Places to go, people to see – a beginner’s guide to Richmond
If you are moving into Richmond for the first time there are so many things that you should do and so many places to see that you might feel overwhelmed by their sheer quantity. But have no fear – the district is not going to go anywhere. It is one of the most vibrant and diverse places in the capital today, so it is only normal that you are going to need at least a couple of weeks in order to get to know it. Leave the management of the last details of your relocation to the man and van company and just go out and explore the basic spots in Richmond. These are the places that you will probably enjoy the most, for the simple reason that they can provide you with more than any other place:
- The Thames Riverside. Naturally, this is the starting point of every journey from Richmond. The Riverside is considered by many to be the most beautiful place in London. Stretching on both sides of the Richmond Bridge, the wide walks between the buildings and the bank of the Thames offer excellent terrain for walks. The Riverside is lined with bars, cafes, restaurant, pubs and art galleries. The houses that are located here are among the most desirable properties in the district. And on the other side of the river one can enjoy the view of extensive open green spaces that only complement the scene.
- During the summer and on public holidays, the one place to be in Richmond is Richmond Green. This 12 acre rectangular grassland, decorated by trees is the favorite recreational spot for locals. Cricket is the traditionally associated with the Green sport – for the first time a game of cricket was played here in the beginning of the 18th century and matches are still played up to this day.
- Another green area, Richmond Park (you can enter via Roehampton Gate which is located as you might imagine – in Roehampton), cannot be missed when talking about notable places in the district. The park is beautifully kept and extensive, and has a very rich wildlife to boast about. And there are good reasons for that. After all how many other places on the territory of metropolitan London can offer you to see fallow deer? We are not talking about zoos, of course.
- If you want to learn more about the history and culture of your new place of residence, the Museum of Richmond is definitely the right place to go. The highlight in the exhibition here is the 16th century glass from the Richmond palace and a couple of paintings from the same age and origin, but the rotating exhibits and variety of educational activities are also extremely interesting and remain to this day the most comprehensive sour of information about the modern borough.
- The Riverside Gallery offers free admission to all visitors, and would satisfy your need for photography and modern day painting. It is yet another place that is worth paying a visit to.