Escape the fast pace of city life and experience the relaxed magic of Richmond upon Thames during your visit to London. It’s the most rustic and beautiful London borough combining remarkable history, nature and royal heritage. Only 8 miles from the heart of London, it’s 20 minutes by fast train from London Waterloo station.

Richmond contains an impressive collection of historical sites, more than any other borough in the capital apart from The City’s square mile and Westminster.  Internationally famous attractions include Hampton Court Palace, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and royal parks with roaming wild deer.

But there are many less familiar gems to discover, from historic riverside villas and splendid houses to the world rugby museum at Twickenham. From the most picturesque stretch of riverside in London to the panoramic view from Richmond Hill, which has inspired painters and poets for centuries.

Long associated with royalty and the rich and famous, Richmond has been home to kings and queens, writers, artists, actors, architects and musicians, many of whom left their mark.  Richmond is also known for its connection with Dwight D. Eisenhower, Mick Jagger, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and double Olympic champion Mo Farah.

The borough’s thriving riverside communities boast an impressive array of theatres, restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars to suit all tastes.  Richmond town centre is full of boutiques, designer stores and antique shops, as well as the high street favourites.


Where to visit in Richmond

Where to eat and drink in Richmond

Where to stay in Richmond


For more information see the local council’s Visit Richmond website.

And see this charming film about Richmond Park, London’s national nature reserve.