The picturesque town of Richmond is renowned for its beautiful parks and greenery. With 21 miles of riverside and over 100 parks, Richmond possesses five times more open space than any other London borough, and many period residences lie within their boundaries.
Richmond Park is one of the most celebrated Royal parks in London, known for its wildlife, listed buildings and spectacular scenery - St Paul’s Cathedral can be viewed from King Henry’s Mound. The park, where deer roam freely, was used by King George I as a hunting lodge and was later turned into an enclosed park by Charles I.
West of the park is the renowned Richmond Hill, boasting the only view in England to be protected by an Act of Parliament. The stunning landscape can be viewed from Terrace Walk, along with the prestigious homes that line the hill.
The town has strong historical ties with the monarchy dating back to the reign of Henry I, but the Tudors are perhaps the most famous of Richmond’s royal residents: Henry VII built Richmond Palace in 1501 and it remained a family favourite until the execution of Charles I in 1649. The influence of the monarchy can be seen in the architecture around the town, such as Maid of Honours Row on Richmond Green - houses King George I had built for his courtiers.
As well as offering breathtaking beauty and compelling history, Richmond is one of the most fashionable areas in London thanks to its trendy bars and restaurants and quaint riverside setting. Warm summer nights see hundreds of people enjoy a drink on the riverfront, whilst by day locals enjoy refreshments at the charming cafés off the high street.
Shoppers can enjoy a mix of fashionable boutiques and famous high street stores or venture down one of the cobbled lanes for some relaxation on Richmond Green, where cricket matches are often held at weekends in warmer months.