Richmond Park is a fascinating place. Offering incredible views of central London’s dazzling skyline, this unique green space marks the meeting point of the urban and the rural. London’s largest and most eagerly sought out Royal Park, Richmond Park is made up of a diverse range of different areas and terrains.
A perfect place to stay during a trip to London, we offer an array of Richmond Park apartments that perfectly reflect the sense of calm and tranquillity found in the surrounding area. So, reign like a royal in Richmond with our ultimate guide to Richmond Park.
Where is Richmond Park?
Found in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Richmond Park is one of south-west London’s most highly prized assets. Bounded by Richmond to the north and Kingston to the south, the park covers a colossal area of around 2,360 acres.
Just a short walk from the suburban, riverside district of Richmond, visitors can cap off a day exploring the park with a refreshing drink in one of the area’s riverside bars or restaurants. The area is particularly well-known as a vegan restaurant hot spot. Ranked one of the best boroughs to live in, in the past Richmond has been lauded for its family-friendly status.
City visitors tend to reach the park via Richmond train station, which is served by the District Line, Overground Line and South Western Rail. The train station is just a short 20-minute walk away from Richmond Gate, one of the park’s main entrances. Here, you can find a detailed map that provides visitors with a comprehensive overview of the park.
The History of Richmond Park
Like all of London’s Royal Parks, Richmond Park has a fascinating backstory that has facilitated the unique status it maintains today. Founded back in the early 1600s by King Charles I, the park was created as a sanctuary from the rest of London where outbreaks of plague were commonplace. Charles also established it as a deer park where members of the nobility could hunt fallow deer.
The land remained enclosed and publically inaccessible for just under 250 years until an Act of Parliament provided the public with access to the park in 1872. The level of public access increased throughout the 20th century due to the continued efforts of King Edward VII.
Like many other parts of London, Richmond Park played a significant role during the war effort in WW1. Cavalry training was frequently carried out in open spaces, while new innovative weapons were also designed in some areas.
It is precisely this level of detail that makes Richmond Park the fascinating hub of culture that it is today. Home to iconic landmarks such as the Isabella Plantation and the Marble Hill House, these days, Richmond Park is a bustling centre of tourism and a perfect place to go for an afternoon out.
Things to do in Richmond Park
With so much to see and do in the park, it’d be almost impossible to list off everything, but here are the things that you really won’t want to miss.
One of Richmond Park’s key attractions is the Isabella Plantation, a beautiful 40-acre woodland garden that dates back to 1830s. This vibrantly coloured plantation includes showcases large collections of rhododendrons and camellias and is home to an array of small ponds and quiet waterways.
King Henry’s Mound is probably the most underrated viewpoint in the whole of London. The mound offers unparalleled westward vistas of the Thames Valley and even provides guests with a stunning view of St Paul’s Cathedral in central London. Pembroke Lodge, one of the park’s elegant Georgian mansions, is close by and offers visitors’ fine dining with impeccable woodland views.
For those with a special place in their heart for elegant Georgian architecture, the White Lodge is also worth seeing. Found in the centre of the park close to the Pen Ponds, this Grade I listed house boasts a striking 18th-century columned façade that peers proudly across the surrounding parkland. Once a royal residence, the White Lodge is now exclusively home to the Royal Ballet School.
Richmond Park Events
Typically during weekends, Richmond Park becomes the beating heart of activity in south-west London. Weekly running groups, horse riders, cyclists, families and couples jostle for their own perfect day-time getaway.
Fitness enthusiasts take note, September and October will see the park host running and cycling events such as the London Duathlon on September the 8th.
Keen to experience Richmond Park the old fashioned way? During the festive season, the park offers a number of horse carriage rides which provide you with the opportunity to see the park as never before.
Events hosted in Richmond Park are just one part of a much larger puzzle that includes all of London’s other Royal Parks. Working in tandem with places such as Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and Greenwich Park, tourists and London locals alike are provided with access to a huge range of outdoor events. Our apartments in Hyde Park are also worth checking out for those looking to stay in a more central destination.
Luxury Accommodation in Richmond Park
Our stylish portfolio of luxury accommodation in Richmond Park is second to none. Made up of trendy townhouses and regal residences, our Richmond Park apartments provide guests with a perfect rural hideaway from the hustle and bustle of central London.
With Waterloo train station just 20 minutes away via South Western Rail links from Richmond train station, the many sights, attractions and landmarks of central London are within easy reach. Looking for luxury accommodation in Richmond Park? Here are a few of our best options…
The Quadrant Apartments
These Richmond Park apartments are sleek, spacious, smartly-presented and stylishly designed. Furnished to a high standard, the Quadrant Apartments include fully-equipped kitchen facilities, weekly housekeeping services and a private balcony.
20 The Barons Apartments
A collection of seven uniquely designed luxury apartments, the 20 The Barons Apartments can be found in St. Margarets, just across the river from Richmond. Guests can expect convenient kitchen facilities, lavish furnishings and quiet outdoor areas.
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