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...]

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...]

Temper in the City

Unfortunately we missed the opening of this, the second Temper restaurant, following the huge success of the first in Soho.  The new one is in Angel Court within spitting distance (well almost) of the Bank of England in the heart of the City and opened mid-summer.  Temper is the brainchild of chef Neil Rankin, noted for his Smokehouse BBQ restaurants.  Neil is said to have pioneered London’s high end barbecue scene and is well known for his experimental use of bold flavours, drawing on global influences. For those familiar with the original Temper restaurant, which has a Mexican theme, be … [Read more...]

Lodge d’Argent returns

Following the success of last year’s Lodge d’Argent winter pop up, City restaurant Coq d’Argent, one of the Barbican Life editor’s favourites, will once again be creating a magical winter wonderland on its rooftop space for the festive season, this time with an Arctic theme.   Coq d’Argent is brilliantly located at No.1 Poultry with is roof terrace overlooking the Bank of England, the Mansion House and the Royal Exchange. Running from 21st November until the end of February, this year’s Arctic theme sees two cosy igloo tents installed on the heated ring terraces joining the familiar … [Read more...]

Two dates to note at Hoxton Square

Mean Girls’ Christmas Talent Show  Date: Thursday November 30th Time: 7pm doors open – 10pm Price: £4 adv/£6 on the door What’s your secret talent? Poetry? Song? Interpretive dance? Well here’s your chance to get it out of your system and strut your stuff in that synchronized sexy Santa outfit you’ve always wanted. WIN£100 bar tab to spend with your friends for the best talent of the night! Our gorgeous hostesses for the evening will be Shoreditch High’s very own drag-plastics, The Nightbus, Sue Gives a Fuk, Just May and a mystery guest … (oh my God Karen you can’t just ask someone … [Read more...]

Little Quiet now open lunchtimes

Little Quiet, the tiny restaurant on Newbury Street (a small street running parallel to Long Lane) which runs set menu evening meals in a space which only seats about 16 diners from Wednesdays to Saturdays only is, from this week, opening for lunches as well – but only on Thursdays and Fridays. On its publicity it describes itself as being ‘close to unfindable’, which is true.  Newbury Street is short, has little passing pedestrian traffic and there is little evidence in terms of signage that there is a restaurant there at all. The restaurant is at Nos. 24-26 Newbury Street and for … [Read more...]

Queen of Hoxton’s Winter rooftop and events

The Queen of Hoxton bar is a short walk from the Barbican, on the corner of Worship Street and Curtain Road.  Not so much Hoxton, Worship Street is actually one of those former light industrial and office locations on the northern fringe of the City of London and nowadays is seeing a number of bar and restaurant openings – and right opposite the Queen of Hoxton is the brand new Principal Place office and residential development which is providing the HQ for Amazon UK and is the location of some other new trendy bars and restaurants, which will serve to further advance the footfall in this area … [Read more...]