25 minutes heading west from South Kensington, Richmond is a wealthy district bordering the Thames River. Very famous for its outstanding Kew Gardens; Richmond has a lot to offer, but you need to go back several times as the distances from a borough to another are quite important. It was a happy day as Charlotte was back in London for the week-end. So, we organized again one of our famous ‘discovery day’ by a windy Friday. What better choice than Richmond when you crave for an immersion in a ‘back in times’ district?
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In the South part of London, Dulwich village is a green and protected area far from the hustle and bustle of the Center of London. Easily reachable by train from London Bridge or Victoria, you will discover this “chic village” spirit specific to the English countryside. Get off at the stop “West Dulwich“. 3 minute walking, you will find the Dulwich college, a boy boarding school created in 1619 by Edward Alleyn. More than 1.500 students today, the college welcomed before some famous characters such as Raymond Chandler. Walk through the Dulwich park then and grab a tea to the tiny and charming pavillon located in the middle. After that, you can head off to the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Founded in 1811, but the building dated of 1817, by Sir Francois Bourgeois it’s the first gallery, the purpose of which is to open art to public (usually a museum’s mission). To celebrate its 200 anniversary this summer, a temporary outside pavillon will open its doors on June 2nd. Discover the creation by IF-DO, the architect who won the competition organized by the gallery. The exhibition I don’t want miss? Sergent, watercolors. Easy peasy, it will be at the same dates, at the same place…It’s time to hit the road again, ok time to walk to Dulwich village Road, the high street of the area. Excellent lunch at the Italian restaurant Rocca, also present in South Kensington, with a special mention to the parpadelle with rabbit ragu! Get lost in the charming streets nearby to admire the huge houses (Do people own only manors there?), the little churches and the endless schools. Welcome to Dulwich!
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