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...]

 ‘Silicon Roundabout’ – Genesis and Future

The Old Street Roundabout, close to the Barbican and nowadays often referred to as ‘Silicon Roundabout’, contributed many years ago to the development of “The Cloud”. The story is amusing, and relevant to the future of technology-based industry in London. Barbican resident Keith Clarke explains. In 1969 the building to the northwest of the Old Street roundabout housed the unit then responsible for buying Government computers. I appraised computers that were accessed remotely, then called “time sharing services”. Initially the networks were simple enough to be drawn in full. Later they … [Read more...]