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The Best Things in Richmond, Greater London*

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The Best Things
  • Richmond Riverside, Richmond Green, Richmond Park. Marble Hill (which isn't a dog-free zone, as previously stated on here...)
  • Sunday afternoons, Memories of great nights out (Cheeky petes, beer kellar), great little cinema, the green, the hill,
  • cycling along the towpath from Twickenham to Richmond... see the seasons change before your eyes.
  • * Richmond Park and the riverside * The stunning view from Richmond Hill * Best place in London to live for quality of lifeand normality * Excellent shops
  • The tube and its near Putney and Hammersmith. The deer park. Nice on a sunny day trip just don't live there! Good to watch rugby at Twickenham and the surrounding pubs.
  • Hot rich chicks in the summer
  • The Park, which is probably the best (and I certainly the biggest) park in London. Not so much a park as a sprawling grassland spotted with occasional deer. The history. Richmond was the seat of the royalty for many centuries and still has a certain air about it (for better and worse), plus if you're willing to look past the high street shops there's a lot of fascinating background to be had. The layout of the town and the grand old houses on the hill.
  • Everyone is 'nice'. There aren't many kids. You hardly ever get mugged. There are millions of trains to everywhere and buses are frequent to all the local places such as Hampton Court, Kingston etc. Shops are good if expensive. The Green is perfect all the time of the year and the River is just amazing for walks and lazing around. Everything is great about Richmond. And I save the best unitl last..the Park. Richmond Park is just faboulous and there's no way to describe it. You just have to go.
  • The Thames and sitting by the river outside the White Cross looking at it. Lovely buildings and women. Smells nice, for London.
  • Walking or cycling along the Thames tow path first thing in the morning, before the crowds arrive; in summer, sitting on The Green with some sarnies bought in Marks and watching cricket; a walk in Richmond Park; listening to the beautiful outdoor summer concerts at Ham House and Marble Hill House; visiting Kew Gardens; having so much to enjoy on my doorstep.
  • The talent in the street has to be seen to be believed
  • The riverside in summer. Richmond Park. Nice and green but in easy reach of central London. Good pubs.
  • Richmond Market has some chains etc.
  • Scenic setting."Beautiful river walks". Possibility for Edwardian lace collar,parasols revival if only yobs could be retrained.
  • The young filly's who gather on the river in the summer. Phew!
  • The best thing about Richmond is St. Margarets and Life Styles. Life Styles is an unassuming shop where a visitor can purchase anything from a freshly cooked cookie to a Polish sausage sandwich. Now this may not sound like a particulaly exiting range of products but seeing is believing. When at the till waiting to pay for what ever delightfull snack you have decided to invest in, you are not only greated by the suprisingly cheap prices but by the smiling faces and quizical looks of the Polish owners. These owners fortunately do not speak English and therefor add to the consumer pleasure. This shop is one of the great landmarks that you will not be shown on the tour but is still well worth a visit.
  • The terrace gardens on Richmond Hill Lifestyle (off licence) in St Margarets is extremely willing to serve anyone anything they like!
  • The park - the view from Richmond Hill (painted by Turner, Kandinsky et al) - the river - the Orange Tree (best fringe venue in London)
  • Richmond's best kept secret is St.Margarets / East Twickenham - basically the bit between Richmond Bridge and Twickenham. Full of amazing converted mansions whcih used to belong to sugar cane plantation owners (see Rosslyn Road. Nowhere near as stuffy and posh as Richmond (with significantly lower house and renting prices), it's the best place to live if you want to come home to 'quality time'. Check out the 'Curry Inn' in St Margarets - best old-school curry in the area. Marble Hill Park - a dog-free zone which means long lazy Sunday afternoons, playing frizbee and knowing if you fall over - you won't land in dog mess! Summer sunday nights in Marble Hill Park with the classical concerts - check out all us locals who gate-crash the park squatting round the edges. You'll be surprised how many stoned middle-aged people suddenly come out of the woodwork!
  • More sedate that Richmond and attracts less 15 year old imports from Hounslow; the river, Twickenham Rowing Club Parties and the locals

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Last updated: 2008-01-22

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