What to Stream, Make and Do This Week (30 March)

Nicola Sheppey

Staying in has never been so fun. Check out the One City recommended list of what to watch, listen to, and try out this week from the comfort of your living room.

Make: a Semiotic Martini cocktail from Savage Garden

Miss sipping cocktails on the rooftops while gazing down at the epic City skylines? Yeah, us too. Thankfully Savage Garden have put together a recipe for their delicious Semiotic Martini to make at home – if you look out of an open window while drinking it, you won’t even know the difference.

You’ll need:

25ml Crystal Head Vodka

20ml Walnut Vermouth

15ml Pampelle

5ml Seedlip Grove

Simply put all the ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake for around 10 seconds. Double strain into a glass (martini preferable) and top up with champagne or prosecco. Finish with pineapple & champagne foam, and garnish with lemon zest.

Listen: to Brahms Symphony No 1 from the LSO Archives

Even when the London Symphony Orchestra are no longer able to perform around the world in their favourite venues and institutions, they’re keeping the music coming through their YouTube channel (from the archives). This Thursday, tune in at 7.30pm for Brahms Symphony No 1, conducted by Valery Gergiev with Janine Jansen on first violin.

Click here to access via LSO YouTube

Watch: how is autism depicted in cinema?

‘How can the cinema be challenged and changed by autistic perspectives?’ This question opens up this 2-minute documentary about how autism is presented in cinema, looking at Hollywood’s history of showing autism from the outside-in – with autistic characters being observed (with some fascination) by neurotypical protagonists. But by using creative cinematography techniques and breaking down stereotypes, filmmakers can do a whole lot more.

Workout: with one of Frame’s party classes

If you’re fed up of doing star jumps in your living room to work some cardio into your morning, cheer up those nosy neighbours by trying out one of Frame’s online Party classes. Frame have moved their infamous workout classes online via Frame Online, with Dance Cardio letting you bust a move while working up a sweat. Truly adhering to their slogan – working out should NEVER feel like a chore.

Access Frame Online for £10.99 a month / click here to learn more

Eat: a Bleecker Burger (after the lockdown)

Small businesses need your support more than ever in this unusual time, so lock a future date in your diary to visit Bleecker Bloomberg and prepare in advance. You can purchase a gift voucher online for the tasty burger joint that plates up some of the best burgers in the City – and by the time you’re able to visit, you’ll be thrilled that past-you had so much foresight.

Click here to buy a Bleecker Burger gift voucher online

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This Week’s Home Workouts: 30 March-5 April

Nicola Sheppey

Once again, there are plenty of home workouts from the best City studios and gyms being streamed live into your living room via IGTV and YouTube. Below, find this week’s schedule, updated every evening as more information comes in.

Free Live Sessions

Monday 30 March

Morning:

8:00: SlowFlow with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

8:00-8:45: Wod Squad with Bianca, GymboxIG live

8:00-8:45: Power Yoga with Lilly, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

8:20-8:50: Full Body / Upper Focus with Anya, Barry’s BootcampIG live

8:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Mia, 1RebelIG live

9:30-10:00: Full Body / Upper Focus with Sandy, Barry’s BootcampIG live

10:00: Cardio with Billy, KOBOXIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Ryan, 1RebelIG live

12:00-12:30: Matrix with Chloe, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

12:00-12:45: Contortion with Jessica, GymboxIG live

12:30: Flowlife45 with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

12:30-13:00: Full Body / Upper Focus with Honey, Barry’s BootcampIG live

Evening:

17:00: Rhythm with Zoe + Maria, KOBOXIG live

17:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Lara, 1RebelIG live

18:00-18:30: Matrix with Lucy G, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

18:00-18:45: Hardcore with Melissa, GymboxIG live

18:00: Barre with Katie, FLY LDNIG live

18:40-19:10: Full Body / Upper Focus with Izy + Nik, Barry’s BootcampIG live

19:00-19:45: Power Yoga with Erin, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

Tuesday 31 March

Morning:

