The wonders of Kew Gardens

(Trip organised through my work at VisitBritain)

On our first day in London, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew (also called Kew Gardens) was on top of our list. We took the District Line to Kew Gardens Station (took about 35 minutes) and from there it was a short 10 minute walk.

Already at the station you saw your first palm tree

Already at the station you saw your first palm tree

Kew Gardens is huge and we only had two hours before our booked lunch, so we had the Palm House, the Temperate House and the Orchid exhibition on our plan.

The Palm House
The Palm House is a remarkable indoor rainforest and contains tropical plants from some of the most threatened environments in the world. It was very humid and warm, but the beauty was breathtaking. I think we spent 1 hour in here, filling our cameras with tons of pictures.

The Palm House seen from the outside

The Palm House seen from the outside

On the glass behind me you can see how humid it is inside the house

On the glass behind me you can see how humid it is inside the house

There are two floors and the view from the top is beautiful

There are two floors and the view from the top is beautiful

The air was very humid and created this (in my opinion) wonderful smell that reminded me of Hawaii

The air was very humid and created this (in my opinion) wonderful smell that reminded me of Hawaii

The Temperate House
The Temperate House is the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse and here you can discover some of the world's rarest and most threatened species of plants. With the sunlight, the beautiful colors and the sound of the water, I felt like I had entered paradise (at least my version of paradise).

One of the entrances

One of the entrances

Spring vibes

Spring vibes

Emilia working her magic -  see some of it here

Emilia working her magic - see some of it here

The Orchid exhibition
The Orchid exhibition was Kew’s first ever orchid festival on the theme of Colombia. With over 4000 orchid species found in Colombia, they had put together a dazzling display inspired by Colombia’s wildlife and plant diversity. Sadly we didn’t have time to stand in line so we had to skip this.

Afterwards we had lunch at The Orangery, a beautiful building with high ceilings and grand, arched windows. Sadly all the people and the cafeteria-vibe didn’t give the cosiest feeling, however the vegetarian food was delicious. I can imagine it must be a beautiful venue to host an event.

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Read more about Kew Gardens, prices and opening hours here. A must see if ever in London, preferably during spring/summer time.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia