KEW GARDENS

London has many beautiful green spaces to explore but if you’re up for a little trip, make sure to visit Kew Gardens. The Royal Botanic Gardens, as per their official name, were founded in 1759 and are the largest collection of living plants in the world. They have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003 and cover an area of 1.200 m² – pretty impressive, especially when they’re just a short train ride away from London, right?

You can easily spend the whole day exploring the gardens – stroll around the property, walk through the impressive Victorian glasshouses, admire the beautiful flowers and take pictures. Speaking of photos, I literally took hundreds of them during my visit but am only sharing a few snapshots below that are hopefully representative of how lovely this place is.

The orchid collection and the exotic rainforest in the Palm House are my favourites but there are many more spots to discover, like the Aquatic Garden, the gallery at the Cambridge cottage, the Azalea Garden, the iconic Chinese Pagoda, the Bee Hive and the Arboretum. I’m also proud of myself for making it through the soaring treetop walkway which is up in the air amongst chestnuts, limes and oaks. A real achievement given my most terrible fear of heights and the fact that the structure actually sways in the wind!

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Sandy (@smarksthespots)

  • I absolutely love Kew Gardens! This year I’m hoping to go when the leaves are all brilliant colours!

    • Oh I bet it’s going to be lovely! Just added it on my list of things to do around London for the next months 😉

  • Oh my, this looks amazing! I had heard of the gardens before, but I never knew they were this beautiful! Great pictures ^^

    • Thank you, Laura!! The gardens are beautiful and worth visiting if you visit London. It’s really easy to get there and they make for a great day trip!

      • I visited London in July, too bad I didn’t know this! I’ll definitely remember for next time! ^^