7:00-7:30: Matrix HIIT with Vitor, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

8:00-8:45: No Holds Barre with Gabriela, GymboxIG live

8:00: Low Impact with Katie, FLY LDNIG live

8:00-8:45: Beginners’ Yoga with Katie S, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

8:20-8:50: Full Body / Lower Focus with Anya, Barry’s BootcampIG live

8:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Megs, 1RebelIG live

9:30-10:00: Full Body / Lower Focus with Sandy, Barry’s BootcampIG live

10:00: Core with Toby, KOBOXIG live

10:00: Dance Workshop with Maddy, City AthleticIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Sarah, 1RebelIG live

12:00-12:30: Matrix with Ben, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

12:00-12:45: Badass with Nik, GymboxIG live

12:30: Barre with Katie, FLY LDNIG live

12:30-13:00: Full Body / Lower Focus with Sarah W, Barry’s BootcampIG live

Evening:

15:00: Home Total Body with Claire, City AthleticIG live

17:00: Stretch with Joel, KOBOXIG live

17:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Clementina, 1RebelIG live

18:00-18:45: Metcon with Stevie + James, GymboxIG live

18:00: Chill with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

18:40-19:10: Full Body / Lower Focus with Sam, Barry’s BootcampIG live

19:00-19:45: Power Yoga with Sarah G, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

Wednesday 1 April

Morning:

7:00-7:30: Matrix with Chloe + Kate, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

8:00-8:45: Thunder with Amanda, GymboxIG live

8:00: Pilates with Harriet, FLY LDNIG live

8:00-8:45: Flow Yoga with Juliet, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

8:20-8:50: Full Body / Upper Focus with Anya, Barry’s BootcampIG live

8:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Eliza, 1RebelIG live

9:30-10:00: Full Body / Upper Focus with Sandy, Barry’s BootcampIG live

10:00: Cardio with Aidan, KOBOXIG live

10:00: Mobility Masterclass with Kim, City AthleticIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00-12:45: Yoga for Lifting with Dyl, GymboxIG live

12:00-12:45: Power Yoga with Evie, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

12:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Andy, 1RebelIG live

12:30: Flowlife45 with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

12:30-13:00: Full Body / Upper Focus with Alex M, Barry’s BootcampIG live

Evening:

15:00: Bodyweight Lower Body with Harry, City AthleticIG live

17:00: Strength with Connor, KOBOXIG live

17:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Harper, 1RebelIG live

18:00-18:45: Gymnastic Conditioning with Firas, GymboxIG live

18:00: Slow Flow with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

18:40-19:10: Full Body / Upper Focus with Jason, Barry’s BootcampIG live

19:00-19:45: Beginners’ Yoga with Emily, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

Thursday 2 April

Morning:

7:00-7:30: Matrix HIIT with Lolly, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

8:00: Flowlife45 with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

8:00-8:45: Power Yoga with Daisy, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

8:00-8:45: Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Charmaine, GymboxIG live

8:20-8:50: Full Body / Abs & Ass Focus with Anya, Barry’s BootcampIG live

8:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with LJ, 1RebelIG live

9:30-10:00: Full Body / Abs & Ass Focus with Sandy, Barry’s BootcampIG live

10:00: Home Total Body with Claire, City AthleticIG live

10:00: Strength with Shane, KOBOXIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Zoe, 1RebelIG live

12:00-12:45: Beginners’ Yoga with Evie, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

12:00-12:45: Balates with Frances, GymboxIG live

12:30: Barre with Chiara, FLY LDNIG live

12:30-13:00: Full Body / Abs & Ass Focus with Naomi, Barry’s BootcampIG live

Evening:

15:00: Bodyweight Upper Body with Matt, City AthleticIG live

17:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Kat, 1RebelIG live

18:00: Chill with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

18:00: Stretch with Joel, KOBOXIG live

18:00-18:30: ‘Ben vs Ben’ – Family Fun HIIT, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

