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22 must-see spots in Richmond, recommended by locals

Londoners dish the dirt on the best things to do, eat, drink and more in the Richmond area

By Time Out Tastemakers
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There’s more to this leafy corner of south-west London than rutting deer. Explore the neighbourhood with local tips from Time Out Tastemakers.

Best breakfast or brunch

No. 1a Duke Street, a classy café serving great brunches from eggs benedict to ricotta and banana pancakes. They have a lovely terrace for sunny days as well.’ Milena Dvorec

‘In  Petersham Nurseries Teahouse you can have brunch in a glasshouse, surrounded by plants that you can buy.’ George Christodoulakis

Best lunch

The Bingham is one of the most beautiful spots, offering perfect views and elegant food. A table on the balcony in spring is idyllic.’ Georgie Pursey

Pizzeria Rustica does lovely pizzas – a great way to soak up the booze after a day at the rugby!’ Paula Kanesanathan

Hollyhock Café: a cute little building in one of the area’s green spaces, where they serve vegetarian quiches, salads and cakes.’ Ioanna Laskari

Best dinner

Debraggio’s pasta is perfect and the restaurant has a nice selection of Italian products to buy and cook at home as well.’ Milena Dvorec

Buenos Aires for the best steak.’ Charlotte Walter

Al Boccon di’vino is a super-friendly Italian family-run restaurant. They make such a fuss of you and the food is great.’ Shona Read

Best pub

‘Row up to The White Swan in a wooden boat from Richmond Bridge Boathouses.’ Evie Möller

The Roebuck can’t be beaten for views! There’s nothing better than getting a drink and sitting outside overlooking the river.’ Chloé Miller

Tap Tavern has what every pub should aspire to have: a great selection of craft beers, a warm atmosphere and nice pub food.’ Milena Dvorec

Lass O’Richmond Hill is a cosy, dog-friendly pub with a real fireplace in winter.’
Edelyn Brawidjojo

Best bar

‘There’s a cute little place called Rock & Rose which is great for birthday parties, with killer cocktails and kitschy vintage decor.’ Claire Etchell

Best place for culture

‘The beautifully restored Orleans House Gallery is a must. It houses the Richmond art collection and the opulent, Baroque Octagon Room.’ Chloé Adriana Fox

Best place to shop

Hansel & Pretzel has a vast selection of German breads and sweets.’ George Christodoulakis

Danieli’s two shops in Richmond serve some of the best gelato I have ever tasted.’ Chloe Walden

Best place for coffee

Kiss the Hippo is super-cute and clean-looking with great coffee.’ Natalie Manni

‘The best place to relax with a coffee is on the terrace at Pembroke Lodge.’ Leena Shah

Best green space

Richmond Park is very romantic – seeing deer walking by freely is fascinating.’ Elena Mouza

‘I love Richmond Green in the summer: a great place to chill out and enjoy the sun while people read and play games.’ Paula Kanesanathan

‘The lawns of Richmond Riverside, watching the rowing boats on a sunny day.’ Laura Goldmeier

Your essential guide to Richmond

Richmond area guide

Things to do

Richmond is where you’ll find the largest royal park in London – plus the area has more than its fair share of historic houses, galleries and great shops, too. Let us show you around.

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