Come to Kew and discover the world’s most renowned botanic garden. Just half an hour from the centre of London, Kew Gardens boasts stunning landscapes, iconic glasshouses, culturally significant houses and some beautiful plants.
Richmond and Kew have a number of historic homes and gardens – such as Ham House – and parks – like Richmond Park – to discover as well as a number of interesting shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries.
In warmer months, you can spend a great evening watching the sun fall over the calm river Thames and you could even notice the odd majestic swan or two.
History of Richmond and KewRichmond and Kew’s changes have been greatly determined by the Royal Family. In fact, Richmond’s name originates from a palace built there by Henry VII which was so called after Richmond Palace in Yorkshire.
Although Kew is supposed to have been a key location even in Roman times, it was this closeness to the Royal Family that truly put it on the map. From the times of Henry VII the vicinity was a popular visiting location for royalty, and in the 1700s Princess Augusta created Kew’s jewel, the incredible Royal Botanic Gardens.
Richmond and Kew both have train and tube stations which are on the Overground and District lines. Kew and Richmond have river bus services in addition that run in the warmer months.
If you’re visiting London for more than a day, it’s worth considering getting a Visitor Oyster Card in advance. The Visitor Oyster Card is sent to your home before you get to London. It is one of the simplest ways to travel around London.
If you don’t have a Visitor Oyster Card, but still wish to travel around London for over a day, purchase an Oyster card at the Tube station.