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Volume 8 No. 4 Christmas 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


Anne Napthine 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


Travels with Charlie


Sreela Banerjee muses on how far you have to travel from the backwaters of residential Barbican to learn something new? Revisiting John Steinbeck’s travels with his poodle and Carson’s watershed book on pesticides and an Indian Festival in London


10


St Giles-without-Cripplegate – the Phoenix of the Barbican


An article looking at the Barbican’s church, its history in which it has risen from the ashes at least three times, and some of the people associated with it in the past


16 The Small in the Great


Barbican resident and photographer, Jane Northcote, looks closely at the Barbican and finds a universe of detail amongst the concrete


18 The Barbican Art Group 7638 9227


543 Ben Jonson House 7638 0571 8 Brandon Mews


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


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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 110 Speed House


76285573


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


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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


The Barbican has supported a thriving Art Group for some 20 years, but is facing eviction from its current Art Room due to Estate cutbacks. John Lumley tells us about the Group, its aims and its history


20 Chefs to the Forefront


Lawrence Williams visits Gordon Ramsay’s newest restaurant in One New Change, while Stephanie Ross samples the area’s latest Michelin starred restaurant in St. John Street and a brand new


offshoot of another highly rated restaurant in St. John’s Square and then, with her family, partakes of a great Sunday roast at a local hostelry


26 Chef’s Corner – Bruno Loubet


Clerkenwell’s Bistrot Bruno Loubet in the Zetter Hotel has outstanding food. Since opening in 2010 it has earned rave


reviews. Stephanie Ross met Executive Chef Bruno Loubet to find out more about his recipe for success


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Inspiring Individuals – Anne Marsden Thomas Anne Marsden Thomas, St Giles' organist & Director of Music, set up the internationally acclaimed St Giles' Organ School in the early '90's.She has changed the face of organ teaching across the UK. Stephanie Ross meets her and profiles her amazing musical career


40 Festive Shopping


AKate West previews a special shopping event which will take place over several weeks in the Barbican Centre up until Christmas and beyond


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


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 Kevin Kiernan Gillian Laidlaw John Lumley Jane Northcote Gaby Robertshaw Stephanie Ross Katharine Rumens Kate West


Regulars


5 Barbicania 32 Personal Finance 33 Insight 36 Theatre Preview 38 Heath and the City 42 Area News Review 46 View from St Giles 47 Barbican Association 51 Barbican Flatwatch 56 Afterthoughts


Cover Picture: The London Eye lit up for Christmas. There is a Thamesside Christmas Market between the Eye and the Southbank Centre running up until Christmas – see p43


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