Kew has some of the most beautiful buildings and lush greenery in the whole of the south east, all just a few miles from bright lights of London. Punctured by sprawling parks, Kew offers unrivaled views of the River Thames as it clings to the suburb's northern edge. And of course, Kew's crowning glory is its majestic Royal Botanical Gardens, which take up much of the area and must be seen to be believed.
Needless to say, the first item on your itinerary when visiting Kew is a trip to its beautiful botanical gardens. Kew Gardens is home to England’s largest and most eclectic collection of plant life and boasts historic glasshouses, indigenous specimens, royal buildings, beautiful woodland and meandering trails across its many acres. Be sure to take in the Tree Top Walkway for truly breathtaking views across the whole park, and visit the Palm House - one of the largest surviving Victorian glasshouses in the world.
Once you’ve sated your horticultural side for the time being - one trip is never enough - head to the Michelin-starred Glasshouse, which serves up sumptuous British cuisine right next to Kew station. If you prefer a lunch of the liquid variety, then pay a visit to The Botanist on the Green, a character-drenched pub tucked away on the corner of Kew Green, which has a fine selection of locally brewed ales.
Finally, walk off your pint - or pints - along the picturesque Thames Path, taking in the beautiful views across the River Thames as it winds its way down towards Richmond and beyond, and enjoy some of the beautifully well-kept cottages around Kew Green.