The Garden Landscape Guide


A vast development in the City of London. To some, it is a forest of tower blocks. For others, there are many exciting features including massed fountains, a cascade, roof gardens, trees growing on columns, great pools and a sitting area which is set below water level. However, many of the spaces are bleak and draughty. Extensive pedestrian decks cover the parking areas and access roads. The scheme was designed by Chamberlain Powell and Bon in the 1950s and is now almost complete. Visitors joke that it is almost impossible to find one's way about. This has been countered by painting lines on the brick paviors. One can follow them, as Theseus did his unwound string.

Silk Street, London Wall, London, Greater London, England, EC2Y 8DS

All year. Daily. Conservatory, on 3rd floor, Sundays 11am to 5pm. Telephone 0207 638 4141, to check that the conservatory is not being used for a function.


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  • over 5 years by Anonymous 3 / 5

    I love the quirkiness of these gardens - particularly watching the koi carp lazily swimming through the ponds. Not a stunning display of plants, but a dramatic setting with interesting architectural features.

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Fountains at The Barbican, London Photograph © City of London Corporation
Barbican Photograph © City of London Corporation