Sunday Sights

The Palm House

Every Sunday I’m posting a photograph of an iconic building, location or view in London. As a tour guide, I take great pleasure in showing these world famous sights to visitors and this weekly blog series will serve as a virtual extension of my guided walks.

kewgardenspalmhouseA visit to Kew Gardens wouldn’t be complete without popping into the steamy Palm House. Considered to be most important surviving Victorian iron and glass structure in the world, this exotic greenhouse was designed by Decimus Burton and constructed between 1844 and 1848. A marvel of architecture, the iconic Palm House unites the two seemingly opposing worlds of botany and industry.

Fun fact: Did you know that the Palm House is composed of 16,000 panes of glass?

Yannick Pucci is an independent tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. All his public walks can be found on EventBrite and you can also follow his adventures on Twitter.

Whimsical Wednesday

Kew Gardens

Every Wednesday I’m posting a photograph which highlights the whimsical nature of London. As a tour guide, I get to see a lot of astonishing things while researching my walks and I will use this blog series as a means of sharing these sights with you.

kewgardensorchidsAs the winter months are dragging on, life can get a bit monochromatic in London. A trip to Kew Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Richmond, always proves to be a perfect antidote to this predicament. Taking place in February and March, their annual orchid festival is a true feast for the eyes and this year’s centrepiece even takes the shape of a gigantic flower.

Yannick Pucci is an independent tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. All his public walks can be found on EventBrite and you can also follow his adventures on Twitter.