London has opened its door to purple poetry, because it may as well be called London’s very own lavender field at the Mayfield Lavender Farm. Located in Banstead, Surrey – the 25 acres lavender farm is 15 miles from Central London. Surprisingly enough, the journey from our humble abode in north-west London down to south-east London at the Mayfield Lavender Farm in midweek was smoother than silk. Only a 30 minutes train ride from London Victoria station, we arrived in Sutton and got an Uber taxi to reach the lavender farm in less than 10 minutes
Our top tips
· The farm is open to public from June to September from 9am to 6pm. It is best to avoid weekends and aim to be there on a weekday. Either early morning right after opening or an hour or so before closure would be best to avoid the scorching sun.
· The entrance fee is only £2 per adult, carry cash. Cards are certainly accepted in the cafe
· Unless you have plans to drive around the location after or before your visit to the Mayfield Lavender Farm, public transport and Uber may serve you just fine to reach the farm from anywhere in or around London.
· The farm doesn’t have any permanent toilet facility, only portable loos. So prepare accordingly
· Don’t forget to buy fresh lavender as soon as you enter to use as your photo prop, you can take that home for a variety of use anyways
· Plan ahead to either stand out. Choose the colour you’ll be wearing for best photos, Tanusree recommends you to pick from these 3 colors to stand out against the purple backdrop- white, yellow and fuchsia pink.
· Try the Mayfield Falafel burger and drink the Mayfield Lavender Lemonade sitting in the cosy little café. Keep in mind, no picnics and outside food or drinks are allowed
A bright red iconic London phone-booth right in the middle of a purple sea of lavenders. It could not get any imposing than that as we made the introductory steps inside the farm. Certainly we could not make or receive any calls from the booth, we surely made out the fact that it was indeed London’s lovely lavender lab. Received with a pristine allure of the purple shrubs, we walked in slowly to immerse ourselves in the actually pleasant pollution and pollination of all things purple!
We could walk along the rows for as far as our eyes could see until we arrived at the other end of the farm. In between, we took our time to plunge in this plethora of lavish lavenders as we played hide and seek with the busy bees around.
There was no lying of the fact that we could sense the root of lavenders only upon lying on earth. We could not only smell the lovely shrubs up, close and personal but also we looked up and saw the purple buds against the bright blue sky! Everybody might be enjoying the lavenders looking down, try out looking at them looking up and see the difference! Just make sure the lavender lullabies don’t make you fall asleep under the open skies.
Ideal for a half day out, we came back with aromas of lovely lavenders ornamenting our smell buds. With a handsome bunch being dried at home now, we are gently relishing the photos we captured for submitting in the photo competition, arranged by the farm itself. If you love London, if you love lavender, may the Mayfield Lavender Farm take you away in a field full of purple delights.
What Was I Wearing?
Asos Dress (Although it says a maternity dress but even if you are not pregnant and order your own size, it’ll fit you perfect, it did to me)
MabuByMaria B K Shoes
Asos Hat (This one sold out, alternative here)
T K Maxx Bag (Check in store or alternative here)
Quay Australia Sunglasses