River city rundown: Your guide to Richmond

Richmond’s journey began not with a whisper but with the booming grandeur of royal palaces, a playground for Henry VII and Elizabeth I. But as the pages of history turned, Richmond transformed into a canvas of modernity, while still holding onto its regal roots.

Are you ready to explore this corner of London where history and modernity dance in perfect harmony? If so, then let’s wander through Richmond, where every corner has a story, and every view is a postcard waiting to happen.

Time Zone

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Best time to go

The best time to visit Richmond is during the summer months of June to August. During this time, the weather is generally mild, with warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours, making it ideal for exploring the town’s charming streets, parks, and historic sites.

Things to know

Currency: Pound sterling (GBP)

(Check the current exchange rate)

Language: British English

Calling Code: +44

How to get around 

  • Transport for London (TfL) – TfL provides comprehensive information on public transportation in London, including tube and bus schedules, maps, and travel updates. Visit their website at Transport for London.
  • National Rail – For train services and timetables to and from Richmond Station, you can check the National Rail website at National Rail.
  • London Buses – To find information about bus routes and schedules in Richmond and throughout London, visit the official London Buses website at London Buses.
  • Bike Hire – If you’re interested in renting bicycles in Richmond, you can explore options on the Santander Cycles website at Santander Cycles.

Where to stay in Richmond

The Petersham Hotel

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Location: Nightingale Ln, Richmond TW10 6UZ, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8940 7471

Pricing: £££

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Dating back to 1865, The Petersham Hotel exudes old-world charm and character. Its Victorian architecture, elegant interiors, and classic British hospitality transport you to a bygone era. 

The hotel’s beautiful garden is a true masterpiece. Designed by the renowned landscape architect, Capability Brown, it’s a sanctuary of tranquillity. Stroll through lush greenery, admire the vibrant flowers, and savour afternoon tea on the terrace. 

Richmond Hill Hotel

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Location: 144-150 Richmond Hill, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6RW, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8940 2247

Pricing: £££

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Perched atop Richmond Hill, this hotel offers some of the most breathtaking views in London. Overlooking the meandering River Thames and the vast expanses of Richmond Park, every window frames a postcard-worthy scene. 

After a day of exploring Richmond’s delights, you can unwind at the hotel’s spa and leisure centre. Indulge in a spa treatment, take a dip in the pool, or work up a sweat in the fitness suite. 

The Bingham

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Location: 61-63 Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 6UW, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8940 0902

Pricing: ££

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The Bingham is a boutique haven designed for the discerning traveller. With only 15 rooms, each meticulously designed and individually styled, you’ll feel like an honoured guest in a private residence rather than just another hotel guest. 

Plus, The Bingham is perfectly positioned to explore the delights of Richmond. Fancy a stroll in Richmond Park or a visit to the historic Hampton Court Palace? Maybe a day trip to the Kew Gardens? All these and more are just a hop, skip, and a jump away.

Travelodge Richmond Central

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Location: 9 Paradise Rd, Richmond TW9 1RX, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 871 559 1876

Pricing: ££

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Travelodge Richmond Central shines in the affordability department. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and surprisingly stylish for the price you pay. It’s like finding a designer dress in a thrift store – real bang for your buck!

For the visitor keen to explore wider London, this hotel is a winner. Richmond station is a short walk away, offering fast and frequent trains to central London. You can be gazing at the Tower of London or walking along the South Bank in no time.

Premier Inn London Richmond

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Location: 136-138 Lower Mortlake Rd, London TW9 2JZ, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 333 321 9261

Pricing: £

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The beds at Premier Inn are something of a legend. They’re so comfy, you might consider missing your morning plans just to snooze a little longer.

And when you do wake up, there’s a hearty breakfast waiting to kick-start your day. From full English to continental, they’ve got your morning cravings covered.

And if you’re traveling with kids, this is perfect. The family rooms are spacious, and kids get to stay and eat breakfast for free. Yes, free! It’s like winning a small lottery every morning.

Where to eat in Richmond

The Dysart Petersham

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Location: 135 Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 7AA, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8940 8005

Opening hours:

  • Wednesday & Sunday – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Thursday to Saturday – 12:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Pricing: £££

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The Dysart Petersham’s menu is a dynamic and ever-evolving masterpiece. With options like a 9-course tasting menu and a 9-course vegetarian menu, along with a more concise four-course menu, the variety is simply exquisite. 

These menus are crafted to change regularly, harmonising perfectly with the seasons. Always the sign of a good restaurant that uses only the freshest ingredients!

