London's Kew Gardens are a gem. Contained within the city, the gardens first opened in 1840. They house thousands of plant specimens along with research labs.

In 1942, cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth captured Kew in Technicolor, marking one of his earliest works—he went on to photograph 2001: A Space Odyssey, Superman, Cabaret, Zardoz, and dozens more. Keep in mind that the Blitz only ended in May, 1941, so Kew was within a war-torn country when this film was made.

Take ten minutes to relax and enjoy this vintage look at Kew's beautiful grounds and research facilities.

World Garden (1942) from British Council Film on Vimeo.