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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Richmond Park

As well as being a London's second largest open space, after Lee Valley Park, and being a national nature reserve, Richmond Park is also the home to many historic buildings, including The White Lodge and Pembroke Lodge.

The White Lodge is a Grade I listed building, originally built as a hunting lodge for George II, which has been home to the Royal Ballet School since 1955. Pembroke Lodge is a Grade II listed Georgian mansion, which in 1847 became home to then British Prime Minister, Lord John Russell. It is now a very popular restaurant with amazing views of the Thames Valley.

The Ponds in Winter 
A Winter walk in Richmond Park
As well as being a London's second largest open space, after Lee Valley Park, and being a national nature reserve, Richmond Park is also the home to many historic buildings, including The White Lodge and Pembroke Lodge.

The White Lodge is a Grade I listed building, originally built as a hunting lodge for George II, which has been home to the Royal Ballet School since 1955. Pembroke Lodge is a Grade II listed Georgian mansion, which in 1847 became home to then British Prime Minister, Lord John Russell. It is now a very popular restaurant with amazing views of the Thames Valley. 


Pembroke Lodge - https://www.royalparks.org.uk
Richmond Park continues to be a successful nature reserve, as the home to around 650 red and fallow deer, many birds, rabbits, snakes and rare beetles. There are also roughly 30 ponds throughout the park, the newest of which was opened by, and named after, Sir David Attenborough in July 2014. 

Deer in Richmond Park

The Ponds 

The Park has played an important part in many historic events.

For example, in World War I, it was used for cavalry training. In preparation for the 1948 London Summer Olympics an Olympic village was built in the park, and most recently, during the 2012 London Summer Olympics both the men's and women's cycling road races took a route through Richmond Park. 

Richmond Park is not only an important piece of London's history, but also, with it's 2,360 acres of land, a beautiful place for a walk all year round.
Richmond Park is open from 7am in the Summer and 7:30am in the Winter, and it closes at Dusk. 



The Ponds In Winter
Richmond Park
Richmond
TW10 5HZ

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