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Exploring the Barbican Conservatory

October 8, 2015

Barbican Centre Conservatory, London Barbican Centre Conservatory, London Barbican Centre Conservatory, London Barbican Centre Conservatory, London Barbican Centre Conservatory, London Barbican Centre Conservatory, LondonI have been dying to visit the Barbican for a couple months now, well mostly the Barbican Conservatory, and I finally pursuaded Shane to take a day trip down to London to explore it with me (he really isn’t keen on London, till he gets there at least hah). Any kind of tropical plants are good with me, especially when they’re inside a giant greenhouse and bonus – it’s completely free entry!

Barbican Centre Conservatory, London Barbican Centre Conservatory, London I’m not going to lie, trying to find the actual conservatory was such a maze. We got off the tube at the Moorgate, walked over to the Barbican Centre through streets that looked like they were only used monday-friday 9-5, to which Shane kept asking me if we were in the right place and if it was definitely open and then we got lost inside the maze of it. Well, we couldn’t find the lifts to take us up to the 3rd floor, but we got there eventually. Hint: the conservatory is on the 3rd floor. It took us ages to figure this out!

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Barbican Centre Conservatory, London Barbican Centre Conservatory, London The Barbican Centre, London The Barbican Centre, London The Barbican Centre, London The Barbican Centre, London The Barbican Centre, LondonObviously, brutalist architecture isn’t to everyones taste, but personally I love it used here! I loved how it looked in the conservatory as though it was just left with the plants to grow wild over the concrete surrounding it. And the outside area at Frobisher Crescent (I had to google that) was amazing! I would love to live in one of those apartments, though they’re pretty expensive!

Anyway, I’d totally recommend a trip there if you’re ever in the area. Though the conservatory is only open on some Sundays due to private events, so I’d check their website before making a trip over there! Have you been to the Barbican? What are your thoughts on it?

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    Cherie
    October 8, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I keep wanting to go but the last time I went we foolishly went on a Saturday and it was closed, and I haven’t tried since! Barbican is such a strange place, it’s awesome cause I had my graduation there, and holds pretty cool memories… The cacti looks awesome! I’m glad I’m flying back to the tropics next week for a holiday so hello trees 😀

    Cherie / http://www.sinonym.uk

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      April
      October 8, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Oh no! I’m actually pretty suprised that they don’t open both days on a weekend. It’s so weird right? But so amazing at the same time, that’s so cool that you had your graduation there! Enjoy your trip (I’m so jealous haha)!
      xo April

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    Jasmin Charlotte
    October 9, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    The barbican is such an odd space but I do quite like it! I like the conservatory too. You have to go to Kew gardens and go in their conservatories, we went a couple weeks ago and they were awesome! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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      April
      October 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Ahh, I’ve actually been dying to visit Kew for the past couple years, but have just never made it – I’m definitely going to have to try go soon!
      xo April

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