Introduction to Richmond
Richmond has long been associated with scenery and wealth. From its many classy pubs and restaurants around and along the river and the bridge, to Richmond Park itself and Richmond Green, to many terraced Victorian houses within the area near Kew to all of its general associations, it is a place always worth exploring and travelling to.
History of Richmond
What we now call Richmond was formerly part of a place known as Shene, depicted on the associated maps of the Domesday Book as Sceon, which is the Saxon spelling of the former. The town of Richmond then developed and took the same name as the palace nearby that then existed: Richmond Palace, built by Henry VII. Beyond the palace grounds, Richmond remained mostly consisting of agricultural land until the late 18th century. The beautiful bridge which now leads into St. Margarets, Richmond Bridge, finished completion in 1877; in the first and second world wars a lot of young residents died. If you go to the end of Whittaker Avenue, you will see a stone memorial which was placed there in the 1920s; it is a column perched on top of which is an orb, stood on a double plinth.
Transportation in Richmond
Richmond is exceptionally well connected, with its main train station offering no less than three main lines: for the London underground, it offers the district line and is only a 15 minute train journey or less to Hammersmith. It’s a very easy way to get to central London, as it also goes to Edgware Road or Upminster, making travel to either High Street or South Kensington very simple and direct. The London Overground offers transport all the way to Stratford, whilst the south west trains service allows for a fast train straight to Clapham Junction as well as trains into Waterloo, or in the opposite direction all the way out to Egham and beyond. By car it is an easy journey to central London too; by bus, you can get to Hammersmith, Fulham, Clapham Junction, Barnes, and other areas.
Going out in Richmond
Richmond is more than equipped to deal with all of your needs for food and drink. The Pig’s Ear Beer Cellar is a wonderful pub near to Wagamama’s which offers craft beers of every kind, both on tap and by the bottle, and also top quality stone baked thin crust pizzas. The Orange Tree, a gastropub right near Richmond Station, offers excellent food and wine and some fine beers including Young’s London Stout; gets rather busy around the time of sport events but is otherwise a nice venue. On the same side of the road you can find wonderful restaurants, including Carluccio’s, the Thai Square and Bacco Ristorante Italiano. Further down towards Ham you can also find the Old Ship, a more old fashioned kind of pub which nevertheless offers good beers and food.
Attractions in Richmond
Richmond Park is the most famous attraction in the area without any doubt, stretching for 2,500 acres and offering cafes, historical buildings, intriguing wildlife and vast open spaces with breathtaking views. Ham House is another place well worth visiting if you’re in Richmond, a huge 17th century stately home; tours are not cheap but are well worth the money if you like exploring old buildings and learning about their history. And Kew Palace, situated right within the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew itself, is definitely a trip you want to take if you are spending a day at the Gardens.