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Richmond Harbour Hotel
London, United Kingdom (UK)|www.harbourhotels.co.uk|
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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.
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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