London’s Lavender Field

Want the perfect summertime escape from the city?  I found my inner calm while wandering London’s Lavender Field!

Lavender Field

When I moved into my flat (that I blindly rented via Gumtree) I was so happy to find that the place truly did exist. And believe it or not it was actually just like the pictures. As our landlord met us at the door to give us the keys, he proudly pointed out the freshly blooming lavender in front of each window. I mention this because these lovely plants are how I found out about the London lavender fields!

 

My landlord mentioned that he had bought his plants at the lavender fields. In Provence I questioned,?!? -envisioning him lugging a dozen lavender plants across the boardeLavenderr. This is when he mentioned that the fields were just an oyster journey away (within zone six near Croyden.)

I still didn’t really believe him, I never could envision such a place in cold, rainy London. So, shortly after he left I did a quick Google search, and infact, my new landlord wasn’t a guy passionate about telling lavender lies, the FIELDS DID EXIST!!!

 

I marveled over the amazing pictures of purpled fields that filled my computer screen. I knew this was a sure stop during my summer here.   So on a sunny July Friday, I made my way to Purley, then hopped on the 166 bus to Mayfield Lavender Field.

 

The short journey by bus is lovely, and brings you through charming towns with cottages and lots of greenery, a great escape from the city. The fields are located just a short walk from the bus stop. Your nose can lead the way as the rows of purple give off the amazing aroma of sweet lavender.

Telephone Booth

To enter the lavender fields, by foot, it is just a 1 pound fee and your off joining the others who are gallivanting along in search of the perfect new facebook profile picture. Taking a leisurely stroll and soaking in the lovely purpled hues and fabulous smells will surely help you do like a Londener and

‘Keep calm and carry on’.

 

The Mayfield Lavender field is gorgeous and a trip you will not regret. Located on site is also a café serving up lavLavender Bunchender treats, like tea, ice cream and lovely cakes. There is also a gift shop.   I had a lovely time wandering around the field while the beautiful sun warmed my cheeks and the sweet aroma of lavender filled my nose.

Ending my experience by sipping on a cup of lavender tea, and nibbling a ‘Ferry Cake’ at the café. The day drifted me right in to a lovely relaxed weekend.

 

The lavender is in bloom during July and August and the fields stay open into September. Depending where you are coming from a quick googlemap search may give you even better directions then the Purley/166 bus route I mentioned, as there are many different ways to access the fields via public transportation.

 

 

 

Address: 1 Carshalton Road, Banstead SM7 3JA

Website: http://www.mayfieldlavender.com

Cost: 1 Pound

Hours: June 1- September 14 9am-6pm

ELSEwHERE

A visual artist by profession and a sightseer at heart, I spent a year as a commercial photographer before letting my urge to Travel ELSEwHERE take over. After receiving a job offer that lead me to a sleepy town high in the Tuscan mountains, my travel adventure began. Since that time my travels have lead me to visit over 60 countries, marry a fellow globetrotter, move intercontinentally seven times and to create temporary homes in four continents! Through my travels, I’ve held many suitcases packed for adventures as a journalist, blogger, philanthropist, teacher, army-wife, magazine director, photographer, barmaid, but mainly just an adventurer. With each new experience, elsewhere, I endeavor to live sensibly while exploring a new culture, living sustainably, and giving back whenever possible. I aspire to make this travel blog help those starting a new life elsewhere or just passing through…

16 thoughts on “London’s Lavender Field

  • August 2, 2016 at 12:09 pm
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    I love your photos so much. Lavender is my favorite herb and I can’t get enough of the scent. I wish there was such a field around here.

  • August 2, 2016 at 1:44 pm
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    Oh! I see where the lavender comes from, I love them in air cleansers down here, this is a massive field here and with loads of lav.

    • August 3, 2016 at 9:46 am
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      Glad that I could introduce this place to you Rosie! Hope you will get a chance to visit!

  • August 2, 2016 at 4:39 pm
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    I just moved from Sanderstead to London and I had no idea that such fields existed right under my nose. Although to be fair I am originally from the countryside so that might be why.

    • August 3, 2016 at 9:45 am
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      Ana! Yes it’s terrific right? I hope you can find time for a trip!

  • August 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm
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    Super beautiful place! Love it! I am already following you on Facebook because I love your page and your blog. I have something for traveling and hope to see more amazing content from here! 🙂

    • August 3, 2016 at 9:45 am
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      Thanks so much Nicolas and happy trails!

  • August 2, 2016 at 5:39 pm
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    What a fantastic idea and a real gem to discover in the midst of London. The gift shop must be amazing, there is something about lavender that is so divine.

  • August 2, 2016 at 9:46 pm
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    What a lovely place to visit! It seems so relaxing! It’s nice that they have a cafe on site with some lavender tea!

  • August 3, 2016 at 7:59 am
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    WOW! I would love to go there especially during the summer. The fields are so beautiful to look at, very peaceful and serene.

  • August 3, 2016 at 3:57 pm
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    I live near a place that has a field like this and I would love to go sometime when they are in season!
    Love,
    Ivelisse | CarnationDreams.com

  • August 3, 2016 at 5:44 pm
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    I really love lavenders and anything purple. It is also my dream to go to London so I will surely check this place out if I go

  • August 4, 2016 at 1:57 am
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    There are so many reasons why I adore lavender: it is purple color, it is beautiful and the smell is fabulous! These fields are absolutely gorgeous! You are so lucky!

  • August 5, 2016 at 7:10 am
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    The scene is incredible, I could only imagine the smell in the field, we don’t have lavender Fields where I live.
    It’s very pretty, thanks for sharing.

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