Travel Series

Whimsigirl in London : Kew Gardens & South Kensington

December 23, 2014

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I’ve been talking to some close friends on how the travel series have brought back such good/weird stories from when we used to be there together. So I really wanted to save and keep these few spots that stands out in their own special ways, for the last London post. Make sure to scroll all the way down to find a surprise video, because we saved the best for last 🙂

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I was blown away by Kew Gardens. The 300 acre park is filled with glass houses, countless plants and gardens to wander through. The highlight was when we climbed up 59 feet to the Xstrata Treetop Walkway + going into the Tropical Desert Zone (as above).  I’ve never seen cactuses so big and mighty before!

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This was the first ever museum I visited when I came to London and it was just… WOAH. Something about reading the facts on animals and historical stories at a museum, sticks longer in your brain that textbooks can never uphold. Especially since kids can even sleepover at the museum on selected nights. I mean, the mega-sized mammals and animals on the verge of extinction are definitely something to experience yourself! Truth be told, I took pictures with them all. Notice i said WITH instead of OF?  hehe

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Anthropologie is just the kind of store that you need to step into to get your weekly happy dosage. Their main store on Regents St is the biggest, but the one on Kings Rd has it’s own character as well. Plus! There’s a gallery attached to the store which held numerous workshops and exhibitions before. Chilldren’s design shop, Molly Meg did a pop-up there a few months back and I luckily got the chance to help out with Corby Tindersticks for their workshop. It was such a hit with the kids!

Dri Dri is just a block away if you’re in the mood for gelato, and there’s always the Duke of York Farmers Market on Saturdays if you’re feeling hungry.

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How can I NOT put this in? but if you’re short of time, just skip the whole overpriced Portobello Rd market  antiques, and just make your way alllll the way down down. The good stuff only starts from the middle of the market. You just buy food from the vendors, sit on the street, listen to the street music that’s playing in the background, and have another round of dessert. Your Saturday morning, sorted.

I know it must be overwhelming to see our travel updates every week, heh? So i’m going to just  give you a breather and start with Paris only in January 🙂

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You can see our travels in action in this short video that meel made for us. Talk to you soon, happy holidays!!

love,
sarathira


Good to know
1) Kew Gardens – Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB
– From now until 31 January, entry to Kew is just £9.50 & children under 17 are admitted free to the park with a paying adult.
2) National History Museum – Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD
– Entry to the Natural History Museum is free
4) Anthropologie – 131-141 King’s Road London SW3 4PW
5) Portobello Road market – Portobello Rd London W11 2DY

Photos by Sarathira
Video by Meel Lao