At the end of the 20th century, a whole residential area in the style of Brutalism - Barbican - was built in London. It is known that the architecture of this direction is not very colorful, attractive and original. But among the gray buildings of the same type, there is a real pearl of the capital - the Barbican Conservatory.
A tropical pearl in the heart of London will help you relax from the noise of a megalopolis
It is located in the heart of London. The tropical forest under the glass dome is impossible not to fall in love with at first sight. How else? After all, all the space, wherever you look, is filled with evergreen trees and bushes, including palm trees, banana plants and curly lianas.
Impressions of the Barbican Conservatory are described by the visitors approximately the same way: "It seemed like I am on a tropical island or in paradise!" Indeed, the greenhouse resembles a paradise. It has been inhabited by more than a thousand exotic plants, so it is called one of the best places in London, where you can hide from civilization and merge with a calming nature.
Barbican Conservatory - the second largest metropolitan conservatory. It is only surpassed by the Princess of Wales Conservatory in Kew. The tropical forest was started with a couple of flowerpots, but in a few years the collection of plants has grown to a thousand. A huge date palm that supports the roof is a local celebrity. Also there is a large family of cacti, from small thorny ones to huge monsters with spikes.
Plants look even brighter during light shows. True, they are organized only to order, for corporate parties and weddings. The tropical forest is best to admire on Sunday, because on this day visitors are served prosecco and afternoon tea. The latter includes ingredients grown in the garden, such as a spicy pear or chutney from ginger. For tea you will be offered eclairs with mascarpone, cakes or muffins.
Address of Barbican Conservatory: Level 3, Barbican Center, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS. Nearest metro station: Barbican.
Opening hours: The greenhouse is open for visits on weekends and public holidays from 12:00 to 17:00. The last visitors are allowed in at 16:30.