|RICHMOND UPON THAMES, SURREY, LONDON - ENGLAND|
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Richmond is a hugely affluent London suburb, situated just a few miles down the river from Hampton Court Palace. |
Richmond possesses a timeless charm more akin to a village than a town. Henry VII named Richmond after his favourite Earldom, Richmond in Yorkshire , and the gateway of his magnificent Palace, favoured by Elizabeth I, still remains. This can be found on Richmond Green once the scene of tournaments and pageants, is surrounded by elegant period houses.
Richmond Bridge, the oldest spanning the Thames, sits alongside a riverside development which evokes memories of the 18th and 19th centuries.
The view from the top of Richmond Hill, a source of inspiration for artists and poets throughout the years, has been protected by an Act of Parliament since 1902. From here Ham House an outstanding Stuart House filled with rare 17th century furniture and textiles, is visible slightly up river. Below, the River Thames flows through an ocean of trees with rowing boats and passenger craft wending its way upstream. Beyond the hill lies the 2,500 acre Richmond Park , enclosed by Charles I as a favoured hunting ground, where large herds of red and fallow deer wander freely. Richmond Park has two golf courses and several horse riding centres where both novice and experienced riders can trot and canter across the expanse of the Park - dodging the deer of course.
Richmond shopping centre offers an enticing mix, bringing together top designer names with small specialist and antiques shops. The restaurants and pubs in Richmond are some of the best in the area, with many happily making the trip from central London to enjoy
Twickenham is a name synonymous with rugby union where the first match, played in 1909, featured local rivals Richmond and the Harlequins. London Scottish and London Welsh are also based in the borough, as are a host of smaller amateur clubs.
Each year the sporting spotlight falls on Mortlake with the Oxford and Cambridge boat race - indeed rowing, canoeing and sailing are extremely popular pastimes on the River Thames.
Richmond town boasts several Health and Fitness clubs offering - tennis and squash courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, aerobics classes, saunas, spas, solariums.
A lively cultural calendar offers the finest entertainment outside central London with many West End shows previewing at Richmond Theatre and the exciting theatre 'In the Round' at the Orange Tree Theatre.
There are innovative exhibitions at the Landmark Arts Centre throughout the year and at Orleans House Gallery which also holds a fine collection of paintings from 18th century to the modern day. The Museum of Richmond has fascinating temporary exhibitions.
If you would prefer to take things at a slower pace, Richmond also provides some relaxing alternatives - why not hire a rowing boat and float down the Thames; have a cool drink or a meal at a riverside pub; stroll along the river banks; or just sit and enjoy the beautiful and peaceful landscape.