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Welcome to the winter issue of Barbican Life magazine.
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South End Willoughby House Level 03
An appreciation of Barbican flat design finesse, by Paul Laugier
The Barbican represents a high watermark in public architectural design, and the resolution of an unwitting alliance of unlikely forces, namely:
Other People's Money
With dealing with inflation now the number one priority for the Bank of England Monetary Policy committee, we have seen gradual and continuingly rising interest rates since the start of
PRE-LOVED ART FAIR
10 & 11 NOVEMBER 2023
St Giles Cripplegate
Paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics from £10 to £500
If you’d like to volunteer …
To help set up and display donated artworks on 10th Nov, mail
Eniyeh Sampoh shares photographs capturing the Barbican's eclectic community and the lives of its tenants living the estate.
Nicolas Franck Pauly, Barbican based designer. His interest in
Barbican Estate Office Review
The review of the Barbican Estate Office (BEO) was set up by the City as a result of pressure from the Service Charge Working Party (SCWP) by David Lawrence, Adam Hogg Chair
The Cobalt Building
A new website for a close neighbour...
Earlier this year in May, the Cobalt Building in Bridgewater Square launched its very own website - cobaltmanagementlimited.co.uk – built by local Priya Shah.
A stitch in time?
I write this in high summer - so of course I’m wearing a jumper and looking at the rain dance down the Rectory study window!
But by the time this autumn
Review & Reset
I sincerely trust that everyone had a wonderful time at the upcoming summer celebration. As I pen this message, the event is only a few weeks away, and I'm hopeful
With additional rate tax now starting with earnings over £125,000, it’s more important than ever to maximise pension contributions as a way of reducing taxable income. However, once you have
Barbican residents supported the Hackney Foodbank at last year’s summer party and raised over £900. Earlier this year, I went along to visit the hub of the Foodbank’s distribution network
St Giles' Book Fair
St Giles' Book Fair reconvenes this Friday and runs until Bank Holiday Monday 28 August. As ever, a wonderful array of books, CDs, DVDs, records and special editions. They'll be
Let's talk about something that's been making waves across the Barbican Estate: those pesky service charges that keep creeping up. I'm talking about those fees property owners have to pay
Coronation Big Lunch
*** The sun shone; Residents came – what a relief! ***
With 21 days to go until the 7th May Coronation Big Lunch, a group of residents many of whom had
Sing Gospel with the LSO
*** Sing Gospel with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican ***
Join a chorus of 250 singers from our local community singing in concert on the Barbican stage on 5
In my last article for Barbican Life, I discussed how growing up in the Barbican pushed me away from city life and instead towards a greater appreciation for nature and
Treats on the Elizabeth Line
Now that we have finished marvelling at long escalators (let’s hope they never break down) and the ridiculously long platforms, it’s time to explore some newfound treasures along the route.
Coffee after Church, life after death
I suppose that’s our equivalent of an ‘elevator pitch’?
It sort of says it all.
Clever marketing is everywhere these days. Some of it obvious, some of it very subtle in its
One in five London households (20 per cent) do not have access to a private or shared garden, according to the Office for National Statistics. This is the highest percentage
Museum of London Update
*** Sharon Ament updates us on what comes next for the Museum of London ***
January has been a hive of activity at the museum following a jubilant and emotional closing
St Giles' Book Fair 3-21 May
Dear friends and neighbours,
St Giles' Book Fair will open this Wednesday 3 May and run until 21 May. 11am-4pm, but until 6.30pm on Wednesdays, Thursday and Saturdays.
From Thursday 18 May
City Carers Community
*** Navigating your way whilst supporting someone ***
Our lives are busy. When asked “How are you?” in the lift or on the podium, the chances of an automatic response “I’m
The Brutal Reality
*** How growing up in the Barbican pushed me closer to nature, by Jacob Collett ***
When architect trio Chamberlin, Powell and Bon began to draw up the first sketches of
Dear Auntie Ann
*** Kevin Kiernan presents a selection of letters received by Ann Drewes, Barbican’s own agony aunt ***
Dear Auntie Ann
Lengthy waits at the GP or A+E can be a worry, but
'Blest is the man …
whose bowels move and melt with pity to the poor'… is a marvellous hymn by the great Isaac Watts. It is obviously true - especially for any of us (man
Life After London Wall
Firstly, thank you to everyone who has been to one of our Lease Extension Information sessions. We will continue these regularly to make sure that everyone has all the information
It’s that time of year again!
With the changes announced in the autumn budget, a thorough review of your financial arrangements is more important this tax year end than ever. Capital Gains Tax (CGT) allowances are
St Giles' Book Fair
Tuesday 21 February to Friday 10 March
Open Daily 11am to 4pm and until 6pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. If travelling far, call Jake on 07766 202 731 to check we aren't
Interview with a Local
*** Erin Summers interviews Emma Markiewicz, Director of the London Metropolitan Archives, London’s Largest Treasure Trove ***
A short twenty-minute walk from the Barbican, you’ll find the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA)