Hi everyone! Since we’ve been enjoying proper summer weather here in London I thought I’d share with you a few snaps from one of the coolest places to spend a sunny day in- Kew Gardens!
Oh boy where do I start? The location of Kew Gardens is the end of the world indeed but before you get scared of spending 45 minutes on the tube let me tell you one thing- it is oh so worth it!
Even if the entrance fee is not the lowest, it’s the money well spent- I promise!
And if you’re like me, completely obsessed with cactuses and palm trees, a merry trip to where zone 3 meets zone 4 is simply a must!
Kew Gardens can boast the world’s largest collection of living plants, which is very cool indeed.
Although I’m not quite able to name a few plants I have at home (some still alive, yay!) let alone those in botanic gardens, even for such a hopeless nature ignorant I tend to be, walking around those 300 acres of land was so much fun!
Before the trip I had also stopped at Grounded to get some of their lush pastries as the botanic gardens are just perfect for a picnic and you know how much I like my food ;3 Don’t get me wrong, there are a few cafes all around the gardens so you’re not going to starve yourself to death but the food is exactly what you’d expect in such a touristy place- not of the greatest quality and rather pricy for what you get.
Another thing worth mentioning is, the royal gardens have one of the coolest gift shops ever with tons of cute things like beautiful plant graphics, great selection of tea and biscuits, authentic honey or chocolate in the most amazing, plant-infused flavours. I couldn’t resist buying these cuties for my cousin as they are not really my style, yet far too pretty to be left in the shop!
Anyway, what makes Kew Gardens truly wonderful are the plants. My favourite part of all has to be the Princess of Wales Conservatory, opened in 1987.
It’s a huge glasshouse with 10 different climate zones under one roof which simply means hundreds of cactuses, ferns and orchids- what’s not to love? There are also some fish and turtles in aquariums as well as a super cool agama occupying the rocks. So sick!
Another cool glasshouse was the famous Palm House where you can find species from tropical rainforests.
I was quite happy to spot banana trees, cocoa, coffee, pepper or African oil palm. If it could only get a bit colder!
The hottest (and the smallest) of the glasshouses in Kew Gardens though is the Waterlily House, where it is simly impossible to spend more than a few minutes before you start feeling dizzy and out of breath. Seeing a pond full of giant waterlilies and some lotus flowers around is still worth giving it a go though!
There are also Mediterranean Gardens with olive trees, cypresses and lavender, where you could simply sit on a bench with a book and relax for a bit, as well as Japanese Gardens and the lake with Sackler Crossing- probably the wildest part of the gardens.
Oh, and how could I not mention the Treetop Walkaway?! It’s a 200m long construction which gives you a rare chance to admire the wood from 18 metres above the ground. I have to confess though, when you’re glued to your laptop rain or no rain, climbing all those stairs out of a sudden is a bit of a challenge!
For those of you who consider visiting Kew Gardens- it’s best to arrive in the morning and spend the entire day there, there’s just so much to do and see and those 2-3 hours you have in mind are definitely not enough.
Get some nice food to go, pack a blanket and don’t forget to charge your mobile as you’ll want to photograph everything (I took over a thousand of pictures myself!).
Most of all though- have fun! X