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) Continue Reading INSIGHT Exhibition Review Janet Wells’ quarterly review of the Arts, Gallery and Museum scene. Tate Modern The EY Exhibition: Cezanne 5th Oct to 12 Mar 2023 Paul Cezanne (1839 -1906) It is always my plan to arrive at Continue Reading It’s a horse thing! Suzy Waite gives us some background on the City of London police horses and their welcome autumn trample through our Barbican Wildlife Garden. Horticultural Horses  “Clyde and Trug are outside!” Jo Rodgers Continue Reading Become a Trustee Age UK City of London is recruiting new Trustees and they are looking to target those who work or live in the City of London area. Age UK City of London Continue Reading Brutalist Britain : Buildings of the 1960s and 1970s by Elain Harwood. An illustrated guide to Britain’s finest examples of Brutalist architecture Brutalist architecture has a growing number of admirers who are finally Continue Reading Alternative Voices Fred Rodgers laments the 1 Golden Lane planning approval What is it about Barbican residents who are either Alderpersons or Common Councillors for Wards other than Aldersgate or Cripplegate? There are Continue Reading Kevin Kiernan's Afterthoughts *** Kevin has come across a manuscript in the London Library which is a previously unpublished story featuring Sherlock Holmes receiving an unexpected Xmas present *** The yellow fog swirled around Continue Reading Community Camaraderie In the winter issue of Barbcian Life, we have Summer Party photos galore for you, to recall the heady afternoon of community togetherness we all shared.  Not since the Barbican’s Continue Reading Where to invest? With volatile markets and geopolitical instability likely to remain in the coming months and years, and with inflation rising at a pace, our clients are increasingly questioning their investment strategy. Continue Reading Interview with a Local. This time round for Interview a Local I decided to sit down and have a chat with Trevor, one of the Car Park Attendants of Defoe House. I’m sure many Continue Reading The Museum of London Due to close at the beginning of December, it was only when I thought I should write something for this edition, did I realize that (strangely), the museum was the Continue Reading St Giles' Book Fair Starts Tuesday 8 November and will run until Advent Sunday 27 November when they will also have our Advent Fair (11.30am-3pm) and Christingle service (3.30pm). Both are children-friendly but also Continue Reading Back to Normal *** What’s going on in Barbican property sales and lettings *** It is difficult to square the pick-up in Barbican property prices – both sales and rental – with the statistics Continue Reading Crane Workshop The final tower crane has been removed (by a mobile crane) at the 21 Moorfields development site and Sir Robert McAlpine (SRA) celebrated this with an invitation to the local Continue Reading BA Party Pics *** PHOTOS from the fantastic party held over the summer and organised by the Barbican Association *** Thanks to everyone who got involved and we're looking forward to next year! Long may Continue Reading Book Reviews *** Celebrating local authors and artists *** Female Determination: inspirational women who forge their own paths Soon after the Lionesses won their historic victory at Wembley, there couldn't be a better time Continue Reading Becket Pageant The Guildhall Yard, burst into an explosion of pageantry, craft, colour, dance and song to mark the triple* anniversary of former Patron Saint of London, Thomas Becket, in The Becket Pageant Continue Reading Call to Action Although the City apparatus (like the Government) take a bit of a break over the summer, the Barbican Association and Barbican Life teams have so much going on that we’ve Continue Reading LEASE EXTENSION INFO *** Need More Information? *** IMPORTANT UPDATES in red. Barbican Life are planning a series of meetings (some in person, and some on Zoom) with solicitors in the coming months.  Let us Continue Reading Underfloor Heating - fit for purpose? Time for a change? We are living in interesting times. We face huge increases in energy costs; we worry about the impact our heating is having on climate change; and yet Continue Reading Reanimating the City *** Resident Terry Trickett highlights the City’s opportunities within the reconstruction of London Wall West.  Culture and Commerce will work better together *** The City’s reputation for commercial and financial expertise Continue Reading Looking after vulnerable clients *** Personal Finance *** From time to time we come across cases where clients, often but not always elderly, are persuaded to make investments that turn out to be scams. A Continue Reading Hithe + Seek *** An introduction from Barbican resident Sommelier, Erin Summers I might be a bit biased as I’m the Wine Curator there, but Hithe + Seek has to be one of the Continue Reading Interview with a Local *** Erin Summers interviews Islington neighbour Natasha Anne Kelleher about her poetry, and passion for the Barbican   Natasha looking at her poems for the Aldgate In Winter Exhibition 2021 I first met Natasha Continue Reading INSIGHT Exhibition Previews *** Janet Wells’ review of the Arts, Gallery and Museum scene *** Dulwich Picture Gallery UNFRAMED:  The Woman in the Window 4th May to 4th Sep This exhibition makes one really think: It was Continue Reading Green our Barbican *** Join the Barbican Horticultural Society *** Although the Barbican architects always envisaged that the complex they had created would be full of plants and flowers – “the Hanging Gardens of the Continue Reading A Closer Look Property commentary is not seeing the permanent decline of residents in Central London that experts have been warning about. Even though many people continue to work remotely, the majority of Continue Reading Summer Issue Out Now *** You should be receiving your Summer issue of Barbican Life through your letter box shortly. If you don't receive a copy then please get in touch with us! Cultivating Growth Thank you Continue Reading Becket Pageant 2022 Book your tickets on the The Becket Pageant website.An unforgettable day of fun, culture and celebration in the ancient heart of the City - Guildhall Yard - June 17-18 2022. DISCOVER the legacy Continue Reading Shakespeare in Charterhouse Square *** Performance of The Tempest by SHAKESPEARE IN THE SQUARES 29th June We are delighted to be embarking upon the fifth year of Shakespeare in the Squares and a new production Continue Reading
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It’s a horse thing!

