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Last updated: 28 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Sarah Barrell

This bright, breezy boutique retreat sits pretty at the top of Richmond Hill. It feels like a real village retreat, with summery décor and plants at every turn. The exceptional spa comes with indoor pool, a zen garden, a hydrotherapy pool, plunge pool, hot tubs and sun loungers – perfect for post sightseeing recovery.

The Gate, the hotel’s all-day brasserie opens out into a courtyard garden, which doubles as a bar with live music and DJs at weekends. It’s a popular spot with locals.

Swanky, leafy Richmond is only 20-minutes by (regular) trains to the West End, so a great base for those don’t want to be in the crowded centre. World-famous Kew Gardens and Hampton Court are just minutes away. Richmond Park is next door.

Surrounding area

If there is a more leafy, civilised corner of London, we’ve yet to find it. Richmond has a village-like feel, with upmarket shops and restaurants on its own high street (about 5 minutes by taxi away).

The hotel is on a quiet residential street surrounded by upscale housing, a few minutes’ drive away from the high street. Step out the front door and see rolling fields down to the Thames in front of you, where there are lovely riverside walks and pubs. The gate to Richmond Park is next door, with walks and cycle rides.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Natural History Museum, London

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Best for ages: 4+ | Free

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Richmond Park

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.9 miles]

Charles I’s deer-roamed royal park that remains little changed since the Middle Ages. Woodland, grassland, and cycleways make for a rural treat of a city retreat.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free

Design Museum London interior

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Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Exterior view of the entrance to the museum on a rainy day

Museum of Brands

London, United Kingdom (UK)[9.4 miles]

Collector Robert Opie’ vast and fascinating collection of everyday objects representing iconic British brands from the last two centuries, including Victorian ‘wind pills’ for seasickness to World War II ration books. Buy a ticket online here.

Best for ages: 18+ | £9

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Army helicopter suspended in a museum exhibition hall

National Army Museum

London, United Kingdom (UK)[10.2 miles]

This interesting museum delves into the history, heritage, and impact of the British Army. With a vast collection of artefacts, artworks, and interactive exhibits, the museum offers sometimes sobering insights into the soldiers’ lives, battles, and innovations that shaped the army’s evolution over the centuries.

Best for ages: 8+ | Free

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