For those who want to stay away from the noise and clamour of central London, or who want to avoid the typical tourist sites filled with crowds, a stay in the outskirts can provide both peace and green spaces as well as easy access to the centre of town if you want it, giving you the best of both worlds.

West London is surrounded by parkland, with Kew Gardens, Syon Park, Richmond Park and more all within range. For people looking to explore those more natural areas, Brentford Lock is an ideal and affordable central area to stay, as well as being right on the River Thames giving you riverside walks and activities.

The beautiful Conservatory at Syon Park

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the tenth most popular tourist attraction in the whole of the UK with over 2 million visitors annually, are just over the river and less than a mile away from Brentford, but staying the same side of the river as the royal gardens can increase your hotel bills considerably. Instead, staying at Brentford Lock and taking that short walk across the river can give you doorstep access to Kew for half the price.

We spent a relaxing couple of days in Brentford, staying in IHG which is right on the banks of the Thames, and discovered that there is far more for the Slow Traveller to do in the west of London than just the famous Kew Gardens.