Richmond is the quintessential suburban town; it sits on a beautiful meander of the Thames, and boasts a large number of parks and open spaces, yet is just eight miles from the centre of London. Richmond took its name from the palace built by Henry VII and monarchs throughout history have come to the area, in particular to the eponymous park, in order to hunt. The area flourished in the 19th century, when much of its luxurious housing was built, most of which has been beautifully preserved over the years.
Richmond today has all the atmosphere of a village, at the same time as having a wealth of convenient amenities on its doorstep and excellent transport links to the centre of London.
There is a huge variety of property available in Richmond: from small but picture-perfect terraced cottages to grand Georgian villas, the beautifully-preserved architecture is just one of the reasons that the area is so desirable.
The Georgian houses surrounding Richmond Green, in particular, make Richmond a unique place to live.
Both state and independent schools in Richmond are renowned for being excellent. Marshgate and the Vineyard are two outstanding primaries. Christ’s and Grey Court (featured) are good secondary schools.
There is an abundance of places to eat in and around Richmond. The Glasshouse in Kew is a very popular neighbourhood restaurant. Petersham Nurseries (featured) has a lovely café within one of its greenhouses.
There are a number of pubs and bars and lining the banks of the river. No 1 Duke Street (featured) is a popular independent bar and restaurant in the centre of Richmond.
Richmond Park (featured) is on the doorstep and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are a short drive away. The unparalleled views over Richmond Hill are a particular highlight of the area: have a drink at the Roebuck pub while watching the sunset over the horizon.