Did you know that hidden on the third floor of The Barbican there is the most magical conservatory?
I've seen photos from this magical place over the years but I never really knew where it was in the maze-like structure that is The Barbican. At some point I actually just thought it was a myth. When I finally figured it out, I also found out it was only open to the public on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
My usual Sunday routine includes doing housework and spending most of the day at church so I've never really taken the time to go to the conservatory, so very foolish of me. But, one of my besties is soon leaving the country to go study in Australia and we had been talking about visiting for months. So, two weeks back, we finally took a Sunday off and spent a bittersweet afternoon at the conservatory catching up and taking the time to be together for one of the last times before she leaps into her new adventure on the other side of the world.
Turns out the Barbican conservatory is the perfect setting for an afternoon of strolling around, chatting and making memories with your dearest.
With more that 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees, the conservatory is a visual delight. There is an inspirational collection of cacti and succulents, beautiful bamboo 20 feet tall and, plants and trees I've never seen before.
We spent time sitting amongst the trees marvelling at the strange contrast between the wonderful plants and the harsh brutalist architecture they are set in. It's a contrast that shouldn't work in theory but in practice is perfect.
I have a soft spot for brutalist architecture and The Barbican is one of my favourite iconic London buildings. I also spent a fair bit of my childhood there at music concerts with my parents, it holds a special place in my heart. Little did I know it housed this beautiful conservatory, the second largest in London.
Do you know where the largest one is? (Note to self: google that when I'm done here)
This has quickly become my new favourite spot in London and I will not stop talking abut it with everyone I meet.
Which has made it clear to me that I wasn't the only one who didn't know about it. So many people I've spoken to had no idea it existed.
If you've never been I suggest you make plans to check it out one Sunday soon.
(Before you do, check the website because sometimes they have funny closing times)
Let me know if you make a trip and tag your Instagram posts #gowildlyandslow so I can see all your photos!