The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are, without a shadow of a doubt, one of my all-time favourite places in London. Combining Grade I-listed buildings with acres of carefully-cultivated parkland, ornate glasshouses and even a Japanese pagoda, it’s no wonder the grounds were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2003.
I remember being taken to Kew as a child by my uncle, who lived in London, and being enchanted by the wrought-iron spiral staircases in the Palm House that led to a concealed underground aquarium. Our trip also coincided with the rare flowering of the three-metre tall ‘corpse flower’ – a headline-grabbing occasion which drew large crowds, undeterred by the distinctive odour of the plant.
I rediscovered Kew as a ‘grown up’ when visiting Jian Wei at university and fell in love with the place all over again: the vivid reflections in the inky depths of the waterlily pool, the peeling white paint and myriad of exotic blooms providing endless photo opportunities. Surely there are few places more magical than a slightly dilapidated, palm-filled glasshouse?
We paid a visit at the end of the summer and snapped these shots. I wore my new white denim button-down skirt from M&S [similar here] – a dead-ringer for the Rachel Comey version I love but can’t afford – a classic Breton and a vintage wicker basket bag I found in a charity shop a couple of years ago for £5. The sandals are ancient Topshop and had fallen apart by the end of the day – quite literally worn to death!
I am now looking forward to visiting Kew in the autumn to see it transform with the changing season.
What I Wore:
Breton: Vintage via charity shop [similar here], Denim skirt: Marks and Spencer, Watch: Larsson and Jennings via Liberty of London, Sandals: Topshop (so old they ended the day in the bin), Basket Bag: Vintage via charity shop [browse Etsy for similar styles].