At the first sound of London, chances are the following sights come to mind:
- Big Ben
- London Bridge
- London Eye
- Buckingham Palace
As beautiful as they all are, there is so much more to London which goes unnoticed. I lived in England for 8 years and am still coming across new sights such as the Kyoto Garden. Especially as it’s a small fenced-off area in Holland Park (West Kensington), it’s easy to pass by unless you specifically know it exists.
The garden was only created in 1991 as a gift from Kyoto to commemorate the long friendship between Japan & Great Britain. Although I am yet to visit Japan, I definitely feel like I got a taste of it yesterday: the garden is carefully designed to reflect key traits of Japanese gardens including stone lanterns, tiered waterfalls and plenty of fish. At the risk of sounding like a total cheeseball, the garden’s beauty has a rather peaceful & restorative effect.
As much as I love to hang out with friends, eat at restaurants, and shop, I more than enjoyed seeing something new in London. After walking around for a bit
and instagramming away, my mom, sister, and I set up a picnic…talk about making the most of London summer! I won’t lie: being able to spend an enjoyable afternoon in this city for a grand total of £0 was a refreshing change. Whether you’re in London, or planning to visit, I can’t recommend checking out the Kyoto Garden enough!