Last Saturday and before I headed down to the 4th of July celebration, I joined a few friends and we went down to Richmond Park, to have a picnic, hangout and see that part of London. I have blogged a little bit about Richmond before, when I visited the Petersham Cellars and Nurseries. I still have the same impression – it doesn’t feel like London anymore! It’s like being back in the countryside for me.
It took us a while to get to Richmond – all of us live either in East or West London, but it was well worth the trek. the easiest way to get there is by taking the train or the Overground and then a bus, either the 271 or 64.
It was a very bright day and it was scorching but it was tolerable enough for us to walk around and finally sit down and eat our food under one of the large trees we found after we climbed up the hill. Photography-wise, I found it difficult because of all the glare. It’s a work in progress, this photography thing.
On the way up we saw a few deer – the park is home to hundreds of them, one day I’d love to be lucky enough to spot a whole herd of them. The park was originally hunting grounds and this is unsurprising, as the way the space is organised is different from all the others I’ve visited so far in London. It is also the largest park in London, so if you go there, be prepared for walking for a while.
As I had to leave to go back to East London for the 4th of July party (hence the headscarf), I missed the Isabella Plantation but it’s just another excuse to go back at some point.
Since we were there, I thought I’d do a few outfit photos – after all, it’s been awhile, non? Here are all the details: Headscarf: Thrifted in Florida (I think, can’t remember anymore); Sunglasses – Gift from my friend Patricia; Jumpsuit – Marc by Marc Jacobs (a recent TK Maxx find); Cardigan – H&M (I’ve had it for years); Sandals – Swedish Hasbeens for H&M.
You can go there with your dogs, bicycles, families and even rollerblades – there is plenty of room for everyone!
If you plan on visiting the park, it is worth checking out the website as it is frequently updated with advice – as the park is shared with the deer, there are a few things to take into consideration.
Have you been to Richmond Park yet? What other London parks would you recommend?
Holly Lodge, TW10 5HS
07:30 – 21:00
How to get there: get the train or the Overground to Richmond, followed by the 271 or 64 bus.