tonic travel / Sample London Itinerary
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Avenue and the friendly locals will all be able to direct you there (open on Saturday from 10am-5pm). George Street is the main chain-heavy shopping street, but divert down any atmospheric alley leading to The Green. You’ll pass small specialty shops and little cottages dating back to the 1700’s. Don’t miss the new master pâtissier, William Curley. His little shop sells delicious, award-winning pastries and chocolates. 10 Paved Court, 020 8332 3002.
Wander the small boutiques and artisan shops along Brewers Lane and Hill Rise, stroll along the riverbank or head up the hill to Richmond Park, a National Nature Reserve, where the resident red deer population wanders freely. We suggest taking in the view from Pembroke Lodge and continuing along Hornbeam Walk to take Tamsin Trail. A map of the park is enclosed.
A local art exhibit takes place today at the Vestry Hall and would be worth popping in to see paintings, drawings, prints and ceramics from members of the Richmond Art Society. We make a point of stopping in whenever this talented group exhibits their work. 21 Paradise Road, 020 8876 6026.
We love The Bingham for an early lunch. This is a beautiful, contemporary restaurant and bar in an old townhouse overlooking the river. It’s worth sitting on the heated terrace to enjoy your delicious meal with a wonderful view. We like their halibut and can’t resist finishing with their trio of chocolate! 61-63 Petersham Road, 020 8940 0902.
Walk past the White Cross Pub on the aptly named Water Lane and note the elevated entrance for the floods that can occur at high tide. A much quieter, local pub experience can be found at the White Swan on Old Palace Lane, 020 8940 0959.
Once you’ve explored the town and enjoyed a meal on the river, head back to the train station and hop on a SouthWest Train to Waterloo Station – your TravelCard will cover this trip so no need to make any additional ticket purchases. Trains run every few minutes on Saturday and the direct trip will only take around 25 minutes.
Once you arrive at Waterloo Station follow signs for the short walk to the London Eye. We recommend taking the 30 minute ‘flight’ for a spectacular view of the city. Looking down at London from one of the 32 glass capsules, you’ll quickly realize why this has become the most popular attraction in England. Discovery Flights are also offered and for a few extra pounds your trip will be enhanced by a guide. You can purchase tickets at the kiosks, but we suggest booking online in advance. A Standard Flight is £13 and a Discovery Flight is £17, londoneye.com, open 10am-9pm. A brochure is enclosed.
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