About this office
Our estate agents in Twickenham is enviably located between the popular Sandy's Fishmongers and Marks & Spencer on King Street. The office predominantly covers Twickenham, St Margarets, Fullwell, Whitton and then Isleworth, linking us to our sister offices of Teddington, Richmond and Kingston. These offices can facilitate an option to market from both branches offering our clients maximum exposure.
Why move to Twickenham?
This town on the river Thames in southwest London is famous for hosting the Rugby World Cup and other major games at Twickenham Stadium, the so-called ‘home of English rugby’. Other local landmarks include Eel Pie Island and its artists’ community, the fairy-tale Strawberry Hill House, stately Marble Hill House and its surrounding park, Harlequins Rugby Club and the charm of Church Street, a cobbled street which offers alfresco dinning in the summer. This diverse and exciting area is changing dramatically with more outstanding Ofsted schools, new housing developments, excellent transport links and improved recreational facilities. What’s more, the area benefits from direct, fast access into the heart of London by car or train, and excellent access to the national motorway network.
A little bit of history
The history of Twickenham goes back as far as the Norman period or perhaps earlier, but grew to prominence in the 1700s. The area became home to the world’s first industrial gunpowder factor, where there were frequent explosions – some felt as far as Reading and causing damage like blowing out the decorative painted windows as Strawberry Hill. Electricity arrived in Twickenham in 1902, with the world’s largest rugby stadium arriving in 1907.
Architecture and property
There are a wide range of property styles in Twickenham, including new-build apartments, riverside developments and houses with water access and beauty spots, as well as earlier conversions with apartments. Detached houses are usually Victorian or Edwardian villas, though there are also charming Victorian cottages, semi-detached properties from the 1920s and 1930s. Desirable addresses include the Trust Grounds area of St Margarets, where the houses share ‘secret’ gardens, as well as Strawberry Hill Road, The Green and Waldegrave Gardens.
Shopping and amenities
Twickenham shopping can be found along the London Road, Heath Road and Richmond Road, with further shopping in Richmond and Kingston including some larger stores. Superstore shopping includes a large Waitrose and a Marks & Spencer Simply Food.
Favourite local restaurants in Twickenham include Ruben’s Bakehouse a little further along Heath Road and the handful of cafes, Italian restaurants, wine bars and pubs that spill onto semi-pedestrianised Church Street. Popular pubs in the area include Barmy Arms and the White Swan.
Twickenham was once thought of as a fashionable resort town, so there are a number of lovely riverside homes and gardens which are now open to the public. This includes Marble Hill House, a Palladian mansion set in 66 acres of parkland, and Strawberry Hill House which has lovely gardens created by Horace Walpole. There are also walks along the river and in the Ham Lands, as well as Richmond Park.
Schools in Twickenham include a number of Ofsted ‘Outstanding’-rated state schools, including St Richard Reynolds RC, St Mary’s and Trafalgar Infants. For secondary education, regarded schools include St Richard Reynolds (11-18), Orleans Park and Waldegrave (girls only). There are two state grammar schools for boys and girls in nearby Kingston. In the private sector, Newland House, The Mall School for boys and Twickenham prep are popular.
Transport in Twickenham is excellent, with three stations (Twickenham, which is currently undergoing a massive regeneration and Strawberry Hill in Zone 5, St Margarets in Zone 4). Fast trains to Waterloo take 25 minutes and from Strawberry Hill and St Margarets it’s around 35-40 minutes. Some trains stop at Clapham Junction and Vauxhall for Victoria line connections. The A316 crosses Twickenham and Richmond into central London; in the south it becomes the M3 to the M25, Basingstoke, Winchester and Southampton. Twickenham is well-placed for international travel, with easy access to Heathrow airport in around 30 minutes (traffic depending).