It’s a blend of the old and the new for a day out in Richmond. While working in the capital many like to base themselves in West London, away from the hustle and bustle of the centre of the city and still within a short commute of the office. There’s plenty to explore on a day out of the office.
Hampton Court Palace steps into the rich history of Richmond. A magnificent Tudor Palace its history is closely entwined with Henry VIII, originally built by the ill-fated Cardinal Wolsey but extensively remodelled by the king after Wolsey’s death. Its pull for monarchs continued until the 18th century when it became a base for Queen Anne while the monarch was out hunting. After the royal family left in 1737 the palace was divided into apartments for what are known as ‘grace and favour residents’. Now the palace is better known as a stepping stone to England’s royal past, explore its labyrinthine corridors, get a taste of life in the Tudor period and even meet some of its ghosts.
Stop off for lunch at Richmond’s Bavarian Outdoor Restaurant. Stein’s benefits not just from an idyllic location on the side of the Thames with stunning views of Richmond Hill it also offers a great dining experience. Enjoy an authentic Munich beer along with traditional German dishes. As the menu says “Traditionell rund um die Wurst” (It’s all about the sausages).
In the early afternoon visit Richmond Park for beautiful views, to get a little closer to nature and to find a natural paradise in the heart of the city. Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve and it’s London’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest. That means there are parts and inhabitants in the park that are protected. It is home to a herd of Red and Fallow deer as well as a rich and colourful blend of flora and fauna.
After a day in the great outdoors you’ll need a hearty dinner. Treat yourself to a meal at The Glasshouse. The Michelin starred restaurant has built a great relationship for food, wine and customer care. It might have a lofty status but it has long seen itself as a neighbourhood restaurant. A French culinary influence teamed with an interest in Asian cooking means the menu at the Glasshouse defines fusion. Combined with a great wine list it’s the ideal location to spend an evening.
For those looking for short term accommodation in London that is close to these attractions, Clarendon offers stylish one and two bedroom serviced apartments in Richmond. Manning Place is a peaceful residential setting backing onto Richmond Park; an ideal location for those working in the hustle of The City in the week but want a more family oriented and relaxed setting at the weekend.