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Richmond is a beautiful place to live. It has a vibrancy that comes from its proximity to London (it has fast train and tube links), while strong elements of country living help retain the town’s friendly community spirit.

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Want to know where to eat, drink and visit in Richmond?

We’ve a few favourite places to share with you. 

We are lucky to have lots of great pubs and restaurants to visit. From well-known names such as The Ivy Café and Scott’s, to remarkable independent ventures such as The Dragon Inn, we’ve been visiting some of these eateries for the past 19 years.

You can choose a pub to reflect your mood. The White Horse for meeting friends and tackling the famous weekly quiz. The Dukes Head for a traditional pub experience and the riverside White Cross if you want to watch the boats go by (just don’t get marooned by the high tide).


Set on the River Thames, this opulent restaurant is a continuation of the Mayfair original, and we absolutely love it. It serves exceptional seafood in stunning, elegant surroundings; it is as if it has always been here.
The Ivy Café

Located in central Richmond, the Ivy café offers all-day dining in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Serving breakfast, brunch, dinner, lunch, afternoon tea & cocktails in style surrounded by beautiful Art-Deco detail.

Bingham Riverside

This boutique hotel is a firm favourite for many of us in Richmond.  From weddings to family get togethers and intimate dinners, its sublime menu created by Vanessa Marx and her team, uses great seasonal UK produce.

Dragon Inn

This excellent Chinese restaurant also serves Vietnamese, Malaysian and Thai dishes, with many vegan options. It is synonymous with the owner Eddy, whose friendly welcome has many of us returning time and time again.


This is our favourite local Italian restaurant.  With delicious pizza & pasta, we usually order from the varied dishes on the specials board which changes regularly.  The restaurant team are friendly & very professional.


Chatora is an absolute treat. It blends authentic Indian cuisine with modern techniques, offering distinctive dishes – from tantalising vegetarian to tandoori specialities. Every time we visit, we discover a new flavour.


The White Cross

Built in 1780 when George III was on the throne, this piece of local history is located right on the banks of the Thames. You can sit and watch the river life go by,  accompanied by an outside cocktail bar at the weekends.


This small, friendly, traditional English Inn is located on the slopes of Richmond Hill. Run by Pat & Mairead, we think it serves the best Sunday Lunch in Richmond. A great place to watch the rugby whoever you support.

The White Horse

This excellent gastropub is situated in the heart of The Alberts. It has a relaxed dining environment and a brilliant garden area.  We thoroughly recommend the Flora Dora cocktail, made with local, One World Gin.

Best places to visit

The Terrace

The Terrace has the only English landscape view protected by an Act of Parliament. Famously reflected by the artist Turner with his panoramic views of the winding River Thames, and the pastoral meadows offered by this elevated position.

Richmond Green

Richmond Green is one of the few remaining landscapes linked to London’s medieval past.  It has been a recreation ground since King Henry Vll used it for jousting tournaments, and today it’s used for the gentler sport of cricket.

Richmond Riverside

Richmond Riverside is a tranquil environment with beautiful walks and opportunities for boating.
Taking a stroll along the 21 miles of riverside along the Thames Path is one of the great joys of
London life.

Richmond Park

Richmond Park has 5,000 acres of celebrated parkland. The Royal Parks offer beautiful green spaces, right in the heart of the capital, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. They’re a wonderful place to relax, unwind, exercise and clear your mind.

Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew are a fascinating place to visit. Their origins can be traced back to the merging of the Royal Estates of Richmond and Kew in 1772. Today, this world-leading botanical research site is home to the largest living plant collection on earth.

Petersham Nurseries

An internationally prized garden centre, this is a tranquil oasis and seedbed of inspiration, carved out of the Petersham House grounds in the 1970s. It’s also home to the famed Petersham Nurseries Café, which offers a seasonal menu inspired by the kitchen garden.