Bowling Bird latest restaurant to join discount scheme

The latest restaurant to join the Barbican Association Discount Scheme is the relatively new Bowling Bird on Cloth Fair, located in John Betjeman’s old house – No. 44 - and opposite the St. Bartholomew the Great churchyard. Bowling Bird describes itself as a contemporary neighbourhood restaurant offering fresh, seasonal food and a select choice of fine wines and spirits.   It claims its relaxed service and enlightened hospitality, set amongst an eclectic mix of furnishings in one of London’s most historic areas, makes it a vital addition to the local community.  It generates almost … [Read more...]

Coin Laundry: Refurb and new food and drink menus

Neighbourhood bar/restaurant, Coin Laundry, on Exmouth Market, has relaunched with a new menu that celebrates British producers and lets seasonal ingredients sing. The reimagined Coin Laundry is open for everyday drinks, as well as working lunches and weekday suppers, bottomless weekend brunch and Sunday roasts. Group Bar Manager Alessandro Paludet’s new drinks menu foregrounds home-brewed beer, classic and more offbeat wines, as well as punchy cocktails. Paludet’s wine list also balances the familiar with the unpredictable; recognisable wines, such as a New ZealandSauvignon Blanc … [Read more...]

Smiths refurb now complete

The iconic Smiths of Smithfield on Charterhouse Street and opposite the north side of the meat market has been undergoing a major refurbishment programme.  It has now re-opened its four floors of restaurants and bars – ranging from the casual ground floor Café and Bar to the more formal top floor gourmet restaurant and terrace. Smiths describes itself as a stunning example of a Grade II listed building that, over the years has evolved to its present-day design of four floors, each offering a unique dining and drinking experience.  Because of its location only a short walk from the … [Read more...]

London Oyster Week feature events confirmed

Oysters for breakfast - The editor of Barbican Life was more than happy to attend the launch party for London Oyster Week (April 21-29) at Bentley's Seafood Restaurant off Piccadilly as it gave him the opportunity to indulge in the produce of four different Oyster farms from points around the UK and Ireland, as well as sample some of the drinks offered by the week's sponsors.  Oysters for breakfast is definitely a great indulgence. And now the first round of feature events for London’s inaugural week-long celebration of oysters has been confirmed. London Oyster Week will see more … [Read more...]

Inaugural London Oyster Week – 21-29 April

The first city-wide celebration of oysters will take place in London from Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 April 2018. London Oyster Week will see venues across the capital joining together to demystify oysters and raise awareness of the benefits of eating them, as well as raise funds for oyster education and restoration. Over 25 restaurants, bars and pubs – including Bentley’s, Wright Brothers, Noble Rot, Northbank, and the Hawksmoor group – will develop featured oyster dishes and serve special oyster-matched drinks and cocktails, designed with event sponsors, to encourage customers to try … [Read more...]

Afternoon tea with fizz at Restaurant de Paul

A British Favourite à la Française: The French equivalent of the quintessentially British afternoon tea is Le Goûter, pronounced le goo tay, and at Le Restaurant de PAUL the new bottomless afternoon tea beautifully blends the best of both cultures. Available seven days a week with free-flowing, sparkling vin mousseux from Ky Procco by Alain Gayrel, this tea simply oozes savoir faire at a sensational price. For £24.95 per person, enjoy free-flowing French bubbles, delicate artisan sandwiches with fillings including Camembert and poached salmon, exquisite patisserie, jewel-like macarons … [Read more...]

A Modern Take on Fish and Chips

United Chip has recently opened on the corner of Clerkenwell Road and Goswell Road, and thus within a short walk of the Barbican.  It offers what it claims to be a more modern take on fish and chips. It provides take-out and eat-in options. Cod, haddock and Pollock come in fresh daily. Along with Dingly Dell pork sausages, the fish is beer battered and fried in sunflower oil (lighter than alternative frying oils). Other food choices include: the very popular fish finger sandwich; Japanese-style Panko bread crumbed halloumi; soft shell crab burger and prawn burger served after 3pm and … [Read more...]

New veg-centric restaurant at Somerset House  

In Spring 2018, celebrated Welsh chef Bryn Williams is set to open his first London restaurant in a decade, located in the renowned arts and cultural centre, Somerset House.   Bryn Williams at Somerset House will offer modern British dining, serving seasonal dishes where – although not necessarily all vegetarian – the fruit and vegetable components will always take centre stage. With a relaxed and contemporary environment, Somerset House’s creative community will be at the restaurant’s core – reflected through the food, service and design. The restaurant will be Williams’ second … [Read more...]

Lively Irish bar/restaurant south of Silicon Roundabout

Of particular interest to Barbican residents because of its proximity a new lively Irish themed Bar/Restaurant has been opened on City Road around 50 yards to the south of the Old Street roundabout. Recently opened by Niall Davidson, the new bar/restaurant, NUALA, is open all-day Monday to Saturday. By day, NUALA promises comforting flavours cooked over a giant fire pit, with modern riffs on classic combinations. By evening the NUALA basement bar also beckons; an underground Irish bar with live music daily, too many whiskeys to mention, cocktails, pints and Tayto’s. We were privileged … [Read more...]

10% off private events at Le Café du Marché in January and February.

  10% off private events at Le Café du Marché in January and February. Le Café du Marché is an authentic and atmospheric French restaurant in Smithfield, London. The first floor private dining room, Le Grenier, is a unique and characterful events space for formal dinners or relaxed parties. Book an event for January and February for 30 or more people and Le Café du Marché is offering 10% off.* Le Grenier dining room is a high-ceilinged converted loft-space ideal for private parties, corporate events and wedding celebrations. The private dining has large windows and characterful … [Read more...]