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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
To paraphrase Dorothy: 'There is no place like London.' I hope I can convince you of that here. Also check out my blog at damselwithadulcimer.wordpress.com and my theatre reviews at www.playstosee.com
Published March 20th 2012
Just a short distance from Paved Court is Brewers Lane. Here you will find a slightly more diverse selection of shops but I promise you that you will still be able to buy jewellery.

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Looking Down Brewers Lane to Richmond Green


At the far end, away from the Green, is Courlanders, whose shop borders on George Street. Not only do they sell silver and jewellery, but also have a section dedicated to art and paintings.

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Courlander


Kate Hopwood, a local girl from Kew, has her own gallery in Brewers Lane. Here she produces her own contemporary pieces, creates bespoke items and sells jewellery manufactured by other designers.

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Kate Hopwood


Slightly more eclectic is Moon and Star, a gift shop. Their products are sourced from around the world and include silver jewellery, semi-precious stones, body-piercing jewellery, hand painted wine glasses, ceramics, candles, incense and bags.

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Moon and Star


In case you thought the men were being ignored, they are catered for by Danieli, who sell shirts, suits, ties, belts, jeans and knitwear.



Now back to the serious stuff: food and drink. You can slurp an ice cream at Gelateria Danieli where flavours range from amaretto to yogurt and plum. Sadly there is no zabaglione as yet, so they can't claim to cater for all tastes from A-Z. They also make ice cream cakes to take away for those special occasions when nothing else will do.

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Gelateria Danieli


If your appetite isn't huge you could pop into the Tea Cup for one of their delicious homemade sandwiches. Alternatively if you can't bear to walk past the display of cakes as you enter the shop, you might treat yourself to a slice of cake, or a cream tea. All can be washed down with a choice of teas or coffees supplied by Rosie & Java round the corner in Paved Court.

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Chicken and Avocado Sandwich at the Tea Cup


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The Tea Cup's Cakes


Finally if you want a proper pub meal, washed down with real ale, drag yourself off to The Britannia. It's only right that there should be a pub in Brewers Lane and the Britannia boasts a regularly changing menu of lunch and dinner dishes that include fish and meat smoked on the premises.

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The Britannia Smokery


You could extend this to a mini pub crawl, and sample the ales at two further pubs round the corner on the Green. The Cricketers is one of the Greene King group, and is named after the traditional game that was played on Richmond Green before and during the eighteenth century

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The Cricketers


and the Prince's Head serves beers served by the local Fuller's brewery in Chiswick.

If you're sitting outside the Prince's Head sipping your pint and gazing across at Richmond Green you might be interested to learn that royalty would once have been in residence in Richmond. Charles I brought his court to Richmond Palace in 1625. Sadly this building no longer exists and the Green is now surrounded by Georgian and Victorian properties. However that doesn't stop it being an extremely desirable area of south London, with fine shopping and of course the beautiful River Thames winding its way back into London and out further into Surrey.

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The Prince's Head
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Why? To explore shops in a quiet little lane between Richmond Green and the Quadrant
When: Whenever you want
Where: Brewers Lane, Richmond
Cost: Free to browse
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