18 Oct Kew Gardens & The Diner
I had the loveliest day visiting Kew Gardens last weekend, and as it’s one of my favourite places in the world (not that I have visited that many) I felt the need to do a little blog post about it. Although still beautiful, the leaves on the trees were not as colourful as I expected them to be, but there were still enough crunchy leaves on the ground to make it feel autumnal still. Also, I, unfortunately, seem to always neglect taking photos as I’m too distracted by other things, but I still think I got a good handful.
If you have a soft spot for beautifully curated gardens, huge trees, historic mansions, dozens of ducks, and cute picnic spots, then I definitely recommend visiting Kew Gardens the next time you’re around the Richmond area.
Being a mother of 3 (very fussy) bonsai trees, I’d strongly recommend visiting the Bonsai area – the trees are so old and impressive.
The Redwood tree area is another one of my favourites, however, a little warning for anyone who has actually visited the Redwoods in California, you might be slightly disappointed in their size. As someone who has never seen them in the US, the ones in Kew Gardens are still huge to me.
We spent a minimum of 3 hours at Kew and we didn’t even manage to explore the whole thing, there is so much to do there and there’s always an interesting event going on. If you travel by travel card you can use the National Rail 2 for 1 deal, which makes the day out so much cheaper.
After wandering the gardens we were absolutely starving (we couldn’t find any Vegan options in Kews café) so we decided to make the fairly long journey to Islington because we were desperate to try ‘The Diner’s new Vegan menu. It was in a pretty nice area, quite close to Angel tube station, amongst other eateries and trendy bars. I was totally overwhelmed by the menu and so the only option was to have a huge feast…
We ordered: “Southern Fried Seitan with waffles, maple syrup, slaw & fruit garnish”, “Freakshow Seitan with Franks hot sauce” and “Mac n Cheese”. It was all amazing. The waiter asked if we had a bit of an obsession with seitan – we do. The “Mac n Cheese” was definitely the best thing we ordered, you must try it whenever you visit! They offer other things on their menu such as a “Vegan Burrito with dirty rice, peppers, onions, black beans, guacamole, tomato salsa & coriander” and a load of delicious sounding pancakes.
According to their website the Vegan and Vegetarian menu is only available at The Strand and Islington branches at the moment – hopefully, they’re going to expand to all of them soon!
Have you ever visited either of these places? Let me know what you thought of them!