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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Restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, creators of the Wolseley and the Delaunay, have struck gold with this grand art deco basement brasserie. It’s a huge set-up and attracts a mix of tourists, office types and couples. Affordable French staples are the big draw and set menus start at under a tenner for two courses. In the months after it opened, we’d been impressed by the quality of cooking and on-the-ball service, but recently we’ve detected a dip in standards. In a meal of hits and misses, highlights included a generous main course of beef bourguignon – meaty chunks simmered in a robust red wine-onion-garlic sauce, accompanied by buttery mash. The haché steak was less impressive, though; instead of chopped meat being shaped and loosely held together, we were presented with a salty, overcooked burger patty. Chocolate profiteroles helped to restore faith – the perfectly baked crisp globes of choux pastry, crammed with splendid whipped vanilla cream, went down a treat with an indulgent chocolate sauce. The house wine, priced at bargain basement rates, provides great value. Let’s hope the kitchen brigade is back on track soon, and service staff numbers are increased at busy times.
Venue says: “Dine with us and enjoy live music! Our swinging house bands play six nights a week from 9.30pm (9pm on Sundays).”