Escape Central London & Explore Richmond!

Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye!  We’re all familiar with the great sights of London.  I’ll be the first to admit that Central London is enough to satisfy any visitor and still leave you wanting to come back for more.

However, after living in London for a year, sometimes I needed to just to get away.  Luckily, I didn’t have to look any further than Zone 4 to do just that.

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Located on the green District Line, you’ll find Richmond just across the River Thames in South East London.  To be honest, I’m quite angry that it took me so long to explore Richmond.  I only lived two tube stops away in Chiswick!  Shameful.

Thankfully, when my friends and I decided to finally go, it was a gorgeous spring day.

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There’s just so much to love about Richmond.  The atmosphere down by the river is incredible with plenty of street musicians, restaurants, ice cream trucks (on the warmer days!), and row boats for rent.  The houses in the area are absolutely gorgeous and ridiculously expensive of course but very fun to gawk at.  Richmond also has a great high street with every shop you could possibly need yet it still retains that small river town feel.

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My favorite thing about Richmond?  Being able to hop on a bus right outside the tube station and in 10 minutes, you’re here:

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Suddenly, I had been transported to the English countryside and stumbled upon Ham House.  This old home dates back to the 1600’s and has been beautifully restored to its former glory.  You can tour several rooms and explore the grounds where you’ll find beautiful gardens, a quaint little cafe, and plenty of picnic spots.  It’s 10 pounds to see everything (you can pay less to see just the gardens/exterior) and I definitely think it’s worth the price.  If you’re a history buff or just a sucker for pretty old houses like I am, Ham House is worth a visit whilst in Richmond.

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If any of these rooms look familiar, you’ve probably seen them in a film!  Ham House has been featured in Never Let Me Go, The Young Victoria, and Anna Karenina just to name a few.  On our visit that day, they were setting up in a few rooms for a new film with Kate Winslet.  I had a quick fan girl moment.

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So next time you’re in London, do yourself a favor and venture outside the city center for an afternoon.  Richmond and Ham House are not to be missed!  

This post is a part of Wanderlust Wednesday.  Check out Time Travel Plans if you want to participate!


Happy travels!

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20 comments

    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      Thank YOU so much for reading 🙂 London is my absolute favorite city as well! Definitely check out Richmond on your next trip. It’s just beautiful and so… British! Ha. Happy travels 🙂

  1. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans says:

    I love hearing about “suburbs” outside of major foreign cities because they offer such a unique perspective. Richmond definitely looks like it’s worth exploring. And Ham House – wow! It’s huge – it looks like a university building or something. Thanks for linking up this week! Don’t forget to add your link on my blog using the InLinkz button.
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  2. Heather on her travels says:

    How did you know I was brought up in London and my parents are still there, so I get to walk down along the river whenever I go back to visit – it’s one of my favourite spots. Love Ham House too, must look out for that movie. It’s also worth a trip to Kew Gadens – another of my local favourites
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    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      Ha, did my research and wrote this especially for you of course! 😉 I loved walking to Kew Gardens at least once a month. It was a good 30 minutes walk from where I was living and it’s such a beautiful part of London. Probably in my top 10. I’m thinking of posting a photo essay of Kew since I have pictures from every season! Thanks again for reading and sharing 🙂

  3. Stefania says:

    I totally agree with leaving Central London once in a while. I remember vividly my visit to Hampton Court for example. I also planned weekends in other towns, like Cambridge of Stratford-upon-Avon, but I had friends who never left London.

    That house looks beautiful, I love old English aristocratic houses.
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  4. Katherina says:

    Hi Lauren, I’m new to your site, and I love it! I also have been living in London for about 2 years now and agree that, from time to time, it is almost a necessity to leave the City. I’m a big fan of Richmond myself (and I can’t believe I haven’t yet posted anything about it – I’ve really got some catching up to do!).
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    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      Your site is awesome as well and I’m now following you through Bloglovin 🙂 Thank you so much for reading. Very jealous to hear that you’ve been in London for two years now. I am already dying to go back. 🙂

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