A twenty minute bus ride away from my part of West London is Richmond-upon-Thames. Even though it has an Underground station and people claim it is in Southwest London, technically it is in the county of Surrey. Local residents claim Richmond is a London village, but I’m not sure I agree. It has the Thames, it has a main road running through it, it has a Green (which is surrounded by large Georgian villas), it has a hill, it has London’s largest Royal Park and it has plenty of famous inhabitants.It all just feels too big and too noisy to be a village. Sitting directly under the Heathrow flightpath doesn’t help, although The Boy Child loves to stand on the Green and yell out the aircraft type and which airline it belongs to. But London village or not, Richmond-upon-Thames is worth an hour or two out of your day. Just don’t visit on a Tuesday, as that would be bin day. You’re welcome.