The UK has always been renowned for its gardening skills. Flowers can be seen everywhere even in the tiniest city plot. Less than 30 minutes from the city centre, you can find the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew – one of the world’s largest and most inspiring collections.
With over 130 hectares of landscaped gardens, there is something for everyone to enjoy while a resident at Best Western Palm Hotel London. Beautiful vistas of flowerbeds, cool lawns, exotic tropical flowers within greenhouses, are interspersed with magnificent centuries old trees reaching high into the sky as well as a lovely, serene lake and water lily pools making a perfect spot for relaxing on a hot sunny day.
But that’s not all. Want something more active? Then book a stay at one of the best hotels in Cricklewood London and take a trip on the soaring Tree Top Walkway, sited 18 metres above the ground. Quite a long walk, it winds its way through the trees allowing you to get a bird’s eye view of the gardens while glimpsing birds and insects within their natural habitat. Mathematicians might like to take a closer look at the styling of the walkway as it is inspired by the Fibonacci numerical sequence, often encountered in nature’s growth patterns. Once you return to ground level and discover how trees grow, you then enter an underground lab known as the Rhizotron offering an opportunity to study the soil in detail.
The Hive is another unusual attraction guaranteed to amuse. Standing 17 metres high, the translucent walls let in lots of light as you explore the life of bees. Described as a ‘unique, multi-sensory experience’, it stands within a pretty wildflower meadow and incorporates a constantly changing intensity of light and sound just like a normal bee hive.
Continue your exploration with a walk down to the southern end of Kew Gardens and explore the Chinese Pagoda, built in 1762. Art lovers will enjoy the various art galleries on site, as well as the sculptures hidden around the grounds including Henry Moore’s ‘Reclining Mother and Child’.
While at Kew, it is also worth stopping by the pretty Kew Palace, which was the summer home of King George III. It remains a royal residence, although no members of the Royal Family occupy it. Instead it is permanently open to visitors to explore. Kew Palace is the oldest building within the Gardens, dating back to the seventeenth century. The Georgian Royal kitchens are massive, offering a glimpse into the life of the servants who worked here during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
When tired, you can also stop off for coffee or a meal at one of the many café’s and restaurants to be found throughout the gardens. In addition, there are many budget hotels near Wembley Stadium where you can simply relax after a tiring day!
Pretty, relaxing and inspiring – a day out at Kew will be enjoyed by all.