The Barbican Conservatory is the second largest  in London. It houses more than 2000 species of plants and trees.
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The perfect hangout on a wet London day

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London – Fact check The perfect hangout on a wet London day

In London, you may well see the rain coming down even on a sunny day. No wonder every Londoner has a private shortlist of places to escape the drizzle. Here's one – an amazing green space right in the heart of the city.

Kieran Meeke
Kieran Meeke Travel Writer

The Barbican Centre in London – about twenty minutes south of Clerkenwell on foot – is the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the home of the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1985, it saw the very first performance of “Les Misérables,” the musical that is now a worldwide theatrical hit as well as a film.

It has three cinemas, two art galleries, several restaurants and cafes, and an arts-themed shop. There are also several large interesting open spaces, with free Wi-Fi. In brief, it’s the perfect space to hang out in the City on a wet day – which are not unknown in London.

At first, the Barbican can seem like a maze. Colored lines on the floor are supposed to help you find the various venues or exits. Sometimes they even do. But it is also fun to just get lost and see what you find. You might stumble on the Conservatory, the second largest in London after the one at Kew. With thousands of plants, it is an amazing green space right in the heart of London. It’s open only on Sundays and Mondays to help add to the air of secrecy.

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