Thirty minutes outside of London’s city centre, the grounds and greenhouses of Kew Gardens are opening their doors once again following renovations.
After five years of extensive work and a budget of €45 millions, the world’s largest greenhouse is once again open to the public. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, this symmetrical building is capped with a glass dome and sits proudly amidst a former exotic garden dating back to the sixteenth century. The 121 hectares of the site’s English-style gardens make it the British capital’s green lung.
Kew Gardens : London’s royal greenhouse
Nature lovers and picnickers enjoy the site’s 30 000 plants, flowerbeds, waterfalls, and pond features. There is lots to see, starting with the Palm House. This heated, Victorian-style metal structure is home to a host of tropical plants, including palms and papaya, mango, and banana trees.
Nature and culture in one fell swoop
Outside the greenhouse, follow the Treetop Walkway, a 200-metre-long bridge, for a bird’s eye view of the urban jungle. Make sure to visit the Hive, too. This sensory-rich experience teaches you about bees inside of a giant 17-metre-high hive. You’ll want to set aside a full day to explore all Kew Gardens has to offer the next time you visit London.