Barbicans secret conservatory

Lovers of glass and nature will be excited to learn of the Barbican Conservatory in London.

Located deep in the City, the capitals second biggest conservatory is generally a quiet place, located on top of the Barbican Centre.

It was recently featured on, which noted that it is "wrapped around the theatres vast flytower, built specially large at the request of then-resident Royal Shakespeare Company".

Around 2,000 plant species are spread over two levels, with a climate controlled room housing an array of cacti.

Only Kew Gardens boasts a larger conservatory in London and visitors can gain entry for free between 12:00 and 16:00 on Sundays and bank holidays.
For those lucky enough to have the space to do so, a conservatory in the home can offer a personal place to observe the nature in the garden or keep tropical plants of your own.