If you are looking for a location close to London to embrace the lavender, then look no further than London itself! There are a few places to see lavender in London, such as Holland Park or Kew Gardens but if you want to experience an authentic lavender field like the ones in Province, France, then look no further than Mayfield Lavender. This lavender farm is the perfect place to spend a relaxing morning or afternoon and take some photos too.
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Mayfield Lavender is a family-run lavender farm. It is home to three varieties of lavender: two of the English lavender varieties and a hybrid one. For their farming, they follow organic practises and this means that the lavender you will encounter will be free from any chemicals.
Useful Info: London Lavender Field – Mayfield Lavender Farm
When to visit?
In the UK, lavender is in season from June to August. Likewise, Mayfield Farm is open to the public during that period. I have visited in late July and the Lavender was perfect. If you want a quiet visit, avoid the weekends as it can get busy. During those months, they are open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. To enter the farm there is a small entry fee of £4 per person (free for those under 16).
How to get there?
Mayfield Lavender is located in south London in the Borough of Sutton in Zone 6. I am not going to lie; it was not straightforward to reach it from central London as you need to take the underground, a train and a bus. I would say roughly from Zone 1/2 you will need about an hour and a half. For exact directions, it is best to consult Google Maps or Citymapper, but in general, I would suggest to make your way to Victoria station and then take a Southern train to Purley. From there walk to Purley Downlands Precinct bus stop (Stop G), take bus 166 towards Epsom and get off at Oaks Park. The lavender farm is just around the corner. An easier but a bit pricier way to get there from Purley station is to take an Uber or a cab.
Tip: As Mayfield Lavender lies in the Transport for London zones you can your Oyster card to get to there (including the train leg). Note that Zone 1-6 fares will apply.
Of course, you can drive. There is a car park on-site which is included in the entry tickets.
What to do there?
There are all sorts of things to do in Mayfield Lavender from simply going on a walk to enjoying some lavender-infused iced-tea! Take a moment to embrace your surroundings and smell the lavender. There are lovely benches to rest and many cool photo spots. At the cafe, you can find many lavender flavoured items from macaroons to ice cream to lemonade. From their shop, you can buy some fresh lavender (a great prop for your photos, which you can then take home and dry – I still have the one I purchased last year), and many lavender products from chocolate to body lotion.
On top of the above, for an additional cost, you can book some of the tours and activities they run. Check their website for more details on prices and timings.
Find out more about Mayfield Lavender here.
Photo Gallery: London Lavender Field – Mayfield Lavender Farm
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P.S. This is NOT a sponsored post. There are lots of other places in the UK to enjoy lavender fields; this one just happened to be the closest to where I used to live. For more ideas on things to do in London, check out our London page here.
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