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Hotel Highlights

  • Glorious Thames-side setting
  • Fantastic shopping and entertainment in Richmond
  • River-view restaurant and bedrooms

Overview

Tear your eyes from the unadulterated River Thames view over the lawn through huge floor-to-ceiling French windows and, inside Bingham hotel, you'll spy droplet chandeliers, mushroom-hued Farrow & Ball paint, bespoke art deco-inspired furniture – the works.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Bingham with us:

A chilled half-bottle of champagne, plus free late check-out (subject to availability)

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Bingham

Advance purchase offer Bingham theatre experience Foodies Lazy Sunday package

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

15.

Check–out

11am, but a later check‑out is sometimes possible. Earliest check‑in, 3pm (can be earlier, subject to availability).

Rates

Double rooms from $210.46 (£127), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (£12.50 for Continental, £16.50 for full English).

Also

Bingham Hotel and Restaurant is 15 minutes walk from Richmond Tube Station, which is in zone 4 on the District line. Also on the overland, trains will take you into St Pancras linking to the Eurostar.

At the hotel

Gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms, flatscreen TV, DVD/CD library, iPod dock and sound system, minibar, L'Occitane bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Extremely spacious and with an incredible Thames view, Sappho is the best choice. Callirrhoe has an antique four‑poster bed. Baudelaire also has a sumptuous four‑poster, plus a walk‑in shower and whirlpool bath for two. Borgia has a leafy vista. If a river view is vital to you, specify this when booking.

Packing tips

Home spa products if you have a room with a Jacuzzi. Riding gear, for equestrian pursuits in Richmond Park. Each room has a few books for you to flick through.

Also

Massages or beauty treatments and use of a local gym can be arranged on request. No pets, but guide dogs are welcome. On-site parking is limited, but spaces in the carpark opposite are pre-bookable at a cost of £10 a day.

Children

Cots are free; roll-away beds are £50 a night. Babysitting can be arranged. The hotel is well-equipped with baby monitors, cots, highchairs and a nappy-changing room. Superior River Double room Sappho can connect to a Double.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Shay Cooper’s food is Modern British, with traditional roasts on Sundays. The airy dining room on the ground floor is all chic neutrals and art deco mirrors inside, with a decked terrace outside that looks out over the gardens and riverside. The restaurant is closed on Sunday evenings.

Hotel Bar

The lounge bar is a relaxed, retro‑style, leather‑armchairs kinda venue overlooking the river.

Last orders

Breakfast 10am; lunch 2.30pm or 4pm on Sundays; dinner 10pm (restaurant closed Sunday evenings); bar open round the clock for guests.

Room service

Lunch and dinner can be served in your room, as can sandwiches, plates of charcuterie or cheese, smoked salmon and, within reason, whatever you like.

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Dress code

City‑to‑country chic.

Top table

By the window, with a river view; romantics will want a table on the covered balcony.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Hop on a river ferry at St Helena Pier, just by Richmond Bridge, and float gently down the Thames all the way to historic Hampton Court Palace (www.hrp.org.uk); ring Turks Launches on 020 8546 2434 to check times. If you’re in the mood for a movie of the moment, Richmond Odeon Cinema is on Hill Street (+44 (0)871 224 4007). Closer still on Water Lane, Richmond Filmhouse (+44 (0)870 850 6928), favours highbrow flicks. Thursday's course is Cooking for the Family; Friday evenings mean Entertaining with Seafood and Fine Wines classes, and Saturdays you'll be tutored in how to recreate the FishWorks classic menu. Stroll through the exotic grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew (+44 (0)20 8332 5655; www.rbgkew.org.uk) where you can poke your nose into fantastic greenhouses and pause in private corners of pretty parkland. It's open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; times vary according to season, but generally around 9.30am–5.30pm. Adult ticket, £11.75.

