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Kew Gardens in London

Kew Gardens – Art and Nature in the Sun

Trip Over to London

Kew Gardens is very easy to get to from the centre of London. The District Line on the tube takes you straight there. For us, this meant a lovely walk down through St James’s Park to St James’s Park Tube Station. Here you need to make sure you get on the correct train, as there are also Circle Line trains and District Line trains to Ealing Broadway. The train you need to get to Kew Gardens is the District Line train to Richmond, Kew Gardens is the second last station on this line, just before Richmond. Once you get off the train there are signs to show you the direction to Kew Gardens, just a few hundred meters away along a dead straight, flat road that leads you right to Victoria Gate, the main entrance to the Gardens.

Entering at the Victoria Gate, there was a queue for tickets (Should have bought them online!!) but it moved quickly, and we got a 10% discount as we had become members of the Historic Royal Palaces. This membership gives you unlimited entry to Kensington Palace, The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, and Banqueting House, along with the 10% discount on the Kew Gardens ticket, all for less than the price of single tickets to each of these places. If you lived near Kew Gardens I am sure you would become a member of Kew Gardens so you had unlimited use of beautiful gardens and the many other benefits that come with membership.

First we went on the Kew Explorer, a hop-on hop-off ‘train’ that takes you on a huge lap of the Gardens, with very interesting commentary, from here you can see a lot of what the Gardens have, and you can decide what to walk back to. The tree that was used to make a mould for one of the trees in one of the Harry Potter movies was pointed out to us, I think I am one of the only people in the world who is not a big fan of Harry Potter and I have never seen any of the movies, but the tree was amazing. Do you think we could find it again???? Kew Gardens really needs several visits to do it justice, so if you only have one day, make it worth it!

The Great Pagoda is quite stunning, bringing a bit of Oriental flair to that area of the Gardens. It was completed in 1762 as a gift for Princess Augusta, George lll’s mum, the founder of the Gardens. If you are feeling fit (I wasn’t!!) you can climb the 253 steps to the top, I understand it offers amazing views of London and the River Thames.

Fortunately when we were there, there was an exhibition of Dale Chihuly art works, one of the world’s most celebrated glass artists. The magnificent glass sculptures are placed throughout the Gardens, and inside the glass houses. They both blend in with and stand out in all environments. Dale Chihuly has worked with glass artists from all over the world and put on amazing outdoor exhibitions of his stunning works. I would have loved to have seen the one he did in Venice some years ago with chandelier like creations hanging over the canals.




Many of the permanent sculptures in the Gardens were gifts, or moved there from other parts of England and the rest of the world. The bronze sculpture of Hercules wrestling a serpent stands in the lake in front of the Botanical Restaurant, it was on the North Terrace at Windsor Castle in the 1800s, then did a short stint and Hampton Court from 1957 to 1961, when it was moved to Kew Gardens. The pair of white Oriental lions on the edge of the lake looking over the Palm House were presented in 1958, they possibly date back to the Ming period from the 1300s to the 1600s.

Strolling on through the Gardens searching for some of the things spotted from the ‘train’ was really lovely, the lakes, flower beds, trellis arrangements and buildings make for a great day trip away from the hustle and bustle of central London. Bringing a picnic would have been a good idea – maybe next time……

Eventually we came to Kew Palace, the summer home of George lll and Queen Charlotte, and their 15 children!!! That is way above the call of duty – Charlotte was clearly an over achiever! The Dutch looking building dates back to the early 1600s, sitting on the banks of the River Thames and surrounded by its own beautifully manicured gardens. It was offered to Princess Victoria and her mother to live in in the late 1800s, but was deemed to be ‘quite unsuitable for the future Queen of England’ by her mother. Sometime later it was opened to the public until it went through a major restoration starting in 1996, then re-opened in 2006 after Prince Charles had hosted the Queen’s 80th birthday bash there.

Kew Gardens and the surrounding areas are really lovely, with such handy links directly to London. There is even a pub on the platform at the station called ‘Tap on the Line’, what more can you ask for? I’m sure Kew would be a great place to live, but it is on the flight path to Heathrow Airport…………the planes are still high enough not to be too noisy, but there is one flying overhead every few minutes……….when flying into London if this is the approach to the airport that day, it was when I flew in and I had views over Westminster, St James’s Park, Green Park, Buckingham Palace then over Kew Gardens before touching down at Heathrow – a great start to the holiday, it really got me in the London mood.

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Itinerary for my Trip Over to London

Flew from Sydney to London Heathrow via Singapore, with Qantas on QF1, then QF2 to come home.

Stayed at the Royal Overseas League in St James’s.

Picked up at Heathrow by Naz from Black Lane Limos.

Travelled around London using a Visitor Oyster Card.

