Trains for Mortlake's updated 1846 station pull into the leafy residential London village in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Leaving the Travelcard Zone 3 station, passengers step out into a street lined with independent shops, where they can potter before continuing their journey. A stroll to Richmond Park takes 15 minutes, and it's just eight through pretty Mortlake Green for a pint at The Ship overlooking the Thames, which is a particularly busy spot each March when supporters gather at the finish line of the world-famous University Boat Race.
But Mortlake is well known for its stunning uninterrupted views along the River Thames, reaching from Thames Bank all the way to Barnes Bridge, so it is well worth a visit any time of the year. Even Queen Victoria was fond of the area, having her own waiting room opposite the station for when she visited family in Richmond Park.