Saunders 1865 Team Recommendation: The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
At over 250 years old, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, or as it’s known more simply, Kew Gardens, holds the world’s largest collection of living plants. Created in 1759, Kew is a highly respected international botanical institute for the research and study of plants and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Open all year, Kew Gardens hosts a variety of events and promises a fun and rewarding time for every visitor.
Perhaps the perfect time to first experience the beauty of Kew (or to return to the gardens) is in the height of summer as the trees and flowers are in full bloom. There are over a dozen different areas in the gardens, each specialising in a different breed of plant. The Palm House, for instance, harbours hundreds of tropical plants and trees such as large ferns and cocoa and coffea plants; when visitors travel down the spiral staircases of the palm house, they discover an underground aquarium filled with tropical fish and plants. To the north of the gardens is the Skywalk. Several enormous iron buttresses prop a treetop walkway hundreds of feet in the air to allow visitors the chance to look out over the gardens. Coincidentally, the walkway was designed by Marks Barfield Architects who also designed another famous landmark of our city – the London Eye. In addition, this weekend is your last chance to catch a peek of the Temperate House until 2018, when necessary renovations have been completed! The doors to the glasshouse close temporarily on Monday, 5 August.
So rustle up a picnic and head down to Kew Gardens for the day. Not only will you get to enjoy the sunshine, but you’ll also be able to marvel at plants from around the world in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable.
Where: Kew Gardens
Nearest Tube: Kew Gardens
When: Open daily from 9:30am
Cost: £14.50 (adult); children under 16 enjoy free entry. Please see website for further ticket and attraction information.
Please be advised that there will be major obstruction to road travel in and around London and parts of Surrey on Sunday, 4 August, due to the Prudential RideLondon cycling event.
There will be a number of road and bridge closures in east, central, and southwest London, as well as parts of Surrey, as a result of the event. These closures will have a major impact on all road transport, including public buses.
Bridge closures in the London area are as follows:
- Tower and Southwark Bridges: from 4am to after 3.15pm
- Chiswick Bridge: from 5am to after 2.30pm
- Hampton Court Bridge: from 5am to after 3.30pm northbound and 7pm southbound
- Chelsea, Albert, Kingston, and Putney Bridges: from 5am to after 7.15pm
- Westminster, Lambeth, and Vauxhall Bridges: from 5am to after 7.30pm
Please plan your trip now and be advised to use public transport, such as the Tube, to avoid travel disruption this Sunday.
For more information, a route map, and details of affected roads including the A12, A13, and Blackwall Tunnel, please see the TFL website for more information.
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