Kew Gardens station first joined the Metropolitan District Railway on 1st June 1877 as part of their extension from Hammersmith. The station itself first opened in 1869 as part of the mainline rail operations of the London and South Western Railway. These days, it is served by both the District Line and London Overground services to Stratford.
The station itself is a charming Victorian building, as you’ll see from the gallery. It is protected in its own right as part of the Kew Gardens conservation area. The building sits perfectly with the leafy, suburban area it’s based in. I’ll be honest, doing this part of the District Line is a real treat. Travelling back from Kew Gardens once on the line, the chatty driver(who also told passengers about the Earl’s Court escalator I described previously) said the District Line is green because it goes past so many parks. It certainly feels fitting in these parts!
The Pub: The Inn at Kew Gardens, 292 Sandycombe Road, Richmond, TW9 3NG
There is a pub attached to Kew Gardens Station, The Railway. Because the weather was nice, I wanted to find a pub with a decent sized garden so we made the short walk down Station Parade and onto Sandycombe Road to come to The Inn at Kew Gardens.
The pub itself is part of a small Victorian hotel. The main room is very light and airy with a modern and welcoming atmosphere with plenty of comfy seats. Appropriately, given it’s Kew, there is also a backroom conservatory. This seemed primarily for people who were eating. This room also has a small mezzanine level, accessible by a spiral staircase. We parked ourselves in the garden which was suitably flowery, given the Botanical Gardens are a short walk away.
There is a good selection of less frequently seen ales, including UBU and ‘Fat Spratt’, another beer with a great name. On top of this, the food was great too as they do a marvellous burger, perfect for steeling yourself for sampling the delights of the District Line.
On a sunny day, this is a great place to relax in the beer garden and try a few ales. Kew itself is a lovely area and the botanical gardens are themselves well worth a visit. Once you’ve enjoyed those delights, especially the tree top walkway, treat yourself to a well earned pint here.