10.12.2015

covert conservatory


This secret garden in the heart of the city is one of my favourite ways to greet the outdoors, without having to suffer any of the cold, wind and rain that falls down over London with the leaves in October.

Hidden within the concrete maze of the brutalist Barbican building is an unexpected oasis, ready to be explored. The Conservatory houses approximately 2000 species of tropical plants and trees, and is a planted playground that is nothing short of paradise. Exotic plants climb the concrete columns, blooms burst in rainbow colours, fish circle lazily in pools, as you delve deeper and deeper between layers of leaves; discovering, and mispronouncing, plants and flowers you never even knew existed. There is even a dry room containing a collage of cacti! I love finding unique and unexpected gems in the city, and The Conservatory is definitely that! Even if you're not so into plants, it's such a pretty place to hang out with friends, walking and talking, the perfect place to watch the world go by.

Best of all, visiting The Conservatory is completely free. It's only open to the public on Sundays, so do check dates beforehand, but if you're in the area on a Sunday, you really shouldn't miss the chance to visit. After all, who wouldn't want to while away a weekend discovering a hidden horticultural heaven.



52 comments:

  1. Love the photos!! Looks like a perfect place to go now it is getting so cold outdoors

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

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  2. I've never gone to conservatory! This place looks amazing and 2000 species...That's crazy!

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  3. Love these photos! Thanks for posting!
    The Rad Wife

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  4. Great blog!
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  5. Man, this looks amazing! You always take the best photos Raj! Also, your writing "Exotic plants climb the concrete columns, blooms burst in rainbow colours, fish circle lazily in pools, as you delve deeper and deeper between layers of leaves" - just so, so lovely to read!

    Raashi
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  6. Lovely photos, I love going to places like this!



     Miriam ♥ A whole lot of serendipity

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  7. What a lovely place! I'm actually going to look and see if there is one near where I live. Beautiful photos!

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  8. This place looks so pretty, would love the visit someday!

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  9. Amazing pictures, it must have been interesting to visit.

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  10. This garden is beautiful. I have to find one like this in my area. I love succulents they are my favorite plants to keep at home due to their low maintenance. Great post and pictures!

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  11. What a lovely place to visit! I would love to get lost in here on Sunday afternoon! And even better that it is free! :)

    Musings & More

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  12. oh wow, that's such a lovely garden :) amazing place <3 xoxo

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  13. Wow, these photos are so gorgeous! I'd definitely love to visit there one day. Great post, Raj!
    xo Kiki
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  14. I love nature. Gives me soo much life. Beautiful pictures.

    Tega Enai
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    xoxo..

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  15. What a nice green garden to enjoy in October! :) Beautiful photos, Raj!

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  16. Beautiful photography!

    xx

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  17. CACTUS' EVERYWHERE!
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  18. There is nothing quite as serene & welcoming as a hidden oasis. I'm loving the variety of cacti. :]

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  19. Looks amazing, bit like the botanicals gardens we have here in Glasgow. Lovely switch from the city
    Lauren
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  20. So precious!
    Dora
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  21. I know I've come across your blog once, but I'm baffled as to why I did not follow you then, because you write so eloquently, and take such lovely photos!

    The conservatory looks amazing, and as one who hardly ever sees trees and hang out in the nature, I think this is the perfect building where plants and bricks meet. So, so lovely!

    I hope you enjoy the weekend, Raj!

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  22. Love pictures! Looks like you had a great time!

    xoxo Emily
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  23. great post indeed! have a lovely day :)

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  24. Lovely pictures!!

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  25. These photos are so lovely! I love all the cacti. It looks like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, especially since it's free :)

    Laura

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  26. WOW, great post and love your thoughts!

    Have a great weekend!!

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  27. It looks like such a great place to visit! Although I've didn't know that such places are only open to the public sometimes :)

    Velvet Blush

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  28. wow, this looks like you had a great time and the photos are so gorgeous :)))
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  29. great post dear! I love your blog:)

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  30. This place looks so beautiful! Amazing photos!

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  31. Anonymous17.10.15

    A perfect spot to get lost xoxo BING.

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  33. Your posts always make me want to catch the first plane to London!
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  34. Wow. I just love all the foliage in here. I love seeing green everywhere. Hardly get them here at my home town.

    xoxo,
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  35. This is pretty amazing
    I never knew there's one existing like this

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  36. You have a fantastic blog dear, I really like it:)
    Follow each other?
    HAPPY WEEKEND
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  37. we have a local conservatory too!! i really need to visit again! :D

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

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  38. such a great place! and nice photos <3

    xx
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  39. Such a beautiful place and you have a great blog
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  40. Such a beautiful place and you have a great blog
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  42. Great post and interesting!!

    MyLyfeMyStory

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  43. Such a beautiful place. xx

    Julie
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  44. Gorgeous pics of a truly beautiful place. Thx for sharing with us.
    xox
    Lenya
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  45. Great post! thanks for sharing this is super fun to read and I am in love with your blog. Do you want to support each other's blog by following each other?:) Please let me know if you do so I can follow you right back x

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  46. Lovely pictures! That lighting in some parts of it is stunning!

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