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Barbican Conservatory

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I first visited the Barbican Centre when I photographed Samuel for his 4×3 Londoner profile. I was just short of amazed when I walked around since I had never actually been inside before. From the outside the building looks overbearing but once inside it has all sorts of wonderful things to explore like galleries, cinemas, cafes, fountains and much more. But my favorite part is the Barbican Conservatory. This hidden oasis in East London is free to the public but is only open on certain Sundays throughout the year so a little bit of planning is required before you visit (opening times are on their website). Once inside you completely forget that you are in the middle of the city as you are surrounded with green. The paths meander throughout and some even take you up a flight or two of stairs so you can view the greenery below you. Up one of these staircases is an amazing room full of every kind of succulent and cactus you can think of (it made me realize how tiny my own succulents are at home).

So if you find yourself wanting to escape to some green in the middle of the city, head on over to the Barbican Conservatory and relax amongst the endless array of plants. And maybe take some time to check out the rest of the centre too!

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The Mews

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The Mews- I like to think of them as hidden secrets scattered throughout London. When I first moved here from the US, I had no idea what a Mews was. Originally they were a row of stables (back when horses were the preferred form of transportation) behind large city houses that opened up to an alley, lane or backstreet. Nowadays, most of these stables have been converted into homes. Most mews are much quieter than a typical London road (sometimes due to them being dead end roads) and I often find that they have a lot of greenery and other interesting features. Most of the mews I’ve photographed have been found while out for a walk. You wouldn’t even know most of them are there unless you turn a certain corner but when you do, you find yourself in a really beautiful and peaceful part of the city. I love exploring them and plan on adding to this series as I discover more throughout London.

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*shot on a Rolleiflex with Kodak Ektar*

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