Just minutes away from central London, Richmond is a popular place for commuters and is widely considered to be one of the nicest places to live in the capital.
Located on the banks of the River Thames, the scenic suburban town has always been admired by royalty and celebrities alike who want all the advantages of London life without the hassle of the hustle and bustle.
Famed for its genteel surroundings, Richmond combines the historical romance of an untainted town with all of the required modern conveniences necessitated by twenty-first century city-dwellers.
The town is reminiscent of a village thanks largely to its open space areas such as the famous Richmond Park, which is the largest royal park in London and was once the favourite hunting ground of Charles I.
Visitors to Richmond Park can see fallow and red deer and the royal enclosure has been honoured as a National Nature Reserve as well as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Other notable landmarks include Richmond Bridge, which spans the Thames and the surviving remnants of Richmond Palace such as the trumpeter’s house and the gatehouse that can still be visited today.
The Bridge is surrounded by many flourishing bars and eateries while tour boats can be hired to take visitors down river, allowing them to drink and dine around the banks of the Thames.
For those interested in retail therapy, a range of upscale designer boutiques and high-end stores can be found along the cobbled streets of George Street and Hill Street which provide welcome relief from the giant chain stores of central London.
The town gets a fresh lease of life on the weekend when the farmers market takes place every Saturday, with various vendors selling luxury food and drink items which are more often than not locally-sourced.
Communal gatherings also take place on Richmond Green, where locals meet on warm weekends to relax and play sport in the area which used to be the gateway to Richmond Palace.
Located near the Green is Richmond Theatre, a picturesque Victorian hall which is ideal for culture vultures and theatre lovers because it receives a number of major national tours.
There are also three cinemas in Richmond showing art house films and the latest blockbusters so residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to entertaining themselves in all seasons and weathers.
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