We've found a taste of Provencal, without the 3 hour flight. Don't believe me? Hop on the 166 bus going south west from West Croydon train station, chat to your neighbour for 25 minutes (or so) and you'll have 25 acres of proof.
Fields stretching almost as far as the eye can see, bees buzzing busily through the heavenly scented lavender and the occasional head of excited visitors (and bloggers) popping above the pretty purple posies.
Take as many photos as you like, but leave only footprints in the furrows.
We marveled that the farmers allow the public to wander through, at no cost, in this day and age. It's nice to see some trust in their fellow man. They do have some explaining to do with the thousands of selfies taken in their fields, then instagrammed to exploding point.
We of course couldn't resist a chance for a lavender cupcake ( icecream, scone or fudge depending entirely on your predilections) with a coffee and lavender tea in their busy giftshop on the way home. Clever. And delicious.
The havest is due this year for September, so you'll need to be quick (or just pop it on next summer's 'to do' Pinterest list!) Erin, you are a legend for alerting us to this just in time (check out her blog 'Out and About'.) Further info can be found on their website. It's not too hard to visit by public transport, but by car would be easier if you can.
London, how many more secrets do you hold?