Kew Gardens through misty eyes

For this year’s New Year’s Eve, Dave and I wanted to do something a little different and decided to celebrate the end of 2016 during the day with a spontaneous visit to Kew Gardens. I received some vouchers for my birthday from friends, which were going to expire soon, so it was the perfect time to go. We were hoping to catch the last of the festivities there but, unfortunately, the Christmas stalls weren’t in full swing anymore! Nonetheless, it still ended up being a lovely way to say goodbye to another great year together. Our day started super early with a 7:30am coach journey from Ringwood, most of which was spent snoozing and trying not to ruin my makeup! When we arrived in Victoria, all we had to do was hop on the westbound District line heading for Richmond, and get off at the penultimate stop for Kew Gardens. Super easy. I studied in London for a year, almost six years ago now, and it felt like I spent most of my time on the tube, so it’s quite handy to know it well whenever I return to the capital. We had a quick breakfast in Starbucks in Kew before making our way over to Kew Gardens to explore!

Palm House

Upon arrival, we were directed towards the Palm House, which is a huge greenhouse full of tropical plants from all around the world. Inside, it was incredibly humid, with water spritzers showering the interior every few seconds, imitating the climate of tropical countries. I was quite glad as I was having a dry hair day and this definitely helped add some moisture to it haha. Dave, on the other hand, had vague flashbacks of the humidity in Thailand and did not enjoy it as much! It was really interesting walking around and finding out where different plants originate from. We came across a lot of hibiscus and palm trees, as well as a baby pineapple, which was just too adorable for words – so naturally, I had to stop to take a photo. We climbed the beautiful ornate staircase spiralling up to the ceiling, from where we had an incredible view over the entire greenhouse. Being up there was really refreshing, with the water sprinklers setting off near us and light streaming through the glass. It felt as if we had climbed up to the canopy of a rainforest. The lighting was also outstanding there!

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The Grounds

Having finally had enough of the humidity, we left the Palm House and wandered around the beautiful grounds of Kew Gardens, on our way to our next stop. The lake looked incredibly majestic and created the most beautiful reflections in the water. We even spotted a peacock taking a Sunday stroll and tried our hardest not to scare him away, although I have to admit, I was probably more scared of him! Although it was misty and grey, it was still very scenic and lovely to look around.

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Princess of Wales Conservatory

Next on our tour of Kew Gardens was a conservatory full of all sorts of different and wonderful cacti. Ever since I was little, I’ve had a little obsession with these plants so I was really excited to see so many of them in one place, all grouped with their families. My favourite were probably the ones that looked like giant watermelons with really painful-looking spikes. There’s just something that really draws me to cacti and the way that they can protect themselves from predators even though they are plants! Within this building, there was also a room full of carnivorous plants. Dave had a great time there but I moved swiftly through it since it was all a little too sinister for me. Plus, it was very cold in that room for some reason. It was really interesting to walk around the different tropical zones and oddly enough, it wasn’t as hot as it was in the Palm House.

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Rock Garden and Davies Alpine House

Tucked away next to the Princess of Wales Conservatory, this little area is home to lots of different plants and rocks from around the world. It was really peaceful here and made a nice break from the main attractions. The glasshouse is full of alpine plants that can be found in the mountains, and the interesting economical design of the buildings means that it emulates the conditions of mountains that the plants need to survive. I found some really pretty, colourful flowers there, and I love how the glasshouse was lit up to create a really nice glow.

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The Hive

Originally, I thought this was going to be an enclosure with bees inside so we were both quite apprehensive! However, it turned out to be more of a sensory representation of a beehive and the importance of honey bees and pollination. Usually, I am not a fan of metal constructions but this was really pretty since it had lots of colourful lights and an interesting outline. Inside, it felt really open and airy, with ambient music that added to the calm vibe. Being a huge fan of ambient music and anything a little bit different, Dave was really in his element here!

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Kew Palace

Although the Palace was closed for winter, we were still able to admire it from the outside and walk around its beautiful royal gardens at the back. It was all so pretty and symmetrical with a really quaint charm to it that reminded me a little of Alice in Wonderland! By this point, it had started drizzling a little but we knew we didn’t have too long left before we had to head back. It would be lovely to return when the Palace is open again and see its grand interior.

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Out of the huge selection of attractions at Kew Gardens, we only saw a handful in the few hours we had, so this is definitely the kind of place you need a whole day to see! Since we had to get the coach back in the afternoon, we had to miss out on a few things that we were looking forward to seeing, such as the Treetop Walkway. However, this means that we’ll definitely return soon, most likely in the summer when it’s much warmer and more colourful! The photo above was taken near the exit, where there is huge gift shop with lots of plants and seeds to buy to create your own pretty garden at home.

This was such a fun day out and a really lovely way to celebrate the end of 2016. Have you been to Kew Gardens before? We did plan to have a drink at a local pub in the New Forest when we returned but we were so tired from walking around all day that we decided to just stay in and have some wine and party food from M&S! It honestly ended up being one of my favourite New Year’s Eves! How did you spend NYE this year? I’d love to hear about what you got up to and how you said goodbye to 2016!

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34 Comments

  1. January 2, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    Beautiful pictures – I love the cute lil’ baby pineapple! 🙂 The last time I was in Kew I was on a school trip – I’ve been meaning to go back for such a long time.

    • milenkamillie
      January 2, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️ Isn’t he just adorable! Oh wow that sounds like a great school trip! xx

  2. January 2, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    Beautiful photos Millie! Kew Garden’s looks lovely! I love places like this. I’m glad you had a lovely time! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 2, 2017 / 10:46 pm

      Thank you, lovely! I would definitely recommend going there – maybe when it’s a bit warmer though 😅 xxx

  3. January 2, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Sounds like such a lovely day. I will have to add this to my list of places to visit in 2017!

