Space to Think: London

Space to Think: London

This is the first in a series uncovering secret spaces to think in the world’s biggest cities. Here’s 6 of the best...

Barbican

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The Barbican is a lumbering beast of 70s utopian dreams and amongst the estate there are lots of places to think including: The Conservatory and Foyer Spaces.

Download the interior floorplan

Opening times: Mon–Sat: 9am–11pm / Sun: 11am–11pm / Bank Holidays: 12 noon–11pm

Tube: Barbican or Moorgate

Garden Museum

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This small museum is the perfect place to find peace. Try volunteering to get a work out and learn about the history of the garden.

Opening times: Check website https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/visit/

Tube: Vauxhall or Lambeth North

National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre

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A hidden sanctuary to the written word in the most welcoming public space in London. Take the singing lift up to floor 5 and you will be merrily transported to this inspirational hotspot.

Open: Tuesday - Sunday from 11am to 8pm

Tube: Waterloo or Embankment

Thames Barrier

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If you like desolation and find solace in abandoned industrial spaces head to Thames Barrier for a small café and exhibition.

Opening times: Check website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-thames-barrier#visiting-the-thames-barrier

Tube: Charlton / Woolwich Dockyard

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

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A hidden gem in zone 2 to discover the fascinating history of fighting for social justice in the East End.

Opening times: Check website: http://www.ideastore.co.uk/local-history-about-us

Tube: Stepney Green

Wellcome Collection

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Euston’s busy temple of knowledge has a secret. Avoid the bookshop/cafe area on the ground floor and head up to the Reading Room and Library on level 2.

Opening times: Check website: https://wellcomecollection.org/opening-times

Tube: Euston

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