Kew Gardens & The Diner

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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.

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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!

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P.S If you liked this post, here’s another one of me exploring West London, and here’s one of my exploring Covent Garden.

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33 Comments
  • LaKesha
    Posted at 00:05h, 26 October Reply

    Beautiful photos and food looks great!

  • Shoppers Gossip
    Posted at 02:47h, 24 October Reply

    Very lovely photos. Great place to be…

  • Melanie
    Posted at 02:20h, 24 October Reply

    The garden looks beautiful! The food looks super yummy!

  • Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
    Posted at 18:18h, 23 October Reply

    That food looks amazing. As to Kew Gardens and the Fall colors I thought that was pretty beautiful too.

  • Sophie
    Posted at 17:12h, 23 October Reply

    That food looks 😍😍. Photography is beautiful as well!

  • Nina | Lemons and Luggage
    Posted at 14:01h, 23 October Reply

    That vegan menu looks and sounds amazing! I’m hoping to make a second trip to London next year so I’ll be sure to keep this on my list.

  • Lisa Dimaline
    Posted at 22:26h, 22 October Reply

    What gorgeous photos & a great review! Thanks for sharing ❤️

  • kjaroundtheworld
    Posted at 16:11h, 22 October Reply

    Such a beautiful place, would definitely love to visit. You had me with the food though. It looks delicious.

  • disorientedmom
    Posted at 23:45h, 20 October Reply

    This is so beautiful and serene!

  • BehindTheSchmile
    Posted at 20:21h, 20 October Reply

    These photos are beautiful! I’ve lived in London all my life and never visited- definitely need to add this to my list!

  • Jojo Hua
    Posted at 19:48h, 20 October Reply

    Kew Gardens is so beautiful. I still haven’t been there properly yet. I went one year to see the illuminated night trail but I’d love to go and see it in the daytime too!

    • Jenny
      Posted at 22:26h, 20 October Reply

      I’d love to go to the night trail too, looks so magical!

  • mystyle5
    Posted at 17:25h, 20 October Reply

    It looks absolutely ravishing, what a great place to go to for a little peace of mind <3

  • Sarah
    Posted at 09:15h, 20 October Reply

    Stunning photos and it looks so gorgeous in autumn. I’ve only been to Kew Gardens once and I didn’t see half of that, you have inspired me to visit again.

    • Jenny
      Posted at 09:36h, 20 October Reply

      That’s great! <3

  • Jem
    Posted at 20:51h, 19 October Reply

    What a beautiful place to lose a few hours! It’s a shame you couldn’t find any Vegan options close by but sounds like you still had a lovely meal x

  • Unfiltered Mama
    Posted at 20:37h, 19 October Reply

    My boyfriend would absolutely adore this place being that he’s a photographer. Lovely photos! Food looks delicious, too.

    • Jenny
      Posted at 20:52h, 19 October Reply

      Definitely a great spot for photographers, I bet he would spend many hours there 🙂 Thank you!

  • ansh997x
    Posted at 20:26h, 19 October Reply

    Wow, amazing photos

    • Jenny
      Posted at 20:52h, 19 October Reply

      Thank you, I really appreciate it!

  • Shelby @Fitasamamabear
    Posted at 16:58h, 19 October Reply

    Great garden shots it looks so peaceful!

  • Marcie
    Posted at 16:47h, 19 October Reply

    I love all these beautiful fall colors! Looks like you had such an awesome outing!

  • sazsinclair
    Posted at 16:32h, 19 October Reply

    I have never been but wow your pictures are beautiful!! The food looks super good too!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • Jenny
      Posted at 17:12h, 19 October Reply

      Thanks so much! x

  • Dagmara
    Posted at 16:06h, 19 October Reply

    Sounds like a perfect day. The garden is beautiful with lots and lots of lovely places. I appreciate you sharing so many beautiful shots. Food looks delicious. I love when a place has different vegan options to pick from, definitely worth the drive.

    • Jenny
      Posted at 16:09h, 19 October Reply

      Thanks so much, it is such a lovely day out!

  • Kallmann
    Posted at 14:15h, 19 October Reply

    Totally loving the HD sceneries and food pictures! keep up the great work 🙂

    • Jenny
      Posted at 14:53h, 19 October Reply

      Thank you!

  • Jen | My Healthy Homemade Life
    Posted at 12:58h, 19 October Reply

    Your pictures are stunning! What a beautiful place!

    • Jenny
      Posted at 13:43h, 19 October Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • Thomas Blake
    Posted at 11:11h, 19 October Reply

    Interesting article thanks for sharing

  • Vox
    Posted at 08:31h, 19 October Reply

    Lovely photos from what looks to have been a lovely day. Thanks for sharing!

  • Farah
    Posted at 18:25h, 18 October Reply

    Such beautiful pics! Food looks awesome

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