The Final Information To Richmond, London


Only a 30-minute prepare journey from central London, the city of Richmond wasn’t on most People’ radar till “Ted Lasso” ascended to popular culture prominence. The hit Apple TV+ sequence is ready and partly filmed there, offering viewers loads of photographs of cobblestone paths, cozy lanes crammed with colourful outlets and delightful inexperienced areas.

On a latest journey to London, I made a decision to discover the idyllic-looking vacation spot for myself. The journey was a straightforward Overground prepare journey from Camden City, the place I used to be staying at my good friend’s flat. Upon arriving at Richmond Station on a Tuesday morning, I noticed indicators promoting a “Ted Lasso” strolling tour however in any other case simply the unusual movement of commuters and locals going about their day.

I opted to indicate myself round city and shortly discovered it was much more charming than I’d imagined. To encourage extra vacationers so as to add Richmond to their U.Okay. itineraries, I’ve compiled my favourite bites, actions and extra under.

First Issues First, The ‘Ted Lasso’ Pub

Though I skipped the guided “Ted Lasso” tour choices, I nonetheless needed to see the most well-liked filming location ― the titular character’s native pub.

The stroll from Richmond station (which additionally companies the London Underground and Nationwide Rail programs for alternate entry) introduced me proper down the excessive road, so I took my time, popping into a number of cute outlets alongside the way in which.

The Prince's Head pub (left) and Paved Court — two familiar sights for

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The Prince’s Head pub (left) and Paved Court docket — two acquainted sights for “Ted Lasso” viewers.

The city additionally options a variety of little lanes and charming alleys, together with the one the place Jason Sudeikis’ Ted Lasso lives because the coach of the fictional English Premier League soccer staff, AFC Richmond. Paved Court docket, because the pedestrian road is named, is lined with small companies, together with a number of with images of the present’s solid within the window and at the very least one promoting AFC Richmond-branded souvenirs.

On the finish of Paved Court docket, you arrive at The Prince’s Head, the 300-year-old pub that serves as the outside for The Crown & Anchor on “Ted Lasso.” Though the inside will not be proven within the sequence, it’s clear the pub has embraced its TV fame, with AFC Richmond gear on show and by way more American vacationer patrons than I noticed anyplace else in Richmond.

The pub is true subsequent to Richmond Inexperienced, a beautiful park that viewers may even acknowledge from the present.

AFC Richmond merchandise and cast photos inside The Prince's Head (center and right) and in a nearby shop window.

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AFC Richmond merchandise and solid images inside The Prince’s Head (heart and proper) and in a close-by store window.

An Idyllic Stroll Alongside The Thames

Having gotten my “Ted Lasso” repair, I made a decision to stroll the riverside path alongside the Thames. First, I grabbed sizzling chocolate from Knoops, a U.Okay. chain I’d been which means to strive. Scrumptious drink in hand, I made my option to the river and took a leisurely stroll alongside the trail.

Plenty of individuals had been out and about going for walks, runs, bike rides and boat excursions, or simply sitting alongside the water taking within the sunshine. Though I wasn’t terribly removed from central London, it felt like spending a time out within the English countryside.

Scenic river views and a Knoops hot chocolate.

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Scenic river views and a Knoops sizzling chocolate.

The Thames Path stretches for about 185 miles from the Cotswolds into the center of London, and if I didn’t have a lunch reservation, I feel I might have walked a big chunk of it as I admired the vegetation and greenery, houseboats and historic estates.

Including to the picturesque British vibes, a few rowing groups handed by at numerous factors.

The Excellent Farm-Recent Lunch

About half an hour into my stroll, I turned off the riverside path and headed towards Petersham Nurseries. Half plant nursery, half dwelling items store, half café and tearoom, it was one of many loveliest locations I’ve ever been.

Once I arrived for my midday reservation, the café was largely empty, however given the standard of the meals and ambiance, I used to be not stunned to see the place rapidly refill over the course of my meal.

