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"Romantic boutique hotel offering fine food beside the Thames at Richmond"
Overlooking the river at Richmond-upon-Thames, in South West London, the Bingham is a boutique hotel in a Georgian townhouse that describes itself as a “restaurant with rooms”. Twenty minutes from Heathrow Airport, close to Richmond Park and with easy access of Central London, the Bingham is an ideal hotel for a restful or romantic holiday and for gourmet experiences.
The Bingham’s 15 bedrooms are named after poetry and writing because of the property’s literary history. Built in 1740, people who have lived at the address include, in 1821, Lady Ann Bingham, whose sister Lady Lavinia married the first Earl of Spencer, and poets Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper from 1899-1914, who wrote under the pseudonym Michael Field. Many other famous writers and poets have stayed at the house including W B Yeats. The hotel’s current owners extensively refurbished it between 2006 and 2008.
The bedroom are individually designed with art deco inspired furniture and modern comforts. Smaller rooms include Queen Singles and Design Doubles. They have handcrafted pocket sprung beds, duck and goose feather duvets or hypoallergenic bedding, air-conditioning, flat-screen digital TVs with DVD players, complimentary Wi-Fi and built-in music systems with music library, digital radio and iPod dock. The baths have power showers.
Large double or twin Constancy rooms face the river and have a king size bed. River double bedrooms have riverside views and a king size bed, whirlpool bath and can have a cot. Callirhoe has an antique four poster bed. Superior double bedrooms are more spacious with a walk-in shower in the bathroom. Sappho inter-connects with a Queen room to make a suite. Baudelaire has a four poster bed. In-room treatments are available when staying in larger rooms.
"Superb modern British cuisine prepared using locally-sourced ingredients"
The hotel’s award-winning modern British restaurant is a treat. Head chef Shay Cooper and his team create modern British cuisine using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. As well as the a la carte menu, the restaurant offers a vegetarian menu, tasting menus, set lunches, afternoon tea and children’s menus. The restaurant even has a cheese counter. The dining room is light and airy, with wooden floors and French doors onto a covered balcony. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There is also a bar and cocktail lounge, open late. Guests can enjoy an extensive range of drinks including wine, Champagne and seasonal cocktails as well as loose leaf teas, coffees and bar snacks. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge bar and the balcony overlooking the Thames. This includes delicate sandwiches, warm homemade scones, cakes and patisseries, Devonshire clotted cream and homemade jams.
The hotel also has a banqueting suite called the Garden Rooms. It can be used for weddings and civil partnerships as well as private dining and banquets. The Bingham holds a Civil Ceremony License for up to 90 guests.
The garden itself lies beside the river and is open for guests to enjoy. The hotel’s gardener, John Tebbs, has turned it into a modern English garden with an edible kitchen section, a herbaceous border with grassy lawn and hidden seating underneath a canopy of trees that is ideal for a romantic meeting and can be set up for private dining.
As well as being a lovely place for a romantic holiday, the hotel offers special package breaks for golf enthusiasts, foodies, Richmond Theatre and a lazy Sunday.
"Near Richmond Park and Kew Gardens yet within easy reach of Heathrow Airport"
The Bingham is close to popular tourist attractions Richmond Park as well as being convenient for sporting venues Twickenham for rugby and Wimbledon for tennis. Richmond Theatre is close by. Kew Gardens, Kew Palace and the London Wetland Centre are within striking distance, while Central London is easy to reach by public transport.
Richmond station, on the District Line of the Underground as well as serving the Overground and mainline rail network, is a 10-minute walk from the hotel, or five minutes on a 65 bus. It is in Travelcard Zone 4. Black cabs can be found outside the station. For drivers, the nearest motorway is the M3. The hotel is outside the London Congestion Charge Zone. It has limited car parking and there is a charged private car park opposite. Heathrow is the nearest airport, 30 minutes away. The hotel can book cars to collect guests from the airport with advance notice.