On my first full day in London, J surprised me with a picnic at the lovely lavender fields in Mayfield. From afar the abundance of tiny purple flecks at Mayfield Lavender merged into a lavender sea, bordered by a verdant tree-line. Strolling through the idyllic violet fields, with the calming scent of lavender wafting in the air, was magical. Other visitors included merry-goers parading through the neatly maintained rows of plants and fat, fuzzy bumblebees buzzing near the purple buds.

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We ambled to the secluded back edge of the property, where the flowers were more vibrant. After a survey of the grounds, we passed on the covered picnic area and opted for a bench near the trunk of a full tree that umbrella-ed open under the serene blue sky of blue and white clouds. We sat sipping tea and drinking in the peaceful ambiance.

Since 2015, a £1 fee has been added for car parking and visitors, but a few pounds are nothing in exchange for a lovely, refreshing day. Visit when the fields are open from about June to mid-September.

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