St. James’s is an exclusive area near Buckingham Palace, with many fine-dining restaurant options. The Theatre Royal Haymarket and Her Majesty’s Theatre stage West End plays. Art dealers surround Christie’s auction house, while the Royal Academy of Arts draws crowds to Piccadilly. Upscale shops include Fortnum & Mason, with its posh food hall, and Jermyn Street’s tailors. St. James’s Park is popular for picnics.
The weekend’s top news stories, with Georgina Godwin and regular Monocle 24 contributor Stephen Dalziel. Plus: a check-in from the Balkans.
Emma Nelson covers the weekend’s biggest and most interesting news stories with Latika Bourke, Charles Hecker, Eemeli Isoaho, Matt Wolf and Monocle’s Europe editor at large Ed Stocker.
On the gentle slope of Richmond Hill, Grade I-listed The Wick is a secret Georgian paradise that feels like a country house, albeit hopping distance from the heart of the capital, enjoying as it does the only view protected by an Act of Parliament.
Lush terraced gardens meander down to an idyllic swimming pool and pool house, with the Thames elegantly curving in the distance.
Location: Richmond, or the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames, is an affluent district that boarders the River Thames. It is approximately 10 miles from central London. It has both national and city rail links, with Richmond rail station and Richmond Underground station that offers District and Overground services.
Atmosphere: Richmond has a community feel, much similar to that of a village, rather than a borough on the outskirts of London. It benefits from a number of independent cafes, shops, restaurants, bars and pubs — many of which take advantage of the river-side setting.
We get the latest from Peru after Pedro Castillo is declared the country’s president-elect. Plus: the EU’s Rule of Law Report on Hungary and a long-awaited return for theatre in London’s West End.