Last weekend was so cold that even thinking of leaving the house to shoot content was very painful! Luckily I know it isn’t only me struggling during these cold days. Seeing fellow bloggers counting the days until spring arrives and shooting the majority of their blog content indoors, I must say it makes me feel a bit better…
So last Sunday we decided to check out the Barbican Conservatory. I had heard of this place on many occasions and was tempted a few times to check it out last summer… but having such good weather in July, August and September I preferred spending my days out in the sun and enjoy the vitamin D treatment as much as I could. Now that the cold weather is really bothering me I try to keep coming up with a variety of indoor places to visit.
The Barbican Conservatory is the second biggest conservatory in London! It is open on selected Sundays each month and Bank Holidays from 12 noon until 5pm with last entry at 4.30pm. Attention! Attention! Admission is completely free and no booking is required. I really don’t think many people know of this place.
To be fair I was expecting crowds knowing that it is only open on selected Sundays of the month and it is free to enter. However, I was positively surprised that there were not that many people! London is a busy place and you just get used to crowds everywhere you go, that’s why the conservatory was a pleasant surprise! I felt really relaxed and it was just lovely walking around and looking at the plants in an urban jungle without squashing between people.
The place is home to exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees! My favourite part was a little room dedicated to cacti only!
If you’re a massive plant fan you can even request a special guided tour with a gardener who can tell you all the little details about the place and how the plants are looked after.
If you’re feeling tired and hungry after walking around it is worth to stop for an afternoon tea at the conservatory.
There’s a little cafe in the centre of the conservatory serving handmade cakes and savouries, each inspired by fruit, flowers or herbs grown in the conservatory! I haven’t tried it this time as you need to book in advance, but now I know I will be back next time to check it out.
A note to everyone: During the winter months it is recommended to bring warm clothes – the conservatory is not a hot room and temperatures can be low. I must say I dressed for the occasion. Urban Jungle pattern – high waisted velvet pants and a single coloured green sweater with simple accessories of a black hat, bag and boots. I got both the sweater and pants a while ago, but haven’t really had a chance to wear it many times. I listed similar items below.
Have you been to the Barbican Conservatory yet? Did you like it?
What I wore: