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Straddling the River Thames and boasting miles of flourishing gardens, wetlands, nature reserves and forests, it can be hard to conceive that Richmond-Upon-Thames is part of London. Yet this is one of the capital’s most unspoilt boroughs - it still retains a majestic, tranquil air which once made it popular as a royal retreat and hunting ground. Alongside the natural beauty and wildlife of the area, there are historic palaces, grand theatres and museums for the whole family to explore.

Things to see

Richmond-Upon-Thames is a joyous place to relax in and experience the capital at a slower pace of life. Its town centre is a jumble of alleyways and narrow streets filled with traditional pubs and shops. In the summer, people crowd into the beer gardens and beneath restaurant parasols along the River Thames for picturesque alfresco dining, while other pleasure-seekers drift by on boats and kayaks. Nearby, Richmond Park is a pastoral haven in the city, beautiful at any time of year. Go on a quiet morning when the mist still has not quite risen to spot the park’s shy inhabitants – the deer. For the most impressive and diverse range of flora, you’ll need to visit Kew Gardens, with its famous glass houses and hundreds of acres of land. Kew Palace, set within the gardens, was once the residence of King George III and is also a fascinating place to explore.

Hotels in Richmond-Upon-Thames

Richmond specialises in beautiful, grand hotels, each with its own sense of character and atmosphere. A stay in most of these hotels does not exactly come cheap, but for what’s on offer, they do offer value for money. In the majority of the luxury hotels in Richmond-Upon-Thames, you’ll find supremely elegant furnishings and decor, displaying a sense of modern style with hints of tradition, such as large ornamental fireplaces. Full service spas, health clubs and gourmet restaurants complete the lavish atmosphere. For something more basic, if you search a little further afield, you’ll find several discount hotels available, providing comfortable, standard rooms.

Where to stay

Richmond’s town centre is the perfect location if you’re looking for a characterful, luxury hotel and a quaint but jovial atmosphere. The cobblestone streets are well stocked with shops, restaurants and pubs and Richmond Park is right on the doorstep – some hotels even offer park views. There are numerous other grand hotels on the edges of Kew Gardens and up into Chiswick if you’d like to feel like royalty, or be a little closer to central London. Head out west towards Hounslow and you’ll find the best of the budget accommodation, as well as convenient access to Heathrow Airport.

How to get to Richmond-Upon-Thames

With Europe’s busiest airport, Heathrow, located just 10 miles away, Richmond-Upon-Thames could hardly be easier to get to. Taxis, pre-arranged airport shuttle services and car hire are all widely available. Alternatively, you can take the tube, changing from the Piccadilly Line at Hammersmith to the District Line. There are stops at Kew and Richmond. This journey takes just over half an hour. Richmond is also well connected to central London, by underground, overground and regional train services. London Waterloo is just 15 minutes away by direct train, while Hammersmith, Notting Hill and Kensington are all within a 30-minute tube journey.