18:00-18:45: Escalate with James, GymboxIG live

18:40-19:10: Full Body / Abs & Ass Focus with Tee, Barry’s BootcampIG live

19:00-19:45: Power Yoga with Ashley, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

Friday 3 April

(More coming soon)

Morning:

8:00: Slow Flow with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

8:00-8:45: amRAP with Firas, GymboxIG live

8:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Mel, 1RebelIG live

10:00: Broga with Jazzy, City AthleticIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Jodie + Saul, 1RebelIG live

12:00-12:45: Sweat to the Beat with Hattie, GymboxIG live

12:30: Low Impact with Katie, FLY LDNIG live

Evening:

15:00: Dance Workshop with Maddy, City AthleticIG live

17:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Kylie, 1RebelIG live

18:00: Barre with Katie, FLY LDNIG live

20:00-20:45: Tribal Queens with Gabriela, GymboxIG live

Saturday 4 April

(More coming soon)

10:00: Barre with Katie, FLY LDNIG live

10:00: Turbo Trainer Spin with Harry, City AthleticIG live

10:00-10:45: Stretch & Massage with Dyl + Molly, GymboxIG live

11:00: Slow Flow with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

12:00-12:45: Killer Combat with Daniel, GymboxIG live

15:00: Broga with Jazzy, City AthleticIG live

20:00-20:45: Shway with DeeDee, GymboxIG live

Sunday 5 April

(More coming soon)

10:00: Barre with Katie, FLY LDNIG live

10:00: Stretch with Kim, City AthleticIG live

10:00-10:45: Yogangster with Michael, GymboxIG live

12:00-12:45: Counterpunch with Abdul, GymboxIG live

15:00: Stairs Workshop with Zarina, City AthleticIG live

17:00: Pilates with Chiara, FLY LDNIG live

18:00-18:45: Aunt Liv with Nicola, GymboxIG live

Members’ Sessions

Victus Soul have begun Virtual Private Training – simply DM one of their instructors, set up some times for home workouts and benefit from fantastic 1-on-1 sessions with their energetic and friendly trainers. Click here to learn more.

Barrecore are still streaming BarreLIVE – live, home versions of their fantastic ballet-barre workouts. The first class is free for new members! Online every weekday for 30 minutes at 8:30, 12:30 and 17:30, then on weekends at 10:30. Learn more and book online here.

Frame are also bringing their unique, fun-filled workout session to members via Frame Online – whether you’re there to sculpt, party or sweat, you’ll have access to all their brilliant workouts for just £10.99 a month. Learn more and sign up here.

On Demand

Find helpful on-demand workout classes and sessions on the following gym’s Instagram pages (click on the names for quick links), to be done at a time whenever’s most convenient to you:

Equinox

Victus Soul

City Athletic

Gymbox

KOBOX

Frame

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This Week’s Home Workouts

Nicola Sheppey

Worried being stuck inside means you won’t have the chance to get fit? Not to worry – there are plenty of home workouts from the best City studios and gyms being streamed live into your living room via IGTV and YouTube. Below, find this week’s schedule, updated as more information comes in. Yoga mats at the ready!

This schedule is for 23-29 March. For 30 March-5 April, please click here.

Free Live Sessions

Monday 23 March

Evening:

18:00-18:15: Total Body Matrix with Jack, Another Space / Digme Fitness – YouTube (link posted on IG stories just before class)

18:00: FlowLife45 Yoga, FLY LDNIG live

19:00-19:45: Power Yoga with Erin, Another Space / Digme Fitness IG Live

Tuesday 24 March

Morning:

7:00-7:15: Total Body Matrix with Vitor, Another Space / Digme Fitness – YouTube (link posted on IG stories just before class)

8:00: SlowFlow Yoga, FLY LDNIG live

8:00: Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Jess, GymboxIG live

8:20-8:50: Full Body / Lower Focus with Anya, Barry’s BootcampIG live

8:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Mel, 1RebelIG live

8:00-8:45: Beginners’ Yoga with Katie S, Another Space / Digme Fitness IG live

9:30-10:00: Full Body / Lower Focus with Sandy, Barry’s BootcampIG live

10:00: Strength with Jay, KOBOXIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00-12:30: Total Body Matrix with Ben, Another Space / Digme Fitness IG Live

