And So To Bed has opened a showroom in the lovely, leafy ancient London borough of Richmond upon Thames. We throw the spotlight on this restorative Thames riverside town with its relaxed village vibe and fine heritage properties, taking a tour of inspirational sights and highlights, places to see and be seen.
By the river
Richmond’s pretty riverside is lined with a panoply of airy places to eat, drink and watch the water go by. Hire rowing skiffs from Richmond Bridge Boathouses or wander along the Thames Path to take in the comings and goings of gentle river life from Stein’s Bavarian Beer Garden with bratwurst and beer. Fancy waking up to a river view too? On the same stretch is bank-side boutique hotel, The Bingham.
Walking back to Richmond’s shopping streets from Richmond Bridge, you’ll come first to a stretch of shop fronts that includes And So To Bed, Richmond. Do pop in to say hello to the team – Manager Alex, Neillan and Vanessa.
The town brims with inspiring independent retailers, eateries, cafés and foodie haunts. Just opposite And So To Bed is a glamorous recent arrival on the Richmond restaurant scene – The Ivy.
The showroom is also directly opposite Heron Square, where at weekends the Duck Pond Market pops up, a vibrant marketplace for independent crafters, food producers and small business to see in the local community.
Ancient alleyways lead from the main shopping streets to possibly one of the most beautiful urban greens in England. Richmond Green captures the very essence of traditional English village life. Cricket has been played on the green since the mid 18th century, watched by pub goers from one of the oldest hostelries in town, The Cricketers. Also on the Green is architect Frank Matcham’s Richmond Theatre, built in 1899.
Photo: The Cricketers
Photo: Richmond Cricket Ground
On Richmond Hill and beyond
Climbing Hill Rise from Richmond Bridge lifts explorers high up above the river. The climber’s reward is the view across Petersham meadows with the meandering Thames flowing through the lovely scene, well loved by the once-local painter J.M.W. Turner and the only view in England to be protected by an Act of Parliament. This is also the perfect point for a pint at The Roebuck where frequenters spill across the road on to the hoggined promenade for a better view.
Continue on up to Richmond Gate which leads to the scenic, deer-scattered sprawl of beautiful Richmond Park, the largest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London, such an uplifting antidote to the hustle and bustle of daily life in London.
Talking of the social ‘word on the block’, do consider connecting with these Richmond pivots of local life and events…
Our Richmond tour’s coming to a close. If readers are ever at a loose end in London, we wholeheartedly recommend a jaunt out to Richmond. While you’re there, do drop in to see Alex & team, And So To Bed’s local experts in the art of sleeping soundly.