Cakes at Kew

So if you have been following my adventures In London you will know that I had a lovely hotel booked (read here) and then spent a great evening with lovely friends having cocktails at Fontaines (read here)

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Fontaines for Cocktails

After a night of cocktails I woke up surprisingly refreshed and started getting ready for my day out at Kew. Of course this meant that I had to pack my suitcase and check out – Bad times!

I started off with a lovely cup of Earl Grey before jumping in the Monsoon shower and then packed my suitcase, leaving out everything I would need for the day.

I had decided to wear my Pin Up Girl Clothing Lauren blouse and cherry skirt as it complimented my new to me vintage straw hat.

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Outfit of the Day

Getting ready, I put the finishing touches to my make up and departed the gorgeous room I was in, to sadly check out.

Leaving my suitcase at the hotel for the remainder of the day, I hopped on the tube to get myself to Kew Gardens where everyone else was meeting. Once I got to Richmond station I had to get on a bus to the gate where Rhina would be meeting me.

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Bussing it

Unfortunately due to an accident, I was running a bit late, so everyone had pretty much arrived by the time I got there including my blogging bestie, Boo.

It was such a sight to behold! Vintage dresses, handbags and hats galore. Picnic baskets, gloves and brooches that I drooled over. We really made an eyecatching bunch.

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Blogger Bestie, Boo

Heading over to some of the floral displays, my eyes were drawn to the little orchids dotted about. Every shade and variety you could name, nestled among more familiar plants. Rhina gave us the guided tour as snapped picture after picture.

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Floral fabulousness

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Orchids on display

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Spring Blooms

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Lilies, Orchids and More

We then moved onto a huge structure called The Hive. This is a giant metal fabrication built of over 170,000 pieces. It resembles the inside of a hive and is interactive. It is actually connected to a real bee hive based within Kew and there are activities you can try out.

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The Hive

There are these little poles that have holes in them. If you put a wooden stick into the hole, hold the other end in your teeth and block your ears up, you can actually hear bees buzzing. The poles even tell you what different kinds of buzzes mean and it literally is fascinating!

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Hypnotising

The Hive is over 17 metres high, and you can walk up higher into the structure, but being a scaredy cat means I had no intention of doing that. I stayed on the lower ground area and had a good wander around the stunning magnolia trees that were all out in bloom. Queue lots of outfit pictures!

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Springtime is here!

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Magnolia Blossoms

We eventually left the area and headed for a large grassy area in front of the Orangery where you could get drinks, hot and cold foot and use the facilities.

This was is. Picnic Time!

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Picnic Time

Thankfully Boo had been able to organise this with a trip to M&S and we sat nibbling on all sorts of goodies. The baked item of the day had to go to Chereeka’s husband, Nick who as well as being the official photographer, had made some wonderful flapjacks. Simply fabulous.

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The ladies assemble

By the time we had sated ourselves with food time was ticking on a little so Rhina directed us towards the Palm House which is situated inside the World’s most important surviving Victorian glass and iron structure. An absolutely stunning glass structure that was filled with every kind of tropical palm and tree you could want.

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The Palm House

Before entering the Palm House we all got together for a few group photographs; serious and silly! All perfectly taken by the adopted group photographer (and husband to the lovely Chereeka) Nick.

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Cheese!

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Lovely Ladies

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Showing a bit of leg

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Strong women

We eventually went into the Palm House and I have to say it was tropical inside. The heat was almost oppressive and being pre-menopausal and being prone to middle aged lady hot flushes I managed to last around five minutes and a couple of quick pictures before I had to get out or dissolve into a puddle.

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Posing in the Palm House

Thankfully outside was a lot cooler and the scenery over the pond was simply beautiful.

I actually wished I could have withstood the heat inside as I know there is so much more in there to see, and it truly does fascinate me. However as it was a relatively hot day, with the temperature in there I just wasn’t able to explore like I would have wanted to. Next time, maybe?

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Photobomb of the Day

We rounded off our trip with a visit to the gift shop where I managed to purchase a rather nifty bottle of Gin made with botanicals from Kew itself, which I though was rather cool.

All too soon it was time to say goodbye as I needed to get back to the hotel, fetch my suitcase and meet up with Little Chick who was coming home for Mothering Sunday.

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Meeting up with Little Chick

It was a lovely Vintage meet-up and I hope we can all do it again soon.

