A lavender farm in Surrey has become an unlikely hotspot for selfie-seeking Instagrammers – thanks to its beguiling purple haze when it is in full bloom. Mayfields lavender farm, in Banstead, Surrey – 15 miles from central London – is regularly inundated with tourists when its French and English varieties have flowered. The farm, which charges £2.50 per person for unlimited access to its neatly laid-out rows of lavender – across 25 acres of farmland – has become so popular that its owners are now urging visitors looking for the perfect snap to avoid weekends for fear of over-crowding. It comes amid reports that residents of areas such as Notting Hill and a stunning Cotswolds village are moving out because they’re so sick of selfie-seeking tourists hanging around their homes to get the perfect snap. The nearby London commuter station of Sutton sees extraordinary numbers looking for taxis to the farm as it’s recommended as the easiest way to reach the site.