Sunday, 12 July 2015

My visit to Kew Gardens, London

My half sister and I had a day out at Kew gardens in south west London. Unfortunately not only did we go on a day it was raining, it was also the day the 24 hour London tube strike started! This resulted in the two of us leaving early to make sure we got home. I took over 100 pictures and it was difficult to choose my favourites to put on this blog post. More pictures from my day out at Kew Gardens can be found over on my Facebook page.

Peacock at Kew Gardens


This was my second time visiting Kew Gardens, the first of which was with my boyfriend a few years ago. Being honest, very little has changed which is nice as I did not get to look around the whole of Kew gardens last time! I would recommend if you are visiting Kew Gardens, you spend the whole day here to see it all! There is also a 2 for 1 offer available if you are travelling from the outside of London, which we took advantage of!

Pagoda, Kew Gardens London

Above is the Pagoda which was completed in 1762. You are unable to go inside of it but throughout Kew Gardens you can see it. This is one of my favourite parts of Kew Gardens, this area is perfect for picnics; there is a lot of shade as well as benches.


This is the first time I had ever seen a peacock in a tree! There is more than one peacock in Kew gardens. My secondary school (Passmores Academy, the one from Educating Essex) had two peacocks and seeing these at Kew Gardens reminded me of seeing them at school! 



As well as grassy areas and indoor areas, there are a few water areas, which attract ducks and dragon flies. There were 3 signets with 2 adult swans as well as a few other ducks that I had never seen before. This photo was taken on the Sackler crossing bridge which opened in May 2006, which can be seen above.

Flower at Kew Gardens

Flower at Kew Gardens

There are a lot of flowers at Kew Gardens, the rain created water droplets on the petals which I thought looked beautiful. Luckily there are a lot of trees as well as some sheltered areas so the rain did not put a damper on the day!



Lastly is my favourite parts of Kew Gardens, the Palm House (upper above) and the Princess of Wales Conservatory (above). The Palm house had loads of different plants from around the world as well as displays of some of the products they can be found in. There is an aquarium underneath the Palm House and there is a stair case that takes you to the top of the palm house, where you can see the trees and plants from above! The Princess of Wales Conservatory was opened by Princess Diana in 1987. There are ten zones to look through, the biggest two are damp tropics and dry tropics. This building looks small from the outside but there is so much to look at.

This was my day out at Kew Gardens, we left at 4pm and got to the station in our home town before the strikes started in London. We rounded the day off with a nandos. Let me know if you have ever been to Kew Gardens or plan too, I would love to hear your thoughts.

8 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous place! I've always wanted to visit Kew Gardens, it looks gorgeous even in the rain! Shame about the tube strikes cutting your day short though.

    Jess
    Philocalist.co.uk

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    1. It is beautiful! I recommend it if you love walks and nature :)

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  2. Lovely pics Laura! I love water droplets on flowers! Great post, it looks like a really nice trip! xx

    Ellie xx

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    1. Thank you lovely :) I love those pictures too, the rain made the flowers look even more pretty :) xx

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  3. Looks amazing =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Kew Gardens looks amazing!! I've never been but gosh its beautiful! Love the flowers and your pics are great!

    xx

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    1. Thank you lovely! It is so beautiful there, already planning my next trip there in a couple of years time! xx

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