Richmond Park is one of my favourite parks in London. It’s wild, and sprawling and you can imagine you’re in the woods in the countryside – so long as you’re facing away from the distant view of the Shard. Only a quick train or bus ride from Fulham, it’s perfect for a Sunday weekend adventure.
Richmond Park was originally set up as a deer hunting park by King Charles I in the 17th century, and there are still large numbers of wild deer roaming around in the park. They are quite used to people, but do keep in mind they are still wild animals – with big antlers!
There are multiple entries into the park, my favourite is probably via the Richmond Gate. However, we have been via the Robin Hood gate before, which seems a more wild and meadowy section of the park. There is a horse riding stable near the Robin Hood gate, and I would just love to get on a horse and go thundering along in the park.
After our walk in the park, we stopped for Sunday lunch at the Roebuck pub, which is perched on the top of Richmond Hill, with the most captivating view across the valley and to the Thames.