Barbican Station Pop-up Garden
The first community garden on the Underground, created by a partnership between Friends of City Gardens and Transport for London.
Garden design by Gensler, the international landscape architect practice, with a strong, linear scheme of planters fillingl the 100-metre-long disused platform. Red vertical posts in the form of a wave, suggest the acceleration and braking of trains arriving and leaving the station.
Planting design by FoCG complements the wave pattern with multi-stemmed trees, climbers and substantial shrubs. Herbaceous plants and vegetables contribute a pollen- and nectar-rich mix to boost biodiversity in this challenging environment.
Sponsored by local businesses Hamptons International, Kingston Smith and Redrow London the garden will remain in place until the adjacent track becomes a siding.
Chair Friends of City Gardens:
- 6 Pre-booked tours between at 13.30 ,14.00, 14.30, 15.00 with last tour 15.30 Saturday only.
Nearest postcode: EC1A 4JA
- 4, 56, 153
- Cycle hire station:
- Aldersgate Street (Map)
- Public toilets:
Saturday 09:00-17:00 + Sunday 09:00-17:00 (Map)
- Platform accessed via three sets of stairs. It is not accessible for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.
- Dogs on leads
- Although the garden can be seen from other platforms, it can be visited only on a pre-booked tour.