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Volume 9 No. 1 Spring 2012


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


Noise and Pollution


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, Bruce Badger, Robert Barker, David Bradshaw, David Graves,


Garth Leder, Tim Macer, Jane Smith, Angela Starling House Group Representatives Andrewes House * Stan Booth 184 Andrewes House 07985 319849 Ben Jonson House * Brandon Mews Breton House Bryer Court


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


Gillian Laidlaw Maggie Urry


Lawrence Williams Geoffrey Rivett


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Contents


Features 6


The Mercers Company - an ancient organisation meeting 21st century needs


The Mercers Company is the First in the Order of Precedence of the Great Twelve City Livery


Companies. Gillian Laidlaw recounts its history and its place in the City today.


9


Adventures in the Discomfort Zone It is a pervasive problem – being made to feel uncomfortable . But isn’t that just as it should be?


Sreela Banerjee moves through the ‘discomfort zone’ 16


The Quentin Blake pillar


"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


18 The CityPoint club


543 Ben Jonson House 8 Brandon Mews


Paul Bowers Isaacson 62 Breton House Eileen Campbell Gordon Griffiths John Tomlinson Matt Collins


102 Bryer Court 312 Bunyan Court 133 Cromwell Tower 136 Defoe House


211 Gilbert House


Richard Collins Alberto Garciga Gillian Laidlaw Jane Smith Pat Spicer


Anne Napthine Philip Sharples Mary Bonar Simon Ebbins


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14 John Trundle Court 4 Lambert Jones Mews


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Dianne Vander Cruyssen 824 Frobisher Crescent 07540 885457 Nigel Walmsley Janet Wells


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151 Lauderdale Tower 07711 068865 309 Mountjoy House 307 Seddon House


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272 Shakespeare Tower 7638 9649 110 Speed House


24 Thomas More House 7638 5453 6 Wallside


501 Willoughby House 7628 6581* 307 Seddon House 7628 9132


7638 8201 angela.starling@cityoflondon.gov.uk chairba@btinternet.com


309 Mountjoy House 7638 0069 g.laidlaw309@btinternet.com 13 Lauderdale Tower 7588 1955 5 Brandon Mews 7588 0898 173 Shakespeare Tower 7786 9617


maggieurry@gmail.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 2012 The Barbican Association


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Stephanie Ross visits the City Point Club – one of the best appointed of the fitness and wellbeing options close to the Barbican Estate


20 Restaurant Reviews – A half dozen to whet your appetite


Lawrence Williams reviews a new French restaurant in Long Lane and two whichspecialise primarily in steaks and grilled meats, while Stephanie Ross goes more ethnic with a new Italian near St. Pauls, a revisit to a high class Indian restaurant which has been forced to relocate by Crossrail and a new Aperitivo Bar in West Smithfield


30


Interview with Carol Boswarthack Sarah Hudson interviews the new Head of Barbican and Community Libraries for the City.


32 Chamberlin, Powell & Bon


Elain Harwood, author of a new book on the architects of the Barbican and Golden Lane Estates recounts some of the history of the practice and the influences which led up to the design of the Barbican complex. .


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


Cover Picture: The impressive chapel at The Mercers


Company premises in Ironmonger Lane (photo by Louis Sinclair)


Regulars


5 Barbicania 34 Insight 36 Theatre Previews 38 Heath and the City 36 Theatre Preview 40 View from St Giles 41 Personal Finance 42 Area News Review 46 BA Discount Scheme 50 Barbican Flatwatch 56 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:


Diana Altman Sreela Banerjee Joe Coten Tony Field


Elain Harwood Sarah Hudson Kevin Kiernan Gillian Laidlaw Stephanie Ross Katharine Rumens Kate West


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