Three hundred acres of botanical delights grace Kew Gardens, which lies on the south bank of the Thames River between Richmond and Kew in the suburbs of south-west London. If you're a stickler for accuracy you might like to note that the proper way to refer to Kew is in the plural, i.e. Kew Gardens, not Kew Garden. This is due to the fact that centuries ago there were two estates here, Kew Estate and Richmond Estate. These estates were combined to form the Royal Botanic Gardens.
The gardens are "Royal" because for many years the estates that now form the gardens were owned by members of Britain's royal family. King George II and Queen Caroline lived at Ormonde Lodge, on the Richmond estate. Their son and heir, Prince Frederick, leased the neighbouring Kew estate in the 1730s.
The gardens today present an enjoyable mix of landscaped lawns, formal gardens, and greenhouses. Equally important, Kew functions as a botanical research centre and maintains the largest plant collection in the world. The various greenhouses display plants from across the world in climate controlled environments, while Kew Gardens Gallery houses art and photographs illustrating botanical themes. Queen Charlotte's Cottage (open only in summer) is a pretty summerhouse lying alongside a lake. The Chinese Pagoda is arguably Kew's most recognizable structure.
Also worth noting is Evolution House, a small glass building housing displays on the evolution of plant life on earth. The Grass Garden has over 600 varieties of grasses, and the Wood Museum explains the manufacture of paper and shows examples of inlaid wood cabinetry.
Hotels close to Kew Gardens
The Petersham Hotel is very close to Kew Gardens. The Petersham Hotel stand above a bend in the River Thames thus offering stunning views of the river valley. This established hotel is good for access to London, Twickenham, Kew Gardens, Richmond Park and Heathrow Airport and has good car parking. Great guest reviews here.
Kew Gardens station (District Line, London Overground) is the closest London Underground station, and is in zone 3.
From Kew Gardens station it is a 5 minute walk to Kew Gardens (Victoria Gate entrance). Exit the station through the row of shops and walk down Lichfield road (opposite) to reach Victoria Gate. The Gardens are open every day of the week from 930am.
|HOTEL / APARTMENT||POSTCODE||MILES||STAR||12 Dec||13 Dec||14 Dec||15 Dec||16 Dec||17 Dec||18 Dec||19 Dec|
|Kew Gardens Station||3||District||0.90 miles|
|Gunnersbury Station||3||District||1.36 miles|
|Chiswick Park Station||3||District||1.95 miles|
|Acton Town Station||3||District - Piccadilly||2.15 miles|
|South Ealing Station||3||Piccadilly||2.18 miles|
|Kew Bridge Station||0.61 miles|
|Kew Gardens Station||0.92 miles|
|Gunnersbury Station||1.35 miles|
|Brentford Station||1.45 miles|
|Chiswick Station||1.61 miles|