My Lovely Life Abroad visits Richmond London

Hi from Richmond train station
Welcome to my first transport stop: Richmond!  This is the start of my Tube/Train station series, and I'm so happy to start with the charming district of Richmond!

Richmond is a London borough only 8 miles, or a half hour southwest of Central London, accessible by boat, train, car or  the District Line on the tube. Founded in the 16th century by Henry VII, it now boasts over 20,000 residents, and borders the River Thames.

charming courtyard in Richmond village
We start our walking tour by taking a left from the Tube/Train station onto the high street, named The Quadrant. The high street is filled with upscale shops and eateries, and as we meander, we find ourselves peering into tiny lanes and courtyards. If you get a chance, explore these little lanes. We ventured down Church Court, and ended up in this tranquil courtyard, home to St Magdelene Church.

St Mary Magdelene Courtyard off Church Court
Continue back the way you came and cross the high street into a little lane called Brewer's lane. There you will find some great little cafe's and pubs and a wonderful Gelateria where you can test many flavors.

Brewer's Lane

As you come out the other end of the block, you will be facing Richmond Green, a beautiful city park filled with dogs, kids and people enjoying a day out.

Richmond Green in January
From here, take your time and mosey to the left past the Cricketer's Pub and a very nice Fuller's pub, then into the little Paved Street, turn left to head back to the high street, continuing up the hill... (or you can turn right and head to the River Thames and follow the river walk)

The Cricketers Pu
Continue until you come to Bridge Street, and take a right down to the water, where you can walk to the left along Bucchleuch passage to Bucchleuch Gardens, or you meander right and enjoy a drink or meal at one of the many restaurants along the waterfront. Maybe rent a boat, or feed the gulls!

feeding gulls along the riverbank
If you have time to make a day of it, stop at Petersham Nurseries for afternoon Tea in their beautiful Garden center (be sure to make a reservation in advance, via Open Table), and head to Richmond Park to see one of the over 600 deer that live there. Richmond park was originally a hunting ground for the royal family and dates back to the 1600's. It is lovely, you could spend a day there! but today we had to get back, so the deer and Petersham's will have to wait until our next visit!

Richmond Park

More things to do in and around Richmond....
1. Explore and shop the Richmond High Street
2. have a picnic on Richmond Green
3. Dine along the River Thames Waterfront
4. Rent a boat
5. Try to see the deer in Richmond Park
6. Visit Kew Gardens
7. Petersham Nursery shop and have Afternoon Tea
8. Visit Historic Ham House
9. Kew Palace 
10. The National Archives 
11. Teddington Lock
12. Walk the Thames Path National Trail 
13. Walk part of the London Outer Orbital Path 
14. Visit Twickenham Stadium
15. Take a boat ride to Hampton Court Palace

Richmond, until next time! 

View of the Bridge, Richmond


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