There is lots to see and do in Richmond, an area which used to be known as the 'Garden of London' and which has more green space than any other London Borough. Below are some of our favourite local places to visit.
It’s about a 15 minute walk from the school to Richmond Park’s Sheen Gate entrance, and well worth it. One of London’s eight Royal Parks, it is world famous for the 600 or so deer which have been there since 1637. If you visit, remember that deer are wild animals and should be given plenty of space. Never go closer than 50 metres, and remember that during rutting (breeding) season (Sep–Nov) the large males can be highly aggressive.
Mortlake and the Thames Path
Mortlake is (we think!) the prettiest part of Richmond. On the south bank of the river, it’s home to a beautiful, unspoilt stretch of the Thames, and the path which follows alongside the river is a lovely place to walk, jog or cycle along, especially during the summer months. Did you know that it’s in Mortlake that the world-famous Oxford Cambridge Boat Race finishes.
Richmond Town and Riverside
We are 4 minutes by train to the centre of Richmond, where there is a great choice of restaurants, shops, cinemas and even a couple of excellent theatres as well. For an unbeatable value summer supper ‘al fresco’ and overlooking the river, do try out Steins restaurant. Have a look at for more ideas.
Kew Botanical Gardens
There are over 50,000 living plants to be found across London’s finest botanical garden, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. And it’s just a 20 minute walk away from the school along the Thames Path.
The London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes
The London Wetland Centre is an oasis in the heart of London, and you can reach it in just 20 minutes or so walking from the school. Home to a huge range of rare swans, ducks, geese and even an otter
colony, the centre occupies more than 100 acres (40 hectares) of land in a loop in the Thames. Entry cost is £14.00.
The district of Barnes is about 10 minutes’ walk away from the school and has a traditional village feel, complete with ducks and geese on the pond at the centre of the common. Barnes is also home to the award-winning London Wetland Centre, which provides a home for London’s wetland flora and fauna, and is an absolute must see.