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The National ArchivesLocated in Kew - one of Greater London's most idyllic locations - The National Archives manages one of the largest archival collections in the world. From the Domesday Book to very the latest publications of government papers, the centre is a treasure trove of over 1000 years of history. In addition to regular opening hours, on Saturdays they provide behind-the-scenes tours of the building, offering visitors a chance to see how the venue functions, whilst also pointing out highlights of the collection. As the holder of all public records for the UK, England and Wales, visitors can access all records for free. The tour provides an introduction on how to use the system and centre to carry out individual research, particular family and military history research. The centre also holds a regular programme of events, picking up on themes from their various collections. Tours need to be booked in advance. A fascinating and thought-provoking way to spend a couple of hours. After you've visited, why not head to Kew Gardens and then for refreshments at one of the pleasant gastro-pubs or tea-rooms overlooking Kew green. If you visit in summertime, sit outside and watch the village cricket team compete.

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On The Trail Of John Cabot: A Modern Detective StoryOn The Trail Of John Cabot: A Modern Detective StoryLiterary & Education, Author Event.2017-11-23T14:00:00+00002017-11-23T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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On The Trail Of John Cabot: A Modern Detective Story
Behind The Scenes TourBehind The Scenes TourAttractions & Museums, Guided Tour.2017-11-24T11:00:00+00002017-11-24T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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Flesh And Blood: An Evening With Stephen McGannFlesh And Blood: An Evening With Stephen McGannLiterary & Education, Author Event.2017-11-24T18:00:00+00002017-11-24T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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Flesh And Blood: An Evening With Stephen McGann
Fighting ProudFighting ProudLiterary & Education, Author Event.2017-11-28T14:00:00+00002017-11-28T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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The Time Travel Club - Back In Time For ChristmasThe Time Travel Club - Back In Time For ChristmasLiterary & Education, Art Workshop.2017-12-02T10:30:00+00002017-12-02T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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The Time Travel Club - Back In Time For Christmas
The Fall Of JerusalemThe Fall Of JerusalemLiterary & Education, Talk.2017-12-05T14:00:00+00002017-12-05T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
Category: event
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The Fall Of Jerusalem
Behind The Scenes TourBehind The Scenes TourAttractions & Museums, Guided Tour.2017-12-15T11:00:00+00002017-12-15T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Kew Gardens Tube Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
Gunnersbury Tube Station
 
14 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Kew Gardens Overground Station
 
2 minutes walk
 
Gunnersbury Overground Station
 
14 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Old Deer Park
 
21 minutes walk
 
Syon House Car Park
 
28 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £53  33% off
Commerce Road, TW8 | 27 minutes from The National Archives
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Syon Park, TW8 | 29 minutes from The National Archives
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Kew Palace
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9 | 9 minutes from The National Archives
Built in 1631 for merchant Samuel Fortrey, and later acquired by George II as an annexe to Kew House, Kew Palace served as a family country ... More
 
 
 
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Queen Charlotte's Cottage
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Kew Gardens Richmond, Surrey, TW9 | 9 minutes from The National Archives
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Hogarth's House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Hogarth Lane, Great West Road, W4 | 19 minutes from The National Archives
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Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens)
London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
Kew, Richmond, TW9 | 9 minutes from The National Archives
Since the 18th century, these extensive gardens have been the spiritual home of botany in England, if not in Europe. From the cooling glades of the ... More
 
 
 
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Shirley Sherwood Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Kew Gardens, TW9 | 9 minutes from The National Archives
Home to thousands of rare plant species and housing an impressive archive, Kew Gardens is the obvious place to stage the world's first gallery dedicated to ... More
 
 
 
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London Museum of Water And Steam
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, TW8 | 13 minutes from The National Archives
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On The Trail Of John Cabot: A Modern Detective Story
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: Thursday 23rd November 2017 - 2pm-3pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue, Richmond, TW9 | Same location as The National Archives
Literary & Education, Author Event....More
 
 
 
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Flesh And Blood: An Evening With Stephen McGann
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: Friday 24th November 2017 - 6pm-8pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue, Richmond, TW9 | Same location as The National Archives
Literary & Education, Author Event....More
 
 
 
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Fighting Proud
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: Tuesday 28th November 2017 - 2pm-3pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue, Richmond, TW9 | Same location as The National Archives
Literary & Education, Author Event....More
 
 
 
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Watermans
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 | 16 minutes from The National Archives
An attractive multi-cultural, multi-purpose arts centre on the river in Brentford, Watermans is a real draw in this part of town. The 238-seat theatre shows a ... More
 
 
 
