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A perfect day in Richmond

Richmond is one of London’s secret hotspots and has been a retreat for royalty as well as for the rich and famous over the years. From beautiful botanic gardens to golf courses and some of the best cakes in town, Richmond is the perfect place to spend a weekend

Katie Ramsingh
City Guide
Katie Ramsingh,

Start your day with a round of golf at one of Richmond’s many courses. While some of the area’s most beautiful courses are for members only, Richmond Park Golf Course is open to everyone and you can book online. Opened in 1923, it has 36 holes and a 15-bay driving range.


When you start to feel peckish make your way to the acclaimed Petersham Nurseries Café. You will need to book well in advance to sample chef Damian Clisby's seasonal menu but it is well worth it when you finally taste the garden-fresh food.


On a sunny afternoon take a stroll through the exotic grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, where you can discover impressive greenhouses and take a moment to pause in quiet corners of the parkland.


When it comes to shopping, Richmond offers a mix of cute boutiques and well-known designer names. Two of our favourite stores include Aesop, located in an old Georgian townhouse with floorboards in raw wood and minimal furnishings, and Anthropologie, which offers carefully selected clothing, accessories and homeware for those who love unique, crafted goods.


For an afternoon sugar fix, head towards the bank of the Thames and find the famous Hummingbird Bakery, one of London’s favourite cake-makers. Try a slice of the colourful rainbow cake with bubblegum-flavoured icing and you’ll never look at cake the same way again!


After a busy day, why not check into Richmond’s chicest townhouse-turned-hotel, the Bingham. With beautiful views of the River Thames, four-poster beds and art deco interiors, it’s the perfect place to finish your Richmond adventure.



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