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Richmond upon Thames - UK, England

Richmond upon Thames, a London borough, is located on the slope of a hill rising from the Thames and is named after the palace buitl by the Earl of Richmond (later Henry VII). Elizabeth I died in this palace in 1603 but there is little left except a gatehouse. Parks take up a great deal of the borough and include Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Kew Gardens, and Hampton Court Park. There are over 100 parks and open spaces within its boundary and 21 miles (34 km) of river frontage - five times more green and open space than any other London borough. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, usually referred to simply as Kew Gardens, are 121 hectares of gardens and botanical glasshouses housing the world's largest collection of living plants. Founded in 1759 by Princess Augusta as a private botanic garden, it was landscaped by Capability Brown and opened to the public in 1841. Buildings of note include the Chinese Pagoda and the Palm House.