10 things to do in and around Richmond this summer
Quaint, historic and boasting plenty of greenery, the leafy London borough of Richmond is well deserving of a summer retreat this season. Yet despite the unassuming beauty of the area, Richmond isn’t all about the scenery. From alfresco swimming to river kayaking, there is a tonne of fun to be had, all within easy reach of a stay at
The largest and most rural of London’s Royal Parks, Richmond Park offers plenty to do during the summer months and cycling through the expansive greenery may be the best way to navigate it! Follow the 7.5 mile Tamsin Trail circuit to explore all corners of the park, including the bright and beautiful Isabella Plantation gardens and the grand Georgian mansion, Pembroke Lodge. From the latter, admire panoramic views of the park and even a distant glimpse of St Paul’s Cathedral on the horizon.
Before you depart from your day out, don’t forget to bid farewell to the owners of the land – the 630 red and fallow deer who have made Richmond Park their home.
Feeling a tad warm during the long unexpected summer heatwave? Take a dip in the grade II listed Pools on the Park’s alfresco swimming lido in the luscious Old Deer Park to cool down. Or, take shade and retreat to the comfort of the indoor pool.
Every year during the summer months, the adjacent Petersham meadows welcome back our favourite four-legged friends, the belted Galloway cows. Why not pop over and say hello – but make sure to catch them before their departure in September!
Richmond’s riverside is the perfect spot to carelessly amble during the summer months, with ice cream vans selling 99s and smiling musicians playing to passers-by. Head over to Richmond’s St Helena Pier to board a river cruise down to the historic Hampton Court on a sunny summer’s day and soak up the sights of Turner’s famous landscapes, the lavish riverside properties and the intriguing Eel Pie Island. Believe it or not, the island was once host to The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton in the famous Eel Pie Island Hotel dance hall!
The world-famous Royal Botanic Kew Gardens are a living library of as many exotic plants, trees and flowers you can shake a stick at. A visit on a warm summer’s day is simply blissful, with the flocks of colourful plant life out in full bloom. Admire the foliage as you stroll across the skies from the treetop walkaway, or enjoy an idyllic picnic at the tranquil Japanese Gardens, to name just a few of the unique corners of the gardens.
Don’t miss a peek in the newly reopened Temperate House, the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world which is home to some of the rarest temperate zone plants from across the globe.
An urban oasis in the middle of South-West London, wandering past the serene lakes, wildflower meadows and duck ponds it is difficult to believe you’re actually still in the big smoke. Offering six bird-spotting hides, and as home to a host of foraging otters, the centre may well be one of the best sites in the capital for wildlife spotting.
Head to Kingfisher Kitchen or Courtyard Café to fill up after a bucolic stroll – and enjoy the sweeping verdant views of the grassland.
7. Watch the sun melt over the River Thames from Richmond Hill
The famous view of the curve in the River Thames, notably painted by the likes of Sir Joshua Reynolds and J.M.W Turner, is undoubtedly best seen Richmond Hill. From The Petersham, climb to the top of Nightingale Lane and onto Terrace Walk for a post-card perfect panoramic vista. Grab a beer from The Roebuck pub and sit back and enjoy the show.
Get out on the water this summer and paddle under Richmond’s stone arch bridge and among the scenic banks of the bustling riverside. Into the blue offers ‘The Richmond Kayak Trip’, a round trip in the area, whilst the ‘Eel Pie Island Canoe Trip’ allows you to splash your way over to the famous island with up to three people in each craft.
The picturesque open square of Richmond Green is renowned as a favourite hangout among locals and framed with pretty streets and charming architecture, is an ideal spot for an afternoon picnic and perhaps even a snooze in the sun!
Conclude the day by sipping on a sundowner at The Cricketers pub perched on the corner of the square. Serving beer since 1770, the tiny watering-hole is one of Richmond’s oldest (and prettiest!) pubs.
Enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner in our restaurant this summer with a selection of seasonal dishes from Head Chef Jean-Didier’s new menus. Choose from the likes of summer risotto, lobster tail and passionfruit soufflé to treat your taste buds.
This year we also welcome back our refreshing floral and fruity cocktails – the perfect tipple to enjoy on a warm summer’s day. Try them at our bar until the end of August.