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The Bull's Head, Barnes
London > Entertainment > Jazz Clubs
373 Lonsdale Road, SW13 | 26 minutes from The National Archives
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Tabard Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
2 Bath Road, W4 | 29 minutes from The National Archives
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Oliver's Wholefoods Store
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
5 Station Approach, Kew, TW9 | 8 minutes from The National Archives
Oliver's in Kew is how wholefood stores used to be and we wish still were - the giant US-owned Wholefood Stores could learn a thing or ... More
 
 
 
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Zita Elze
London > Shopping > Florists
287 Sandycombe Road, Kew, TW9 | 11 minutes from The National Archives
This wonderful flower shop in Kew is run by Zita Elze who won a silver-gilt medal in her RHS Chelsea Flower Show debut. Brazilian by birth, ... More
 
 
 
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Wyndham House Butchers
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
229 Chiswick High Road, W4 | 22 minutes from The National Archives
The Wyndham House flagship butchers on the Fulham Road fast built up a reputation as one of London's best butchers. This third family-run operation in Chiswick ... More
 
 
 
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London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
162 Thames Road, Strand-on-the-Green, W4 | 4 minutes from The National Archives
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Kew Grill
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
10B Kew Green, TW9 | 6 minutes from The National Archives
The Kew Grill is one of two restaurants that TV chef Anthony Worrall Thompson managed to save from the administrators at the begninning of 2009. Along ... More
 
 
 
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Ma Cuisine Bistrot
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
The Old Post Office, 9 Station Approach,, TW9 | 8 minutes from The National Archives
Ma Cuisine is a model of simple sophistication. Fresh ingredients and traditional recipes are handled simply and satisfying with no homage paid to the latest food ... More
 
 
 
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Wendell Park Primary School
London > Education >
Cobbold Road, W12 | 2.1 miles from The National Archives
A west London school for 3 to 11 year olds, Wendell Park Primary is housed a Victorian school on Cobbold Road overlooking ... More
 
 
 
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Leiths School of Food and Wine
London > Education > Cookery Courses
16-20 Wendell Road, W12 | 2.1 miles from The National Archives
Courses in practical cookery for enthusiastic amateurs at London's best cookery school. Evening courses at Leiths run from 6.45pm to 9.15pm on a variety ... More
 
 
 
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The Kids Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
107 Gunnersbury Lane, W3 | 30 minutes from The National Archives
The Kids' Cookery School in West London is a unique venue offering cookery classes and workshops for children aged three upwards. Children can have fun creating ... More
 
 
 
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Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Kew Gardens, TW9 | 9 minutes from The National Archives
Walk among the tree tops at Kew Gardens when you take the Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway, 18 metres above the ground. Designed by Marks Barfield ... More
 
 
 
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Old Deer Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
187 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 | 21 minutes from The National Archives
A great place to wander around and get lost, the Old Deer Park - which meanders from the edge of Richmond down to the Thames - ... More
 
 
 
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Jurlique Day Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
300 Chiswick High Road, W4 | 21 minutes from The National Archives
This fantastic, no-nonsense spa is a great way to treat yourself to a day of pampering, without pushing the boat out too far. Comforting massage, meticulous ... More
 
 
 
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The City Barge
London > Nightlife > Pubs
27 Strand on the Green, W4 | 5 minutes from The National Archives
Following an extensive refurbishment in late May 2014, this historic 14th century Thames-side pub in Chiswick re-opened as The City Barge, a welcoming bar with a ... More
 
 
 
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The Greyhound
London > Nightlife > Pubs
82 Kew Green, Richmond, TW9 | 7 minutes from The National Archives
The smallest of four pubs on Kew Green, The Greyhound closed down in 2009 amid fears for its future. Now back open and with its former ... More
 
 
 
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The Bell and Crown
London > Nightlife > Pubs
11-13 Thames Road, Chiswick, W4 | 8 minutes from The National Archives
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Vinoteca Chiswick
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
18 Devonshire Road, W4 | 24 minutes from The National Archives
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Tap Tavern
London > Nightlife > Bars
Princes Street, TW9 | 33 minutes from The National Archives
Located in the heart of Richmond, Tap Tavern feeds London's desire for gin and craft beer with a carefully curated menu of micro-brewed beers and small ... More
 
 
 
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Tea Box
London > Nightlife > Bars
7 Paradise Road, TW9 | 35 minutes from The National Archives
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Kew Gardens Venue Hire
London > Business > Venue Hire
Kew Gardens, Richmond upon Thames, TW9 | 9 minutes from The National Archives
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Chiswick House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Burlington Lane, Chiswick House Grounds, Chiswick, W4 | 19 minutes from The National Archives
One of the most glorious examples of 18th century British architecture, Chiswick House was designed by the third Earl of Burlington (1694-1753). A triumph of the ... More
 
 
 
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High Road House
London > Business > Venue Hire
162 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, W4 | 26 minutes from The National Archives
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Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens) 9 minutes walk from The National Archives

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