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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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Wartime Food And Drink For FamiliesWartime Food And Drink For FamiliesLeisure, Family Event.2017-04-05T10:30:00+01002017-04-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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From The Somme To ArrasFrom The Somme To ArrasLiterary & Education, Talk.2017-04-06T14:00:00+01002017-04-06T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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American Entry Into The First World WarAmerican Entry Into The First World WarLiterary & Education, Talk.2017-04-20T14:00:00+01002017-04-20T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Surviving The HolocaustSurviving The HolocaustLiterary & Education, Talk.2017-04-21T13:30:00+01002017-04-21T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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Royal Marines And The Royal Naval Division Records WorkshopRoyal Marines And The Royal Naval Division Records WorkshopLiterary & Education, Discussion/Debate.2017-05-11T12:00:00+01002017-05-11T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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Royal Marines And The Royal Naval Division Records Workshop
A Talk By Keggie Carew, Author Of DadlandA Talk By Keggie Carew, Author Of DadlandLiterary & Education, Author Event.2017-05-11T14:00:00+01002017-05-11T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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A Talk By Keggie Carew, Author Of Dadland
Archives At Night: SixtiesArchives At Night: SixtiesAn evening packed full of 1960s-themed entertainment, with music, talks from experts on the era, food and prizes.2017-05-19T18:30:00+01002017-05-19T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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Archives At Night: Sixties
Fears Of Unrestrained Vice: Venereal Disease And The First World WarFears Of Unrestrained Vice: Venereal Disease And The First World WarLiterary & Education, Talk.2017-05-24T13:30:00+01002017-05-24T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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Fears Of Unrestrained Vice: Venereal Disease And The First World War
What Was Life Like In The Swinging Sixties'What Was Life Like In The Swinging Sixties'Attractions & Museums, Guided Tour.2017-05-30T10:30:00+01002017-05-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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What Was Life Like In The Swinging Sixties'
Look Out, There's A Mini-beast About!Look Out, There's A Mini-beast About!2017-06-02T10:30:00+01002017-06-02T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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14 minutes walk
 
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Kew Gardens Overground Station
 
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Gunnersbury Overground Station
 
14 minutes walk
 
 
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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
King George III's country retreat. Built in 1772 and nestled among bluebell woods, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage was used regularly by the royal family as a cooling summer ... More
 
 
 
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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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The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue, Richmond, TW9 | Same location as The National Archives
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London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: Thursday 6th April 2017 - 2pm-4pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue, Richmond, TW9 | Same location as The National Archives
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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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London > Entertainment > Jazz Clubs
373 Lonsdale Road, SW13 | 26 minutes from The National Archives
The Bull's Head, or 'The Bull', as it's known by locals, is located in a prominant spot in Barnes, overlooking the River Thames and boasts a ... More
 
 
 
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London > Entertainment > Theatres
2 Bath Road, W4 | 29 minutes from The National Archives
Located above the Tabard pub in Chiswick, the Tabard Theatre hosts all kinds of live entertainment from experimental work and comedy to Shakespeare. Opened ... More
 
 
 
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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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
There's very little to choose between the pubs along this exceptionally attractive stretch of the Thames, but The Bell and Crown, a Fuller's pub with good ... More
 
 
 
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Riverside Studios Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Crisp Road, W6 | 2.3 miles from The National Archives
West London's excellent riverside cultural centre offers a cinema, West End standard theatre, cafe, and a comfortable bar with outdoor river terrace under one roof. Situated ... More
 
 
 
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Vinoteca Chiswick
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
18 Devonshire Road, W4 | 24 minutes from The National Archives
Vinoteca opens 7th October 2013. Vinoteca has been doing a fine job of serving fine wines in an informal setting since the company opened its first ... More
 
 
 
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Tea Box
London > Nightlife > Bars
7 Paradise Road, TW9 | 35 minutes from The National Archives
Mostly the pick of London's traditional afternoon teas are found within the city's top hotels. But the Tea Box in Richmond's Paradise Road exists only to ... More
 
 
 
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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
Chiswick felt like it had truly arrived when Soho House owner Nick Jones decided 2006 was a good time to open up here - 'first Soho, ... More
 
 
 
 
 

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