London - Richmond-upon-Thames
Richmond-upon-Thames  (most commonly, 'Richmond') is an outlying suburb and area of London, located in the south-west sector of Greater London, and the centre of its own London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, including the suburbs and villages of Ham, Kew, Teddington and Twickenham, amongst others.
Originally a separate town, and before 1965 a part of the county of Surrey, Richmond's inhabitants often view themselves (as do others) as something vaguely separate from the metropolis as a whole. This is perhaps due in part to Richmond's location on a large loop of the River Thames (surrounding most of the area), its enveloping by several vast royal parks and its previously independent identity. Although strictly speaking part of South London, lying as it does on the south bank of the river, Richmond perhaps has much more in common with West London.
- Richmond is only a few miles away from Heathrow Airport, from where taxis to Richmond can be caught. Richmond is also close to the A316, accessible from the M3 and M4 motorways. From the direction of London, Upper Richmond Road becomes Sheen Road, which courses right through the town centre of Richmond.
- Richmond is well serviced by public transport. South West Trains' services from London's Waterloo station stop at Richmond. The journey takes 20-30 minutes, and trains depart every 15-30 minutes or so.
- Both the District Line (depicted on the London underground tube map as the green line) and the London Overground line from Stratford terminate at Richmond.
- Richmond has a large bus station. The 337 bus from Clapham Junction, the 33 bus from Hammersmith, and the N10 night bus from Kings Cross all stop here, amongst others.
- The remains of the once magnificent Richmond Palace, home to English kings since Edward I, adjoins Richmond Green, a pleasant open green space and historic cricket ground. Only the Gate House and Wardrobe, now converted into flats, remain.
- The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ('Kew Gardens')  - Probably England's most famous botanic gardens. As well as containing thousands of species of trees, flowers and plants from all over the world, Kew Gardens also contains Kew Palace , the recently restored smallest palace in England, and home to King George III's family.
- Hampton Court Palace  Historic home to English kings such as Henry VIII, now open to the public. (via the R68 bus from Richmond station)
- Ham House  The Duke of Lauderdale's elegant 17th century manor house, a mile or so upriver from Richmond riverside (via 371 bus from Richmond bus station). Free to members of The National Trust.
- Marble Hill House  Over the river from Ham House, this was home to King George II's mistress, with well-manicured lawns by the riverside. Free to members of English Heritage.
- Strawberry Hill House  Eccentric Gothic home of 18th century poet and author, Horace Walpole, son of England's first prime minister.
- Richmond Park  The largest open space in London, covering almost 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) and home to a huge array of wildlife, including 400 wild deer. Also contains the Royal Ballet School, seen in the film "Billy Elliot".
- Bushy Park  - the second largest of the London Royal Parks, covering an area of 450 hectares (1,099 acres). Lying north of Hampton Court Palace, the history of of the park is inextricably linked to the palace, yet it has always had its own distinct rural character.
- Explore Richmond's history at The Museum of Richmond , near the river bank.
- See a pre-West End play at the pretty Victorian theatre, The Richmond Theatre , near Richmond Green.
- The Orange Tree Theatre  offers "theatre in the round", where the audience surrounds the stage.
- In summer months, a boat ride either upriver to Teddington Locks or Hampton Court Palace, or downriver to Westminster, offers a good way to relax while enjoying the riverside scenery. Some boats offer a commentary service. The boat ride to Hampton Court takes about an hour and a half, to Teddington Locks about 45 minutes, and to Westminster about 2 hours. Boats depart from a dock close to Richmond bridge.
- The Richmond Adult Community College  offers short- to medium-term courses on subjects such as cooking, foreign languages, IT, and business.
- Richmond's high street contains a number of boutique clothing stores and British chain stores, such as Habitat, Marks and Spencer's, WH Smith, HMV, Boots, Uniqlo, Robert Dyas, etc.
- Well known food stores such as Tesco and Waitrose can also be found in the town centre. A large Sainsbury's is located near North Sheen station.
- Catch the Farmer's Market in Heron Square, close to the town centre, on weekends, for local produce.
- Pizzeria Rustica  near Richmond station offers award-winning pizzas.
- Don Fernando's, also near Richmond station, offers decent Spanish cuisine, such as tapas.
- The Dragon Inn on Sheen Road offers Chinese cuisine and very friendly staff. Nearby NDK offers a Japanese-style karaoake diner.
- The Thai Elephant opposite the Richmond bus station, and the Thai Cafe on Hill Rise (heading towards Richmond Park) offer Thai cuisine.
- A floating restaurant called H2O is docked close to Richmond bridge, offering mixed European cuisine.
- Chez Lindsay on Hill Rise offers French cuisine.
- A German bierhaus-style restaurant called Stein's operates on the riverside, offering authentic German dark beers and food.
- A large number of British chain restaurants are open in Richmond. Pizza restaurants include Strada and Pizza Express. Other restaurants include Tootsie's, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Miso, Nando's, Wagamama, Zizzi's and Giraffe. The Argentinian steak-style restaurant Gaucho Grill is on the riverbank, a little downriver from Stein's.
- Coffee shops such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee are also available in the town centre.
- Pubs on the Richmond riverside include The White Cross (often surrounded by water at high tide), Edwards, The Slug and Lettuce, and the Pitcher and Piano, with The Swan and The Waterman's Arms set a little further back, nearer the town centre. The Waterman's Arms also offers Thai food.
- In town, The Old Ship offers alcohol and food. The Richmond Arms attracts a gay crowd and offers karaoke nights. All Bar One is also available for drinks and food.
- Near Richmond train station, The Bear, the Sun, the Orange Tree, and O'Neills, a popular Irish-themed chain bar, are close by.
- Around Richmond Green, the Cricketers Arms, and the Prince's Head offer food and drinks while watching the green, with the Britannia slightly set back from the green.
- Near Richmond Park, The Lass O'Richmond Hill, The Marlborough, and the Roebuck are available, with the latter allowing drinkers to drink outside, overlooking the views of the river.
- Further towards Sheen, the 'White Horse has a gastro-pub menu and is family-friendly, while the Red Cow offers sports television, and has a popular Tuesday night pub quiz.
- The Richmond Gate Hotel
- Quinns Hotel, on Sheen Road
- Richmond Inn Hotel, opposite Quinns Hotel
- Richmond Park Hotel
- Bingham Hotel
- The Red Cow pub offers B&B service
- The Richmond tourist office is available in the Museum of Richmond building.
- The Richmond police station is located near the Odeon cinema, on Red Lion Street.
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