The Lion & Unicorn

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ADDRESS
19 King Street, Richmond, TW9 1ND†
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OPENING TIMES
Mon to Fri 9:30 - 17:30, Sat 9:30 - 18:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00 (except during Aug)

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A charming bookshop specialising in children's books, the Lion & Unicorn makes reading fun for kids. There's a real sense of community; they regularly run reader events and issue a quarterly newsletter appropriately called 'THE ROAR'. Founded in 1977, best-selling children's author Roald Dahl was the first guest of honour, present at the opening. Since then, authors including David McKee, Shirley Hughes, Jacqueline Wilson, Philip Pullman, Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo and Lauren Child have visited the bookshop to meet their fans. Situated in a picturesque lane close to Richmond Green, it's a pleasure to browse the well stocked range of books and audio tapes for children, from pint-sized board books for babies to teenage fiction. Widely and rightly recognised as a treasure trove for children's book lovers.

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

Richmond Tube Station
6 minutes walk
Kew Gardens Tube Station
29 minutes walk
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

Richmond Railway Station
6 minutes walk
Car Parks

Car Parks

Friar's Lane
1 minutes walk
Richmond Riverside
2 minutes walk

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Richmond Gate Hotel London
Richmond Gate Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel† from £70† 25% off
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Hilton London Syon Park London
Hilton London Syon Park
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel† from £81† 24% off
Syon Park, TW8 | 25 minutes from The Lion & Unicorn
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The Real Ale Shop London
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Vivian's London
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2 Worple Way, Richmond Surrey, TW10 | 9 minutes from The Lion & Unicorn
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Pygmalion London
Ends Today
Pygmalion
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 14th to 19th Apr 2014 - Various Times
Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey, TW9 | 4 minutes from The Lion & Unicorn
Alistair McGowan leads this major new centenary production of Bernard Shaw's enduring exploration of gender and class, which also stars Jamie Foreman and Rula Lenska....More
The Perfect Murder London
On Soon
The Perfect Murder
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 22nd to 26th Apr 2014 - Various Times
Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey, TW9 | 4 minutes from The Lion & Unicorn
Theatre adaptation of the international best-selling crime novel by author Peter James starring Les Dennis. The story tells the tale of Victor Smiley and his wife ...More
The School For Scheming London
Now On
The School For Scheming
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 16th April to 17th May 2014 - Various Times
Orange Tree Theatre, 1 Clarence Street, Richmond, TW9 | 8 minutes from The Lion & Unicorn
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83 Petersham Road, Little Venice, London TW10 | 8 minutes from The Lion & Unicorn
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The Bearcat Comedy Club London
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London > Restaurants > Spanish restaurants
27F The Quadrant, Richmond, TW9 | Same location as The Lion & Unicorn
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London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
Lion House, Red Lion Street, Richmond, TW9 | 1 minute from The Lion & Unicorn
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3 Hill Street, Richmond, TW9 | 2 minutes from The Lion & Unicorn
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Vinoteca Chiswick London
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Riverside Studios Bar London
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Orleans House Gallery London
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The Bearcat Comedy Club
Comedy | On 19th April 2014 

The Turk's Head 14 minutes walk from The Lion & Unicorn

Stories and gags inspired by travelling the world from the 2010 Canadian Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee, John Hastings. Also ...More

Stephen Farthing: Titian's Ghosts
Exhibitions | Until 2nd November 2014 

Ham House & Gardens 23 minutes walk from The Lion & Unicorn

Paintings by the Royal Academician....More

Short Talks
Exhibitions | Until 30th April 2014 

Ham House & Gardens 23 minutes walk from The Lion & Unicorn

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Easter Egg Hunt at Ham House
Easter Egg Hunt at Ham House
Kids Events | Until 21st April 2014 

Ham House & Gardens 23 minutes walk from The Lion & Unicorn

Ham House is a stunning backdrop for Easter fun and games on the banks of the Thames, but with chocolate ...More

 
St George's Day Game: London Wasps v Gloucester
Sporting Events | On 19th April 2014 

Twickenham Stadium 1.44 miles from The Lion & Unicorn

London Wasps play against Gloucester rugby team when the St George's Day Game returns to Twickenham on Easter Saturday, 19th ...More

Glorious Georges
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2014 

Kew Palace 1.8 miles from The Lion & Unicorn

To mark the 300th anniversary of the Georgian dynasty, Kew Palace will explore the home of George II's grandson, the ...More

Easter at Kew
Easter at Kew
Kids Events | Until 21st April 2014 

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens) 1.8 miles from The Lion & Unicorn

Roald Dahl's much-loved tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to life at Kew Gardens for Easter 2014 with chocolate-y ...More

 
Marthe Armitage
Exhibitions | Until 27th April 2014 

Hogarth's House 2.8 miles from The Lion & Unicorn

Hand-printed wallpapers inspired by plants, landscapes and buildings....More

Easter Egg Hunt at Osterley
Easter Egg Hunt at Osterley
Seasonal | Until 21st April 2014 

Osterley Park and House 2.82 miles from The Lion & Unicorn

The National Trust is adept at hiding Easter eggs at wonderful locations all over Britain and Osterley Park and House ...More

 
Easter at London Wetland Centre
Easter at London Wetland Centre
Kids Events | Until 21st April 2014 

WWT London Wetland Centre 3.29 miles from The Lion & Unicorn

Meet the farmyard ducks, the baby ducklings, and learn more about these cute characters waddling around the wetland reserve this ...More

 
 
 
 
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