Yesterday, Frenchie and I went to The Barbican Centre in London. I have never been here before, so I was quite curious to see, what this well-know performing arts centre in the city of London was all about. (Bonus-info: The Barbican is the largest of its kind in Europe)

The Barbican Centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. It also houses a library, three restaurants, and a conservatory. We were invited to the conservatory by Discover Madeira – and I was very excited about this, as the conservatory  is quite a treasure trove of tropical plants and trees, birdlife and exotic fish

As you can see, the conservatory looks stunning in the evening! It truly was a magical experience!

There are over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees at The Barbican Centre conservatory! (Clever place to represent the beautiful island of Madeira, if you ask me!)

We had plenty of Portuguese food – but my favourite was the dessert!

– and authentic Madeira home baked Bolo Do Caco from Caco & Co (made of plain flour, baker’s yeast, sweet potato, water, salt and sugar) I know, it doesn’t sound very special, but trust me, when I say, that Frenchie and almost had a fight over them when we came home, as we both liked them so much. (My excuse was, that I was eating for two, so I should be allowed to have more than him!)

Being pregnant I was not allowed to try the traditional drink Poncha from Madeira (distilled alcohol made from sugar cane juice), but looking at Frenchies face, I could see, that he enjoyed it a lot! He claimed he felt a bit tipsy after just one drink (Maybe he had forgotten, that he had a few glasses of wine at the bar first!)

We had the most amazing Toboggan ride in a traditional basket sledge from Madeira (Got to love the power of virtual reality!)

The Toboggan dates back to early 19th century, when they were used as a means of transport by the local residents who wanted to travel quickly from the village of Monte to the city of Funchal. Now it is a very popular tourist attraction at Madeira

When it was announced, that there was a competition going on, I was completely determined – I wanted to win it, as Frenchie and I are looking for a lovely place to enjoy a baby-moon

This was my winning picture! (Or at least I thought so… But no! Someone else took the price. Oh well, we had lots of fun taking the pictures – and the hat was quite cool too!)

We took a last romantic walk around at the conservatory! I would love to see this place in daylight as well!

Bonus-info: You can enjoy Afternoon Tea at The Barbican Centre Conservatory with handmade cakes and savouries on selected Sundays each month. For more information take a look here 

X Louise