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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

A Day At Kew Gardens 🌿

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My Somerset friend and I were looking to get a little bit of green whilst spending our August bank holiday in London. And so, with the weather looking absolutely fabulous we decided to head super south to spend the day at Kew Gardens. Founded by Princess Augusta, Princess of Wales and mother of King George III, Kew gardens is home to the largest collection of plants in the world - and they hold the most variety...


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Set in 326 acres of gorgeous landscape (we walked approximately eight miles, so be prepared), the gardens doesn't just offer plants, you know! We made our way - guided by a map - through some amazing attractions including glasshouses and terrifying treetop walkways. Even though we spent four hours at Kew, we were still no where near to seeing everything there was to see but, here's what I would recommend if you're looking to spend the day there...

TREETOP WALKWAY
Set up in the trees (obviously) and 18 metres high, this was probably one of my favourite things about Kew. Not for the faint hearted, you have to make your way up the walkway is encased in a pretty canopy of lime, sweet chestnut and oak tress - with London glaring at you in the distance. 

THE HIVE
Designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress and inspired by scientific research, the Hive is quite a structure and something not to be missed - not that you can miss this amazing piece of art. Once you make your way inside the huge Hive you're instantly hit with a gentle musical hum surrounding you that (I'm assuming) makes it seem as though you're in a real-life bee hive.

LAKE AND SACKLER CROSSING
Kew's main lake is the Arboretum and, while it's literally just a walkway over a lake the views and animals you see when you walk over it is super pretty! Cue me standing there for 10 minutes watching a little duckling looking for it's mum......she found her, don't worry.

PALM HOUSE PARTERRE
Like the treetop walkway, this was one of my favourite things to see at Kew. A giant glass house filled with gorgeous plants that makes it seem you're right in the heart of Asia (and, as it was so hot when we went, it felt like it too). There new 12,500 plant inside the Parterre and the bedding plants outside total to around 21,000 - that's a lot of pretty plants to gawk at.

The only thing that was a bit 'meh' with Kew was the food, we did treat ourselves to a delicious cream tea (like the proper Westcountry girls that we are) and a well-needed rest. Next time I go to Kew I'll probably take food with me as there isn't a whole lot of variety with their cafes and the prices are pretty high...as you would expect, I guess. If you're thinking of heading to Kew for the day, I would definitely recommend it - even though it's in London, it feels like your hundreds of miles away, which is sometimes just the little break any Londoner needs!

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