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Richmond Bridge

Enjoy a few drinks on a pub terrace overlooking the river next to one of London’s oldest working river crossings.

Reaching across a wide section of the River Thames are the majestic arches of Richmond Bridge. This stone structure spans 300 feet (91 meters) and is surrounded by a gentle grassy slope and scenic woodland. Capture photos of this fine example of 18th-century architecture, with the bridge’s two sides rising slightly to meet in the middle. 

Walk to the structure’s elevated center and admire the views of Richmond’s peaceful surroundings. Spot the tree-covered terrain of Corporation Island, the riverside buildings of Richmond and a flurry of boats on the water. An elegant balustrade flanks the two sidewalks next to vehicular lanes running along the bridge. See the crossing at night, when its classic lanterns illuminate it. 

On the Richmond side are restaurants and traditional pubs with sloping terraces overlooking the water. Inspect the bust of the first head of state of Chile, Bernardo O’Higgins, who studied in Richmond in the late 18th century. Enclosing the sculpture is grassy O’Higgins Square. 

Cambridge Gardens borders the southwestern end of the bridge. Join sunbathers and picnickers on these serene grounds. Rent a vessel from the Richmond Bridge Boathouses on the north side of the bridge to take out on the river. 

Learn how the bridge was designed by architect James Paine in the late 1700s as a replacement for a ferry crossing. This service included a smaller vessel for passengers and a so-called horse boat that transported goods, light carts and horses. Note that the bridge was initially steeper and narrower, before renovations made it suitable for modern transportation in the early 1900s. 

Vandalism on the bridge in the early days was planned to be punishable by a seven-year exile to the U.S. colonies, but American independence before the bridge was completed meant this punishment never occurred.

Richmond Bridge crosses the River Thames at the southern end of Richmond in the southwestern suburbs of London. Ride the Tube to Richmond Station and walk southwest for 10 minutes to get here. Explore the area for other sights such as Richmond Green, Richmond Theatre and the Museum of Richmond.


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Richmond Park

3 Petersham Road, Richmond, England
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Richmond Park and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Twickenham Stadium. Hampton Court Palace and Westfield London Shopping Centre are also within 6 miles (10 km). Richmond Underground Station is 10 minutes by foot and Richmond Station is 10 minutes.

    Large Luxury Studio in Heart of Richmond
    Large Luxury Studio in Heart of Richmond

    Large Luxury Studio in Heart of Richmond

    2 18a Hill Street, Richmond, Richmond, ENG
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Richmond Park and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Twickenham Stadium. Westfield London Shopping Centre and Kensington High Street are also within 6 miles (10 km). Richmond Underground Station is 7 minutes by foot and Richmond Station is 7 minutes.

      Richmond Riverside Villa
      Richmond Riverside Villa

      Richmond Riverside Villa

      27 Cambridge Rd, Twickenham, ENG
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this holiday home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Richmond Park and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Twickenham Stadium. Hampton Court Palace and Kensington High Street are also within 6 miles (10 km). Richmond Underground Station is 15 minutes by foot and Twickenham St Margarets Station is 13 minutes.

        Richmond Hill Hotel
        Richmond Hill Hotel

        Richmond Hill Hotel

        144-150 Richmond Hill, Richmond, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Richmond Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Twickenham Stadium. Hampton Court Palace and Westfield London Shopping Centre are also within 6 miles (10 km). Richmond Underground Station is 19 minutes by foot and Richmond Station is 19 minutes.

          Main Street Corner Great 1bedroom Flat - Richmond
          Main Street Corner Great 1bedroom Flat - Richmond

          Main Street Corner Great 1bedroom Flat - Richmond

          3 George St, Richmond, ENG
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Richmond Park and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Twickenham Stadium. Kensington High Street and Westfield London Shopping Centre are also within 6 miles (10 km). Richmond Underground Station is 6 minutes by foot and Richmond Station is 6 minutes.

            1BR Detached House With Stunning View In Richmond
            1BR Detached House With Stunning View In Richmond

            1BR Detached House With Stunning View In Richmond

            The Gazebo, Queensberry House, Friars, Lane, Richmond, England
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this historic holiday home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Richmond Park and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Twickenham Stadium. Westfield London Shopping Centre and Kensington High Street are also within 6 miles (10 km). Richmond Underground Station is 8 minutes by foot and Richmond Station is 8 minutes.

              Bingham Riverhouse
              Bingham Riverhouse

              Bingham Riverhouse

              61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this romantic hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Richmond Park and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Twickenham Stadium. Hampton Court Palace and Kensington High Street are also within 6 miles (10 km). Richmond Underground Station is 13 minutes by foot and Richmond Station is 13 minutes.

                Alexandra House, a Typical Victorian Cottage in London
                Alexandra House, a Typical Victorian Cottage in London

                Alexandra House, a Typical Victorian Cottage in London

                27 Alexandra Rd, Twickenham, ENG
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this historic holiday home is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Richmond Park and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Twickenham Stadium. Hampton Court Palace and Westfield London Shopping Centre are also within 9 miles (15 km). Twickenham St Margarets Station is 10 minutes by foot and Richmond Underground Station is 16 minutes.