Kew (London)

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Kew (Greater London)
Location of Kew in Greater London
St. Anne Church in Kew
Kew Garden, Japanese part

Kew is a district of London and is located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in south-west London . He is famous for the Royal Botanic Gardens there (which is now a World Heritage Site ). It also houses Kew Palace and the National Archives for England, Wales and the United Kingdom .

The name "Kew Village" refers to several rows of shops that adjoin Kew Gardens Station. These house shops, restaurants (as well as the excellent "The Glasshouse") and a number of cafés. The Kew district developed primarily in the late 19th century when the London Underground lines were expanded there. The area is characterized by many large detached houses as well as many semi-detached houses. The residential area is popular and therefore expensive due to the good transport links and the proximity to Kew Gardens.

The name Kew is made up of two terms: the old French "kai" (landing site, quay is derived from it), as well as the old English word "hoh" (land foothills). The inland foothill is the bend in the Thames .


Richard Levett , Lord Mayor of London and former owner of Kew Palace and other members of his family are buried in the local Saint Anne's Church . Likewise, there is William Aiton , the first owner of the Gardens in Kew, buried. Other personalities honored by epitaphs are the portrait and landscape painter Thomas Gainsborough , Sir William Jackson Hooker , Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker , the botanical painter Ferdinand Bauer , Rev. Thomas Haverfield and Johann Zoffany .

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Coordinates: 51 ° 29 ′ 1.3 ″  N , 0 ° 16 ′ 40.8 ″  W.