Places in South West London
Once you’ve done all your shopping, eaten in style
and relaxed in one of South West London’s best pubs,
it’s time to throw caution to the wind and see what
else there is further afield to entertain and amuse.
Otherwise known as Kew Gardens, The Royal Botanic Gardens
is a fantastic place to visit, whatever the season.
In the heart of Richmond these gardens prove the perfect
place to spend a day. Marvel at some truly unusual plants
and shrubs or visit the garden shop where you can pick
up seeds and bulbs to get your own flower bed looking
pretty. Sit back and watch the world go by from this
floral paradise in one of the Garden’s delightful
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond , Surrey,
Built in 1756 this odd little octagonal building was
the brain-child of renowned actor-manager David Garrick,
who wanted to pay homage to the master playwright William
Shakespeare, and therefore commissioned the famous sculptor
Roubiliac to provide a life-size statue of his hero
to be placed inside.
A sensitive and loving restoration of this building
has taken place and visitors are welcome to visit as
well as participate in small party tours that also include
the close by Orleans House Gallery.
Temple to Shakespeare and Orleans House Gallery,
Riverside, Twickenham TW1.
This beautiful temple in Wimbledon was built by Thai
craftsmen in 1976. The temple was established to support
the Thai community and the teaching of Buddhism in the
UK. Located next to a meditation garden this is the
perfect place for reflection away from the hustle and
bustle of tourist London. Buddhist monks are available
to give tours and a glimpse into the history of this
fascinating monument as well as educational tours about
The Buddhapadipa Temple, Calonne Road, Wimbledon
This is the perfect activity for kids and big kids
at heart. Who could refuse the invitation to take a
ride on one of these small but perfectly formed locomotives?
For just a few pounds visitors can enjoy a relaxing
spin around the mini railway, which is an exact replica
of the bigger variety of yesteryear, even down to the
Ditton Miniature Railways, Claygate Lane, Thames
Ditton, Surrey KT7
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