London area of Kew guide
What to do and where to stay in London's Kew neighbourhood
There are only a few places in London where you can watch a spot of village cricket on the weekend - and Kew is perhaps the pick of the lot. In the summer, people flock to one of the four pubs dotted around the green for some al fresco action: the Greyhound, with its mock Tudor faĂ§ade and view of the river, is a popular choice, and customers can take their drinks and sit out by the small pond on the corner of the green; closer to the cricket pitch is the Rose & Crown, a strong arm's throw from the pavilion. The pretty Parish Church of St Anne gives on to the charming village green, while Kew also boasts the excellent Glasshouse restaurant, renowned for its fine modern European cuisine. Kew, of course, is synonymous with the famous Royal Botanical Gardens, a World Heritage Site of true prestige located just five minutes walk from the green. Inside the splendid grounds, nature lovers can appreciate the 17th-century Kew Palace, The Palm House (the largest Victorian glasshouse in existence), the Chinese pagoda, and the 18-metre high treetop walkway, as well as the vast array of flowers, plants and trees, and other attractions. Despite the noise from the aeroplanes overhead, you'll quickly forget you're in London. Across the river, on Strand-on-the-Green, you can take your pick from three delightful riverside pubs - The Bell and Crown, The Bull's Head or The City Barge - all of which are recommended on a fine summer's day.