AREA GUIDE: Richmond upon Thames
Whether to visit the deer in beautiful Richmond Park, take a stroll along the River Thames or wander the cobbled streets of the town centre, Richmond upon Thames in London's South West is a popular spot for a day out or as a local and offers a great place to be with a tiny human in tow. Below is our pick of things to do, Barbour jacket and Hunters at the ready!
1. Richmond Park
One of London's Royal Parks and spanning 8 miles, this is a great spot for walks with a new baby, deer spotting with a toddler or even trying out one of the many outdoor fitness classes held there, including buggy fit class Mumsinshape. Pembroke Lodge is also worth a tea and scone pit-stop and offers stunning views across the Thames Valley to Surrey and Windsor.
2. Ole and Steen
Perfect for large groups, Ole and Steen offers a great space for NCT meet ups with yummy pastries, cakes and coffee. The baby changing facilities are super convenient and they even throw in a free raisin bun for any children that are with you. Only downside being, the choice of which cake to actually have - there are so many to choose from!
Yoga, pilates, spa treatments and a vegan cafe are all contained within this wellbeing centre, which can be found in the heart of Richmond. The perfect place for some 'Mama Time' we would happily go here any day of the week for some peace, quiet and 'zen' time. Classes can be booked in advance on a subscription basis or by drop in so Bhuti will work around your busy schedule. Book us in again now!
4. Hollyhock Cafe
A little hidden gem on the outskirts of the town, Hollyhock Cafe has wonderful views of the river with a real local feel. Home-cooked food, delicious cakes and beverages can be bought here. On a beautiful Summer's day, there are tables and chairs on the terrace, with a large expanse of greenery right outside so children can run free, whilst you enjoy a little peace and quiet. Perfect.
Located in the heart of the town, Coffeeology offers arguably the best coffee in Richmond. Although only a small space, so not ideal for buggies, we would recommend a takeaway followed by a wander along the river.
6. The Marlborough
Situated on Richmond Hill, The Marlborough offers a spacious and friendly atmosphere which welcomes babies, children and dogs! Serving hearty, good old English food, you can laze away plenty of weekend afternoons here. From alfresco dining in the garden area to a cosy meal in the expansive dining room, The Marlborough is a great venue all year round.
7. Petersham Nurseries
This has to be on your list of places to visit when heading to Richmond. Magical and dreamy are two words that spring to mind when describing this chic garden centre. Nearly everything you come across is lustworthy, with Petersham Nurseries full of beautiful interiors and vintage chandeliers hanging down from the ceiling - imagine every corner basically looking like it had been styled for an interiors magazine shoot. Great place to while away the hours, while the cafe (rather than the upmarket cafe/restaurant) is perfectly baby-friendly and yummy.