If you are thinking of coming to visit us in Kew for some wedding dress shopping, especially if you are coming to visit from out of town, why not make a day of it and enjoy some of our local spots. We think Kew is a pretty fabulous part of London (except for the planes, they are NOT fabulous!!!) and there are lots of lovely places and independent shops to visit in our hood. Here are a few of our favourites….
Firstly, the big obvious one: Kew Gardens. We are 20 metres away from the garden wall, and a 2 minute walk to Victoria Gate. Offering colourful seasonal plants, picturesque landscapes, tropical glasshouses full of botanic wonders and buildings steeped in history, Kew is the world's most famous botanic garden, situated on the banks of the River Thames.
Tickets cost £15 and the gardens are open 10am - 6pm during summer and 10am - 4.15pm during winter.
A new attraction at Kew inspired by scientific research into the health of bees, The Hive is a stunning structure designed by UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress.
The Hive provides a unique experience which changes constantly as orchestral sounds and LED lights respond to activity within a real beehive at Kew.
One of my favourite places in Kew Gardens is the Palm House, so much so that we shot our first look book here!
Tap On The Line
A gorgeous pub right next to Kew Gardens Station, which serves a good range of local beers and wines (and our personal favourite Belgian beer). This is the most popular local pub, and the one we usually visit of a Friday evening!
One day, when I can afford to own a house, I would like the interior to look just like Antipodea. This is the perfect place to stop for a post-wedding dress shopping glass of wine or coffee. And the food tastes as good as the interiors look.
Fancy some delicious Italian treats? Stop at Torelli cafe on your way back to the station and pick up some amazing pastries (they have usually sold out by afternoon) and panini.
Oliver Organic Supermarket
Olivers is dangerous. You will go in to browse, or buy one thing, and walk out with a bag of organic goodies. Dangerous, but good for you.
The Good Wine Shop
Their name describes it perfectly. Once you have tried their wine there is no going back! If you have just found your perfect dress, you should definately celebrate by picking up a bottle of decent champagne at The Good Wine Shop. They are very friendly and always happy to suggest an appropriate tipple.
Walk along the river to Richmond
In summer, this is the best way to spend a weekend afternoon! It takes about an hour and there are lots of cafes and pubs waiting in Richmond to quench your thirst.
See you soon in Kew!