Today I met with friends for some lunch and a few cocktails at The Bingham hotel in Richmond-Upon-Thames. This is a truly remarkable and stunning hotel which pays close attention to detail in service and interior.
A little on the history of the Bingham...
Built as two Georgian houses in 1740 and described in a survey by George III as a “messuage (a dwelling), court and garden” and a “messuage with stables and coach house”.Lady Ann Bingham, whose sister married the first Earl of Spencer, rented the property in 1821 and added the room which we currently use as the Lounge Bar which links the two townhouses. From 1899-1914, tenants Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper wrote love poetry under the pseudonym Michael Field. Katherine and Edith were aunt and niece and were discovered to be lovers. They entertained many literary visitors at the Bingham including W.B Yeats.All the Bingham’s fifteen bedrooms are named after their collection of poetry.
The garden at the Bingham is a tranquil riverside spot, where guests can wonder, children can play, or wedding guests can mingle.
Gardener, John Tebbs has transformed the waterside space into a modern English garden with lawns, flower borders and trees. There is an edible kitchen potager with unusual culinary plants and flowers used by our restaurant and bar; a long herbaceous border with grasses and plants that wave and rustle to echo the river flow beyond and a hidden seating area underneath a canopy of trees ideal for a romantic meeting or private dining experience.
You must pay a visit, for lunch, drinks, afternoon tea or even to stay over.