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Volume 8 No. 3 Autumn 2011


The Magazine for Barbican Residents THE BARBICAN ASSOCIATION


Officers Chair


Deputy Chair Secretary Treasurer


Membership Secretary Auditor


Sub Committees Planning Licensing


Communications


Barbican Estate Security Sustainability


Roofs and Access, Public lifts, and Walkways Environment and Ecology


Jane Smith, 307 Seddon House Tim Macer, 603 Willoughby House Robert Barker, 33 Lauderdale Tower Cliff Paice,142 Cromwell Tower Gaby Robertshaw, 706 Bryer Court Richard Godber, Defoe House.


Randall Anderson 193 Shakespeare Tower David Graves, 209 Seddon House Angela Starling, 502 Gilbert House David Bradshaw, 143 Cromwell Tower Sarah Hudson, 192 Shakespeare Tower


Robert Barker, 33 Lauderdale Tower Steve Quilter, 49 Andrewes House


Elected General Council Members Randall Anderson, Robert Barker, David Bradshaw, David Graves, Tim Macer, Steve Quilter, Jane Smith, Angela Starling, Dafne Ter-Sakarian House Group Representatives Andrewes House * Ben Jonson House * Brandon Mews Breton House Bryer Court


Mark Cossey, 32 Andrewes House Chris Punter John Bailey


Bunyan Court*


Cromwell Tower * Defoe House *


Frobisher Crescent Gilbert House *


John Trundle Court * Lambert Jones Mews Lauderdale Tower * Mountjoy House * Seddon House *


Shakespeare Tower * Speed House *


Thomas More House * Wallside *


Willoughby House*


* Recognised Tenants Association Communications Group Angela Starling Jane Smith Maggie Urry Gillian Laidlaw


Lawrence Williams Geoffrey Rivett Dina Nagler


Lawrence Williams Geoffrey Rivett


Gordon Griffiths John Tomlinson Garth Leder Nigel Dixon


Nigel Walmsley Janet Wells


Richard Collins Alberto Garciga Gillian Laidlaw Jane Smith Pat Spicer Mike Hayes


Philip Sharples Mary Bonar Simon Ebbins


502 Gilbert House


Peter Withrington 14 Breton House John Taysum


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7588 9360 7628 4371 7638 8201 7638 3005 7628 5377


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Contents


Features 6


The Royal Exchange


Gillian Laidlaw delves into the history of The Royal Exchange and how, in its latest guise, it has reverted to one of its original purposes


10 A Year with the Barbican Horticultural Society


William Howard takes us through a year’s activities of the Barbican Horticultural Society which sees numerous outings and an annual competition


14


Social upheaval, technology, monologues and The Good Life


“By words the mind is winged”


(Aristophanes) -or ‘How to keep a Barbican mother amused’ – Sreela Banerjee recounts a recent literary weekend at Dartington Hall


7638 9227


543 Ben Jonson House 7638 0571 8 Brandon Mews


701 Bryer Court 312 Bunyan Court 133 Cromwell Tower 85 Defoe House


7588 2954 7638 0153


07768 737131 7588 2900 7628 3657 7638 7998


703 Frobisher Crescent 7256 8429 211 Gilbert House


7638 2030


14 John Trundle Court 7628 8602 4 Lambert Jones Mews 7588 0512 151 Lauderdale Tower 07711 068865 309 Mountjoy House 307 Seddon House


7638 0069 7628 9132


272 Shakespeare Tower 7638 9649 7 Speed House


7256 6001


24 Thomas More House 7638 5453 6 Wallside


7588 0191 501 Willoughby House 7628 6581 7638 8201 angela.starling@cityoflondon.gov.uk


307 Seddon House 7628 9132 chairba@btinternet.com 13 Lauderdale Tower 7588 1955 maggieurry@gmail.com 309 Mountjoy House 7638 0069 g.laidlaw309@btinternet.com 5 Brandon Mews


7588 0898


173 Shakespeare Tower 7786 9617 141 Thomas More House 7638 4249 5 Brandon Mews


7588 0898 173 Shakespeare Tower 7786 9617


barbicanlife@aol.com geoffrey@rivett.net d-diane@excite.com barbicanlife@aol.com geoffrey@rivett.net


Articles published, and opinions expressed, do not necessarily represent the views of The Barbican Association. Contributed articles are welcome, but insertion depends on space available and editorial needs. © Copyright 2011 The Barbican Association


18 The Green Belt – a City creation


The City’s Planning Department isn’t all bad! Douglas Woodward reminds us that it has some impressive green credentials


20


The Barbican Nature Count Jill Smith reports on the diversity of nature within the Barbican as part of a national survey conducted by the RSPB in June


28 Three new ones to try


This issue we look at three restaurants which have all opened since our last issue – two just off Bishopsgate and the third with spectacular views atop One New Change in Cheapside.


34


Looking after your ‘Pride and Joy’ Stephanie Ross visits a specialist classic car restoration and sales company and is carried away by some of the models on display


Editor: Lawrence Williams Email: barbicanlife@gmail.com Tel: 020 7588 0898 Mobile: 07853 836 623


Advertising: Stephanie Ross Stephanie.ross@btinternet.com• Mobile: 07753 603601


Design: Sheldon-Mann Email: sheldonmann@gmail.com Tel: 01322 412157


Print: The Buxton Press, Buxton


5 Barbicania 23 Inspiring Idividuals 25 Personal Finance 31 Insight 36 Heath and the City 37 Theatre Preview 39 Area News Review 42 Barbican Association 46 View from St Giles 47 Barbican Flatwatch 52 Afterthoughts


Barbican Life is published by the Barbican Association for its members. Additional copies are available at £4.00 per copy, including UK postage, from: Barbican Life, 5 Brandon Mews, Barbican, London EC2Y 8BE Tel/Fax 020 7588 0898 Email:


barbicanlife@gmail.com Contributors/Assistance:


Sreela Banerjee Joe Coten Tony Field


William Howard Kevin Kiernan Gillian Laidlaw Gaby Robertshaw Stephanie Ross Katharine Rumens Jill Smith Kate West Douglas Woodward


Cover Picture: The Cafe at The Royal Exchange – see article on the history of the Exchange starting page 6


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