The view from Richmond Hill has been written about by Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott, painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds and J.M.W. Turner and protected by local authorities for more than 200 years. Widely considered the best view in London, the first landscape ever to be protected by an act of Parliament is popular as a setting for weddings and wedding pictures. So it's not surprising that several of the more charming hotels in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames are positioned to take advantage of the view from Richmond Hill.
Richmond Gate Hotel
The Richmond Gate Hotel, just outside the gates of Richmond Park and about a quarter of a mile uphill from Richmond town center, shares with one neighboring hotel the best position to enjoy the view from Richmond Hill. It stands at the top of the hill, facing Richmond Terrace and the steep, grassy slope that sweeps down to the famous bend in the Thames. The hotel, a gleaming, white 18th-century building, has 68 rooms decorated in a contemporary boutique style that blends with their period proportions and features. Some rooms have fireplaces. The hotel has a restaurant and is licensed for civil weddings. Guests can use the adjoining health club and indoor pool.
Richmond Hill Hotel
The Richmond Hill Hotel shares the iconic view as well as access to the Cedars Health & Leisure Club with its next door neighbor, the Richmond Gate. The hotel is something of a secret, even to many local visitors, because the exterior looks like a terrace of brick Georgian houses. Inside, the Grade II-listed building dating from 1726 is a traditionally furnished, four-star hotel with 149 rooms and five luxury suites. Rooms vary in size and quality, with some standard rooms in need of refreshing. Depending upon the season, upgrades to the more luxurious suites can sometimes be arranged for a surprisingly small fee.
The Petersham is a yellow-and-red brick fantasy of Victorian architecture and decoration. With its tower, turrets and high-pitched, red-striped roof, this privately owned hotel stands out on the south side of Richmond Hill with views across the slopes and down river. Built in 1865, it was designed by the same architect as the Langham, London's first grand hotel. Rooms at the Petersham are well-kept and traditionally furnished. Some have marble bathrooms. River-view rooms have private balconies and bay windows. The hotel has a wheelchair-accessible entrance and interconnecting family rooms.
The Bingham is a riverside boutique hotel, restaurant and wedding venue on the northern end of Richmond Hill. Created from a former bed-and-breakfast, this townhouse hotel has 15 rooms that were refurbished with custom-made, Art Deco-influenced furniture in 2008. Condé Nast Brides deemed the Bingham, " ... perfect for a London wedding," after it was voted the best wedding venue in an industry awards program. And GS Magazine described the decor as "evoking an era of refined decadence ... " The riverside terrace, with Phillipe Starck chairs, canopy heaters and canvas parasols, is one of the hotel's most attractive features.
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