Richmond is a culinary hotspot, where the options range from elegant restaurants to relaxed cafés. Some of the most highly regarded are Matsuba for contemporary Japanese cuisine; Petersham Nurseries Café, serving refined food in charming rustic surroundings; and The Bingham, a smart restaurant in a Thames side townhouse. At the Petersham Hotel Restaurant, award winning cuisine or traditional afternoon tea can be enjoyed overlooking the river.

When it’s time for a family treat, there are branches of Giraffe, Cote, Carluccio’s and Bill’s, and you could finish off with a visit to Gelateria Danieli for authentic Italian gelato in an amazing range of flavours.