The tree lined path near the NSW Art Gallery, on the way to Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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As much as the Martin Place Christmas tree always looks good - it's the same every year. I think we are due for something else. This one is great for the people visiting Sydney, but for thise of us who live here - can we please have a new style and colour next year????
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Sun's out in Sydney, but still the water runs down the sandstone at Tunks Park, a beutiful spring day in Sydney, and the foecast is for a few more days of sunshine 🌞🌞🌞
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More of the uunderwater world David Joned Fliwer Show in Sydney's Elizabeth St store.
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Top 9 flower pics in Sydney.
Top Row and Middle Row - Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
Bottom Row - Balls Head Reserve, Waverton.
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Looking across the flowers in Sydney's Hyde Park, to the Land Titles Office, or Registrar General's Building, whichever you prefer.
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Hyde Park in Sydney, much smaller than Hyde Park in London, but still a lovely piece of paradise in the middle of the city.
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Bright floral arrangement in the David Jones Spring Flower Show at the Elizabeth St store in the Sydney CBD.
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Field of flowers blooming in Hyde Park in Sydney.
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Not sure what these are going to be when they grow up, but they're a nice spot of colour near the Hyde Park Chess Set. I'll have to go back and see if they have grown up!
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A glimpse of blue shy between down pours of torrential rain over Sydney. The Archibald Fountain in Sydney's Hyde Park, with St Mary's Cathedral in the background.
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All it does in Sydney these days is rain, but the flowers I walk past in my local area are enjoying it.
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The theme of this years David Jones Flower Show in Sydney's Elizabeth St store, was underwater, lots of giant shells and Nemo!
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All cleared up for a beautiful weekend, grass is green, sky is blue 🌞.......until the next storms forecast for tomorrow. Urghh ⛈
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Happy New Year - wishing you all the best for a fabulous 2022 🥂🥳!!
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The rain ended, for now, and I went to Hyde Park expecting to see all the flowers loving it, but no......they have all gone, trashed by the storms! The Archibald Fountain has construction screens around it and the grass needs some horses, sheep and cattle to move in and eat it!!
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I walk past this tree everyday, I'm sure it gets bigger and more vivid everytime I see it.
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Walking around Sydney there are so many flowers spilling out of peoples gardens.
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Bright pink flowers enjoying some autumn sunshine, very welcone after all the rain.
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Autumn colours at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Having a whale of a time in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, this new whale installation is growing nicely.
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At Sculpture by the Sea this was on display in the park, is it art or just a couple of yellow motorbikes on top of a post??? In the eye of the beholder........
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The Sea of Hands art installation in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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The gates to Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens (before is was royal!) back in 1873. These gates are up on Art Gallery Rd.
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The best office in Sydney? The control room for the Pyrmont Bridge, it swings open to allow boats to pass tgrough to Darling Harbour.
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Great balls of Cactus at the Art Gallery Road entrance to Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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One of the more jungle looking areas of Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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And before the next rain........
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Another sculpture gleaming in the sunshine at Sculpture by the Sea on the coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Tamarama, looking out over the Pacific Ocean.
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The giant art installation in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, called Sea of Hands, winding its way down from the Art Gallery Road gates.
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Not sure how this flower managed to take on this glowing pink look as it climbed through the fence, but I like it!
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The water receeds around the edges of Tunks Park under Long Gully Bridge, but there seems to be another downpour forecast next week, so itbis likely to go under again. But look how green the grass is!!!
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Vivid Sydney at the QVB.
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As part of Vivid Sydney, this is the light show on Customs House in Circular Quay. It was a bitterly cold night so the crowds were down - perfect!!🥂
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Very impressive row of huge old trees in Hyde Park, Sydney. Walking in Hyde Park in my lunch break is my new thing.
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Let me out!! Bright pink flowers escaping through the fence.
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This huge rock broke away a few storms ago, hopefully there's no more ready to break free higher up!
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In Hyde Park Sydney, this very stylish little bird house......at least that's what I think it is!!
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Another shell fullnof flowers at tge David Jones Soring Flower Show at the Elizabeth St store in the Sydney CBD.
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Still dreaming of where to travel when the world recovers from Covid.
Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split.
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And the rains came to Sydney again, Tunks Park has taken a battering with water seeping through all the sandstone blocks.
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St Mary's Cathedral behind the Archibald Fountain in Sydney's Hyde Park.
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Still dreaming of travel.....
Prague, Berlin, Ljubljana
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Sandstone sculpture in Sydney's Hyde Park, representing Earth, Fire and Water.
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David Jones Spring Flower Show
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At the eastern end of Pyrmont Bridge, one of the old sandstone pylons dwarfed by highrise towers now all around the Darling Harbour area.
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Top 9 around Sydney Harbour.
Top Row - Berrys Bay, the other side of Berrys Bay, Balmain from Balls Head Reserve.
Middle Row - rhe old Coal Loader Wharf in Waverton, Milsons Point Park, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Ferry.
Bottom Row - Luna Park, Robertsons Lighthouse at Cremorne Point, Mosman Bay from Cremorne Point.
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Looking north from Pyrmont Bridge to the shiney glass office towers at Barangaroo.
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Playing chess in Hyde Park, Sydney. Just up from the entrance to St James Station.
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In Marks Park on the headland at the southern end of Bondi Beach looking through this Sculpture by the Sea to Bronte Beach framed in the sculpture.
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