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Early Opening for Friends of Kew

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Gardens before the gates open to all. Exclusively for Friends of Kew and their usual accompaniment of guests.

Event details

Monday 1 May to Saturday 30 September 2017*, 8am–10am daily
Venue: 
Entry/exit before 10am is via Victoria Gate only.
Price: 

Free. Exclusively for Friends of Kew and their usual accompaniment of guests.


Event overview

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Gardens every morning* before the gates open to all. 

Take a refreshing walk, have a leisurely picnic or relax in the Victoria Plaza café – what better way to start the day!

Victoria Plaza Café will be open to purchase refreshments between 8-10am. Please note, the remaining catering outlets, glasshouses and galleries will open at the normal time of 10am. 

Membership card(s) must be presented on entry at Victoria Gate. 

* Except 8 & 9 May, 16 & 17 September. 

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Free smoothie for our first 50 Friends at weekends

For an early-morning treat, and as a thank you for your support as a Friend of Kew, every weekend during Early Openings we are offering a free smoothie to the first 50 Friends who visit on the day. Keep an eye out for our friendly garden staff who will be handing out the vouchers at Victoria Gate, on entry to the Gardens.