If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I am pretty flower obsessed! I am constantly seeking in the best time and places to see blooms in and around London. One of the seasonal blooms I was most looking forward to seeing was lavender. While lavender fields are most commonly associated with the rolling fields of Provence, there are still plenty of places to see Lavender fields near London!
Where can you see Lavender Fields Near London
If you live in London there are two main options for visiting Lavender – Mayfield Lavender Farm and Hitchin Lavender. We chose to visit Mayfield lavender for several reasons.
- It is the closest of the Lavender fields. From our house in West London it took less than 50 minutes to get there while Hitchin would have taken over an hour and a half.
- Hitchin lavender does not permit any portrait photography without the payment of a 50GBP photography permit. Mayfield Lavender Farm on the other hand does not charge unless you are a professional photographer or will be making any commercial sale of photography either for portraits or through stock photos
My only regret about Mayfield Lavender is that you can not pick the lavender while at Hitchin you can. This is however reflected in the admission cost. Mayfield Lavender costs 2GBP per person and under 16s are free. While Hitchin Lavender costs 6 per adult and 3GBP per over 3 but a bag for picking is included in the price.
Having visited Mayfield however we have now decided that we would like to also visit Hitchin Lavender as I know my little girl would love to pick the lavender as the photo above shows and I think the admission is very reasonable considering you come home with a bag of lavender. They also host a range of special events that I would like to attend and have other wild flower fields i.e. sunflowers which I would also like to see. Check back in a couple of weeks for a full review of Hitchin Lavender after we have been!
How to get to Mayfield Lavender
We drove to the Mayfield Lavender however be warned that parking is limited so try and get there for opening to be guaranteed a space.
What is Mayfield Lavender Like?
In a word – glorious. The farm is actually the perfect size when traveling with littles and it is very easy to run in and out of the rows of lavender.
There are additional activities on site such as a tractor ride (additional cost) and bee safari and bug hunting for slightly older children. My toddler loved just wondering among the lavender!
We just enjoyed smelling the lavender and taking some fun photos. It really felt to us like a quintessential English experience
Mayfield Lavender Cafe
After we had finished in the fields we headed to the on site cafe, which I have to say was very good and excellent value. We opted to go for an all lavender fest with a lavender lemon drizzle cake, lavender scone and lavender lemonade and frappacino. The cost for our lunch was 14GBP and I have to admit was better than the last cream tea we had at the national trust!
After we had finished our cakes we headed back for one last run around but I can safely say that this will not be our last visit to Mayfield Lavender Farm.
Dates to See London Lavender Fields 2019
Mayfield Lavender is open in 2019 from 1st June – September 2019.