Day 3. A walk along the Thames

We decided to try breakfast in the hotel this morning and were pleasantly surprised to find the Travelodge offerings to be much better than we were expecting.  So, feeling nourished, we boarded a main line train from Vauxhall to Richmond, approximately 20 minutes away.  As mentioned previously,  it’s possible to use Oyster cards on shorter main line train routes and this is more economical than purchasing individual tickets.  Richmond can also be reached via the District Line and is the final stop on this route.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
Riverside buildings in Richmond
Richmond is an elegant town in south west London bordering the river Thames.  The town centre is very pleasant and along the riverside you will find fine examples of large Georgian style architecture as well as some attractive bars and restaurants.  Taking the Thames Path in either direction is very scenic and this morning we decided to walk towards Richmond Bridge passing more cafes and boat stations along the way.  If you have the time to spare and the weather is good,  a river cruise can be taken during the summer months, the service runs between Westminster Pier,  Kew,  Richmond and Hampton Court.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
Richmond Bridge
After a short distance the path becomes more rural and approaching Petersham Meadows you will notice steps up to the main road.  Opposite here are the Terrace Gardens and climbing up the path leads to the top of Richmond Hill.  Looking back, there are spectacular views of the Thames, Twickenham Rugby Stadium and Windsor to the far west (it was a gloomy, February morning so my photo doesn’t show it at its best).   Nearby are the entrance gates to Richmond Park, the largest of the Royal Parks and a national nature reserve.  Deer roam freely in the park but sadly this morning we didn’t come across any as we took a loop walk to the lake.  It was bitterly cold and although we enjoyed our morning stroll , we looked forward to warming mugs of hot chocolate back in the town centre.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
View from the top of Richmond Hill
Next, it was time for a little retail therapy at one of our favourite London shopping destinations, Sloane Square, Chelsea.  Most first time visitors head for Oxford Street but it’s always crowded and apart from Selfridges, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer many of the other smaller stores are very touristy.

image
Saatchi Gallery, Sloane Square
Sloane Square is the home of the John Lewis Partnership flagship store Peter Jones and walking along the Kings Road you will find a good mix of designer chic and high street favourites.  Tucked behind the Kings Road lies Duke of York Square where every Saturday Partridge’s Food Market takes place.  It’s a foodies heaven with a mix of local and international food stalls overlooking Partridges food store, one of the only remaining independent grocers still trading in London.  Do take a look inside as its an epicurean delight with a wine bar and cafe.  Across the square lies the Saatchi Gallery where admission to all exhibitions is free of charge.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
Trafalgar  Square
After enjoying afternoon tea in Chelsea, we headed back to Piccadilly Circus where we walked along to Trafalgar Square for a look in the National Gallery.  We dined this evening near Tower Bridge and after a late evening stroll along the river to London Bridge station we returned to our hotel feeling tired as we had walked almost 13 miles today!

 

 

 

Advertisements

34 thoughts on “Day 3. A walk along the Thames

  1. Thirteen miles is a very good effort in a day. London is so big and so interesting, I’m sure you could walk for weeks and not see it all. I’m hoping to get back there soon for another go. Thanks for the info on places I didn’t know about.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I just LOVE Richmond- my university had Richmond park at the end of the road! However I’ve never been to the top of the hill like in your picture, I’ll have to explore that next time!

    Like

    1. It’s really quick and easy to get to Suvi, for example 12 minutes by tube from Piccadilly Circus, it’s on the Circle and District Lines and I think you’ll find it to be much nicer than Oxford Street. Peter Jones is a lovely store (similar to Stockmann) and Kate (Prince William’s wife) is often seen buying things there! My mum used to take me for afternoon tea to its top floor restaurant and now I take my family, too! xx

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Love Richmond – we stayed there in summer for a couple of nights and did the river trip to Hampton Court – highly recommended! Never heard of Partridges but sounds like my kind of place, definitely fancy a look in there next time.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s