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Richmond Area Guide

Internationally acclaimed for its quality of life and for the fifth time in 2019 voted London’s happiest place to live, Richmond strikes the perfect balance between London and country living.

Lying eight miles southwest of central London, Richmond is steeped in history and houses one of the most scenic stretches of the River Thames, incorporating Richmond Bridge.

Richmond fact file

  • Richmond bridge is London’s oldest surviving Thames crossing – circa 1777.
  • Richmond was founded following Henry VII’s building of Richmond Palace in the 16th century, where Queen Elizabeth I spent her final days.
  • The JMW Turner painting from circa 1820 shows the view from Richmond Hill over the Thames, surrounded by peaceful meadows.
  • Famous former and current inhabitants include Virginia Woolf, Sir David Attenborough, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood.
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is located in Richmond, showcasing plants from around the world.
  • A village sprung up around the palace, including the Richmond Bridge and a great many Georgian terraces were built around Richmond Green and the Hill.

Why move to Richmond?

It is popular with British and overseas families alike, who are attracted to its beautiful surroundings, such as Royal Richmond Park with its 2,500 acres of wonderful deer inhabited parkland, once a favourite hunting ground for the Sovereigns of yesteryear. The stunning view from the summit of Richmond Hill over Petersham Meadows and the Thames Valley is now protected by an Act of Parliament. Picturesque Richmond Green was once a jousting ground for Henry VIII’s former riverside Palace and is today home to more gentle pursuits, such as Sunday afternoon cricket.

Architecture and property

The area is particularly known for its beautifully preserved Georgian homes, with several famous residences still standing including Downe House, The Wick and various parts of the original Richmond Palace. Richmond Green features many Georgian and Victorian townhouses and newer houses and flats. Most of the charming cottages are tucked away off the town centre while some Art Deco flats can be found in Sheen Road. Popular addresses include The Alberts, Richmond Hill, East Twickenham, Petersham and North Sheen.

Shopping and amenities

The area also boasts numerous leisure and sporting facilities including Richmond Theatre, Twickenham Stadium, the home of Rugby Union, and many more.

The Richmond Theatre is a 115-year-old venue hosting major national touring drama, comedy and classic musical shows; alternatively, there’s the Orange Tree theatre plus both Curzon and Odeon cinemas.

Green space

Richmond Park encompasses almost 2,500 acres and is the largest of London’s Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed open space in London. As a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest, the beautiful area is protected from development and over 30,000 species of plants and trees call the park home. There are wonderful walks, cycle routes, wild deer to spot and stunning views of London from King Henry’s Mound. Richmond also has miles of riverfront to enjoy.

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Restaurants in Richmond include everything from Michelin-starred establishments to cosy family-friendly pubs and cafes.

The town centre itself provides a wide variety of high street and independent shops, the latter of which are mainly located on pretty paved lanes that meander gently down to The Green.

  • Anthropologie
    Ladies Clothing store

There are lots of spots to grab a coffee in Richmond.

  • Café Mamma
    Local Café

Richmond is full of things to do with the park, theatre and direct links into the heart of the capital.

  • Royal Botanical Gardens

Richmond’s schools, both state and private, enjoy an excellent reputation and include Oftsed-rated ‘Outstanding’ schools.

  • The Vineyard
    Primary School
  • Marshgate
    Primary School
  • Richmond Train station
    Direct links to London Waterloo
  • Richmond Bus station
    0.3 miles from centre
  • Heathrow Airport
    7.1 miles from centre
  • Richmond station
    Overground and District Line
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