London Pass BlogBack to Blog
London attractions: Visit the Palm House for some summer fun at Kew
Published: Wednesday 12th of June 2013
If you are looking for things to do in London this coming week, then why not take a trip down to Kew Gardens?
There is hardly anything more beautiful than taking a lovely, leisurely stroll through a beautiful garden on a warm, summer's day, and if you are a nature lover, then it can't get much better than Kew.
The attraction is currently hosting a festival called the IncrEdibles, which takes the visitor on a voyage through some of the world's most edible plants.
Every year, Kew Gardens holds exciting activities during the summer, and this year is perhaps the most palatable of them all.
This summer-long fun fest will include the Tutti Frutti boating experience, where visitors can hire boats and glide their way through the gardens en route to Pineapple Island. Pineapple Island is just that - a giant pineapple building in one of the gardens - the Palm House, which will allow guests to sail their way around the garden's pond.
Wesley Shaw, Palm House manager at Kew Gardens said that this summer, there will be plenty for guests to get their teeth into.
He said: "This year it is all about edible plants. We've got all sorts of things going on in the gardens to highlight the importance of edible plants. We have extra interpretation in the Palm House highlighting the plants we have here. There is a global garden which is being built further up in the north end of the garden to highlight all of the temperate plants you can grow that are edible. We also have a giant pineapple in the Palm House pond, where you can hire little boats and ride around."
Mr Shaw has worked as a gardener at Kew for over 11 years, and said that the sheer diversity of plants at Kew Gardens is unlike anything he'd ever seen in other parts of the city before.
He added that both the plantlife and the friendly faces of those who work at Kew, make the attraction an ideal place for him to work.
"Kew is a special place, some great people work here and put in a good team effort. It has the most diverse plant collection in the UK and for a gardener like me, who is into plants, it is just the best place to work. It also contains the rarest and most unusual plants that you are likely to come across."
The Palm House is one of Kew's most iconic gardens and is often featured on their publicity and marketing material.
It has also attracted a fair few celebrities over the years - as well as royalty. One of the most memorable moments, Mr Shaw said, was when the Queen came to visit on the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.
He added: "It is not just a typical garden really, so much goes on here, it always keeps things fresh and interesting. We've had Bradley Wiggins who did a photoshoot. We've also had Lily Cole come for a visit and Dido was here a few years ago. The last one we had was James Cracknell doing 'A Question of Sport' here."
Unsurprisingly, the Palm House is one of Mr Shaw's favourites, out of all the beautiful gardens in Kew, and has a very rich and varied history. It is the oldest of the glasshouses at Kew, built back in 1844. It is also home to a selection of tropical plants which normally grow in the rainforest and the temperatures are kept high and humid to facilitate growth.
So if you are planning on visiting some London attractions this summer, Kew Gardens is certainly one to look out for.
Follow The London Pass blog to learn about the latest news with attractions, sights and sightseeing events in the city. As well as useful tips, hints and advice for visitors to the city and how to make the most of your sightseeing time in London. We hope you enjoy…
Friday 12th of October 2012 Ice skating, bowling and karaoke are all on offer at Queens Ice and Bowl.
Thursday 11th of October 2012 Jason's Canal Boat Trip winds its way round a number of London attractions.
Tuesday 9th of October 2012 In the picturesque grounds of Kensington Palace sits the Orangery, which once held ostentatious 18th century parties and now serves up mouth-watering homemade food.
Monday 8th of October 2012 Canals and ice cream may seem like a strange mixture, but these are the two things visitors to London Canal Museum can learn more about.
Sunday 7th of October 2012 Chelsea Physic Garden is a historic garden with a fascinating array of plants on show.
Saturday 6th of October 2012 The Design Museum is hosting a programme of events designed to enthral and entertain its younger visitors.
Friday 5th of October 2012 For art lovers who are interested in Futurism, a trip to the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art should be top of the list.
Thursday 4th of October 2012 Shakespeare's Globe Theatre celebrates one of the most famous playwrights of all time.
London attractions: Learn about Britain's fantastic musical heritage at the British Music Experience
Wednesday 3rd of October 2012 People looking for things to do in London could opt for a trip to the British Music Experience, a thoroughly entertaining and engaging museum where people can learn about music over the decades.
Tuesday 2nd of October 2012 People looking for things to do in London should opt for a trip to the HMS Belfast, which served in many wars.
Monday 1st of October 2012 People looking for things to do in London can't go wrong with a trip to Wellington Arch, set in the royal area of the city.