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Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

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Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

The first bank holiday weekend of May was absolutely glorious! London was presented with the most beautiful Summer weather (I mean it was 27°C, which for us is bloody amazing but I am aware it’s just an average Spring day in most South European countries) so we decided to visit Kew Gardens for the firs time. I had seen some pictures online and was really excited for a full day of sightseeing, vibrant flowers, massive glasshouses and chilled picnics.

Palm House, Kew Gardens | May's blossom Beehive, Palm House, Kew Gardens | May's blossom

Palm House

 

Let’s start with the practicalities, shall we?

Get there

Either by underground (District line) or overground (North London line). Just to give you an idea, it takes about 30 minutes on the District line from Westminster station, which is fairly quick for a London traveller.

There are some cute cafes, pub and shops outside the station and a market every first Sunday of the month. Make sure you have a look at the Kew gardener, Kew bookshop and Olivers wholefood store.

Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens | May's blossom Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens | May's blossom

Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens | May's blossom

Princess of Wales Conservatory

Plan your visit

The best advice I could ever give someone about visiting Kew Gardens is to get their tickets online. You have no idea how gigantic the ticket line is. In a sunny day it might easily take you 2 hours just to buy a ticket. At the end of your visit don’t forget to pop by the store, they have amazing organic produce and little potted plants and succulents.

Temperate House, Kew Gardens | May's blossom Temperate House, Kew Gardens | May's blossom

Temperate House

What to take

The basics. A reusable water bottle (there are a couple of fountains, no need to contribute with yet more plastic), comfortable shoes (unless you want blisters on your feet) and finger food (the cafes and restaurants are quite pricey and a picnic is always a great idea). Oh and your phone ‘cos if you don’t insta story, did it even happen?

Kew Palace, Kew Gardens | May's blossom Kew Palace, Kew Gardens | May's blossom

Kew Palace

 

Most of all, enjoy your visit! It is a gigantic site with loads to see and when the weather is good it is magnificent just to walk around. Honourable mention to the newly restored victorian glasshouse – Temperate House, Kew Palace and the Princess of Wales Conservatory, my personal favourite as it gave me a sense of tropical holiday.

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