I do my best not to compare new york to london, my favorite city, because, frankly, london wins almost every time. there is just a history and charm to the english city that has resonated with me since studying abroad there. one of the things london does best is gardens, and the husband and I are particularly attached to kew gardens, with its beautiful old greenhouses and free-roaming peacocks. after a couple years of trying to drag me out to the new york botanical gardens (it's in the bronx, and I'm lazy), brian finally got me out there this summer. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised at the stunning lily ponds and sprawling nature walk. and though kew gardens still has my love, the bronx layout runs a close second!