We've rounded up some top public gardens in the capital. With our regular services running from Hull to London King's Cross, there's no excuse to stay indoors this summer.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
This 130-hectare World Heritage Site is a must-visit for all garden enthusiasts.
It's one of the most famous green spaces across the globe, with beautiful landscapes, intriguing walkways and stunning views of the lake. You can also enjoy Kew at any time of the year thanks to the cover of the tropical glasshouses.
Explore the exotic rainforest in the Palm House and spot the frogs in the Waterlily House. Meanwhile, the Princess of Wales Conservatory will take you through ten incredible climatic zones. Afterwards, take a break at one of four cafes and restaurants.
Kew Gardens is open daily from 10am-6:30pm Monday to Thursday and 10am-7:30pm Friday to Sunday. Entry starts at £14 for adults.
Eltham Palace Gardens, Eltham
Watched over by the decadent Eltham Palace, these unique gardens combine medieval grandeur with art deco design. The palace itself dates back to Tudor times and was the childhood home of Henry VIII.
In the 1930s, millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld renovated the space to suit their modern tastes and needs. Whilst the extravagant house itself is a must-see for those interested in the era, the 19 acres of greenery are magnificent. You can even cross London's oldest working bridge over the moat.
Eltham Palace is open at various times throughout the year, so it is best to consult the English Heritage website. Adult tickets are £13.
The Kyoto Japanese Garden, Holland Park
Dating back to the 17th century, Holland Park is a great choice for lovers of the outdoors.
In particular, the Kyoto Japanese Garden is a gorgeous place to stroll. Built in 1992 to celebrate the Japan Festival in London, the tranquil space is filled with stone lanterns, peaceful waterfalls and peacocks. Try to spot the vibrant koi carp in the pond as you take in the magical views of this little pocket of Japan in England.
More information about Holland Park and the Kyoto Japanese Garden can be found on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea website.
Buckingham Palace Gardens, Westminster
Adjacent to Buckingham House, one of the last remaining working royal palaces, these regal gardens are an exquisite sight.
During summer, you can take a separate Garden Tour after you've seen the house. Be sure to pay a visit to the glorious herbaceous border, as well as the striking Rose Garden.
Additionally, the Summer House is an especially delightful spot. No wonder the Queen's garden parties are so popular, with 30,000 guests attending each year.
Tickets for tours around the State Rooms and Garden start from £32 for adults. More information can be found on the Royal Collection website.
The Garden Museum, Lambeth Road
Complete your tour of London's gardens at the Garden Museum. The curation captures what gardens mean to people and celebrates British horticulture throughout the decades.
Just a 15-minute walk from Westminster, the museum is jam-packed full of paintings, tools, memorabilia and historical gardening artefacts. Botanical art will be on show from May until September, showcasing seventeenth-century watercolour depictions of fruit and plant life.
The Garden Museum reopens at the end of May 2017.
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