Gaucho Richmond

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Location: The Towpath, Riverside, Richmond TW10 6UJ, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8948 4030

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Friday to Saturday – 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Sunday – 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Pricing: £££

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Gaucho Richmond is celebrated for its exceptional Argentine cuisine, particularly its superb Argentinian steaks. The restaurant prides itself on serving the finest grass-fed beef, meticulously grilled to perfection. 

Whether it’s a gathering of family and friends for special occasions, a business lunch, or a romantic dinner, Gaucho Richmond caters to all. The restaurant’s luxurious and romantic ambience makes it a popular choice for celebrations, dates, and group dining. 

The Ivy Café Richmond

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Location: 9-11 Hill St, Richmond TW9 1SX, United Kingdom

Contact:  +44 20 8948 4030

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Friday – 8:30 AM to 12:00 AM
  • Saturday – 9:00 AM to 12:30 AM
  • Sunday – 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Pricing: ££

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The Ivy Café Richmond is housed in a space that once was an All Bar One and, even before that, a bank. Its transformation into a restaurant has given it a large, open area reminiscent of a high-end Parisian brasserie.

As for the food, The Ivy Café Richmond offers a range of delectable dishes. One standout starter is the Atlantic Sea Scallops served on a pea purée with broad beans, lemon zest, sea cress, and crispy shallots.

The Orange Tree

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Location: 45 Kew Rd, Richmond TW9 2NQ, United Kingdom

Contact: [email protected]

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Pricing: ££

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Now, here’s where The Orange Tree starts to sing. The menu has taken a turn towards the ‘gastro’. Expect dishes like baked camembert with cauliflower tempura and goat cheese mousse with beetroot salad. 

The mains include delights like haddock and chips, and a vegetarian dish of spiced aubergine stuffed with puy lentils, tomato ragout, and chilli tomato salsa – perfect for a chilly winter night​.

Pizza Express Richmond

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Location: Lion House, Red Lion St, Richmond TW9 1RE, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8948 7460

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Friday to Saturday – 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM

Pricing: £

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Pizza Express is known for its wide range of, obviously, pizza. The combination of their stylish setting and the consistent quality of Pizza Express’s menu makes this branch a good place for eats in the area.

And yes, if you’re wondering: this branch, like its famous Dean Street counterpart, has embraced music with its PizzaExpress Live Playlist too. 

What to do in Richmond

​​Visit Richmond Park

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Location: Richmond, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 300 061 2200

Opening hours: Open 24 hours

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Established by Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park, this expanse has witnessed centuries of royal footsteps. Strolling through its paths, you’re walking through history. 

It’s also a biodiversity hotspot and has been home to the enchanting red and fallow deer since 1529. Watching these majestic creatures in their natural habitat is nothing short of magical. 

Here’s a tip: climb to the top of King Henry’s Mound for a view of St Paul’s Cathedral, nearly 10 miles away. 

Tour Ham House and Gardens

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Location: Ham St, Ham, Richmond TW10 7RS, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8940 1950

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Ham House, with its lavish interiors, is like stepping straight into a 17th-century drama (minus the wigs and corsets, thankfully). This house is a well-preserved treasure trove of history. Every room tells a story, with its original furnishings and artwork. 

Love a good ghost story? Ham House is reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain. The tales of the Duchess of Lauderdale’s ghost, and other spectral residents, give the house an air of mystery.

After all that walking and ghost-spotting, you’ll need a good cuppa. The Orangery Café is the perfect spot to relax. Sip on some tea and nibble on delicious treats, all while soaking in the view of the gardens.

Explore Kew Gardens

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Location: Richmond, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8332 5655

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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Kew Gardens, also known as the Royal Botanic Gardens, is a haven for plant enthusiasts, nature lovers, and anyone seeking respite from the urban jungle. 

With over 50,000 living plants in its sprawling 300-acre estate, it’s like a botanical encyclopedia come to life. From exotic orchids to towering palm trees, the diversity of flora here is simply staggering.

For a unique perspective on Kew’s towering giants, don’t miss the Treetop Walkway. Suspended 18 meters above the ground, this walkway offers breathtaking views of the garden’s canopy, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the lush greenery. 

Attend a show at Richmond Theatre

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Location: Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ,

Contact: 020 8332 4500

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Richmond Theatre is a stunning architectural masterpiece with a rich history dating back to 1899. The moment you lay eyes on its grand façade, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a bygone era of theatrical grandeur. 

This theatre is renowned for its diverse and top-notch programming. From West End classics to cutting-edge dramas and side-splitting comedies, the theatre offers a wide range of performances that cater to every taste. 

