Waterlily House

Outside the Main Gates on Kew Green

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Kew Gardens attracted crowds of Londoners in Victorian times. Their numbers alarmed the Curator who reported that "organised parties of two or three thousand headed with their banners, drums and trumpets are now frequently seen in summer marching up to the Gates". Many came to admire the spectacular waterlily, now known as the Victoria amazonica, in the small glasshouse close to the Palm House.