Dining and drinks at the top of the Gherkin

Searcys, well known to Barbican residents for running the Osteria and Bonfire restaurants at the Barbican Centre, has relaunched its private members’ club at the iconic Gherkin skyscraper on St Mary Axe, as a public restaurant and bar called Helix and Iris. The Gherkin was the building that first changed the landscape of the new London skyline. And now it is reasserting its architectural worth as well as its culinary credibility in the face of its new sky-high neighbours. On levels 39 and 40 of London’s iconic Norman Foster-designed building, Searcys at the Gherkin relaunches with a … [Read more...]

Summer offers from Café du Marché

Café du Marché off Charterhouse Square, has two summer offers. Offer 1) A summer Prix Fixe menu until end of August - £20 for two courses that will change daily. Pics below: English asparagus, poached egg and hollandaise Onglet steak with snails, portobello mushrooms and red wine jus Offer 2) 10% discount on private events bookings over August. Info on the restaurant: Renowned as an atmospheric and convivial French restaurant, Le Café du Marché has been open for three decades. Tucked away down a cobbled mews next to the Malmaison Hotel in Charterhouse Square, it is one … [Read more...]

D&D to open new rooftop restaurant at 120 Fenchurch Street

D&D London has announced that it has signed an agreement with Generali Real Estate to launch a 9,257 sq ft restaurant on the 14th floor of new development, 120 Fenchurch Street. D&D, which took over the Conran restaurants in 2006, is one of the top rated  restaurant chains in the country with nearly all its restaurants serving exceptional quality food.  It owns and operates over 30 leading restaurants in London, Leeds, Manchester, Paris, New York and Tokyo and also the highly acclaimed South Place Hotel in the City of London with its Michelin-starred Angler restaurant only a … [Read more...]

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...]