Richmond? That's barely London at all right? But this moneyed corner of south west London, so abhorred by Virginia Woolf, has many assets. We're particularly smitten with the Bingham Hotel, a luxurious boutique venue housed in a handsome Georgian townhouse perched right on the banks of the Thames. The bar area is incredibly elegant and deeply romantic, dating back to the early nineteenth century the chic space feels both contemporary and timeless, all champagne and cream, with its hand blown glass chandelier and striking silver leaf ceiling. French doors lead onto a riverside balcony with a glorious view, particularly in the summer months when the terrace is lit with candles and flecked with green. The cocktail list features all the classic as well as signature creations made from premium spirits. The seasonal list has been known to feature such treats as the Divine Spice, made from rum, Grand Marnier, praline, Divine cacao, orange juice, black pepper, and fennel seeds, and the fiery, flavourful Savour, a blend of vodka, Amontillado sherry, olive brine, dill and caraway bitters, Tabasco, and cocktail pickles. The wine list is wide ranging and the drinks are impeccably presented. The space is ideal for a pre-dinner drink or a night cap, whether you're a hotel resident or someone who just likes stylish surroundings. The adjacent restaurant is rightly renowned, the modern British cooking some of the best in the area.