THE STAR AND GARTER, RICHMOND
Just as the river is the most conspicuous object in the view from the "Star and Garter," so the "Star and Garter" is the most conspicuous object in the view from the river. - This well-known hostelry is built above the terrace on Richmond Hill, close to the principal entrance to Richmond Park. It literally towers on its proud eminence above the finely timbered slopes, and can be seen for many a mile around. The "Star and Garter" was even more famous, perhaps, a generation or two ago, when Richmond, to quote Mr. Meredith, was "the Cockney Paradise," than it is now. Dickens and Thackeray were very fond of the hotel and here for twenty years the former celebrated the anniversary of his wedding. It was here, also, that Louis Philippe stayed with his family when in England.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896