Kew Green is split in two by a road which runs through it and over Kew Bridge, but it is still large enough to enjoy on a sunny day. There is a cricket field which is used in summer and can provide some entertainment value.
There are many good pubs and restaurants around it, as well as the excellent Kew Gardens. Also can be combined with a walk along the Thames so all in all lots to do on a quiet day.
En route to Kew's world famous Royal Botanic Gardens main gate lies pretty Kew Green. Well tended and popular with cricketers, you'll spot their wooden 'club house' close to the hectic main road. However the most impressive landmark here is St Anne's church. Eighteenth century royal favourite artists Gainsborough and Zoffany worked and were inspired in the area; their tombs can be found in the parish churchyard.
The Green is a good spot to take a breather, have a wander or simply to appreciate the beauty of the glorious houses that surround it. It's also worth making the effort to venture over to the other side of the ever-busy Kew Road for a look at the happy ducks and aquatic life in the tranquilly scenic pond location just across the way.
This lovely spot almost has the feel of a large village green, thanks to the elegant Georgian houses which line its edges, the pubs, St Anne's Church and the cricket pitch on the western half (home to the local Kew Cricket Club - see: kewcc.co.uk) .
The Green is beautifully maintained, with mature trees around the edges. In one corner of the Green is an old horse pond, which has a small island and planted pond edges, enabling a range of water birds to nest in peace and safety.
Cricket was first recorded being played on the Green in 1737, and the Green itself was enclosed by a private Act of Parliament in 1824, preserving it in its current form.
Alas, it would all be nicer still were it not bisected by the A205, better known as the South Circular. It's a hopelessly busy road, and entirely unsuitable for the heavy amount of traffic that uses it (an apt comment I once heard is that, while the North Circular really is a road, the South Circular is just a collection of signposts).
Crossing it in the area of the Green requires taking your life in your hands. It also means that the park is only suitable for children who are fully aware of traffic.
Still, the Kew Gardens end is a lovely enclave, the church of St Anne is worth a visit in its own right, and the sound of the traffic soon quietens down.
Not much going on at kew green really. Quite hard to relax here as you have the Mortlake road running right through the middle of it.
Free parking in places so a great place to park and head off down on the thames path. Ask is a lovely place to eat if your here and many other pubs surrounding it.
One of the main entrances to kew gardens is here also.
Cricket is played here mainly in the summer so always good to take some time out if passing and watch a few innings.
I love coming here with a good book, some ice-cream and my mp3 player. One of the best gardens in the UK. There is something really relaxing about the sound of people playing cricket in the background. Its like a set from a movie. If you dont mind the flying insects and ducks attcking you, then sitting by the small pond is definately for you.
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