The New York Times Explores Richmond

The New York Times has a great article on one of London’s suburbs – Richmond.

Here’s an excerpt:

A scheduling quirk had handed me 36 hours to kill in London while en route from Oxford, England, to Portugal — a happy proposition for anyone with deep pockets. Perhaps the braised rabbit at Michelin-starred St. John and an orchestra stall seat at the Royal Opera House before retiring to a suite at the Covent Garden?

For me, alas, such luxuries are well out of reach. I also had little time to waste on leisure, with several deadlines to meet before catching my flight.

The path of least resistance would be to one of the lower-end hotels near Paddington Station, and a day of nursing a pricey latte while defending a table in a crowded cafe. Instead, I set out to find a nearby spot that might have a sight or two to see, a cheapish place to stay and a calm spot to work in.

Richmond, a town about 30 minutes from downtown London (though still officially within the city limits) – a £4 (about $6) train ride — with a reputation for being quiet and lovely seemed to fit the bill. It also had two nearby attractions that appealed to me: the deer-filled 2,360-acre Richmond Park, and Henry VIII’s former home, the Hampton Court Palace. (The palace is in the borough of Richmond, a bit outside town.)

Read the rest here.

Comments

  1. avatarmary brook says

    Dear Jonathan, Good morning from sunny Hampton Court, England.
    You might like to look at http://www.hamptoncourtrescuecampaign.com for our recent film clip. As a pressure group ,we need as many international sign ups as we can get, before more of our American cousins are subjected to what awaits them at the Palace.
    Kindest regards, Mary@HCRC