Thai Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens

As I’ve mentioned many times, one of my biggest worries about moving to London was being far from big wide open spaces and lots of greenery and lush wildlife.  That was long before I knew there was the likes of Bishops Park,  Richmond Park and … well actually, before I realised there’s tonnes of greenery to be found in London – quite surprisingly!

I only recently visited Kew Gardens, even though it’s been on my list for ages! I went in December with my nieces and nephew to go and wonder round the light show at Christmas (hugely recommend that, but more on that at Christmas 😉 ).

Hels and I had a date booked in the diary and ummed and ahhed about  where to head on our Sunday, finally settling on Kew Gardens, not realising the Thai Orchid Festival was going to be on during this time too – we were inf or such a treat as the festival was stunning.

We decided to start with food before flowers, and met at The Botanical (which is one of several of the on-site restaurants / cafes Kew has). We unwittingly picked the slightly higher end restaurant (I think the waiter’s face said it all when he saw me in ripped jeans and a chunky knit scarf!) 😉

And having missed brunch, and being too early for the afternoon tea, decided that there was indeed only one thing to do. Get two glasses of prosecco and dessert!

After that, we began a long stroll to find the Princess of Wales Conservatory to see what the Thai Orchid Festival held in store. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think it was going to be all that special; I had visions of the standard Ikea orchids you get (no joke 😂). When we got inside though, it was beautiful.

The conservatory was like stepping into the tropics, with beautiful orchid arches, stunning flowers hanging everywhere you looked, as well as ponds with giant fishes in, a wicker elephant who spouted water and a stunning boat sculpture draped in a myriad of colourful orchids.

We wondered round and round, not really tiring of any of it as there was always something new to see.

From there, we decided to take another wander, this time to Palm House. A grand greenhouse, you can take the spiral steps up to look down on all the greenery you’ll have just walked through. The architecture in this part is particularly beautiful, too and we took a wonder round and round the spiral stairs…

Before finally stopping for one last bite to eat and to say a sad farewell.

This Sunday cheered me up no end – I’d been in a really rough place, and Hels made my day shine so brightly. It feels like we’ve been the best of friends for years and years…

 

 

Can it be Sunday all over again please?

 

 

 

 

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  1. February 27, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    Awwww, how adorable is this post?! You and Hels look gorgeous and so happy to be together in that last photo, it really put a smile on my face! I am absolutely loving your outfit as well, the waiter from the posh restaurant can get in the bin because I think your ripped jeans are fabulous! The orchids really are stunning and definitely beat IKEA’s hands-down 😉 The architecture of Kew Gardens is just beautiful too, I’m not surprised that it surpassed your expectations! Kew Gardens is now top of the list of places I need to visit in London!

    Abbey xx

  2. February 28, 2018 / 8:12 am

    LOVE YOU. This was such a perfect Sunday, I’d happily go back again – maybe timed better with brunch/afternoon tea! Your photos are absolutely beautiful, the colours there were stunning and you’ve captured them all perfectly!
    Here’s to the next London date 🌸🌷💐🌼🌻
    Hels xx
    http://www.thehelsproject.com

  3. March 1, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Ahhh I’m in love with your photography! Kew Gardens is a beautiful place – I would definitely love to visit again..and again, and again. The Orchid Festival looks like something out of a Disney movie…gorgeous!

    – Maira
    http://www.lovefrommaira.co.uk

  4. March 2, 2018 / 8:52 am

    Oh gosh babe, this place looks so beautiful. I’m so happy to hear that you had a lovely time too! It’s somewhere I know I would really enjoy visiting. Thank you for sharing 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

  5. Llinos
    March 9, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    Oh my gosh Kate, I went to Kew a few years ago and I loved it, you’ve made me really want to go back! Plus I love orchids.

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