Happiest London Borough

A River Runs Through It

Make the most of your visit to London’s leafiest suburb, Richmond upon Thames, recently voted as the happiest place to live in all of the London Boroughs.

With ten miles of the River Thames connecting Hampton Court Palace to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond is brimming with acres of Royal parkland, wildlife, historic houses, open spaces, theatres and abundant with open spaces for sporting adventures. It’s a great place to amble around or take one of the Bingham’s mini-fleet of Pashley bikes.

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Royal Parks

2500 acres of lush green woodland owned and controlled by Royal Parks.

Richmond Park Bushy Park

>> David Attenborough short film on Richmond Park Natural Nature Reserve 2017

Royal Botanical Gardens Kew

Kew is London's largest World Heritage site offering unique landscapes, vistas and iconic architecture from every stage of the Gardens' history

Historic Houses and Palaces

Richmond is surrounded by historic houses and royal palaces. Our top three are:

Hampton Court Palace
14th century palace complex remodelled by Henry VIII in 1528. He enlarged and rebuilt his apartments, kitchens, the Royal Chapel, most of the Great Hall and added tennis courts. Henry also laid out the overall plan for the gardens at Hampton Court.

Ham House
National Trust, 17th century house and gardens on the river in Richmond upon Thames.

Strawberry Hill House
18th century Gothic Revival villa that was built by Horace Walpole (1717–1797) 

Messing about on the river

Pleasure boats are available for hire along the riverside near to Richmond Bridge. Passenger boats go to Hampton Court, Kew Gardens and Central London from April-October. Moorings are available along the river at Richmond, and private boat charter is available from our partner Turks Launches, (we can arrange this for our in-house guests).


The Bingham is 4km miles away from RFU Twickenham Stadium, home of the England rugby team and so we're very popular for pre-match rugby lunches for the RBS 6 Nations and the Autumn Internationals. We also have comfy bedrooms for you to fall into, after a tough afternoon at the rugby.

Another 12km down the road will take you to LTA Wimbledon, home of the Championships, Wimbledon played out on their grass courts each year in July. Our regular tennis guests hop in a cab before the first rally and make it home for drinks and bar plates after the day's games.

Around the corner, we have Ham Polo Club, the only one of its kind in London. Their fixture runs from June to October, so if you fancy Pimm's, ponies and treading in the divots, its a lovely way to while away a Sunday afternoon.

We're also not to far away from the annual Oxford Cambridge boat race which starts in Fulham and ends in neighbouring Hammersmith in April each year. The towpath along Putney Embankment is a great viewing location because of its long, clear view of the race in both directions. For other rip-rowing views stake out a coveted spot at Hammersmith Bridge, Chiswick Pier and Dukes Meadow.

Theatre & Cinema

The Orange Tree is a contemporary theatre, London’s only permanent theatre in the round, staging its own productions, and featuring new playwrights.  

Richmond Theatre a classic Victorian Theatre on Richmond Green, stages pre and post West End productions.

The Curzon Richmond Cinema shows the best in world and independent cinema. The Odeon has all the latest blockbusters. The Olympic Studios in neighbouring Barnes, screens the latest releases along with classic cinema with comfy, reclining seats

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