New Blacklock Shoreditch opens on Rivington Street

Chophouse and steak favourite Blacklock, has confirmed its much anticipated third restaurant will open in Shoreditch on Rivington Street on Monday 8 October. It has been running a soft opening this week to iron out potential problems. Blacklock opened its first restaurant in an old basement brothel on Great Windmill Street in Soho in 2015. Set up by Gordon Ker, Blacklock reckons it offers incredible quality meat and drinks at unbeatable prices with an obsessive focus on passionate service from a team that genuinely care. Working with the best suppliers around, including Phillip Warren … [Read more...]

New Menus at Central Street Café

Central Street Café is a warm and friendly café just off Old Street, the epicentre of London's creative tech industry. Serving tasty, healthy food and expertly-roasted coffee, it is open all day for breakfast and lunch, brunch on the weekends, and offers takeaway for everything in between. With free WiFi and plenty of space to recharge your batteries, Central Street Café is a welcome addition to the area. During the warmer months, the sunny roof terrace offers a relaxing escape with friends and family to enjoy drinks and sharing platters as the city bustles below. You can also hire the … [Read more...]

Divine Proportions

Divine Proportions is a new dining experience which runs from September 14th to January 12th at the Vaults in Waterloo, based on the story of Dionysus, God of Pleasure and Mischief. Blurring the lines between feast and fantasy, Shotgun Carousel presents an immersive party experience hosted by some of your favourite deities: ‘Five course banquet meets outrageous camp cabaret meets all night after-party’ Divine Proportions reimagines the story of the God (and sometimes Goddess) of theatre, dance and ritual ecstasy. Guests should prepare to be led on a journey to heaven and back, by your … [Read more...]

Business as usual at Gaucho

The recent news that the Gaucho Group has entered administration has caused some confusion, but the management team has confirmed it is ‘very much business as usual’ at each of its 16 restaurants around the UK.  There are at least two Gucho restaurants close by the Barbican, one on Charterhouse Street opposite Smithfield Market and one in the Broadgate complex. From London to Edinburgh, every Gaucho continues to trade through the administration period, and the sale of the business.  The company says a new owner is likely to be announced by the end of August.  “We are delighted to … [Read more...]

An Afternoon Tea Variety

Taking afternoon tea is very definitely becoming fashionable and very much a part of today's eating-out scene.  We have featured a number of options in the past few issues of Barbican Life and here's another selection prepared by the folk at Sauce Communications to highlight the offerings of some of their clients for National Afternoon Tea Week which is from 14th to 20th August The trendy one at Thomas’s Café at Burberry This year, celebrate Afternoon Tea Week at the fashionable Thomas’s Café in Burberry’s flagship store at 121 Regent Street. Take a front row seat in the heart of London … [Read more...]

Happy Hour Oysters at HIX Oyster & Chop House

Happy Hour Oysters Now being served every day 4-7pm, enjoy three British rock oysters for only £3.75 each. Order half a dozen with a glass of British sparkling wine 'Hambledon Classic Cuvee' for £15 No booking required. HIX Oyster & Chop House 36-37 Greenhill Rents Cowcross St London EC1M 6BN 020 7017 1930 … [Read more...]

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...]