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Richmond area guide

Discover Richmond’s great restaurants, bars and pubs, wander through Richmond Park and find plenty of things to do in TW9

Richmond is where you’ll find the largest royal park in London. Richmond Park is 2,500 acres of grassland, ancient woodland and wide open space, home to lush greenery and herds of deer. It’s a rural oasis in Zone 4. And it’s all just a few miles from manicured Kew Gardens, too. Once your lungs are full of the fresh stuff, Richmond’s pretty riverfront is a good place to head. There are walking routes and watery activities here, as well as great bars, pubs and restaurants that spill outside when the sun shines. 

For those who prefer indoor pursuits, Richmond Theatre often features shows that will either go on to the West End, or West End shows that are going on to tour the country. 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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Things to do in Richmond

Richmond Park
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Richmond Park

2,500 epic acres of royal parkland

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Ham House
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Ham House

This National Trust-owned Stuart house is often used as a filming location

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Kew Gardens
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Kew Gardens

Magnificent Kew Gardens are home to over 30,000 species of plants

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Kew Palace
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Kew Palace

A brick mansion with a distinctly Dutch look in the grounds of Kew Gardens

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Restaurants in Richmond

Petersham Nurseries Café
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Petersham Nurseries Café

The ultimate in rustic charm, complete with a real meadow on its doorstep, Petersham Nurseries is the perfect balm for the frazzled urbanite. Housed within the garden centre, the Café resembles a stately greenhouse, hung with Indian prints and pictures, and furnished with rickety tables and chairs. Cat Ashton is now head chef, following the departure of Greg Malouf in late 2012; the seasonal menu remains a delightful read. A pre-starter plate of prosciutto san daniele with rocket and melon was exactly right on a summer’s day – as was a peach bellini. Burrata with courgette flowers, sorrento tomatoes, shallot and rose dressing was queen of the starters; squid dusted in polenta with rocket, chickpeas, chilli and aïoli was oddly subdued. At this point, things slightly unravelled, despite the best efforts of the charming young staff. An overly long wait for mains produced roasted baby aubergines (with red and yellow datterini tomatoes, ricotta and basil) that simply hadn’t been cooked long enough and were unforgivably chewy; grilled pata negra pork loin with sweetcorn, salsa, coriander and tomato was a glorious combination, but again, the meat required work. Such flaws are not really acceptable at these elevated prices, though a side of Cornish new potatoes with anchovies, crème fraîche and salsa verde couldn’t be faulted, and neither could

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The Bingham
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The Bingham

Elegant simplicity is the hallmark of this Georgian house hotel bordering the Richmond towpath. The dining area occupies two spacious, well-lit rooms; french windows overlook the river; bright chandeliers and large mirrors enhance the gold tones and woodwork. Food, notably high tea, is also served in the grey- and silver-hued bar area and on the decked patio when weather permits.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Gelateria Danieli
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Gelateria Danieli

In a lane that’s close to Richmond Green, Gelateria Danieli is a tiny shop with a thriving takeaway business. In warm weather, you can head off with a mouth-watering scoop of the flavour of the day and bask in the sun on the grass nearby. Apart from regular flavours such as milk chocolate, pistachio or tiramisu, there are seasonal ones: on our visit, a mango gelato.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Gaucho Richmond
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Gaucho Richmond

A branch of the swanky steak chain. 

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3 out of 5 stars
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Hotels in Richmond

Bingham
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Bingham

A grand hotel with a wonderful riverside location

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5 out of 5 stars
Coach & Horses Hotel

Coach & Horses Hotel

A seventeenth-century inn with beautiful rooms

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Bars and pubs in Richmond

Stein’s
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Stein’s

The idyllic riverside setting is the perfect venue for Stein’s dog- and family-friendly Bavarian beer garden. Once you order your food at the window, waiting staff quickly bring the meal to your shared picnic table in the entirely outdoor dining area. Partake of the fine breakfast menu, indulge in traditional sausages on sauerkraut, or share a cured meat or cheese platter, along with freshly baked pretzels or rolls. The Munich-style bratwurst, served with fried potatoes and onions and a side salad, is particularly recommended. For bigger appetites, main courses of schnitzel or kaesespaetzle (noodles with cheese) lie in wait. Sweets include a perfect apple strudel and moreish cheesecake. All of this highly enjoyable food acts primarily as an accompaniment to the beer: a range of German imports that’s available on tap, including refreshing Paulaner Helles and fruity Erdinger Weissbier. If beer isn’t your thing, try something from the selection of German wines. The second you see sun, make a beeline here to while away a splendid few hours by the Thames. There's now a second Stein's - by the water in Kingston upon Thames.

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White Cross
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White Cross

The Young’s website stiffly bills this place as a ‘Traditional Historic Riverside Pub’. The use of initial caps is clumsy, but it’s oddly appropriate for this grande dame of Thameside boozers. In many regards, the White Cross is a by-the-book Young’s operation: solid if unspectacular ales (plus a guest), uncomplicated pub grub, friendly and competent staff, decor that doesn’t leave much of an impression either way. But most by-the-book Young’s operations aren’t right on the river like this one, to the point where the White Cross is often cut off by high tides in spring. Your company on the terrace or at the bar will be provided by a variety of longtime locals and just-arrived tourists, with assorted rugger buggers thrown into the mix on Twickenham match days. If you haven’t got tickets, worry not: major games are screened in the pub.

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Cricketers
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Cricketers

Cut down Golden Court from Richmond High Street and, with Richmond Green spread out before you, you’ll see touches of Old England: a couple of Macmillan-era phone boxes and this pub among them. The current premises were rebuilt on a previous pub site in 1834 after a fire. The undated photograph of the Surrey XI by the main door was taken perhaps 50 years later. In any case, the Cricketers exudes a bucolic timelessness; you can sip your Greene King IPA or Guinness on the Green (albeit in a plastic mug). Lager drinkers can choose between Staropramen, Grolsch, Stella, Kronenbourg and Foster’s; better wines (Chablis, Châteauneuf-du-pape) also come by the glass (around £4). The 15 main dishes are of the British beef-and-ale pie variety, but smaller appetites can be satisfied with the £1.95 tapas-style nibbles served on a long board, with plenty of Indian selections among the choices.

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Roebuck
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Roebuck

The beautiful view from this Richmond boozer are one of its real draws - you're a fair hike up Richmond Hill, so rural Petersham and a long stretch of the Thames provide the panorama. The only bad bit? The occasional passing plane puncturing the idyll.  It's mostly about the booze here with the food menu pretty much comprising British pub grub - think fish and chips, pie and mash, ham, egg and chips and burgers. An inexpensive Sunday roast is served up, too. It's a Taylor Walker pub, so expect to see a few of their own drops on cask, alongside London Pride, guest ales and continental lagers on draught. A short wine list features worlds old and new. 

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The perfect weekend in Richmond

See: Richmond Theatre
Theatre

See: Richmond Theatre

Catch a high-profile production before the West End

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Explore: Richmond Park
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Explore: Richmond Park

Wander around Henry VIII's former hunting ground

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Shop: Petersham Nurseries
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Shop: Petersham Nurseries

The Richmond staple is a cathedral to visually stunning gardening

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Sip: Stein’s
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Sip: Stein’s

A dog- and family-friendly Bavarian beer garden in an idyllic setting

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5 out of 5 stars

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