Set in one of the most iconic brutalist buildings in the world within the heart of the City of London, The Conservatory at The Barbican Centre provides a lush oasis of green exhibition space, perfectly matched for hosting The Sustainable Events Show.

The Conservatory

The Conservatory was designed by the Barbican’s architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, and surrounds the Barbican Theatre’s fly tower, from which scenery for productions taking place on the stage six stories below is lowered into place. It's roof is constructed of steel and glass and covers 23,000 square feet.

Planted between 1980 and 1981, and opened in 1984, the Conservatory now houses a varied assortment of the extraordinary flora from around the world. The Conservatory consists of around 1,500 species of plants and trees, some of which are rare and endangered in their native habitat. The species are a vibrant mix of temperate and arid types ranging from areas as diverse as the rocky deserts and bushland of South Africa to the coastline of Brazil. Pools also accommodate and provide a safe haven for exotic fish from around the world.

Conservatory - Day 2
Conservatory Terrace - Night 1

"At the Barbican, we recognise the impacts that our operations and activities can have on the environment and by supporting the Sustainable Events Show, we aim to spread the message of sustainability throughout the Barbican and the wider events industry, which will endorse our commitments."

- Jackie Boughton, Head of Business Events -