Taking a stroll through Barbican Conservatory 🌿

Taking a stroll through Barbican Conservatory - interior

Take a moment to relax in Barbican Conservatory, London

Discover Barbican Conservatory, the second biggest conservatory in London. It’s time to take a moment to unwind in the big city.

Within the Barbican Centre’s cultural and creative hub, you’ll discover Barbican Conservatory. Sitting atop the dedicated arts space on its third floor, the conservatory is brimming with natural wonder, nestled within the buildings structure.

Taking a stroll through Barbican Conservatory - cacti

In truth, this beautiful indoor rainforest offers visitors a moment to disconnect in central London.

Inside, you’ll navigate a hidden oasis. Not to mention, it’s home to 1,500 species of tropical plants and trees. There’s even Koi fish and terrapin ponds.

Taking a stroll through Barbican Conservatory - Koi Pond

Take your time when winding around the lower and upper garden. It is a beautifully tranquil and colourful space housed within glass walls. Plus, there’s plenty of photo opportunities to boot.

Firstly, enjoy leafy and verdant surroundings as you casually meander along stone walkways and across a picturesque wooden bridge delicately placed in the conservatory’s centre.

Don’t worry, there’s benches dotted around to allow you to take a moment to soak up the atmosphere within this impressive space.

Taking a stroll through Barbican Conservatory - Floral terracotta pots

If you head upstairs, you can fully appreciate the view of the conservatory from its balcony. So, take a left and you will discover a vast selection of bright and bold cacti. They come in all shapes and sizes, adorning the space from floor to ceiling.

In essence, if you are looking for free things to do in London, you’re in luck! Although opening times are limited, admission is free! There is even a pop-up bar onsite to allow visitors to truly soak up the atmosphere.

Learn more about visiting visiting the Barbican Conservatory in the Barbican Centre.

What else is there to see and do in the Barbican Centre?

The Barbican Centre is a grade II listed building within Barbican Estate. This fascinating residential area was entirely rebuilt from rubble. In fact, bombing and fire obliterated it during World War Two.

Today, it demonstrates the best of Brutalist architecture. This Utopian vision and architectural style was brought to life by British architectural firm, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. The development was completed in the 80s. It’s simple, you will either love or hate it.

Taking a stroll through Barbican Centre

All in all, you’ll discover so much to see and do within the vibrant Barbican Centre, including:

  • An art gallery
  • Barbican Conservatory
  • Three cinema screens
  • Barbican Hall (home of London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra)
  • A library (public lending and special arts and music collections)
  • The Pit theatre alongside other informal performance spaces
  • A shop (selling a selection of arts and design gifts)
  • Barbican Theatre (designed by and for the Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • A selection of bars, cafes and restaurants (serving bites to eats and hot meals)
  • Conference and trade exhibition halls

In addition, there are plenty of free events and performances within. Also, you can tour the Barbican Centre, participate in a talk or workshop or catch a film in Barbican Cinema!

Overall, Barbican Estate offers its visitors lots of open space and thus many places to simply unwind within its urban landscape.

You can access the Barbican Centre from nearby Barbican, Moorgate and St Paul’s Underground stations.

Have you been to Barbarian Conservatory? Where is your favourite place to unwind in the Barbican Centre?

Stephanie xox

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