12:00: Sweat to the Beat with Hattie, GymboxIG live

12:30: Low Impact Yoga, FLY LDNIG live

12:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Tiago, 1RebelIG live

Evening:

17:30: Prehab & Wod Squad with Firas, GymboxIG live

17:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Alice, 1RebelIG live

18:00: Barre, FLY LDNIG live

18:40-19:10: Full Body / Lower Focus with Sam, Barry’s BootcampIG Live

19:00-19:50: Power Yoga + Yin with Sarah G, Another Space / Digme Fitness IG Live

Wednesday 25 March

Morning:

7:00-7:15: Combat HIIT with Lolly, Another Space / Digme Fitness – YouTube (link posted on IG stories just before class)

8:00: Pilates, FLY LDNIG live

8:00: amRAP with Aaron, GymboxIG live

8:00-8:45: Flow Yoga with Juliet, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG Live

8:20-8:50: Full Body / Upper Focus with Anya, Barry’s BootcampIG live

8:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Nina 1RebelIG live

9:30-10:00: Full Body / Upper Focus with Sandy, Barry’s BootcampIG live

10:00: Core with Louise, KOBOXIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00-12:45: Power Yoga with Evie, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG Live

12:00: Bodyweight Bandits with Firas, GymboxIG live

12:30: Barre, FLY LDNIG live

12:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Naomi, 1RebelIG live

Evening:

17:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Alex + Marieca, 1RebelIG live

17:30-18:15: Hardcore with Melissa, GymboxIG live

18:00: Chill Yoga, FLY LDNIG live

18:40-19:10: Full Body / Upper Focus with Connor, Barry’s BootcampIG live

19:00-19:30: Matrix with Chloe P, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG Live

(More coming soon)

Thursday 26 March

Morning:

7:00-7:30: Total Body Matrix with Lucy, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

8:00: Barre, FLY LDNIG live

8:00-8:45: Power Yoga with Lilly, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

8:00-8:45: Thunder with Amanda, GymboxIG live

8:20-8:50: Full Body / Ass & Abs Focus with Anya, Barry’s BootcampIG live

8:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Andy, 1RebelIG live

9:30-10:00: Full Body / Ass & Abs Focus with Sandy, Barry’s BootcampIG live

10:00: Cardio with Duwane, KOBOXIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00-12:45: Beginners’ Yoga with Evie, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

12:00-12:45: Rehab with Sam, GymboxIG live

12:30: FlowLife45 Yoga, FLY LDNIG live

12:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with LJ, 1RebelIG live

12:30-13:00: Full Body / Ass & Abs Focus with Naomi, Barry’s BootcampIG live

Evening:

17:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Kevin, 1RebelIG live

17:30-18:15: Bodyweight Bandits with George, GymboxIG live

18:00: Pilates, FLY LDNIG live

18:00-18:15: Lower Body Express Session, Victus SoulIG live

18:40-19:10: Full Body / Ass & Abs Focus with Tee, Barry’s BootcampIG live

19:00-19:30: Total Body Matrix with Vitor, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

Friday 27 March

Morning:

8:00-8:45: Badass with Stevie, GymboxIG live

8:00: Low Impact Yoga, FLY LDNIG live

8:20-8:50: Full Body with Anya, Barry’s BootcampIG live

8:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Jodie + Saul, 1RebelIG live

9:30-10:00: Full Body with Sandy, Barry’s BootcampIG live

10:00: Strength with Shane, KOBOXIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00-12:45: Pilates with Antoinette, GymboxIG live

12:00-12:45: Power Yoga with Helen, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

12:30: Barre, FLY LDNIG live

12:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Tash, 1RebelIG live

12:30-13:00: Full Body with Taofique, Barry’s BootcampIG live

Evening:

