Richmond - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013
PUBLISHED: 14:45 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:45 16 October 2013
One of our most beautiful towns, Richmond is famed for its historic buildings, celebrities and deer in its royal park
It’s no wonder that so many rock stars, movie icons and many others of note are attracted to Richmond’s 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. Local resident Sir David Attenborough still gives an annual wildlife lecture in the town for the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames.
In the 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.
On the green
Richmond Green is home to Richmond Theatre, which as well as hosting great drama has also Hollywood’s cameras and A-listers on numerous occasions – notably, Finding Neverland starring Johnny Depp. There is also the former residence of Prime Minister Harold Wilson at Little Green as well as some lovely pubs to while away a social evening.
At Richmond Park you can adopt deer from the Royal Parks Foundation. The royal connections go back further than any others, beginning with Edward, when the area was known as the Manor of Sheen. It changed to Richmond during Henry VII’s reign.
In an area blessed with eateries, Petersham Nurseries (020 8940 5230) is a haven to the stars: its café offers delicious cooking in a beautiful setting.
A bit of a drive away but well worth the trip, you’ll find The Botanist Brewery & Kitchen (020 8948 4838). The clue’s in the name: they brew their beer.
The Petersham Hotel (020 8940 7471) must have one of the best views of any hotel.
The M3, M25 and M4 provide easy access to the area, although the trains your best bet.