Originally known as “Shene”, it was named as Richmond after 1501. It was Henry VII who named it after his favorite Earldom, Richmond in Yorkshire. Richmond is considered as one of the affluent boroughs and has a sense of timelessness running through it. It radiates village vibes of Old English than a town, enchanting its visitors.
Richmond is a charming suburban town located near the River Thames. Its sprawling green open spaces make it a quintessential favorite to explore and spend a relaxed time in. Surrounded by picturesque shops and tiny galleries, you’ll want to move in a leisurely fashion as you stroll its cobblestoned streets. Long been a preferred visiting spot by the wealthy and the famous, Richmond is considered as one of the most attractive boroughs in London. It’s easily accessible by car, bus, tube, train, bike and foot. Thus, one can find plenty of visitors in Richmond.
Historic buildings and a massive park hold 600 wild deer making it an idyllic setting to wind down with nature. This park is known as Richmond Park. The pretty riverfront bend further exudes a laidback ambience that makes you cherish the greenery in this town. Aside from its lovely outdoor postcard beauty, Richmond also holds countless historic interest. You can catch spectacular productions at Richmond Theater, check out Petersham nurseries and eat out at several fantastic restaurants.
With 2,500 acres of green space, Richmond Park is deemed the largest of the Royal Parks. It’s one of the largest parks in the world, spanning 3 times the size of Central Park even. Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve. What makes it fascinating are the herds of red and fallow deer roaming in a free-range environment.
If you love nature, you’ll be delighted to wander around Richmond Park with the gorgeous views, fascinating gardens and historical buildings. You can explore Isabella Plantation, Pembroke Lodge, King Henry’s Mound and the Richmond Park Gold Course among others.
Isabella Plantation is where you go for a fabulous sight of the azaleas in full bloom especially in the months of April and May. It’s a 40-acre woodland garden set grown in the 1930s. Opened in public in 1953, it remains a popular destination until now.
Pembroke Lodge is one of the most favorite places booked for wedding venues. It’s a grand Georgian Mansion ensconced in 13 acres of landscaped grounds. If you want to partake in an afternoon tea, Pembroke Lodge serves delightful English refreshments in classy Tea Rooms. Located at the peak of Richmond Park, it has unparalleled views of the Thames Valley.
Park activities you can engage in are cycling, golfing, sitting down on the Ian Dury bench, watching wild deer and scoring great views over the King Henry’s mound. After a day’s frolic, you can head down to Roehampton café to enjoy some hot food and delicious cup of coffee or tea. There’s also an adjoining ice cream parlor you can pop in.
A twelve-acre recreation area located at the center spot of Richmond is a square-shaped grassland known as Richmond Green. It’s normally referred as “The Green”. This area is a common venue for sporting tournaments like archery and cricket matches occurring since centuries ago.
Richmond Green is bordered by pretty residential brick homes in the North, West and South. On the East side is where pubs, cafes and independent boutiques can be found. You can find one of the oldest pubs like ‘The Cricketers’ here. Another historical building in the vicinity is Richmond Theatre opened for performances since 1899.
Richmond Green is depicted as “one of the most beautiful urban greens surviving anywhere in England.” Sights to check out are the Old Palace Lane and Maids of Honour Row. Old Palace Lane is considered as the oldest road in Richmond while the Maids of Honour Row is a group of 4 historic terraced three-storey houses.
On summer evenings, a fine place to relax near the Thames River is Richmond Riverside. Designed with massive space and plenty of seating spots and terraced lawns, it’s an ideal place to park and people watch. You can appreciate the pleasant weather and nature around you. It’s also nearby plenty of restaurants and bars. The best thing is it’s free to access anytime.
Hanging out at the Riverside is a calming activity and wonderful escape from the hectic city. One can watch the passing boats and ducks swimming in the Thames River. You can also take a stroll along the Thames River and boathouses. You’ll see some colorful boats bobbing in the water. It’s a nice scene to take pictures of. If you’re feeling a bit hungry, you can head to the iconic White Cross pub right next to the river and fill up with hearty dishes like fish and chips, and homemade pies.
In Heron Square, near the riverside, a vibrant weekend market known as Duck Pond Market is an interesting way to spend your time. On Saturdays, foodies will enjoy the sprawling food choices and on Sundays, one can enjoy browsing and shopping for local arts and crafts, vintage items, home goods and clothes.
One of the fascinating places you can walk to following the Thames Path is the Ham House. The Ham House is a 17th century home filled with captivating interiors and well-preserved furniture and it’s definitely worth a stopover. Outside the Ham House, one can also explore enchanting gardens like the manicured landscape of Cherry Garden.
Richmond Hill is renowned as the hill that slopes up the Richmond Palace. Artists and poets have celebrated its beauty. In fact, it’s the only hill that’s protected by an Act of Parliament. It is to safeguard the land on and below Richmond Hill. The landscape attracted various residents with famous and noteworthy people living around it.
There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, hotels and bakeries built along Richmond Hill. These are the frequent spots of locals who want to enjoy the scenery of Richmond Hill.