I need to say a few Thanks. To Chereeka of Papow & Flo who graciously allowed me to steal quite a few of these photo’s from her blog; Please go and check her out as she many more wonderful images of the day!

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The lovely Chereeka and Nick

Also to Nick at darktechsupport  (her lovely husband) for taking all these wonderful images.

And finally to Rhina, Leanda and Amelia for organising the Meet up.

Kew in the Summer, anyone?

Till next time

Tx

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  • This looks like such a wonderful day spent at the Kew Gardens! Everyone looks so lovely and the day was just beautiful. The Hive is so very interesting, though I don’t think I would have wanted to climb up inside of it either. The magnolias in bloom are just so very gorgeous, what a fantastic spot for photos x

    • It really is amazing and I certainly recommend a visit if ever you get a chance. It’s a pity the magnolias don’t last for long. They are stunning though x

  • This looks like so much fun! I’m glad you had a really good time x

    Lauren | http://www.thelifeofatsudentblogger.blog

    • We totally did! Hope to do it again soon though as there is still so much more to see x

  • I’ve never been to Kew Gardens before – as a floral lover, I should really go!
    All of your outfits are so lovely 🙂

    Dani x

    • I highly recommend it! We are all dress addicts, thats for sure! x

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I love your outfit. Looks like you had a great day out

  • Joanna

    Looks like u had such a wonderful day I’ve never been to Kew gardens

    • We totally did, and I highly recommend it if you are in the area! x

  • That dress you wore to Fontaine’s is so cute! It looks like you guys had a blast at the Kew Gardens!

    • We had the best day ever and the weather was so so good! x

  • Laura

    Wow you all look so fabulous in your outfits. I’m pleased to hear that you had such a great day xxx

    • We really did Laura, the picnic was amazing and so was everyones clothing x

  • Wow you all look great in your outfits and it seems you had a fab day as well! x

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I love that hat! People really don’t wear has often enough now days!

  • you look absolutely gorgeous Tanya!! I’ve always wanted to go to Kew Gardens, I really must looking at these photos

    • Awww thank you sweetheart. It is an amazing place, you so should get yourself there! xx

  • beautykinguk

    Ive lived in London over 10 years now and ive never made it to Kew!

    • I highly recommend a trip there, as there is so much to do! x

  • I have actually seen a report on tv a while ago about the giant hive in Kew gardens. I will be spending a week in London at the end of the month for a conference and I will make sure to go and visit Kew gardens as well. I wanted to do it for a while and what a better time then in spring, when the flowers are blooming?

    • The hive is amazing and I hope you manage to get there, especially if the weather is good too x

  • I love that photo of you with the pink blossom, you look gorgeous in that outfit! So glad that you had a lovely time x

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    What a fabulous place to have cake! I think you all look lovely and ready for Spring 🙂

    • We really were, and so lucky with the weather too x

  • Jennifer Eastwell

    I love your outfit, it is so pretty. Sounds like you had a lovely day 🙂

  • Mummy’s Monkey

    Sounds like a lovely day out. Kew Gardens look beautiful and your outfits are all amazing

    • We certainly did. I hope we can plan another one soon too x

  • Baby Isabella

    We’d love to visit the Palm House at Kew Gardens! Sounds like you had such a great day!

    • I highly recommend you go, It is an amazing place xx

  • Melanie Williams

    Such a perfect day out, looking all glam, flowers, a picnic yes please 🙂 x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    It does look lovely there and sounds like you had a great day out. Love the photos they will be a great reminder for you.

    • I have already put some copies in my keepsake box as a memento x

  • Shannon Ritchie

    You look so beautiful in that outfit, I love long skater skirts! 🙂

  • You’ve got an AMAZING dress sense, I wish I was as fabulous as you! xx

    • Awww thank you Olivia! I don’t know about fabulous, but I have a lot of fun with it! xx

  • Samantha JL

    I love Kew Gardens so much! <3 One of the most beautiful areas in London. Your outfit is adorable! 😀

    • Isn’t it just! So much to see and do there too x

  • Annie Bean

    Never been but ALWAYS wanted to! You guys look amazing what a fabulous outing!

  • You look absolutely stunning, loving your outfit and went perfectly well at Kew Gardens.

  • I recently added Kew Gardens to my list of places to visit so I’m glad you had a good time!