Located in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are visited by people from all over the globe. Since it was founded in 1759, it has grown into a global leader in plant and fungal science. This vast World Heritage site contains 326 acres of stunning natural beauty, with over 40,000 species of plant life and 9,000 trees. There are several different houses and conservatories that provide the appropriate climate for the flora within, and you’ll see fungi, roses, orchids, junipers, aquatic plants and much more. Even if you hold only a passing interest in gardening, it’s hard not to be impressed by the scale of living exhibits held here. Kew Palace can also be found in the gardens. This smallest and most intimate of the royal palaces offers a glimpse into royal life during the Georgian era. It really is a wonderful place to spend a day, whether you’re a fan of flowers or fantastic architecture, or simply looking for some superb green space in which to relax.