Summer means three things to me, the sun is finally out, people in London look less moody, and I can indulge in fresh lavender lemonade.
As soon as June came by and the weather in London started to get sunnier, I wanted to find a nice day out outside of central London in which I could just relax and spend the day in. I saw that one of my friends went to a lavender field in another country and I immediately researched to see if I could find one in England, and surely I found one just an hour away from central London! I spent about 3 hours here just enjoying the marvelous scent and the magical scenery of 25 whole acres of Lavender, and then enjoyed some treats at the café! Read more about my day in Mayfield Lavender Farm below.
HOW TO GET TO MAYFIELD LAVENDER FARM
Address: 1 Carshalton Rd, Banstead SM7 3JA
To get to Mayfield Lavender Farm you can either drive or take public transport. The easiest way is to get a train to either West Croydon or to Purley Station, and then take the 166 bus and get off at Oaks Park (it leaves you right in front of the gate). Getting there and back by public transport should only cost you around £8.
Entry is only £1 per person, and parking is free to anyone if they have paid the entrance fee.
THE VIEWS, THE FOOD, AND THE GOODIES
Your eyes will be overwhelmed by the sea of purple and the wonderful scent that will, almost literally, take over you. The lavender seems almost endless, surrounded by green forest that is just so refreshing from London air. Lavender starts to fully bloom towards the end of June, and they are in full bloom between July and August, so make sure to go within this time frame!
I spent most of the time just looking in awe and of course, updating my social media like crazy. Check out the pictures below and you’ll see why!
Near the entrance of Mayfield Lavender Farm there is a small cafe and shop offering all things Lavender, including cakes, cupackes, tea, and even ice cream. They also offer sandwiches. You’re not allowed to picnic or bring your own food, so make sure to have eaten before or look forward to having some of their delicious desserts! I sat down and enjoyed some Handmade All Butter Lavender Shortbread (also bought a pack to bring home), and of course some delicious Lavender Lemonade!
The shop is full of lavender goodies, ranging from soaps, treats, sachets, jams, and even lavender liquor.
All the lavender is organic and as you walk through you’ll hear the buzzing of the bumble bees. A perfect day out from London to escape the buzz from the city into the buzz from bees.
What is your favourite place to go to during summer? Let me know if you’d like me to post a Lavender Lemonade recipe!
Looking for free things to do in London? Check out my post on Sky Gardens!