Explore different areas of London: Kew Gardens and St Martin-in-the-Fields
London offers many tourist attractions to the visitors; a City Break to this beautiful place will not allow you to enjoy the most of the Capital so you will have to be very selective; this is why I have prepared a Top 10 Places to Visit in London tourist guide. However, if you are planning to stay for a longer period of time, do not limit yourself just to the most popular attractions and landmarks. Dare to explore different areas of the most exciting capital city in Europe: A visit to Kew Gardens is a delight; this beautiful garden is a spectacular city oasis located just 30 minutes from the City Centre.
Credit: Daniel M RamirezKew Gardens is one of the most important botanic gardens in Europe; the variety of plants and roses is remarkable; and the stunning gardens and iconic greenhouses will be the perfect break from the busy city life. It is perfect if you have kids as the place has many activities to keep them happy and entertained. You can also visit Kew Gardens with your friends, partner or on your own as the peace and tranquillity of the garden is magical: the experience is worthwhile and highly recommended. It is easy to spend a day in summer time as there are plenty of spaces to have a picnic (perfect if you are on a budget)
Although the main objective of this World Heritage Site is conservation and research; you will have plenty to do: if you are not interested in gardens or plants you can give it a go to the Rhizotron & Xstrata Treetop Walkway, but I have to warn you: don’t go anywhere near if you suffer from acrophobia as this walkway is 18 meters tall; however, it offers spectacular views of the Garden. Other places you will enjoy are: Kew Palace, the Pagoda and the many Conservatories. Kew Gardens is located in Richmond, TW9 3AG; the nearest tube station is Kew Garden Stations and the nearest train station is Kew Bridge Station and Richmond Station. The Garden opens every day.
Another place that you should visit is St Martin-in-the-Fields, a very Stylish Anglican Church situated at the north-east of Trafalgar Square; this is in fact the oldest surviving landmark on Trafalgar Square. You might be lucky and enjoy lunch while listening to a concert for free (Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 1pm); do not forget to visit the impressive Café in the Crypt (the entrance is via a small building to the right of St Martin-in-the-Fields).Credit: Daniel M Ramirez
TCredit: Louis Smith - Hollyhe National Portrait Gallery is just 2 minutes walk from St Martin-in-the-Field and it has one of the most remarkable Collection of Portraits; it has in fact the face of over 10,000 famous Britons. The displays are organised by historical periods and it is a must for any Art Lover; especially during the BP Portrait Award Exhibition; the most prestigious portrait competition in the world.