Nearest Tube: Kew Gardens
Kew is a district of south London, situated on the south bank of the River Thames just further west than Mortlake. It has been settled since at least Saxon times and has long been a popular residence for nobility and other wealthy citizens.
For much of its history the area was a remote village a few miles away from London, but as London expanded in the 19th century it quickly became developed, and was soon transformed into a residential suburb. But Kew remained popular with wealthy residents and so it still retains some of its former elegance and exclusivity.
One of the main reasons for this is that astute planners preserved the 300 acres that are the Royal Botanical Gardens, often known as Kew Gardens. These gardens are the most famous attraction in the district and the main reason most visitors travel to the area, and as a result the district of Kew has become synonymous with its gardens.
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