Wednesday, 24 December 2014


Petersham Nurseries Tearoom
"Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London.
No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life;
for there is in London all that life can afford."
Samuel Johnson
Richmond's may be a long way out west, but it's only 50 minutes from East London by the old North London Line, now part of the London Overground network. It's an easy day out with shops and walks and any amount of messing about on the river.
Richmond Bridge - messing about on the river
When you are tired of Richmond, follow the river back towards the east, across the water meadow and you will stumble across the Petersham Nurseries, and a happy few hours browsing the plants and bric a brac, and then lunch or tea.
Inside the glasshouses
Rather than the promised "tranquil oasis and seedbed of inspiration" it's in full on seasonal celebration mode at this time of year. Both the Restaurant and the Tearoom are full of happy Christmas parties.

Christmas party time

Menu ... the Petersham Restaurant awaits

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