Kew, west London, is known for its natural beauty. Kewites enjoy strolls along green riverbanks and through leafy parks. Kew is perhaps best known as the home of the Royal Botanic Gardens, where plant research has been done since the mid-19th century – Kew Gardens continues to be one of the most important botanical gardens in the entire world, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many restaurants in Kew are concentrated near the gardens, offering a myriad of choices for eating and drinking. On Kew Road are a number of great rustic pubs and international and modern European restaurants. The nearby Sandycombe Road has a selection of several great restaurants like Chinese, Nepalese and Indian.