Did you know the Barbican Centre is home to the second biggest conservatory in London? Unbelievable, right? Concealed among the brutalist complex lies a dreamlike urban jungle with more than 2000 species of tropical flora. Often overshadowed by the impressive botanical collections at Kew Gardens, many tourists and Londoners are oblivious to the hidden oasis that grows within the heart of the city.
As a true London lover and someone who enjoys exploring the secret corners of my home, it wasn’t long until I added Barbican Conservatory to my Ultimate London Bucket List. I was somehow attracted to the flawless balance between the unnoticeable botanical scenery and its metropolitan surroundings.
Barbican Conservatory plants
A plethora of exotic plant species cover the interiors of the large greenhouse inside the Barbican Centre. Walking among the large collection of flora, you’ll find yourself marvelling at the many palm trees, succulents and cacti dotted among the garden. Or, like me, spend a great time contemplating the koi carps and terrapins! Not to mention the beautiful collection of Birds of Paradise, which we ticked off our list of things to see in Madeira.
There really is something special about the Barbican Conservatory, which is also free to visit with no need to prebook (bonus!). However, plan your visit in advance as it’s only open on selected Sundays and Bank Holidays from 12pm to 4.30pm. There are also sixty minute prepaid guided tours for those interested in knowing more about this tropical jungle!
Barbican Conservatory afternoon tea
Bottomless prosecco afternoon tea is also among the unique experiences you can have at the exotic jungle, which after eating my body weight in finger sandwiches and desserts at Sketch, sounds like my perfect Sunday plan. Ok, maybe not in the sizzling 30 degrees plus we are currently experiencing in the UK. Inevitably, the greenhouse gets especially hot during this time of the year so remember to keep hydrated at all times.
The Barbican Conservatory is one of those romantic locations every Londoner and tourist should visit. I would be lying if I said I’m not obsessed with it!
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Barbican Centre | Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
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