Clarion Collection Hotel Richmond Gate
152-158 Richmond Hill
Richmond upon Thames, EN TW10 6RP
Phone: (44) 0844 855-9121
Fax: (44) 0208 332-0354
Arts & Museums
Located in the Richmond region of London, Museum of Richmond is a charitable institution. Inaugurated by the Queen herself in 1988, the museum is housed in the Old Town Hall near Richmond Bridge. This independent museum houses many exhibits dating back to the medieval times along with modern day artifacts. One of the key exhibits of the museum is a 16th-century glass sourced from the magnificent Richmond Palace along with a painting from that era. Check website for more information.
With a picturesque riverside setting and 18th century Baroque interiors, Orleans House Gallery is Richmond upon Thames' foremost art gallery. The historic estate houses the Stables gallery, Octagon room, Coach House Education Centre and North Stables Cafe. The art collection consists of photographs and paintings reflecting the development of art through the ages. The peaceful countryside location makes the Octagon Room an ideal venue for hosting wedding ceremonies, meetings, parties and wine tastings.
As any rugby player would testify, the stuff on display is a treat for rugby enthusiasts. Jerseys, caps, t-shirts, books, early match programs, photographs, videos, and other paraphernalia vie for attention at the place. Check the World Rugby Room, which contains a history of the sport in different countries and acquaint yourself with trivia. Twickenham Stadium tours and events attract big crowds. If you're crazy about rugby, get updated on their events.
Musical Museum, the delightful and unusual museum houses one of the world's foremost collections of automatic musical instruments. It's staffed by friendly, informative and enthusiastic volunteers, who hold regular tours introducing and demonstrating an impressive array of self-playing instruments, from the "Mighty Wurlitzer" that accompanied silent movies, down to the tiniest clockwork musical boxes. You'll be entertained by working gramophones, orchestrations, violin players, resident organs and sophisticated reproducing pianos, with detailed and often humorous explanations to accompany the various sounds. Upstairs in this brand-new building there's a fully-functioning concert hall, which recreates an Art Deco 1930s cinema auditorium; this is available for conferences and social events. Entirely self-funding, this quirky museum is a intriguing treat for music lovers of all ages.
One of London's quirkier museums, this 19th Century former pumping station today houses interactive exhibits and steam engines. Built in 1846 and installed here to pump water from the Thames into London's households, the Kew Bridge was a pioneer in its own right. It was shut down in 1944 and became a museum in 1975. The 90 inch Grand Junction actually pumps for half an hour each Saturday (3pm-3:30pm). Call ahead to know more.
The National Physical Laboratory is located in Bushy Park and is the national measurement standards laboratory for the whole United Kingdom.
William Hogarth (1697-1764) was a famous English engraver and painter. See over 200 of his works, including well-known engravings and other memorabilia, at his 18th century Chiswick home where he lived from 1749-1764. The house, now a gallery and museum, was restored in honor of the artist's tercentenary in 1997. He is buried in the graveyard at St Nicholas' Church, just 10 minutes away.
Thames Galleries stocks a variety of frames and a wide range of attractive, handmade cards for special occasions. It also provides a bespoke picture framing service. The upper floor displays the range of watercolors on offer, many of which are by local artists. The lower floor displays a range of attractive and thought-provoking posters and contemporary limited prints. A poster-ordering service is also available. Please note that they do not stock ready-made frames.
If you're ever at a loose end, head down to Gunnersbury Park. Besides the boating pond, the pitch and putt golf course, playground and cafe, there is a Victorian museum, which is well worth the trek. Once the home of the Rothschilds, the museum holds a wealth of Victorian material as well as various, changing exhibitions. Workshops ranging from the Romans and the Tudors are hosted and make an enjoyable hands-on history lesson. The museum also hosts monthly special activities like "Kitchen Capers", which invites children to dress up in Victorian costumes and play-act and take part in with good old-fashioned parlor games. Another fun event is the 'Too Many Cooks' day, which comprises cooking demonstrations in the large Victorian kitchen, followed by a cream tea. Check website for details.
The White Lodge is a historic building located in Bushy Park and houses the Bushy Park History Room, where visitors can learn about the history of Camp Griffiss, Upper Lodge, the Annular Tank, the Berlin Airlift and more.
The beautiful Kelmscott House near the River Thames in Hammersmith, London was the family house of celebrated textile designer, artist, writer and socialist William Morris. The awe-inspiring 16th-century brick building was constructed in Georgian style using local limestone and was designated as a Grade I listed by English Heritage. Today the basement of the private residence acts as the headquarters of the William Morris Society and is open to the public for visitation twice a week. Visitors can witness an extensive and evocative collection of the socialist’s and his associate’s works comprising furniture, original textiles, pictures, carpets, ceramics and metalwork. The site is also home to a quaint little gift shop and a charming café ideal for a spot of tea or light brunch. Parking facilities and Disabled access are both available.
The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum traces the origins of the modern tennis game over the last century or so. You can enjoy this museum even if you aren't a tennis lover, as it captures the spirit of tennis excellently. Exhibits include displays on the social history of tennis, how modern equipment has been developed, interactive quizzes, and a vast collection of tennis paraphernalia. Several tennis stars have donated clothing and equipment for display. The exhibit illustrating how fashions in tennis-wear have changed over the last century is particularly interesting. The gift shop sells souvenir gifts, books and, for the real enthusiast, Wimbledon leisure wear.