Richmond Park is the largest of the Royal Parks, occupying some 2,500 acres. There are hundreds of red and fallow deer roaming free across it, presumably much happier without having to listen out for the 'View halloo!' of one of Henry VIII's hunting parties. Within the park's bounds are the Palladian splendour of White Lodge and Pembroke Lodge, childhood home to philosopher Bertrand Russell and now a café. From the park's highest point, there are unobstructed views of St Paul's Cathedral, over 12 miles in the distance.
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It’s hard to believe such simple serenity could be sought just twenty minutes from the city! Finding a nice sunny patch of long grass to sit, picnic, and watch the deer is the ideal set up – it’s the perfect way to escape the crowds and get back to nature. Add the bold splash of colour from the beautiful flowers in the Isabella Plantation and the calming feel of the Pen Ponds (both within the park) and you’ve got the perfect, scenic daytrip!
We always get a Santander bike from Putney and ride to the park – it means you can cover more ground, go in search of more deer and access areas cars can’t.
(Here's a photo my boyfriend @TrentNattrass snapped of me with the deer!)
My favourite place in London, my happy place, the place where I have trained for two marathons, spotted countless celebrities, met Rudolph, enjoyed picnics, watched the sunset and enjoyed children testing out new toys at Christmas. This place is worth a visit no matter what time of year.
6am: riding my bike through Richmond Park on my way to work is the best start to a working morning, with the deer, the Jay birds and the sunrise. Heaven in the city.
Simply the biggest and most beautiful park of London. Nothing compares or comes close to its blooms in summer, it's wild woodlands and unbeatable views on a snowy day.
Just stunning, whatever the weather. A constantly changing wildlife-haven that it is a privilege to have access to, and all just a few miles from the city centre. The daily walk with the dog here is what keeps me sane. Head to the middle if you want some peace and quiet; don't go too close to the deer (there's a reason why you won't see the locals trying to cuddle them...) and treat yourself to the best bacon sarnie for miles from Pete's trailer by Pen Ponds car park.
The vast expanse of this outrageously beautiful park with wild and cultivated areas belies the intimacy of it. We locals love to keep it of the beaten track. Just love this park!
Are you a dog and is your name Fenton? If yes, you will enjoy this park. Are you a human? If yes, you will also enjoy this park. Lovely scenery, all the deer around you could ever hope to chase, lakes, the Isabella Plantation, amazing for riding your bike around either on the dirt tracks around the outside or on the relatively quiet roads, skating, picnics, the park has it all. Take a short stroll from here to the Thames and have a walk by the river to Richmond town centre - lovely.