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Out & About There are numerous activities to keep you busy and entertained in and around Kew, most of which make the most of Kew’s open spaces. North Sheen Recreation Ground contains football pitches, a running track, a children’s paddling pool, two extensive playgrounds and a pavilion set amongst trees and shrubs. If you are looking for indoor activities, The National Archives are just the ticket. The UK government’s official archive, from the Domesday Book to websites it is home to millions of documents, files and images that cover 1,000 years of history. There are easy instructions enabling you to find, access and understand relevant records. Kew Palace is famously the place of King George V’s incarceration during his bouts of madness. The current palace is the third to be built in Kew and despite its generously grand name is only the size of a large manor house. It reopened in 2006 after thorough restoration and now makes for a charming and informative day out. Kew Observatory or the King’s Observatory, was an astronomical and terrestrial magnetic observatory founded by keen amateur astronomer, King George III. It is located in the Old Deer Park of the former Richmond Palace and in the past participated in assessing and rating Swiss timepiece movements for accuracy. Open on select days during the week, Syon House and Park is the last surviving ducal residence complete with country estate in Greater London and boasts the spectacular Great Conservatory and 40 acres of Capability Brown designed gardens and parkland. Across the Thames is the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. This is a World Heritage Site and the largest collection of plants in the world, housing more than 30,000 different living and over 7 million preserved plant species. There are 8 enormous glass houses which are the Garden’s most popular features; this is botanical science, precision engineering and conservation at its best. Images: © Int/Mob: +44 1784 489 200