Last weekend Jim and I headed for a little day trip to Richmond with his mum and had such a lovely time wandering around, eating and admiring the beauty of the area (the river! The views! The parks!). Seeing as we really enjoyed ourselves, and as this wasn’t my first time exploring the area either, I thought I’d put together a little (loose) mini guide on how to spend a day in Richmond if you’re looking for new places to visit in (Greater) London!
It’s really easy to get to Richmond – you can take the tube (District Line), train (there are lots of trains from Waterloo to running super frequently and stopping at Vauxhall and Clapham Junction too) or even a bus if you live in South West London (from anywhere else it would probably take ages and would be just wiser to take a train or tube!). I live in Brixton, so I always just hop on the Victoria line to Vauxhall and take the direct train from there- it’s surprisingly quick! Richmond is only on London zone 4, so it won’t cost you that much extra on your Oyster either.
My favourite foodie spot in Richmond is Adesso, a Sicilian restaurant located in Richmond Hill, about a 15-minute walk away from the train station. I’ve been to Adesso three times and always managed to grab a seat on their lovely outdoor terrace which is *such* a lovely spot for people watching as well as al fresco dining.
The menu consists of all the Italian staples such as pizza and pasta, as well as an impressive array of different aperitifs and desserts. I’ve always had pizza here which is amazing, but I’ve also heard really good things about their pasta dishes.
My favourite thing about Adesso, though, is their amazing Sicily Spritz, consisting of ice cold limoncello, prosecco and lemonade. It’s. So. Freaking. Good! And I’ve never been able to find it anywhere else which makes me so sad, but also acts as a very good reason to keep coming back here…
A veggie pizza with goats cheese, sundried tomato & chilli oil – yum!
After lunch, it was time to do some serious walking! We headed up Richmond Hill all the way to a little viewing platform at the top with gorgeous views over Richmond Park and the river Thames. There’s a little pathway from the viewing platform to a part of Richmond Park called the Terrace Gardens which is full of different types of plants and flowers as well as people picnicking and playing all sorts of different games. There’s also a cute looking cafe called Hollyhock Cafe in the Terrace Gardens – we didn’t have a chance to visit but it looked like the loveliest little spot!
Although I’ve never seen them (I think I’ve never been at the right part of the park…), there are also deer in Richmond Park! According to the Royal Parks website there are up to 630 deer roaming the park who have been there since 1637 – pretty cool, right?
If you go to Richmond on a sunny day, you can’t miss the riverside. It makes for a gorgeous walk (if a bit busy – Richmond is a pretty popular destination on a nice day!) and has lots of restaurants, ice cream trucks and cafes along the way.
We visited a place called the Tide Tables Cafe which is located in a converted arch of Richmond Bridge and has lots of tables outside just by the river. The cafe serves lots of different drinks from hot to cold, lunch options from salads to sandwiches and an array of sweet treats like cakes and pastries. We only went for drinks, but the beauty of this place is that they allow you to sit on their outside tables even if you haven’t bought anything at all – not many places can say they are that nice!
If you’re feeling adventurous, another thing to do here is renting a little boat or a canoe with friends and heading to the river. I’ve never done this but it sounds like a lovely way to spend a summer day!
End your day in a lovely old riverside pub called The White Cross – it’s super cute and atmospheric on the inside and offers lots of outside seating in the garden too. My favourite thing about the White Cross is the fact that they let you take the drinks on the riverside path as well and even offer little pillows to take with you so your bum doesn’t start hurting from sitting on the pavement. How cute is that!
I hope this helped you feel inspired about heading to Richmond on the next sunny weekend for a day of exploration. I’ve done about four day trips there (once even stayed the night) and I always find something new on each visit – it really is like a proper little town if its own!
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