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The White Cross: Richmond's Riverside Gem

Updated: Jun 15, 2023

Nestled in the heart of Richmond, the White Cross (formerly christened as the Waterman's Arms) is an institution steeped in history.

Exterior of the White Cross pub in London England

For over two centuries, this venerable pub has served as the pulsating heart of the town's social mosaic. Our self-guided audio walking tour of Richmond offers an immersive exploration of the pub's history and other local businesses, ready to be relished at your leisure.

Anchored in the late 18th century, the pub's original moniker, the Waterman's Arms, echoed its geographical intimacy with the River Thames and its kinship with the watermen who plied the river's commuters.

The narrative of the White Cross is an enriching tapestry of time. In 1983, this chronicle received a nod from Historic England, a government agency entrusted with the stewardship of England's historical landscape. The pub was bestowed with a Grade II listed status, a recognition of its architectural and historical significance.

A jewel in the White Cross's crown is its coveted riverside perch. It serves up arresting panoramas of the Thames, making it a favourite retreat for locals and wanderers alike to witness the day's grand finale. The pub further invites you to its generous outdoor terrace, where the river's tableau can be savoured over a chilled beverage or a hearty meal. Its reputation extends to its culinary realm, with its Sunday roasts garnering a loyal following among the locals.

The White Cross has donned many hats in its illustrious journey, serving as a convivial meeting point for local denizens, a vibrant backdrop for events and celebrations, and even a muse for artists and writers. Its intriguing aura has found its way into several literary works and art pieces, marking its influence far beyond its physical realm.

Many more Richmond stories and London walks await. Discover more local history with our Richmond audio tour, and see which nearby London neighborhoods you want to explore next!


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