On a flight to Barbados recently, I met Jade Jagger, the daughter of Mick and Bianca. Whilst being blinded by her beautiful jewellery, I remembered that her rock star dad lived next door to his ex wife, Jerry Hall, for years in the stereotypical leafy London suburb of Richmond. I grew up on the other side of the park (another leafy London suburb) and also shared a flat with Miss H of St Girons just down the road in the even leafier Kew. On a recent return to the homeland for various weddings, I took some time out with the dog and the mothership to meander down memory lane by strolling the tow path that runs from Petersham and Ham towards Richmond itself.
It's a stunner of a walk, and last year was part of the route of the Richmond Half Marathon, (on which I beat the husband by two and a half minutes. This is beside the point, but always worth putting in writing either way.) It is all but flat and takes in some fabulous views, which I hope that my below photographs do justice to. Revisiting the area made me remember what an incredible place to live Richmond can be. It is but a 20 to 25 minute train ride into Waterloo, on the air conditioned District line, but yet has all the charm of a provincial market town still. All this charm comes with quite the price tag, but that didn't stop me from dreaming about returning to this area as a homeowning resident. The place's extra curricular benefits are abundant, but importantly it has everything that this blogger needs to be happy: a huge park for the dog, a Marks and Spencers that sells food, and a Whistles
It also has some great eateries that could easily dispell any need for any home cooking. A couple of my favourites, in fact in the whole of London, are about 50 meters apart from each other in the quaint 'village' of Kew and miles apart in terms of food. The Kew Gardens Hotel has a large ground floor restaurant bar that hits the right note between relaxed London boozer and gastropub. Importantly, it is my go to London spot for the perfect burger. An accolade that I would never, ever, bestow lightly. Just over the road, is the fine dining destination: The Glasshouse. This Michelin starred restaurant is truly exceptional and is the owner of another difficult to gain accolade - it's the place that my beautiful sister in law longingly calls 'the cheese place'. Whilst its cheese board/altar is, indeed, out of this world, the other food it serves is elegant, delicious and all served by knowledgeable and accommodating staff.
Back on the mile and a half walk that the mothership and I took, we passed Gaucho, which I find hard not to enjoy even in spite of its over priced Malbec. However, given that it was mid afternoon we were not in the mood for a hunk of steak and ended up in the Pitcher and Piano on Richmond Bridge. I am usually a bit of a snob when it comes to chain bars (which I admit is often grossly unfair, a lot of the time they serve their purpose incredibly well), but this Pitcher and Piano has been frequented by yours truly more times than I can remember. It has a location that is pretty hard to beat, and if it is sunny and you are lucky enough to bag a table outside, you are well set.
It is Richmond Bridge that has made it into my shots this week several times. I have also included the picturesque Marble Hill House as well as Ham House, which is stunning though not quite in the way that this Jamon lover would like. I also thought that the Star and Garter building managed to look regal at the top of Richmond hill, despite the huge orange crane in front of it. All these shots are available in these sizes and prices - let me know of any other requests.