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Richmond ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 12:23 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013

Photo: Pete Gardner

Photo: Pete Gardner

Home to rock gods, movie icons and television stars, Richmond upon Thames takes its name from the palace built by Henry Vll and has many other royal connections

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012

Home to rock gods, movie icons and television stars, Richmond upon Thames takes its name from the palace built by Henry Vll and has many other royal connections

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Did you know?

The Hogarth Press
In 1915, Leonard and Virginia Woolf moved to Hogarth House in Paradise Road, which is marked by a blue plaque. The Hogarth Press was founded in 1917 by the couple and was named after the house, where they began hand-printing books.

A certain romance
Its no wonder that so many rock stars, movie icons and many others of note are attracted to Richmonds relatively green environs, and with views such as this from the top of Richmond Hill providing inspiration for artists and poets over the years, there is a certain romance to the town.

Green living
Richmond Green is home to Richmond Theatre, which as well as great drama has also hosted Hollywoods cameras on numerous occasions. There is also the former residence of Prime Minister Harold Wilson at Little Green and some lovely pubs.

Nursery stars
Petersham Nurseries is a haven to the stars its a favourite of Richard E Grant and has a Michelin star for its caf. Its a must-visit, even for those with few horticultural inclinations.

While youre there...

...Richmond Park, where you can also adopt your own deer from the Royal Parks Foundation. The Queen recently visited the park as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. There are still views maintained that frame St Pauls Cathedral.

Eat at...
The Italian Al Boccon DiVino (0208 940 9060) on Red Lion Street, which is likely to be among the most interesting places youll dine this year.

Drink at...
The Hand and Flower (0208 332 2022) on Upper Ham Road.

Stay at...
The Bingham (0208 940 0902): a boutique hotel with a fantastic restaurant.

Move there for...
And get: A Grade II Queen Anne House with eight bedrooms.

Famous neighbours?
Sir David Attenborough leads the way, living near Richmond Park.

Getting there...
The M3, M25 and M4 provide easy access to the area, although the trains your best bet.

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