Well connected, yet a world away
The suburban streets of Richmond feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of Central London, quaint boutiques and pretty greens make Richmond a very desirable place to be. The Petersham itself is often frequented by some of the world’s most famous, and with its glorious views, grand Victorian architecture and elegant interiors, it is easy to see why! There certainly isn’t a shortage of things to do in and around Richmond either; explore Richmond park, take the family to Kew Gardens or visit one of the local historic houses.
Despite our rural location, we are well connected too, just eight miles from Central London and a short riverside stroll from Richmond rail and tube station. By road, The Petersham is a short 10-minute drive from the M3 and M4 motorways and if you are travelling from overseas, Heathrow Airport is eight miles away.
Complimentary car parking is available to all hotel guests on a first come, first served basis - ALL hotel guests must register the car at reception on arrival (within 30 minutes) to avoid a £100 parking fine.
Things to do in and around Richmond
- GUIDED TOURS OF RICHMOND
- Ham House
Ham House was built in the 17th Century and is one of the most outstanding Stuart houses from that period. The house boasts original interiors and restored formal gardens featuring a 17th Century Orangery, Tea Terrace and the much photographed Cherry Garden. It was home to the Duchess of Lauderdale, known as a political schemer during the 17th Century. It has been rumoured that the Duchess still haunts the house today.
- Ham Polo Club
- Hampton Court Palace and Gardens
- Marble Hill House
Marble Hill House, once home to Henrietta Howard, mistress of King George II, is the last complete survivor of the elegant villas and gardens which bordered the River Thames between Richmond and Hampton Court in the 18th century. The house and gardens are set in 66 acres of riverside parkland and houses a fine collection of early Georgian paintings. It is now owned by the English Heritage.
- Richmond Park and the Isabella Plantation
Richmond Park is home to some of the most outstanding views of Surrey, spanning 2,500 acres of countryside. A haven for wildlife, the deer are free to roam around the park. Hidden deep in the park is the Isabella Plantation; an oasis of lush green woodland, famous for its rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias.
- RIVER THAMES BOAT TRIP
- Richmond Theatre
Built in 1899 as the Theatre Royal and Opera House, Richmond Theatre is one of the most successful theatres in the country presenting a wide range of quality drama, musicals, opera, dance and family entertainment each year. Performances take place every night at with matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm. For more information on performances you can visit Richmond Theatre.
- Richmond Town Centre
- The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are the product of a complex history, stretching back over many thousands of years, carrying the remains of human activity from the medieval times to present day. Set in 300 acres, the gardens include wildlife areas, glasshouses for the conservation of rare plant species, museums, galleries and historic buildings. The Royal Botanic Gardens are open to visitors every day and also host a number of festivals.
- Twickenham Rugby Ground & Museum
Twickenham Stadium, the Home of England Rugby, is the largest dedicated Rugby Union venue in the world. Before the RFU purchased the land for just over £5,500 in 1907 Twickenham Stadium was a humble cabbage patch, with the first game being played in 1909.
Twickenham offers much more than just top flight sport, visit the superb World Rugby Museum, the history of a stadium tour or attend a concert.
- Wimbledon Lawn Tennis & Museum
The Wimbledon Tennis Championship began in 1877 and has since grown from its traditional 'garden party' milieu to the great international sporting event that it is today. The new museum allows visitors an insight into every aspect of tennis with a fascinating guided tour taking in No.1 Court and the picnic terraces of the Aorangi Terrace (aka 'Murray Mound'), an interactive racket exhibition and a 3-D cinema experience of a real match game.
- Turners House, Twickenham - The Artist and his House
The Petersham enjoys stunning panoramic views of the famous bend in the River Thames. This view was made famous by J.M.W. Turner who painted this view from Richmond Hill. Learn more about the man, his paintings and his life by visiting his former home in Twickenham.
Sandycombe Lodge was built by 1813 to the designs of England’s great landscape painter, J.M.W. Turner; working here as his own architect to create a quiet retreat for himself, away from the pressures of the London art world. It also provided a home for his father, “old dad”, in retirement from his trade as a barber and wigmaker in Covent Garden. More recently, Turner's House has been lovingly restored and is open to the public Wednesday to Sunday. From 11th January – 29th March 2020 Turner's House will host its first ever exhibition of original Turner oil paintings called ‘Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings’.