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A Walk Through a Royal ParkLondon is, at its heart, a collection of villages that has merged over time, and you can still experience that in numerous districts, from Highgate to Chelsea, Spitalfields to Borough. But Richmond, seated on a curve of the Thames at the farthest end of the District Line, is a village still surrounded by parks and woodland, and one of the best places you can go when city life has become too claustrophobic. From Richmond Park to the Old Deer Park and Petersham Meadows, there are vast green spaces to explore, with plenty of glorious pubs dotting the way. The shops, restaurants, and riverside cafes are all a cut above too.