Sunday 5 June 2016

Let's Draw Richmond

Saturday 18 June 2016, 11am-4pm

Join us for a tour of sketchspots in this beautiful town. On the map are the historic Richmond Green and theatre, the ancient Old Palace Yard, the spectacle of Richmond Riverside, a farmers market and options to climb Richmond Hill to sketch the only view protected by an Act of Parliament. You also have the chance to sketch from a boat (£6 charge, email John to book a place before noon on Thursday 16 June at, more info below). Several great places to meet and share approaches and coffee are included.

The Boat Arches, Richmond Riverside by John Webb

Summary of the day: websites, details, travel information and map are below

Meet 11am, One Kew Road café for coffee, departing 11.15am
Lunch 1.00pm
• If dry: meet by the large tree at the corner of Water Lane on the River Front outside the Slug and Lettuce pub for a show and tell. TW9 1TJ
• If wet: meet in the arch from the Riverside Gardens into Heron Square
• Lunch is available at several pubs near to the meeting places.
Option to paint from a boat 2.00pm
• Richmond boathouses (reservation required, see below)
Finish 4.00pm
• If dry, meet at: Tide Tables café
• If wet, at Pitcher and Piano
Afterwards Pitcher and Piano

About Richmond:
Travel details:
Located in zone 4, Richmond Station is served by the District Line and is also part of the London Overground network with regular trains from London Waterloo taking approximately 25 minutes.
Buses 33, 190, 337, 371, 391, 419, 490, 493, 969, H22, H37, R68, R70, N22
Physical access: all of the venues are wheelchair friendly, if you don’t mind a few cobbles. For details about access, visit:

Let's Draw Richmond: all the details


START Time: Meet for coffee, 11am, leaving at 11.15am
Venue: One Kew Road, opposite Richmond Station
• 1 Kew Road, London, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2NQ

Here are some suggestions for a route with varied sketching in this beautiful town. Choose one spot for a focused study or come with us for a tour with 20-minute sketchspots. The footpath next to One Kew Road leads to the first stop:

Richmond Green

Richmond Green has been an important open space since the Middle Ages when it hosted jousting competitions. Many fine old houses, the central library and the famous Richmond Theatre flank the Green.

Narrow streets border the green, with possibilities for sketching and coffee.

Old Palace Yard 

Richmond Palace was a royal residence on the River Thames in England that stood in the 16th and 17th centuries. Only vestigial traces now survive, notably the Gate House. The site of the former palace is the area between Richmond Green and the River Thames, and some local street names provide echoes of the former Palace, including Old Palace Lane, Old Palace Yard and The Wardrobe.

Richmond Riverside 

A grassy terrace provides an ideal spot to capture the river, the people, the bridge and the architecture.

Old boatyard arches
LUNCH and show and tell at 1.00pm
If dry: meet by the large tree at the corner of Water Lane on the River Front outside the Slug and Lettuce, TW9 1TJ
If wet: meet in the arch from the Riverside Gardens into Heron Square

Richmond riverside is a popular place, and we can’t be sure of finding one spot for lunch for all of us, but eating venues next to the meeting place include the Slug and Lettuce and The White Cross Pub.

• Slug and Lettuce Riverside House, Water Lane, Richmond, TW9 1TJ

• The White Cross, Riverside (off Water Lane), Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1TH

Richmond Farmers' Market is an alternative source of food and artistic inspiration.

• Richmond Farmers Market, Heron Square, Richmond, TW9 1EJ (just by Richmond Bridge) 
The market is open on Saturdays from 11am to 3pm. Aside the normal meats, fruit and vegetables, you can often find honey, cakes and pastries.


Stay where you are, or consider the following options:

2.00pm Painting from a boat from Richmond Riverside: an opportunity for a duck’s eye view of the river. As the tide is favourable we have arranged with Mark Edwards/Richmond Boathouses who built The Glorianna, as an optional extra for any who want to emulate the Newlyn School or Turner in Venice and sketch the Riverside from boats near the opposite bank. The cost for this will be £6 per person for about 2 hours from 2.00pm.
If you want to join this, please email John to book a place before noon on Thursday 16 June:

Richmond Hill: a 10-minute walk

This renowned hill offers the only view in England to be safeguarded by an Act of Parliament to protect the land on and below Richmond Hill and thus safeguard the fine foreground views to the west and south. Immortalised in paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds and JMW Turner, it was described by Sir Walter Scott as "an unrivalled landscape".

The scenic panorama may be viewed from Terrace Walk, laid out near the top of the hill in the 18th century. This promenade surmounts the Terrace Gardens and both are Grade II* listed . Terrace Walk is an ideal spot for sketching. To reach it, walk up the picturesque Hill Rise, with its little shops and handsome houses, or walk along the riverside and climb up through Terrace Gardens, past pretty Hollyhock Cafe.

4.00pm FINISH 
If dry: Tide Tables café. Meet on the café terrace, on the south side of the Bridge.
• 2 The Arches, Richmond

This café is in a converted arch beneath Richmond Bridge and has a large garden with majestic plane trees. Great coffee, great food, warm and friendly atmosphere and a huge terrace to sit outside, with steps to show off our work.

If wet: Pitcher and Piano
• 11 Bridge Street, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1TQ

Just up the steps by Richmond Bridge, by night this bar is a favourite with Richmond’s young, and a great place to relax by day. It has a fabulous terrace overlooking the river.

Stay on at the Pitcher and Piano for a drink before departing.

The Richmond sketch crawl is organised by Helen Hayhoe and John Webb. Our thanks to them!