Monday, 20 July 2015

Summer Picnic in Richmond Park | The Small Desk

Richmond Park is one of my favourite places in the world. I know, big statement, right?! But seriously, it is three times bigger than Central Park in New York and by the River Thames! It is one of the few places in London where you can go and feel like you can breathe. There are cycle tracks, footpaths and horse paths (is that a thing?!), all alongside the deer. There is Pembroke Lodge, which has a cafe and toilets. There is Isabella Plantation, which is a carefully and beautifully curated garden, and there are the pen ponds, two massive ponds in the centre of the park that reflect the most spectacular sunsets in the late summer evenings. There is so much to do and see in this glorious park, but the best thing of all is to simply sit and enjoy it. This is what I did last Sunday afternoon. 

Me and the boyf went to M&S and stocked up on some picnic treats and headed off on public transport to Richmond Park. We walked for about half an hour before we found a nice quiet patch behind Pembroke Lodge, on a hill looking out over the rest of the park, and toward Petersham. We laid out our picnic blanket, chatted and ate our lunch, and then lay in the sun reading our books. I could have stayed there for hours, but the boyf was eager for a walk along the river towards Richmond town centre. If you are in London there is no excuse not to visit Richmond Park. You can go for a walk, hire a bike, take a picnic or even book in a horse ride. Let me know if you've already been or want to go!


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