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Where to start. Lets try opening times.
How long do you need at Kew Gardens
You can spend lunchtime there which would take up about 2/3 hours which includes arriving Kew Station to getting back to Kew Station.
Or as preferred by most a whole day and incorporate Richmond , Surrey which is only 1 stop after Kew Station.
What to bring
There are tables scattered around the Gardens which could be available.
Now from Kew Gardens Station to Main Entrance - see video
There are 3 entrance sites to Kew Gardens . The most popular being Victoria Gate (Main Entrance)
Come out of the station and you will see a small line of quaint shops.
If you haven’t already purchased drinks or snacks do so at Tesco Express, which is located next to the bus stop about 50 yards on your left from Kew Station, otherwise Kew has some brilliant places inside to eat and drink.
So head out of the station make your way down the street and you will hit Station Parade veer off slightly to the left. At the end of this street you will see the Kew Greenhouse Café where you make a small right then left in to Lichfield Road . Walk to the end and you will see the traffic lights to cross to the Main Entrance (Victoria Gate) to Kew Gardens - Prices
Walk through the gate and you'll see the entry booths where you pay and you will receive a garden map.
Now the decision…
Well in the morning when the sun is still low or to the East I would suggest to turn right. This way you will have a fantastic photo opportunity of the Palm House. In the afternoon the sun will be behind it therefore giving you a flushed out sky. In the morning will (on a clear day) give you a nice blue sky.
If the sun is high or it is in the afternoon go:
as you finish the day stop by the shop at the exit. Here you can have a bite to eat or just a tea/coffee. There are many options here from perfumes to plants, homely items to decorations. There is something here for everyone.
Are located around the gardens but if you are in the center of the gardens give yourself about 5 minutes to get to the nearest restroom.
Just check your map.