17:30: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Nat, 1RebelIG live

17:30-18:30: Prehab & Wod Squad with Firas, GymboxIG live

18:00: Slow Flow Yoga, FLY LDNIG live

18:00-18:45: Power Yoga with Lucy H, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

18:40-19:10: Full Body with Jemma, Barry’s BootcampIG live

19:00-19:30: Total Body Matrix with Emily K, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

Saturday 28 March

Morning:

9:00: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Dom, 1RebelIG live

9:00-9:30: Matrix with Chloe, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

10:00-10:45: No Holds Barre with Gabriela, GymboxIG live

10:00-11:00: Power Hour Yoga with Sarah G, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

10:00: Barre, FLY LDNIG live

10:00: Workout TBC, Victus SoulIG live

10:00: Cardio with Zoe, KOBOXIG live

10:00-10:30: Total Body with Mark, Barry’s BootcampIG live

11:00: Slow Flow, FLY LDNIG live

11:00-11:30: Total Body with Amelia, Barry’s BootcampIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Craig, 1RebelIG live

12:00-12:30: Total Body with Amy, Barry’s BootcampIG live

12:00-12:45: Yoga for Lifting with Dyl, GymboxIG live

13:00-13:45: Power Yoga with Tash, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

Evening:

17:00: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Daniel, 1RebelIG live

17:30-18:15: Escalate with Firas, GymboxIG live

18:00-18:30: Matrix with Annie, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

Sunday 29 March

Morning:

Barry’s Bootcamp: Barrython – 12 hrs of classes – IG live

9:00: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Danny, 1RebelIG live

10:00-10:45: amRAP with Firas, GymboxIG live

10:00: Workout TBC, Victus SoulIG live

10:00: Core with Maria, KOBOXIG live

11:00: Pilates, FLY LDNIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00: Full Bodyweight Reshape with Luke, 1RebelIG live

12:00-12:45: Bodyweight Bandits with Bianca, GymboxIG live

Evening:

17:00: Chill, FLY LDNIG live

17:00: Full Bodyweight Reshape with DB, 1RebelIG live

17:30-18:30: Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Ben, GymboxIG live

19:00-19:30: Breathwork with James, Another Space / Digme Fitness IG Live

Live sessions coming soon from:

Moss Pilates

Members’ Sessions

Barrecore are streaming BarreLIVE – live, home versions of their fantastic ballet-barre workouts. The first class is free for new members! Online every weekday for 30 minutes at 8:30, 12:30 and 17:30, then on weekends at 10:30. Learn more and book online here.

Frame are also bringing their unique, fun-filled workout session to members via Frame Online – whether you’re there to sculpt, party or sweat, you’ll have access to all their brilliant workouts for just £10.99 a month. Learn more and sign up here.

On Demand

Find helpful on-demand workout classes and sessions on the following gym’s Instagram pages (click on the names for quick links), to be done at a time whenever’s most convenient to you:

Equinox

Victus Soul

City Athletic

Gymbox

Kobox

Where to Watch Six Nations in the City

Nicola Sheppey

Is the Six Nations even happening if you’re not watching it in a pub, pint in hand? Probably, but it’s much less of a significant part of the yearly calendar for us. Don’t trawl to your South London local only to find a queue for tables going out of the door – make the most of the quiet City at the weekends and bag a table without the fuss, while experiencing some of the best daytime food and drink offerings in London. Here are some of our recommended spots.

Old Bengal Bar

The coolest and most relaxed bar of Devonshire Square has teamed up with Harviestoun Brewery for this year’s Six Nations screenings, and there’s even a dedicated burger for the fans – the Player’s Burger (mozzarella and caramelised shallots with your burger? Say no more). Bring the whole gang and save on bulk beer orders – there’s no better reason to get a round in. Click here to learn more.

Brigadiers

Over at Bloomberg Arcade, Indian military bar-inspired haunt Brigadiers has teamed up with Guinness to screen the matches alongside a special match day menu of ‘chhota chatpata’ (fiery small plates), sizzlers & kebabs, steaks, ribs and more. On Friday, book in for Lunch with a Legend, with Ed Jackson in conversation with Jamie Heaslip. You can even get your picture taken with them – AND the official Six Nations trophy (surely one for the ’gram). Tickets £100; click here to book.

