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My trip to the Barbican conservatory

When I was writing the blog on places I wanted to go I had already tried to get tickets to go. It was sold out so I decided to leave it. Then I was chatting with my friend Charlotte who lives in London too and tried to get tickets.

The Barbican Conservatory sell out really quickly but they release all the time slots at 9.30am. It’s easier to do this on a computer rather than a phone. The tickets are free but you can donate which is great.

I headed into central London, mask on listening to the Beetles to block out everyone on their phones. I arrived early and walked round Liverpool Street station which has wonderful architecture. London really is a place where you need to look up and pay attention to the detail of the buildings.

Liverpool street and its surrounding buildings

I met Charlotte and we walked to the the Barbican Center. It’s a massive remarkable space. An orchestra where playing Disney tunes, the residents were out reading, eating and socialising which was lovely to see on this wonderfully hot day.

Finding the entrance to the Conservatory was tricky, it was on the road level and we where 3 stories up wandering around trying to get in. Lucky we were 40minites early because we were searching for 35 minutes! We enjoyed exploring the rest of the Barbican.

Barbican Center and it’s biophilic design

I had to take a breath before I walked in because I as so excited. Charlotte was the perfect companion as she was really knowledgeable when it came to the plants. There were so many different varieties of plants was inspiring.

It was laid out so we just followed a nice clear path all the way through. We chatted took pictures but also just soaked up all the nature. It’s a pretty magical place. As we were walking around it got hotter, we decided that walking around a giant glass house on the hottest day of the year was a good idea. It was hot but it was totally worth it.

The scale of the plants

The only room that was off limits was the cactus room which I would have loved to explore but I managed to see some incredible cacti and succulents. Again the size of them was incredible they had a Chinese money plant that was bigger than me. It just means that I will have to go back and explore.

The conservatory is a very calming space. It’s definitely a place to relax and let the troubles of the city wash away from you. I feel like this whenever I go for a walk or visit a gardens. There is something about being in nature even if it is a man made selected nature. The conservatory feels wild and natural with its large vine scaling the walls.

When we left we were so chatty. Talking about the plants and what we grow and what we want to grow. It’s easy to gather inspiration from the Barbican but I don’t think Gavin will let me grow a giant monstera up the wall.

I have visited the Barbican many times to go to the theatre or visit an exhibition but I never knew about the conservatory before. It’s so wonderful to discover more things about your city.

About DP

Hi, I am Dana. I am dyspraxic trying to function and get organised in my dysfunctional world. I don’t shy away from technology but I do have a preference for all things paper and analog. I am trying to organise our lives through my bullet journal, travel around the globe and save money!!! Impossible I know. I have a hard time believing that you should spend a fortune on one day. So, with my creative skills and frugality I will hopefully create my dream wedding without getting into debt. My bullet journal has been a life saver, so much that I now have 3. One for life, one for wedding planning and my last for this blog. I am lost without them. I have a wonderful partner, two fur babies ( Manhattan and Frank) a full time job that I love and my love of blogging. Please bear with me with my spelling and grammar I do proof read about 4 times but I still miss things. I won’t be offended if you correct me. So that’s me, I draw and teach art to both kids and adults and I believe anyone can create anything you just have to practice. I have had to try and try at organising, that is why I am the Dysfunctional Planner.

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