BARBICAN CONSERVATORY LONDON
If you look hard enough London has a great selection of free things to do; the Barbican Conservatory being one of these. Open to the public on select Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday’s but be sure to check the opening times and dates on their website before you head over. Hidden amongst this concrete estate, the “secret garden” was originally created to hide the Fly Tower. Once inside, note the contrast of this luscious tropical oasis against the backdrop of brutalist architecture. This mix makes for an interesting stroll around the gardens as it is not your typical Victorian Glasshouse.
The conservatory is home to 2,000 species of tropical plants, along with exotic fish, plus see if you can hunt out the cute terrapins. Although it is quite small (I recommend spending about one hour here) it seems to still be one of London’s best kept secrets, with only a small number of people wandering around allowing you to fully enjoy the experience. Relax and take in your surroundings or take some arty photos, walking down the thin path through the exotic
palms, onto the wooden bridge through to the cactus house.