Suzy Waite gives us some background on the City of London police horses and their welcome autumn trample through our Barbican Wildlife Garden. Horticultural Horses  “Clyde and Trug are outside!” Jo Rodgers exclaimed. “Come say hello!”  Clyde and Trug visit the Barbican Wildlife Garden during London Open Gardens [...]

Become a Trustee

Age UK City of London is recruiting new Trustees and they are looking to target those who work or live in the City of London area. Age UK City of London (AUKCOL) is the charity for older people who live, work, study or volunteer in the square mile. Our [...]

Brutalist Britain

: Buildings of the 1960s and 1970s by Elain Harwood. An illustrated guide to Britain’s finest examples of Brutalist architecture Brutalist architecture has a growing number of admirers who are finally questioning Prince Charles’s claims of concrete carbuncles made nearly 40 years ago. Yet these dramatic, monumental buildings are [...]

Alternative Voices

Fred Rodgers laments the 1 Golden Lane planning approval What is it about Barbican residents who are either Alderpersons or Common Councillors for Wards other than Aldersgate or Cripplegate? There are several amongst us but, as revealed by two of them considering the 1 Golden Lane planning application at [...]

Community Camaraderie

In the winter issue of Barbcian Life, we have Summer Party photos galore for you, to recall the heady afternoon of community togetherness we all shared.  Not since the Barbican’s 50th have so many neighbours gathered socially; we’ve just had our “lessons learnt” meeting with great comments and suggestions [...]

Where to invest?

With volatile markets and geopolitical instability likely to remain in the coming months and years, and with inflation rising at a pace, our clients are increasingly questioning their investment strategy. Over the past 12 months a cautious strategy has yielded negative returns, while paradoxically a gung-ho 100% equities approach [...]

St Giles’ Book Fair

Starts Tuesday 8 November and will run until Advent Sunday 27 November when they will also have our Advent Fair (11.30am-3pm) and Christingle service (3.30pm). Both are children-friendly but also great for anyone seeking bargain deals on high-quality second-hand items, from toys to jewelry, and to begin the story [...]

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