Kew is best known for being the home of the Royal Botanic Gardens (now a world heritage site). Other points of interest include Kew Palace and The National Archives (previously known as the Public Records Office).
Kew village refers to several attractive parades of shops adjoining Kew Gardens station. It contains a mixture of independent retailers, several restaurants, including the well-reviewed The Glasshouse, and numerous cafes. Most of Kew developed in the late 19th century, following the arrival of the District Line of the Underground, and is characterised by large detached or semi-detached houses. It is a popular (and expensive) residential area because of its transport links and proximity to Kew Gardens.
In the 17th Century, the Kings Road was created by Charles II to travel to Kew and Hampton Court. It remained the Kings Private Road until 1830. However, people with the right connections were able to obtain a pass to use it. By the 1960s the King's Road had become famous for its fashionable boutiques and its association with the Swinging Sixties.
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