I've actually had a 'staycation' in London this summer as several factors, including moving flats in July, have meant funds have been too low to go on a summer holiday. That said my boyfriend James and I decided to do lots of fun things in our own country and make the most of summer in London.
So last Sunday along with some friends we decided to visit Kew Gardens. Wonderfully until September Kew are actually doing 'Lazy Summer Afternoon' tickets for entrance after 3:30pm at the cost of only £7.
As none of us had been to Kew before we decided to head down in the early afternoon and find a pub for Sunday lunch.
Using the timeout London mobile app we found a lovely pub right next to the Gardens called The Botanist which boasted delicious Sunday lunch and also an in house brewery making it's own craft beers and ales. We were all keen to try the beers & ales on offer and were delighted to be offered a paddle of 3 x 3 quarters of a pint of different ales/beers to sample for a mere £3.40 (Always a treat to get a pint for under £5 in london!)
I would definitely recommend this pub to you if you're visiting Kew and they also do kegs of their beer/ale to takeaway.
Anyway as much as we would have liked to sit sampling ale all day this was not the reason for our outing and it was time to head on to Kew Gardens.
They have an exhibition on for the summer called IncrEdibles and Bompas and Parr have built a giant Pineapple on the lake. I'm a little bit obsessed with pineapples the moment (be it pineapple shaped handbags, prints on dresses or sunglasses - you name it I kinda love it) so I was very excited about visiting Kew. Now I will admit I had thought the pineapple on the lake was going to be a little bigger (I'd let my imagination run away with me) but it did look blooming good. Just look at this beautiful thing!
After starring at the pineapple for far too long we headed into the Palm House opposite pineapple Island which contains over 60 different edible tropical plants.
It was pretty hot in there.
James enjoying the plants!
Heading back outside into the late afternoon sun we headed into the trees to find the Xstrata Treetop Walkway which is a walkway 18 meters up in the air.
Lovely views across the gardens.
After walking around the gardens some more we eventually wound up at the ice cream shop for an afternoon treat.
Overall we had a lovely day at Kew Gardens and it really felt like we'd gone far away from the city for an afternoon (the only reminder that we were still in London being that Kew Gardens is under the Heathrow flight path).
If you did want to visit Kew for the whole day, full priced tickets are £14.50 and there's plenty of lovely spots for picnics and for the kids to run around and play.
Have any of you had a staycation this summer? What have you been up to?
Love K x