Who doesn’t love a bank holiday weekend? And this one is made even better with the constant sunshine piercing through my blackout blind trying to get me up! I didn’t have many plans for the weekend but I was interested in doing something day trippy given I had an extra day to spare. A few images popped up on my instagram heralding the start of #wisteriahysteria and thus a plan was formed.
Lots of the Wisteria is in the north and west of London, a good hours travel for me on the various lines still open on the bank holiday. As I researched some areas Kew Gardens Temperate House appeared in my internet rabbit hole! This was my day trip forming! Opening this weekend, the Victorian Glass House had been lovingly restored over the past five years with 10,000 plants representing all corners of the globe planted in the past few months. Keen to help preserve plant specimens Kew Gardens germinates plants whose seeds can’t be stored and also brings back to life plants over 200 years old!
I’ve been to Kew in the winter when they do an amazing light show. I recommend going especially if you are looking for a romantic night out. However, the darkness really hid the enormity of the gardens, all the charming Victorian buildings and corners you can wander and explore. Walking around for the day was pure bliss. There is a peacefulness and tranquilly as you wander the grounds.
After spending the day at Kew Gardens there were a few things I noted that will help you enjoy your day. Buy your ticket online even if you do it on the train on your way there! Seems a no brainer but I was surprised to see the number of people lining up purchasing tickets on the day. If you have pre bought cross the road on the right hand side and join this queue, the left is for non ticket holders.
Bring your own food and you can have a picnic. There are plenty of places to eat, the Orangery Restaurant and The Botanical are sweet and lovely if you are treating yourself. But I recommend bringing your lunch and then spending your hard earned pennies on a ice cream from the stall next to the Orangery. Cards only to purchase and then you can wander across the extensive lawn, sitting in the sunshine or propped under a shady tree.
Play games with the ‘occupants’ of Kew Palace. Staff are dressed as they would be in the 1800’s and on the lawn outside the front of the building you can join in garden games from the same era. I learnt how to master quiots and rolling 3 yard game; a mix of bocce, croquet and cornhole!
Hope you are enjoying the weekend as much as I am. If you want to see my #wisteriahysteria photo of a beautiful red brick house in Kew go here. PF xo