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Barbican Association

Gaby Robertshaw’s take on the London scene and BA membership benefits and activities


ver since the renaissance of St Pancras in 2007 when Eurostar moved across from Waterloo, I’ve been itching for the re-opening of the

Midland Grand.

George Gilbert Scott’s gothic revival hotel graces the front of the station and was built in an age when servants were as plentiful as those in ‘Downton Abbey’; baths a rarity and water closets unheard of. At last what a treat awaits thanks to Harry Handelsmann (Manhattan Loft Corporation) whose determination and zillions has brought about a nirvana for train spotters (66 apartments on the upper floors) and 38 heavenly suites within the original hotel graced with double height ceilings, swathes of hand blocked wallpaper, richly carved wood, golden inlay and a butler service to boot. Mere mortals meantime have access to contemporary bedrooms in a newly completed extension.

Members of the Barbican Association had a peek over the portal last June and with the hotel’s official opening set for 5 May 2011, sneak along if you can for a pre-opening night (or two) to remember. Members have recently also been in evidence ‘behind the scenes’ at Billingsgate, Smithfield and the Mansion House. See the BA website for pictures and if new to the Barbican, we invite you to complete the membership form in Barbican Life or download it from and join some of our future events. .

Membership also entitles you to partake of a plethora of discounts from local restaurants, merchants and serv ice providers detailed on the next few pages which could save you many times more than the membership fee each year.

Gaby Robertshaw Membership Secretary


The Barbican Association has negotiated the following discounts with the suppliers below. You may need to present your BA Membership Card to take advantage of these. The scheme members offer discounts or incentives to Barbican Association members to buy their products or utilise their services and are publicised in each issue of Barbican Life Magazine, on the website and in the Barbican Association’s quarterly newsletter for so doing. Contact Lawrence Williams on on 020 7588 0898 – or by email at – for further information.



10% discount on furnishings. View at showroom at 8 Vigo Street, London W1S 3HN, or in Selfridges. See also website Contact Tisha Richbell on 020 7377 0762 or by email: for further details.

Ligne Roset City

10% Discount on any Ligne Roset order placed outside of our Sale or Promotional periods. View a sample of Ligne Roset’s extensive range on or in person at 37-39 Commercial Road. London E1 1LF. Tel 0207 426 9670.

MILK Concept Boutique Small furnishings, contemporary hand-crafted lighting, collectable porcelain, fragrances, travel accessories and exclusive fashion labels can all be found relaxing in comfort amid the whitewash Victoriana and petite elegance of The Clerk’s House, beside Shoreditch church. BA Members offered discounts of 5% to 10% on all goods except Fornasetti. 118 1/2 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JN, Tel/Fax 0207 7299880

MyDreamKitchen 5% discount. Contact Spiro Nicholas, MyDreamKitchen, 708 Lea Bridge Road, London E10 6AW. Freephone 0800 018 5654. Email: Web:

HEALTH AND BEAUTY Barbican Acupuncture 10% discount off all prices listed on website to anyone presenting their BA card. 1 Wallside, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8BH. Tel:


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