Kate is a resident of Brandon mews, a lovely set of mews flats located at the far end of the Barbican estate with views of the lake.

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I moved to London in the 1950s, initially just for a year but I've been here ever since. I am a retired Chartered Librarian although that is rather misleading as I spent most of my career working for our Chartered professional body in charge of education and professional registration.

What drew you to move to the Barbican?

My late partner and I were looking for somewhere central to set up home, each leaving behind a previous marriage. We wanted somewhere central and affordable. A friend of mine lived in the Barbican, in the house next to where I now live, and she introduced us to the estate which met our requirements.

What is your favourite feature of the barbican flats?

Their simplicity of internal design which makes them able to provide a suitable setting for any style, from antique to post-modern.