London’s signature floral attraction, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, is a wonderful destination for all types of travellers. This 500-acre plot of woodland is home to over 50,000 living plants from all over the world.
Exhibitions include a Victorian greenhouse, an arboretum, a kitchen garden, a bamboo garden, a Japanese garden, a rose garden, and an Alpine rock garden. The specific displays change to reflect the seasons.
Trees and plants aren’t purely for summer: Kew Gardens may be visited all year round. In fact, the Christmas installation is one of the most exciting things to do in London at Christmas!
This is what to expect from Kew Gardens at Christmas and why you should plan a visit while staying at a Central Park Collection hotel.
Where is Kew Gardens?
The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, is located in southwest London at a distance of seven miles from Central Park London. The suburban district of Kew sits within the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
Getting there is easy. The closest station is Kew Gardens in Zone 3. This station is served by the District Line and the London Overground.
Guests of the Central Park Hotel have two options:
Take the Southbound District Line from Bayswater and change at Earl’s Court to to the Westbound District Line (Richmond branch).
Take the Circle or Westbound Hammersmith & City Line from Paddington and change to the Westbound District Line (Richmond branch) at Hammersmith.
Is Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, worth visiting in winter?
Kew Botanical Gardens is worth visiting in winter. Besides seeing the usual exhibitions the compound hosts Christmas at Kew. It’s necessary to book tickets in advance and adhere to the desingated timeslot.
What to See at Christmas at Kew 2023
The Christmas at Kew trail is around 1.9 miles (3 km long) and includes attractions and food stops. It takes around two hours to complete the circuit. Here are the highlights – some installations are new for 2023 while others are regular favourites.
One Small Thing
Illuminated illustrations evoking the natural world will inspire all visitors to make a small change and help protect the environment. This is the overarching theme of Christmas at Kew 2023.
Over 400 colourful cascading lights suspended from the tree canopy to a backdrop of assorted neon.
This is a twinkling tunnel of light modelled on arched church windows.
Hundreds of candles will line the path to the Temperate House while flame bulbs create an illusion of the greenhouse being aglow.
This is one of the longest light tunnels to ever debut at Christmas at Kew.
Twenty-four lanterns containing sparkling lights that appear to dance.
One hundred candles will appear to float in the air while illuminating the trail.
A sequence of abstract flowers standing at almost three metres tower above pedestrians.
Family-friendly rides will provide cheer to guests of all ages as part of the trail.
Food stalls will dot the entire circuit providing toasted marshmallows, mulled wine, and festive bites.
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