    Happy New Year!

    Alys

    • milenkamillie
      January 2, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      Aww you should definitely visit, especially when it gets warmer and the flowers start to bloom! Happy New Year to you too and thank you for your comment ☺️ 💕 x

    • milenkamillie
      January 3, 2017 / 12:18 pm

      Aww thank you so much, lovely! You’re too kind 🙊 Happy New Year to you too! 💖 xx

  4. January 3, 2017 / 9:55 am

    Your photography is soooo amazing!! I wish I could take photos like you, every detail is amazing! what camera do you have? I love kew gardens 🙂 I went there in summer with work for day out, so beautiful! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 3, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Aw thank youuuuuu you’re too kind 🙊 I use the Sony a5000 so I think it’s all the camera’s work 😉 Aww it must have been beautiful in the summer with all the flowers! It was a bit bare when I went haha but I’d love to return to see more of it when it’s warm! xxx

  5. January 3, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    You’re so pretty, I love your pictures! And I absolutely love the layout of your blog 🙂 happy new year!

    • milenkamillie
      January 3, 2017 / 3:33 pm

      Aww thank you so much for your lovely comment ☺️ Happy New Year to you too! xx

  6. January 3, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    What beautiful lush plants and flowers! The garden is amazing and all photographed so perfectly, per usual 🙂 You guys go on some great adventures! Is that your boyfriend? husband? Regardless you guys are such a fun and perfect couple!!!

    xo, JJ

    • milenkamillie
      January 3, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Aww thank you, you’re too kind, Jenny 🙊💖 and just boyfriend haha! Thank youuuuu I literally think the same of you and Andrew! I love your relationship 😅 I’m thinking of doing a little Q and A with Dave to introduce him a bit but I don’t know if he’ll agree hahaha xxx

      • January 4, 2017 / 2:55 pm

        AW! I totally vouch for you to do that! It’s fun and cute. Andrew was definitely flattered once he got all the feedback from when I did one with him. I bet Dave will feel the same way too lol

        • milenkamillie
          January 4, 2017 / 4:03 pm

          Aww that’s so sweet bless him! I’ll chat to Dave and see what he says about it hehe xx

  7. January 3, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I just love how your words set the scene before the reader has seen any photos. I really like the format too. It looks like you had a beautiful day – Prince of Wales Conservatory seems like a dream! xx

    • milenkamillie
      January 3, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Aw thank you so much ☺️ It was such a nice day despite the grey skies! xx

  8. January 5, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Looks like you both had a lovely trip – your photos are beautiful!

    • milenkamillie
      January 6, 2017 / 1:56 pm

      Thank you! It’s a place definitely worth visiting ☺️ x

  9. January 5, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    I love your photography. We were playing a few quizzes over Christmas and it felt every second answer was Kew Gardens. I have never been, or really thought about visiting but this has sold me! Next time I’m in London I may venture along. I love your blog it’s a great layout and easy to navigate! Steph

    • milenkamillie
      January 6, 2017 / 1:58 pm

      Thank you so much! Aw that’s really lovely to hear ☺️ It’s a really great place for a day out, and it’s not very expensive either so it can easily be a spontaneous visit! Thank you that’s really kind ☺️ x

  10. January 6, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    What a lovely way to end the year, and in such a beautiful place.
    If I find myself in London anytime soon I think I may have to check it out!
    As always Millie, wonderful photos!
    I did New Year with family. A chilled day then over to my cousins for games and party food! A right good laugh! 😀

    • milenkamillie
      January 6, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      Thank you so much that’s really kind of you! That sounds like a lovely way to spend New Years ☺️ There’s honestly nothing like a night of games and party food! xx

  11. January 7, 2017 / 9:49 am

    This looks like such a lovely trip. I love your photography!

    • milenkamillie
      January 7, 2017 / 10:05 am

      Thank you so much! x

  12. January 7, 2017 / 10:47 am

    Hi Milekna! Gorgeous pictures, I think the Queen’s garden might be my favourite, not just for the name but the colour is so bright against a gloomy sky! The Queen had the exact right idea 😉
    Hope you have a darling day gorgeous!
    Much Love, Karen
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    • milenkamillie
      January 7, 2017 / 11:20 am

      Hi Karen! Thank you so much ☺️ It was very lovely indeed! Have a wonderful day too 💕 x

    • milenkamillie
      January 7, 2017 / 11:22 am

      Aw thank you! And that’s so so amazing to hear, thank you so much ☺️ I’ll check it out now! Have a wonderful day too 💕 xx

  13. January 7, 2017 / 11:29 am

    I loved this post, it’s such a good idea to visit somewhere fun like that on New Year’s Day! The photos are beautiful, what camera do you use? ☺️ I was poorly over new year so catching up on everyone’s posts now! Glad you had a lovely day,
    Chloe xxxx

    http://www.marblebeauty.wordpress.com

    • milenkamillie
      January 7, 2017 / 12:01 pm

      Thank you so much! ☺️ I use a Sony a5000 which I found in the black friday sales! So happy with it! Aww no that must have been annoying 😞 Glad to hear you’re better now though! Thank youuu for your lovely comment! 💕 xxxx

  14. January 8, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    I’m always in awe of your photography talents! You always visit the most wonderful places, this being no exception 🙂 I think I’ll have to add this to my list of places to visit in 2017! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 8, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Aw that’s so kind, Ella, thank you! You should definitely go to Kew Gardens! It’s so lovely there and it’s not very expensive either ☺️ Thank you for your lovely comment! 💕 xxx

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