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Tropical oasis in the city

The grey of the city getting you down? Feel like you just need to see something lush and green? Well, before you hop on a train out of here, check the select opening times for the Barbican conservatory – a tropical oasis in the heart of the capital and the second biggest in London, after Kew Gardens. Plus, they serve afternoon tea on a Sunday (but you’ll need to request in advance).

While the Barbican itself makes a great visit, be sure to head on up to the rooftop to explore this hidden gem that not only bursts with greenery, but is temperature-controlled, meaning summer warmth on cold winter days. It is also remarkably peaceful.

With exotic fish and over 2000-species of plants, it’s an ideal way to whittle away an hour or so in the city before heading out to enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Barbican Conservatory

Silk St
London
EC2Y 8DS

020 7638 4141