Richmond: idyllic escape from the busy London
The leafy borough of Richmond provides the perfect day trip from Central London. The idyllic escape boasts quaint pubs along a riverside promenade and Richmond Park. The Richmond Riverside is one of my favourite places in London to spend a lazy summer day. There is something so relaxing about lounging on the grassy hill at the river’s edge and sipping a refreshing Pimm’s in the sunlight while watching boaters glide across the glistening water.
Travelling to Richmond is easy as it is the last stop on the District line. There are also regular trains that run from Waterloo station and Vauxhall station. Once you’re in Richmond the riverside promenade and park are a short walk from the station.
The Richmond Riverside, Richmond Green and Richmond Park are amongst the top attractions in Richmond. Ferry boat providers such as Parr’s Boats and Thames River Boats offer relaxing tours of the area. If you are feeling sporty you can rent a row boat from Richmond Boat Hire located on the river next to Richmond Bridge. This company doesn’t have a website but you can ring Richmond Boat Hire on +44(0)2089488270 for availability and pricing.
Richmond’s restaurants, pubs and markets all have a relaxed and wonderfully sleepy feel. Pitcher and Piano and The White Cross are two pubs located directly on the river with large terraces and lovely pub food. If you’re looking for something a bit more upscale head to Gaucho steakhouse which also has a large terrace on the river making it the perfect location for al fresco dining! To pick up a few post-supper nibbles be sure to check out Richmond’s market in the main church square. There are many cakes and candy vendors which are sure to delight both children and adults!
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