As much as I love to champion London, there are still some corners of the capital I rarely go to and only know of due to having the final destinations of various Tube lines in the back of my mind. Kew Gardens is one of those places; I hadn't visited since I was a child and it's now very rare that I visit any green space without a landmark or shopping area in close proximity. I was recently contacted by Frida who asked if I would like two tickets to see what one of the world's leading Botanic Gardens had to offer and dutifully brought my Mum and sister along for a family day out.
Mum's designer sunglasses were a £2 bargain bought the previous day
We all did an awful lot of walking around the grounds due to arriving at the slightly less grand Lion Gate but soon enough we were amongst the tropical plants in one of the palatial greenhouses. It was nice to pretend for a moment that we were having a 'real' summer as opposed to this indecisive one and to climb the grand spiral staircases inside to observe everything from above. Due to running out of time, I could only admire just the exterior of Kew Palace from outside as we were too late for entry. I would have loved to have seen the Georgian features and get snap happy inside, but alas it wasn't meant to be and I will have to make do with the website instead.
Dress - Angels Sale
Hat - Yard Sale
Satchel - Tom Brown
Sandals - c/o Next
Ring - Forever 21
This was one of those temperamental weather days but luckily no rain was in sight. In keeping with the floral theme, I decided to wear a vintage dress I bought at the Angels Sale, which I dodgily managed to shorten. It's falling apart slightly since I wore it so I will have to figure out some sort of a repair as I'm not ready to part with it. I have been practically living my Next schoolteacher-style sandals all summer after seeing them featured here. It's not long until I'll have to retire them due to Autumn's imminent arrival but that doesn't stop me wishing for similar strappy styles.
Have you ever been to Kew Gardens? It was nice to spend the day in a more peaceful corner of London and hopefully I won't leave it so long until the next time I visit.