Things to Do in London: Kew Gardens and More!

By: David Reichman
Among the most refreshing things to do in London this summer is a visit the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Located in west London, the Kew Gardens, as it is commonly referred to, offers you the opportunity to neutralize the heat of the season by cooling off in a vast green environment.

The Kew Gardens is primarily a botanical research center and a training ground for professional gardeners. There are thens of thousands of collections of orchids, ferns, mountain plants, tropical lilies, cacti and other plants. Since its establishment, it has attracted millions of visitors from all over the world, making it one of the most popular things to see and do in London. The over 300-acre site consists of greenhouses, pavilions, walks, lakes, tropical lilies, museums, a forest and some of the architectural works of Sir William Chambers. The new XStrata Treetop Walkway makes a visit to the Kew Gardens even more memorable. With no additional charge to the $25 entrance fee to the gardens.50, (children 16 and under enter for free with every accompanying adult), visitors now have the chance to experience the trees and wildlife at 18 meters high. The walkway also allows you to have a bird's eye view of the entire Kew Gardens as well as the London skyline.

The best thing about the Kew Gardens is its very own London Underground Tube station, giving you easy access to the arboretum as well as the other attractions and activities in the area. If you wish to catch live musical performances, you can check out either Carling Apollo Hammersmith or the Sheperds Bush Empire just about three miles from the Kew Gardens. The two serve as concert venues for both local and international artists, and over the years have hosted some of the world's finest musical acts like the Beatles, Bob Marley, the Rolling Stones, Incubus, the Black Eyed Peas and more. The Museum of Rugby is also located near the Kew Gardens. In the museum, you will find a huge collection of books, balls and programs related to the sport and its history. Galleries of shirts, photographs of former Rugby legends are spread throughout the museum.

Restaurants, bars and pubs are aplenty near the Kew Gardens. You might even find it difficult to choose where to go for a meal or a drink. The Pizza Express serves nothing but the best Italian dishes at a very reasonable price. The Travelodge Kew London is just around the corner to take care of your accommodation needs while you enjoy your Kew Gardens visit and all the other things to do in London during your summer vacation.
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