Lamb Tavern

If you’re after a bit of classical Leadenhall Market glamour, look no further than the cosy Lamb Tavern. Book a table of four or more for some of their excellent British grub, and you’ll enjoy a round of Guinness on the house. You can even book out a private room for the occasion (if your celebration style is a little too embarrassing to show in public). Click here to book.

The Gun

Pub-turned-stylish-bar the Gun is a great spot for East Londoners who want to stick a little closer to home, with a plush interior, decent sports screen views and a tasty menu of small plates, mezze platter sharers, burgers, and all the usual suspects. It’s the perfect venue to see you through the match – and for that celebratory drink afterwards, with Soul Saturdays kicking off at 8.30pm. Click here to learn more.

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Five Facts About the Barbican Estate

Nicola Sheppey

Take a wander up to the northern edge of the City and you’ll spy the three distinctive tower blocks of the Barbican Estate: an iconic part of City architecture since its development in the sixties. This 35-acre site forms one of the most interesting areas in London, so we’ve taken it upon us to round up five interesting things you might not know about the Barbican Estate.

A Brutalist Look

Contrary to what you might think, the architectural term ‘brutalist’ wasn’t named for its ‘brutal’ appearance (at least, not in the sense we think of it today) – in fact the term comes the French béton brut, meaning ‘raw concrete’, and coined by architects Alice and Peter Smithson. Brutalist architecture boomed in Britain in the sixties, the principles of which lie in high-rise tower blocks, rough, unfinished surfaces, and straight lines. It’s something of a marmite style of architecture today, either loved or hated by onlookers – but whatever your thoughts, it gives the Barbican Estate a very distinctive look.

Walking in the Air

After the Blitz destroyed a great amount of the City in the 1940s, there were grand ideas for what the City might look like in its modern day – including elevated pedestrian walkways that lifted its citizens high above the traffic below. The ‘pedway’ was designed to clear the streets of pesky pedestrians so traffic would increase, but it was largely abandoned or demolished due to a combination of being too expensive and too rarely used. For now, the only way to experience what it might have been like is to wander around the Barbican highwalk – making the Estate even more of a time capsule of British architecture.

City Living

The City of London has half a million people pass it through every day, but only around 9000 residents. Of these, roughly half live in the 2000 Barbican flats, with landscaped gardens, the lake, a school and a church right on your doorstep – plus one of the most prestigious arts centres in the world, of course. The flats were initially built for City of London Corporation workers and their families, but after Thatcher introduced the ‘right to buy’ scheme they were largely bought out by wealthy Londoners, a mix of retirees and working professionals. They’re not known for being spacious, but you can’t beat the location – and as a result a Barbican flat today would set you back around £2.5m.

‘One of the modern wonders of the world’ – HM the Queen

Image: barbican.org.uk

Speaking of that prestigious arts centre, it’s impossible to underestimate the cultural impact of the Barbican Centre, the largest of its kind in Europe. Home to the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company among others, it boasts an enormous programme of theatre, classic and contemporary music, dance, cinema, art & design, and more; in 2018-19 it hosted over 4000 arts and commercial events. It’s not surprising Her Majesty considered it a ‘wonder of the world’ when it opened in 1982.

A Tropical Oasis

You might not expect much flora and fauna within that brutalist, inner-city facade, but you’d be wrong: the Barbican Conservatory is home to over 1500 species of tropical plants and trees – some of which are endangered in their natural habitats – plus a variety of exotic fish. It’s open to the public on weekends, and available for wedding hire – it even hosts afternoon tea on select weekends throughout the year (keep an eye on One City for upcoming dates). Check out our video above to see a glimpse of the Barbican Conservatory.

Have we missed any of your favourite facts about the Barbican? Drop us an email at info@onecity.london to let us know.

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