Local restaurants

Lovers of French food will enjoy Chez Lindsay (+44 (0)20 8948 7473), a bistro on Richmond’s Hill Rise where Lindsay Wotton’s Breton cuisine takes centre stage: try griddled galettes or cider‑soaked oysters. Along the towpath, with an alfresco terrace, modern Argentine restaurant and bar Gaucho (+44 (0)20 8948 4030) is a carnivore’s dream come true: the big draw is steak, in all its seared, grilled and well‑hung glory (although there are vegetarian and seafood dishes). The acclaimed Petersham Nurseries Café is a 10‑minute stroll across Petersham Meadows. Book well in advance to sample Skye Gyngell’s garden‑fresh seasonal menus (+44 (0)20 8940 5230). Downriver in Kew, The Glasshouse on Station Parade (+44 (0)20 8940 6777) is an acclaimed eatery for a special‑occasion lunch or romantic dinner; Anthony Boyd oversees the fancy French‑influenced flavours in this elegant cream‑coloured restaurant. The Pig's Ears (+44 (0)20 8332 0055), a six-minute walk from the hotel, serves a menu filled with porky delights for the inclined – pig rilette with beetroot chutney, pig croquettes with picalilli – and hearty meat dishes and moules for those less so. 

Local cafés

Green Café, which is right on the green (+44 (0)20 8332 0345) is a delightful lunchtime spot where the organic offerings are especially considerate of vegetarians; open 9am–6pm.

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Bingham

61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond, London, TW10 6UT, United Kingdom

Planes

The closest airport is London Heathrow, 20 minutes from the hotel by car.

Trains

Richmond station is just up the road – about a 15-minute walk away – the frequent fast train to London Waterloo takes about 20 minutes.

Automobiles

From the M4, you'll need to pick up the A307 to get to the hotel.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Juliet Kinsman , On-the-go editor at Mr & Mrs Smith

This review of Bingham in Richmond is taken from our latest guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith: Hotel Collection – UK/Ireland Volume 2. When your other half suggests an exciting weekend jaunt, my inner spoiled brat jumps up and down, thinking: ‘Goody… Will it be a boutique hotel in the Cotswolds – or maybe somewhere super-glam like Cannes?’ When we jump in the car and th…
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Bingham

Anonymous review by Juliet Kinsman, On-the-go editor

This review of Bingham in Richmond is taken from our latest guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith: Hotel Collection – UK/Ireland Volume 2.

When your other half suggests an exciting weekend jaunt, my inner spoiled brat jumps up and down, thinking: ‘Goody… Will it be a boutique hotel in the Cotswolds – or maybe somewhere super-glam like Cannes?’ When we jump in the car and the SatNav announces ‘seven miles to your destination’, my hopes aren’t at their highest. Then Mr Smith mentions that he has another fantastic surprise. His eyes wander down to an envelope at my feet. Oh no. I’m sure I can make out ‘Twickenham Stadium’ through the address window. A rugby match in southwest London isn’t exactly my dream date. Fantasies involving oversized Gucci shades on La Croisette and cream teas in the genteel hills evaporate, replaced by chanting, beer-swilling blokage…

Richmond has never been my top choice for a weekend escape but, winding our way through leafy lanes, we feel as though we’re visiting a country village without even having to leave London, and we like it. As we pull up at Bingham, I’m back on track towards those hopes of boutique hotel-based shenanigans. This is a stylish hotel. Inside, the style roll call of chic is answered in full: droplet chandeliers, mushroom-hued Farrow & Ball paint, bespoke art deco-inspired furniture – the works.

We’re led up to an attic room on the second floor, which is a little light on vistas, owing to the angle of the windows, so staff very kindly redirect us to the best room in the house, named after the poetess Sappho. (If you know your Greek history, you'll realise this lady hailed from the Isle of Lesbos; if I ever switch from a penchant for Mr Smiths to Mrs Smiths, I'll know where to take them.) With an unadulterated river view over the lawn, through huge floor-to-ceiling French windows, it is along far more romantic lines. Weeping willows, rowers on the water – who needs the South of France after all? We head out for a stroll. A small festival is underway on the grassy knoll in front of the full deck of Slug & Piano-type bars, which gets packed in the summer months. A live band is playing, and lots of happy souls are whiling away their weekend afternoon, drinks in hands, swaying to music.

