Known for

Richmond Thames river cruise
Richmond Hampton Court Palace
Richmond Park open spaces


Escape the city bustle in Richmond-upon-Thames – a leafy suburb rich in history and culture. Home to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, this riverside borough boasts countless stately homes and acres of royal parkland (complete with herds of fallow deer).



Food and drink

Food and drink

After a day spent strolling the wide fields and scaling the panorama-giving hills, there is no limit to your choice of meal in the evening, from hearty fare to a light summer salad by the river:

  • The White Swan Pub
  • Petersham Nurseries
  • Richmond Hill Bakery
  • Bill’s (great for brunch)
  • The Bingham Restaurant
Queen's house Greenwich

Culture and events

From royal palaces and nature reserves to sports museums and film studios, you’ll find endless inspiration in Richmond:

  • Orleans House Gallery
  • Orange Tree Theatre
  • Richmond Theatre
  • Olympic Cinema
  • Literature Festival (November)
  • Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (July)
  • Royal Military School of Music concerts (July)
  • Farmers’ markets (throughout the year)
Greenwich Market Food Stall


What the locals love best is simply enjoying the riverside way of life – taking a riverboat cruise to central London, browsing quirky boutiques in historic cobbled alleyways, or sipping a glass of wine at one of the many excellent waterfront restaurants:

  • Shops on George Street
  • William Curley Chocolatier
  • Whole Foods Market

Days out

This majestic corner of London has attracted many familiar names, from painters and poets to kings and queens – with Henry VIII’s former home Hampton Court Palace just a short steamboat (or cycle) ride up the river:

  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
  • Richmond Park and nature reserve
  • Ham House and Gardens
  • London Wetland Centre
  • The World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium
  • Twickenham Film Studios

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