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Places to Go 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.

The Royal Botanic Gardens [map]
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 tea rooms.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond , Surrey, TW9 3AB

Temple to Shakespeare, Richmond [map]
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.

Buddhapadipa Thai Temple, Wimbledon [map]
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 Buddhism.
The Buddhapadipa Temple, Calonne Road, Wimbledon Parkside, Wimbledon.

Ditton Miniature Railways [map]
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 signal boxes.
Ditton Miniature Railways, Claygate Lane, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7

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