A peaceful and attractive borough, Richmond is most famously known for its 2,300 acres of spectacular parkland. Just over 15 minutes out of the centre of London, Richmond offers a serene tranquillity that dramatically contrasts with the buzz of its neighbouring boroughs
Almost three times the size of New York’s Central Park, Richmond Park is a sprawling oasis of calm once favoured by royals as a prime hunting ground. Not only can visitors enjoy spotting one of the park’s 600 deer residents, there are a plethora of activities taking place throughout the year, with horse riding tracks, cycle paths, fishing spots and children’s play areas.
For inspiring floral delights, Kew Gardens are just a stone’s throw away. These Royal Botanic Gardens are a hot favourite with tourists and local residents alike, with a 300 acre adventure playground, beautiful glasshouses, a treetop walkway and an extensive events calendar that runs throughout the year.
Back in the heart of Richmond, the houses are typically a mix of Victorian and Georgian period architecture, from apartments and terraces to fine stately homes. Once the home of Queen Elizabeth I, the area has long been a popular choice for royals, celebrities and famous literary figures alike. Notable residents have included, David Attenborough, Mick Jagger and Virginia Woolf.
For culture enthusiasts, Richmond Theatre presents a number of musical and theatrical shows throughout the year, with many stopping in town on the way to or from the West End stage. The Orange Tree offers an alternative calendar of performances from new and upcoming talent.
Richmond has a charming range of independent shops and restaurants and a delectable selection of bakeries, patisseries and delicatessens to appease even the most reluctant sweet tooth!