WATER-LILY HOUSE, KEW GARDENS.
One of the most attractive houses in the Botanical Gardens at Kew is the Water-lily House. It is situated near the large Palm House, by the pond at the south end of the Gardens. The tank, which is shown in our picture, is 36 feet in diameter, and it contains many rare varieties of water-lilies. From the centre rises a very fine Papyrus plant. In addition to the numerous lilies, the Sacred Bean of Egypt, the Telegraph Plant of India, the Sensitive Plant, and other curiosities, are to be found in the house, which is well calculated to arouse the interest of even the most ignorant visitor. The famous Victoria Regia Water-lily, of which so much is heard, grows in another building.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896