A day at Kew Gardens.
A day at Kew Gardens
A few weekends go, Em and I took ourselves off for a lovely day exploring Kew Gardens. It's somewhere we've both wanted to visit for a while, and so we thought we'd make the most of the gorgeous weather and head on over to have a little explore. After preparing for quite a roadtrip, and then realising it was actually only a 15 minute drive from my flat - we arrived in no time and managed to park up without much trouble at all.
It didn't take us too long to discover that neither of us would make it in the navy... or any kind of job that requires some kind of sense of direction. We studied a map, agreed on a route, and then both set off in different directions like something out of a comedy tv show. After we got over the giggles, we reconvened and set off in the same direction this time!
There is so much to see and do at Kew Gardens, and we tried our best to tick off as much as possible. We visited Queen Charlotte's cottage - which used to be a private haven for Queen Charlotte - and was used by the Royal Family to stop and have a picnic and refresh themselves during their walks around the gardens.
We went inside the Temperate House - which is filled with temperate zone plants from Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific Islands - followed by the Palm house... followed by a break in the fresh air because my god glasshouses get hot in the sun!
Once we were all rested and refreshed, we crossed the path to have a nosey at Kew Palace. Kew Palace is the oldest building in the grounds - having been built in 1631! Unfortunately, there was quite the queue to get in, and so we settled for a wander around the gardens instead which were just as lovely.
We genuinely had the best day wandering around the gardens, and I would totally recommend it for anyone thinking of doing anything a little different while in London. Clearly, we visited in Summer, but I'm told it's absolutely gorgeous in Autumn too when the trees start to change!