Paddington Station: Probably the most recognisable feature of this historic station is its stunning domed roof that extends overhead. The main train shed at Paddington Station was built in 1854 and is built of cast and wrought iron arches and columns. It initially had three spans with a fourth one that was added at a later period of time. At the main concourse of the station you will come across a statue of its chief architect Isambard Brunel, who along with Matthew Wyatt drafted the blueprint of the place. One of the most striking aspects is the station’s magnificent arch and after the restoration work done some time ago it has enhanced the appearance of the station considerably. It is also known to be home to the fictional children’s book character Paddington Bear which further popularised the place. Paddington station is the rail other station besides Whitton railway station that serves the residents of the area.
St. Pancras International: Along with Paddington and Whitton railway station the third nearby rail station is St Pancras International, which is considered to be out of the most elegant stations in the country. In fact it is counted amongst the most attractive rail stations in the world. In fact its creator Sir George was of the opinion that it is “too good for its purpose”. In 2007 it was hooked up to the Eurostar network, which complements its gothic splendour. With several new additions like the massive and awe-inspiring sculpture of lovers situated beneath the clock that overlooks all visitors in the area, fine restaurants and a trendy bar it is a fabulous place to visit. There are a wide variety of upscale shops and even a Foyles bookshop, where shopping is far more economical than the high street chains found at most other rail stations in Britain. The Eurostar rail network offers services to Europe via the Channel Tunnel. With numerous daily services to Paris and Brussels and special seasonal during the summer and winter months you could travel to Continental Europe in comfort and style. A great place to travel from or to spend the day exploring! Check-in into some cheap Heathrow Hotels and avail the facilities nearby.
The Landmark Arts Centre: The majestic 19th century building in which the centre is located was formerly a church which hosts some really unique events. You can expect to see art related events and performances specially organised for the local community. Some of the events include educational events, art shows and musical concerts all through the year.
The Ham House: This stunning 17th-century mansion lies on the banks of The Thames with a magnificent interior and sprawling gardens. The mansion is of historical significance as in 1626 its owner William Murray was an ardent follower of Charles I, during whose times there were tumultuous political upheavals in that era. The place itself has an impressive display of painting, furniture and textiles besides a renowned Cherry Garden and other attractions. And to add to the mystique of the place the venue carries a reputation of being out of the most haunted places in Britain. Definitely not a place to visit for the faint of heart!
William Curleys place: For those who have a sweet tooth one of the best places to drop in is at William Curley’s, who has served as a chocolatier and pattisier, with some of the biggest names in the confectionary industry. Some of the stalwarts he has worked with include Anton Edelman, Pierre Koffman and Marco White to name just a few. He setup shop in partnership with his wife in Richmond in 2004 and it was the first time he ventured going solo. The chocolates available here are exceptional in quality and taste and quite unlike any you will find elsewhere in the country. They are of such an exceptionally high standard that in the very first year of their business they were chosen for a rare honour by the Chocolate Society. To William Curley’s credit the accolades keep piling up having been voted by the Academy of Chocolate as the Best British Chocolatier consecutively from 2007-2011. You will come across some really unusual combinations ranging from chocolate mixed with apricot to wasabi. His wife Suzue who has the experience of having worked at The Savoy and Claridges, brings a special touch to the business with a strongly Japanese influence, with treats like chocolates filled with Yuzu and walnut and Miso biscuits. It is definitely worth a trip to Richmond to sample the delights.
The Teabox: If you are looking for London’s traditional High Tea you can visit any of the city’s top boutique hotels. For a totally different experience you will need to visit the Tea Box located on Richmond’s Paradise Road. It has an artistically done antique themed interior that will transport you to an era when having tea was akin to a ritual its self. When it comes to varieties of Tea you are in for a treat as there are close to fifty types to select from. You can choose to take it away and brew a cup at home or have it infused at the shop itself. For those who are not tea lovers they can always opt for a great cup of steaming coffee with a scrumptious variety of edibles to peck on. The menu offers an eclectic variety of snacks and eatables, which perfectly complements the fantastic tea that is available here.