Clarendon Kew and Richmond Location review
Kew and Richmond is steeped in history, with its routes extending back to the Tudor and Stuart era, when it was used as a base for those connected to the monarchy. During the French revolution the settlement in the area rose, as it became a popular site for refugees. Since then the area has rapidly developed and it has become a prime location for those working in the City, as it offers a peaceful suburban environment which is within close proximity of the City of London.
Things to do in Kew and Richmond
Those who admire natural beauty should start with a trip to Kew Gardens. Now listed as a National Heritage sight, Kew Gardens comprises 121 hectares of gardens and botanical glasshouses. A visit to the Gardens is strongly recommended on a Summer’s day.
To experience the history of Kew and fine architecture, a visit to Kew Palace is well worthwhile. If shopping is more your cup of tea, than Kew Village has over 30 different shops which range from jewellery to books and DVD stores.
Richmond is home to the largest of London’s eight Royal Parks and offers a tranquille setting away from the hustle and bustle of the City. If you’re looking for a mix of shops including the well-known high street names, boutiques, designer stores and antique shops, Richmond is the perfect destination.
Eating out in Kew and Richmond
The area of Kew and Richmond is renowned for its diverse range of restaurants. Visitors to the area can enjoy cuisine which varies from old fashioned gastro pub fare at the Botanist in Kew Green to more sophisticated Italian dishes at QVerde in Richmond. For those that enjoy a spot of afternoon tea, a trip to The Original Maids of Honour in Kew Gardens is well worth a visit. If your more accustomed to chic and trendy wine bars than Coco’s in Richmond is the place to be.
Getting out and About
Both Kew and Richmond have excellent transport links for those wishing to travel in and around London. Kew Gardens and Richmond Tube Station is serviced by the District line and provides a regular service to the City of London. Hammersmith is a short 15 minute tube ride away from Kew Gardens. If you have access to a car, the M4 motorway is within close proximity of Kew Gardens and Richmond. For those that have family coming over to stay, Heathrow Airport can be accessed in under 25 minutes by car or taxi.