Taking a break from the bustle and buzz of central London, we headed to the leafy suburbs of Richmond, a short stop along the District line in South West London.
After a brief walk along the High Street we branched off onto Brewers Lane, a quaint cobbled street. Here we found The Britannia, a traditional English Gastro Pub serving real ale and fine wine. We managed to grab a cosy table nestled in the front bay window, which looks across into The Tea Cup. This is a charming little tea room oozing character – a definite for the ‘to do’ list. The Britannia stretches back into a paved garden, where even on this December evening a brave collection were found sipping their drinks under the night sky. Above the garden is a beautiful roof terrace attached to a function room which so happened to be occupied. Alight with the soft glow of candles and fairy lights, this looked like a magical setting. I would definitely be tempted to host an event here!
…which, much to our enjoyment, came served in an ice-filled, plastic handbag…
Across the Lane from The Britannia, we were lured into So Bar, a sophisticated cocktail bar with an over 21s policy. On entrance you are presented with the choice of being seated at a table or of standing at the bar. Being seated comes with a 10% service charge on drinks but means that you are constantly attended to. We began by ordering a bottle of wine which, much to our enjoyment, came served in an ice-filled, plastic handbag. However, this did not quite rival the bar’s signature fishbowls decadently passing by to other tables. The bar’s cool, sharp, chic interior, with white leather seating and candles scattered across the tables, seemed to attract a ‘young professional’ crowd who created a relaxed atmosphere. The prices do not perhaps fit into the student budget but on Monday evenings, happy hour runs all night so you can experience the elegance of So Bar without breaking the bank.
Richmond’s location on a meander of the River Thames provides a selection of bars with picturesque views of the water. The two main attractions are familiar chains; Revolution and The Slug and Lettuce. The Slug and Lettuce seemed to have a laid back atmosphere, with people milling around the bar and enjoying a quiet drink or two. However, we headed into Revolution due to its no entry after 23:00 policy.
…no shortage of space for enjoying the eclectic mix of music or relaxing on the booth shaped sofas…
Revolution, famous for vodka, has sticks of shots in every flavour imaginable, from ‘Fruit Salad’ to ‘Bakewell Tart’. There is also an extensive cocktail list, ‘Twinkle Berry’ and ‘Gold Spice’ being the festive favourites. These are all reasonably priced and it becomes a challenge amongst friends to sample the strangest concoctions! Stretching across two floors, with a Cuban themed bar upstairs, Revolution has no shortage of space for enjoying the eclectic mix of music or relaxing on the booth shaped sofas.
Having begun the night in fashionable surroundings, Revolution did not make a particularly impressive impact. However, Richmond has something to offer for all occasions. A casual drink can be found at The Britannia, a stylish cocktail at So Bar or a night of debauchery and dancing at Revolution! Personally, if I were to return to Richmond, I would undoubtedly dedicate the night to So Bar.
Images courtesy of The Britannia and Revolution