A few weeks ago we decided to visit one of the biggest and wildest park in London - the Richmond Park. 2,500 acres of parkland, localized away from build environment, with a wild life, wide open spaces and a pond somewhere in the middle - sound like a perfect place to breathe and relax - and so it is.
The easiest way to get to Richmond Park is by tube - District Line and then catch the 371 or 65 buses to the pedestrian gate at Petersham. You can also get there with National Rail and also bus 371 or 65, like we did.
Upon arrival we headed towards Isabella Plantantation which is famous for it's beautiful, pink blooming rhododendrons and azaleas! Unfortunatelly we have arrived late in the spring to see them so the park was pretty much green all around. Anyway, We stopped for a few photos.
Tired after few hours of walking we headed straight to Petersham Nurseries for a quick lunch. Petersham Nurseries is a garden shop with a restaurant, Cafe and a Teahouse. It is definitely a very interesting place especially for those who love flowers, plants and antiques. There is plenty of sitting spaces outdoors as well as inside the glasshouse so you can definitely visit in any weather!
Their Teahouse offers wholesome seasonal food, complimented with fresh salad, cakes and fresh juices and that's where we stopped for a meal.
At the end we took a tour around their shop filled with vintage items like mirrors, tables, vases, glassware and many more. I felt like you can find there absolutely anything you might need to arrange your terrace or patio with that old, vintage vibe. Keep in mind those items can be pretty pricey and I'd say you could find similar ones online for free or for significantly less money.
And a quick look at their beautiful restaurant:
Dress - SheIn
Bag - SheIn - Sold out
Slides - Primark