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 will discover Barbican Conservatory. Sitting atop the dedicated arts space on its third floor, the conservatory is brimming with natural wonder, all nestled within the buildings structure.

Taking a stroll through Barbican Conservatory - cacti

This beautiful indoor rainforest offers its visitors a moment to disconnect in central London.

Inside, you will discover a hidden oasis which is home to over 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.

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.

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. Bombing and fire had 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

Once inside the vibrant Barbican Centre, you will discover so much to do and see, including:

  • Barbican Art Gallery and The Curve gallery
  • Barbican Conservatory
  • Barbican Film (three cinema screens)
  • Barbican Hall (home of London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra)
  • Barbican Kitchen (serving bites to eats and hot meals)
  • Barbican Library (offers public lending and special arts and music collections)
  • The Pit (theatre venue) alongside other informal performance spaces
  • Barbican Shop (selling a selection of artsy and design-led gifts)
  • Barbican Theatre (designed by and for the Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • A selection of bars, cafes and restaurants
  • Conference and trade exhibition halls

There are plenty of free events and performances within. You can take a tour of 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