If you’ve never been to Richmond before and have just arrived here by train, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was just another ordinary slightly posh London suburb; it’s home to most of the high tree chain stores, loads of hairdressers and spas and some boutiques for the well-heeled. That’s why you have to venture off the Quadrant and George Street and head to the Waterfront, Richmond Hill and the Green. This latter patch of town is like a mini-village unto itself. It’s arguably one of the best places to hang out on a warm summer afternoon. But even in the depth of winter, it’s architecturally stunning and timeless and therefore comforting and romantic.