Experience the Richmond May Fair

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Location: The Green, Richmond, London, TW9 1LX

Contact: 07736 775872

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The Richmond May Fair has been enchanting visitors for over five centuries! The fair boasts a fantastic array of rides and games that will keep your heart racing and your laughter echoing. 

And if you have an eye for unique and handcrafted treasures, the artisan market at the fair will delight you. Discover exquisite jewellery, quirky homeware, and one-of-a-kind gifts that you won’t find anywhere else.

Where to shop in Richmond

Richmond Farmers’ Market

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Location: Jack Elstro Plaza, 47 North 6th Street (Every Summer) or Starr Gennett Historic Site, 101 S 1st Street (Every Winter)

Contact: [email protected]

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Let’s start with the main attraction – the dazzling array of fresh, locally sourced produce. From plump, juicy strawberries to just-picked herbs, you’ll find a treasure trove of fruits and veggies that are bursting with flavour

Shopping can work up an appetite, and the Richmond Farmers’ Market has you covered. Explore a world of flavours with street food stalls that have everything from gourmet burgers to meat pies. 

Oliver Bonas

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Location: 8, 10 George St, Richmond TW9 1JY, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8940 6146

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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Oliver Bonas is a nice luxury homeware store you can visit for just about everything. Need a special gift for a loved one? Oliver Bonas has you covered. From charming trinkets to personalised goodies, you can find the perfect present for any occasion. 

The Open Book

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Location: 10 King St, Richmond TW9 1ND, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8940 1802

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Sunday – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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The Open Book is a place that understands the true love affair between a reader and a book. It has a carefully curated selection of books that span a multitude of genres. 

Whether you’re into classics, contemporary fiction, mystery, or non-fiction, you’ll find a book that’s just waiting to captivate your imagination.

Which neighbourhoods to visit in Richmond

Richmond Riverside

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This neighbourhood exudes history at every corner. The cobbled streets, Georgian architecture, and charming cottages transport you to a bygone era, creating a truly unique atmosphere.

Here, you can even enjoy strolls and picnics in the nearby parks, including the beautiful Richmond Park. Riverside walks are a daily dose of relaxation, and you can easily escape into nature whenever you desire.

Richmond Town Centre

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Richmond Town Centre is a shopper’s paradise. From high-end boutiques to eclectic independent stores, you’ll find everything you need and more. The charming cobbled streets are lined with shops waiting to be explored.

And if you’re a foodie, you’re in for a treat! Richmond Town Centre houses some of the best lively restaurants in London.  Whether you’re craving international cuisine, gourmet burgers, or a classic English breakfast, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Richmond Hill

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Richmond Hill boasts a rich historical legacy. The architecture in this neighbourhood is a testament to its past, with stunning Georgian and Victorian homes that exude timeless elegance.

Despite its proximity to central London, Richmond Hill offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle. The tree-lined streets and peaceful ambience create an idyllic setting that feels miles away from the city’s chaos.

What to expect from Richmond weather

  • Spring  (March to May) – Spring in Richmond is marked by a gradual warming trend and longer daylight hours. Average temperatures during this season typically range from around 12°C to 24°C. 
  • While spring is relatively dry, occasional showers and thunderstorms are common, which help bring about the vibrant blooming of trees and flowers throughout the area.
  • Summer (June to August) – Summers in Richmond are the warmest and often the most humid part of the year. Average temperatures range from 24°C to 32°C. Days are long and mostly sunny, but afternoon rain showers are frequent, providing some relief from the heat.
  • Autumn (September to November) –  Autumn in Richmond is characterised by a gradual cooling off from the summer months. Average temperatures typically range between 15°C to 25°C. 
  • One of the highlights of this season is the changing foliage, as trees and leaves display beautiful autumnal colours in the city’s parks and surroundings.
  • Winter (December to February) – Winters in Richmond are generally cold, with average temperatures ranging from 1°C to 9°C. You can also expect cold rain and fog during the winter months, making it a season-best suited for indoor activities.

Apps to download for a trip to Richmond

Google Maps – This app is necessary for navigation and finding your way around Richmond. It provides real-time traffic updates, and public transportation information, and can help you discover nearby restaurants and attractions. 

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CityMapper – CityMapper provides detailed transit information, including bus and train schedules, real-time updates, and navigation assistance, making it easier to get around Richmond using public transportation.

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Uber – Uber provides estimated arrival times, fare estimates, and the ability to track your driver’s progress. Payment is typically made electronically through the app, making it a convenient and reliable way to get around the city.

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