Go down by the riverside in Richmond for traditional British pubs, chic shops, impressive parks and Royal abodes.
Peaceful parks and exotic gardens
Richmond Park is the place to go for peaceful London walks and a bit of wildlife-spotting. Wander the varied but wild landscape of hills and woodland gardens. And, keep your eyes peeled for the wild deer that still roam around this old hunting ground. Head to the highest point and you’ll see uninterrupted views of St Paul’s Cathedral. If you’re staying in a Richmond hotel, there are many options for exploring the outdoors, including nearby Kew Gardens. Explore the vast collections of trees and flowers from around the world in this exotic garden. Wander its famous glasshouses which keep the plants in climate-controlled environments where they can thrive. We recommend you check out the formal gardens including the elegant 17th Century style of The Queen’s Garden found behind Kew Palace. Or, you can walk along the Treetop Walkway for a bird’s eye view of the gardens.
From royal parks to royal palaces, Hampton Court Palace is a must-see. Step inside the famous royal residence of King Henry VIII, to see the magnificent State Rooms, the spacious Tudor kitchens and elegant gardens before testing your navigation skills in that famous maze. Look out for the special events happening here throughout the year including historic cookery events in the kitchen, open-air cinema in the summer, ghost tours; and of course, the ice rink in winter.
If you save on a cheap hotel in Richmond you might want to splash your spare cash in the town’s independent shops. You’ll find a much more relaxed shopping experience here than in the big city. Stroll through Richmond’s cobbled streets, and along with the usual high street names you’ll find chic boutiques, antique shops, wine bars and cafes to bide your time in. There’s also a parade of specialist shops to explore in Kew Village, a stone’s throw from Kew Gardens. You’ll find everything from organic food to music and fashion here.
No trip to Richmond would be complete without a drink by the riverside. And, there’s plenty to choose from. We recommend The White Cross, a historic pub where you can enjoy drinks on the terrace during long summer nights or cosy up in front of the fireplace in winter.
For ideas on activities in the capital check out our blog or our page for things to do in London.
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