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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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Samuel / EC2

A portrait series of people who call London home.

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How long have you lived in London?

7 Years since leaving home, Spain.

What makes someone a Londoner?

There is a rhythm to this city that you feel as soon as you step onto the streets. It’s exhausting at times but there’s a thrill to it, and once you get used to it everything else just seems slow and boring.

North London or South London?

I’ve had a fair share of both, but North just seems closer to everything.

Favorite thing about living in London?

It’s culture, by far. People come from all over the world to feel once-in-a-lifetime experiences and sometimes we take it all for granted. I feel very fortunate for being able to spend such a crucial moment of my life here in London.

Least favorite thing about living in London?

Certainly the tube in peak hours.

Favorite spot to grab a drink?

I love a good pub and here in Shoreditch there are plenty.

Favorite spot to grab a bite?

Whitecross Street Market. Weekdays 12 – 2 pm. Weekends I tend to go to J+A Café in Clerkenwell.

Taxi, Tube, Bus, Bike or Walk?

Bike. It’s cheap, you get there faster, you look great on it and it’s good for your health.

Where do you go to get away from the city?

I was born and bred in the Canary Island, so it seems convenient to go back for a few days when you need a break from it all.

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