-out performances in major venues across the UK, including The Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank. Spell Songs was a highlight of The Hay International Literary Festival in May, and in August they were invited to perform at the BBC’s Lost Words Prom in the Royal Albert Hall. “… one of the most sublime evenings you will ever enjoy. The magic of these superstars onstage - the art, … [Read more...]

Syd’s coffee stall

The Museum of London has acquired Syd’s coffee stall as part of its London Collection when the store closed for business for the last time on 20 December, after over 100 years of service. A bastion for the East End, the stall has sat on Calvert Avenue, just off Shoreditch High Street, since 1919 and has passed down through three generations from Syd Tothill to the current owner, Jane Tothill, Syd’s granddaughter, who has been running it for over thirty years serving fresh filled rolls, coffee, and loose leaf tea. When it closed for business, Jane donated the coffee stall to the Museum of … [Read more...]

Book Now for ‘Awaking the Sleeping Giant’

Tuesday 31 March 2020 Bookings are now open for Friends of Barts Heritage's first event of the New Year, open to everyone, when Will Palin, the newly appointed chief executive of Barts Heritage, has gathered together key members of the elite team charged with the repair and conservation of the North Wing complex. The evening will include a welcome drink before expert speakers share the challenges, complexities and opportunities presented by this unique conservation project, and there will be the opportunity for networking afterwards. The price has been kept deliberately low, at just … [Read more...]

Open Mic Night

True Tales Open Mic Night They say everyone has a story to tell. Do you? Thursday 6th February 6.30-7.30pm Free! Share your 3-5 minute true story. Stories might be about memories we keep to ourselves, deeds we've done, or anything in between. Have a story to share? email or sign up in the library for your under 5-minute (2-4 pages A4) open-mic slot! Don’t want to tell your story yourself?  Their host can read your story for you, but please e-mail your story in advance. If you are not ready to tell your story yet —don’t worry just come and listen … [Read more...]

Family Tours at the Charterhouse

25th January 2020 | 1:00pm - 1:45pm The first of their special Family Tours for 2020. Join them on a journey through the Charterhouse as they look for Thomas Sutton’s missing Talbots. Discover medieval monks, regal royals, terrible Tudors and naughty schoolboys as you all search high and low for cuddly Talbot toys. Can you help find all six? Particularly suitable for under 12s. £10 per adult, children go free (NB max two children per paying adult). Book your tickets here! … [Read more...]

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 25/26 January

Come and help count birds in City and Barbican gardens as part of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020. This will be the 13th year volunteers have participated in the Birdwatch. Expect to see about 17 different species – including some migratory birds that may have blown in over the winter. All are welcome to join this gentle walk through a number of City gardens. If you would like to come along - or share your own results of counting birds from your balcony or in a Barbican garden - please PM me. Saturday 25 January 08.30 - 11.00 Meet in Bunhill Fields by the gardener’s hut and then … [Read more...]

New lunchtime choir at St Botolphs without Aldgate

Come along for a lunchtime sing along Light Refreshments afterwards and to ask what songs you like etc, We have a lovely experienced choir director to help us No audition or experience necessary!! Every Monday lunch time from 12.30 to 1.30 Starts 20th Jan … [Read more...]