Northern Girl on… The Barbican Conservatory

One of London’s more secret attractions, not many people know that The Barbican centre has a conservatory that is open to the public and free to visit. Located on the third floor, the conservatory is home to some of the most amazing plants, fish and even turtles.

The plants wind through the conservatory past the fish ponds where you can take in all the varieties from pepper trees to banana plants and even the papaya plant. It then takes you up the stairs for beautiful views of the whole conservatory where you get to see the two varieties of turtles en route to the cactus room. 

If you get chance afternoon tea is a must. The food looked absolutely amazing and you’ll be hard pressed to find afternoon tea in a more picturesque and unique environment. 

Or if you’re on a budget, pack your own sandwiches and take them out to the stunning ground floor courtyard where you can sit by the water and soak up the sunshine.

The conservatory is open every Sunday 12pm-5pm (last entry 4:30) until the end of September with the exception of the 20th August and 10th September where it is closed for private events. Full information and afternoon tea booking can be found at

NG x



  1. Giana Spiteri · August 14, 2017

    I’m sad I never got to go here when I lived in London! My friend recently went too and it looked so gorgeous x


  2. Chloe · August 16, 2017

    This place has been on my list to visit for so long! Really need to take a trip to London I’d love to get some photos of this place x

  3. Sian Reed · August 19, 2017

    I didn’t even know this place existed until now! Unfortunately I won’t get to London before it finishes so hopefully they’ll do it next year!

    Sian x

  4. Liz Walsh · August 24, 2017

    I didn’t know about this place until I read your post but will hopefully visit it the next time we go to London. Thanks

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