From left: The path to Petersham Nurseries, paccheri with seasonal ingredients, and dining room views.

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From left: The trail to Petersham Nurseries, paccheri with seasonal components, and eating room views.

Petersham Nurseries’ eatery is thought for its farm-fresh seasonal components and “gradual meals” ethos, which prioritizes sustainability and native agriculture. In 2017, the Richmond gem opened a second restaurant and store in London’s Covent Backyard neighborhood, however I nonetheless advocate making the journey to the unique location for the ambiance.

I started my two-course prix fixe meal with a blood orange bellini and a few completely scrumptious focaccia bread. Subsequent got here an ideal paccheri pasta with seasonal greens, and I completed with a contemporary fish and citrus salad dish.

For sure, I extremely advocate Petersham Nurseries for a tremendous meal in Richmond, however I’ve additionally heard nice issues about Scott’s, Chez Lindsay, The Ivy Cafe and Chango Empanadas. And should you’re trying to fill your day with “Ted Lasso”-related stops, the Argentinian steakhouse Gaucho makes an look within the second season.

From left: Petersham Nurseries' home goods shop, dining room and plants for sale.

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From left: Petersham Nurseries’ dwelling items store, eating room and vegetation on the market.

Royal Park Exploration

After my lunch, I used to be able to do some extra strolling, so I opted to go to Richmond Park. It’s one in every of London’s eight official Royal Parks (which suggests they’re technically owned by the Crown), and it’s totally large.

I entered on the west aspect of the park and climbed up the hill to King Henry’s Mound, a scenic lookout level relationship again centuries. The telescope on the prime offers an unobstructed view of the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral ― fairly spectacular contemplating the church is 10 miles away!

Views from King Henry's Mound at Richmond Park.

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Views from King Henry’s Mound at Richmond Park.

I continued up a bit farther to Pembroke Lodge, a Georgian mansion that has been was a tearoom and well-liked wedding ceremony venue. It’s simple to see why individuals wish to get married there. The panoramic views are much more spectacular.

Very like the Thames Path, I might have spent hours at Richmond Park, however I made do with the little style I bought. On a future go to, I’d like to stroll extra of the grounds and discover the attractive backyard areas. There’s even a public golf course.

Visiting Richmond additionally offers the chance to take a look at the close by Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew for extra out of doors exploration.

A Historic Mansion Tour

From Richmond Park, I headed again all the way down to the river and determined to proceed a bit farther alongside the trail to Ham Home. This historic mansion was inbuilt 1610 and nonetheless accommodates a lot of its authentic furnishings and different gadgets of curiosity.

In its prime, the home hosted royal guests and different noble visitors and was even expanded so as to add particular state rooms for these VIPs. By the Nineteen Forties, nonetheless, the property had fallen right into a state of neglect and was in the end donated to the Nationwide Belief.

From left: Ham House's exterior, an interior room, and the picturesque café.

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From left: Ham Home’s exterior, an inside room, and the picturesque café.

Different historic properties which can be open to guests within the space embody the neo-Palladian villa Marble Hill Home and the Palladian-villa-turned-public-art-gallery Orleans Home Gallery, that are each simply throughout the river from Ham Home. Farther down, you’ll additionally discover the Gothic Revival villa Strawberry Hill Home.

After my Ham Home go to, I popped into the beautiful café on the property and grabbed a espresso earlier than strolling again alongside the river to Richmond station. If you wish to prolong your day within the Richmond space, you might additionally take a automobile (or plan an hourlong hike) to the enduring Hampton Court docket Palace, which I’ve visited individually previously.

After experiencing the hustle and bustle of central London, a journey to the peaceable outer zones of town gives a welcome respite. I’m grateful to “Ted Lasso” for introducing me to the city of Richmond ― and I hope the locals don’t thoughts seeing extra People within the space!

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