After stocking up on some bathtime treats from the L’Occitane on the high street (I spied a Jacuzzi just about big enough for two back in our bathroom), we treat ourselves to souvenirs from a delightful chocolatier, William Curley, hidden on a little lane off the main drag. It’s definitely starting to feel like a holiday. We retreat to Bingham for an evening cup of tea on the lawn. In a few seconds our landscape switches from pushchairs and M&S carrier bags to something lot more Swallows and Amazons.

After a pre-dinner freshen-up (if an hour-long soak in the tub with the crossword merits the description), voices outside suggest that a private party is getting underway here at the hotel. Mr Smith takes a look out of the window to investigate, forgetting he’s fresh from the bath, much to the horror/delight (my words/his words) of a group of girls walking past the river, who happen to glance up.

I investigate the party and find I recognise some faces – what fun! (Thank goodness it hadn’t been them admiring the black wrought-iron balconies on this fine Georgian property minutes earlier.) Holidaying in your hometown is even better when you return from dinner next door to the hotel to a shindig with friends. After our delicious meal around the corner at riverside restaurant Canyon and, more noticeably, a fantastic bottle of Montrachet, the temporary dancefloor back at Bingham is unavoidable. After a little bit of Saturday Night Feverishness, Mr Smith decides a more civilised end to our evening might lie in a nightcap and a game of chess in the hotel’s upstairs lounge. But about two moves in, it’s clear I’m as much a threat to Kasparov as Mr Smith is to John Travolta – the only king I care about is the mattress awaiting us in our spacious river-view room.

After a prize-winningly peaceful night’s sleep – it really is like being in the countryside – I take a look out the window to see it’s the kind of overcast day you’re always secretly grateful for, because it gives you an excuse to stay holed up in your big bed with fluffy cushions and widescreen TV. I phone down to reception and ask if they might be able to rustle up eggs Florentine and toast for breakfast, and my high-maintenance needs are greeted with surprising warmth. Pretty soon, a couple of baskets of bread and pastries sufficient to feed a rugby team is with us. Which reminds me… What were those tickets I spied?

Fast forward a few hours and we’ve dozed off again, only to be woken by housekeeping knocking on the door. Oops. We’re still in bed. The good ol’ English embarrassment gene kicks in. ‘Oh no, I hope they don’t think that we’re up to mischief,’ I say, blushing. Mr Smith sighs. ‘We’re in a hotel – they don’t just suspect it; they expect it.’ We finally emerge about lunchtime, and I try to carry off the demeanour of someone who’s well-rested but, at the same time, doesn’t have too much of a spring in her step.

We’ve decided on a Richmond Sunday roast in the restaurant, where we discover that we’re not just getting fed, but that there is also a guitar-strumming Jose Feliciano-alike chanteur to treat us to some live music. Should I ask if he’ll play some Rolling Stones, suggests Mr Smith? Then the penny drops – that’s what the tickets are for! There was I, wishing for an out-of-town escapade, when he’d got a fantastic adventure planned in London. You can’t always get what you want – but in this case, what I got turned out to be better than what I thought I wanted.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Bingham's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the beautiful bedroom decor and wonderful view of the garden and river. There was no traffic noise, and the staff was friendly and attentive. I enjoyed the wonderful attention to detail. We were also accommodated for a little cream tea after the time slot, which was delicious and very much appreciated. The bar was fabulous for pre-dinner drinks but sadly we didn't eat at the restaurant in the evening. The breakfast was delicious. We will definitely be returning!

Don’t expect

Our wonderful room was near where the staff were busy working so we were awoken at 6am by the associated sounds. We could doze through it but it was quite noisy at times. It wasn't annoying enough to need to change rooms, however.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The bar in the former ballroom overlooking the terrace and the Thames is battling with Richmond and London as the greater attraction; consider the well executed menu available in the adjacent restaurant and one might be tempted never to leave… Exemplary service to boot!

Don’t expect

Our room was small but this is London…

Rating: 9/10 stars