Living in Richmond
Named the happiest borough to live in, Richmond is understandably one of the most sought after locations in the UK with its abundance of charm, Royal Parks and the River Thames. With its excellent transport links (approximately 20 mins train journey to Waterloo) and exceptional schools, Richmond is particularly popular amongst young families moving out of central London in want of a country village feel but still within close proximity to central London.
Did You Know:
- Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park in London covering almost 2,500 acres. For many years Richmond has been known as “London’s Arcadia” with celebrities including David Attenborough, Jerry Hall, Richard E Grant, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger all choosing to reside there.
- There is over 20 miles of riverside in Richmond and is the only borough in London to span over the Thames. Richmond Bridge is the oldest existing river crossing in London.
Architecture and property:
Richmond benefits from a wealth of architecture- Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian as well as modern properties. The Green, Richmond Hill, Montague Road and Rosemont Road are the roads in most high demand.Maids of Honour Row enviably positioned by The Green is a beautiful terrace of Grade I listed houses. Knight Frank Richmond have sold number 1 and number 4 in the past.
Who lives there:
A tapestry of cultures and demographics (this is London!)Young families and professionals (mainly within the financial services, entertainment industries and entrepreneurs) from central London in want of exceptional schooling, outdoor space and easy access to central London.
Where to eat:Richmond offers a wide range of places to dine ranging from Michelin star restaurants to places perfect for family luncheons. Michelin star- The Glass House. Gaucho (Argentinian) on the river, Muriels Kitchen, La Buvete, The Bingham Hotel, The Petersham Hotel- boasting views of Richmond hill, Petersham Nurseries, Bills, Cote, Richmond Hill Bakery.
Where to drink:Great pubs in Richmond such as The White Swan tucked away behind the Green, well known for their Sunday roasts and The White Cross, a Victorian pub along the river. Pitcher and Piano is a popular bar next to Richmond Bridge with a terrace overlooking the Thames. Rustic bar and restaurant No. 1 Duke Street (sister restaurant to No. 11 Pimlico Road) has a contemporary interior, perfect for relaxed dining.
Culture: Variety of galleries, art centres and cinemas. We have the Richmond Theatre on The Green, a 115 year old venue, hosting the finest productions in the UK from high quality dramas to classic musicals. Richmond also benefits from The Orange Tree theatre, Curzon and Odeon cinemas.
Sports & Leisure: Richmond offers a diverse range of sports. Richmond Athletic Ground is home to Richmond and London Scottish rugby clubs with Old Deer Park London Welsh’s home. The Stoop is home for Harlequins rugby, the home of rugby though is Twickenham, just a short walk away from Richmond town centre. There is polo at Ham, cricket on The Green and both indoor and outdoor swimming in Old Deer Park. Tennis courts, bowling greens and numerous golf courses are also readily available in Richmond.
Shopping: Richmond offers a great selection of shops including the well-known high street shops, boutiques, designer stores and also antique shops. Department store House of Fraser is also present on Richmond high street.
Parks & Green Spaces: Richmond Park- the largest of the capital’s 8 Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London. Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve, London’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation. It boasts wonderful walks, a protected view of London at King Henry’s Mound, a protected plantation spot, numerous cycle routes, wild deer and a ballet school. The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to over 30,000 species of plants.
Underground (London only): Richmond tube station (district line)
Overground: Richmond overground (20 minute train to waterloo).
Bus routes: Good bus routes towards Fulwell, Hammersmith, Ealing Broadway, Kingston, West Brompton, Clapham Junction, Heathrow Terminal 5, Tooting, Hounslow, Manor Circus, Hampton Court, Kew Retail Park, Piccadilly Circus and Whitton. Useful links to local attractions below.
Car: The major road networks include the A316/M3 allowing access into Central London or out to the South West of England, the A4/M4 enables access to London Heathrow Airport and the West Country but also into the West End and City.
The Richmond Borough is renowned for the first class schooling opportunities; a significant draw for buyers looking to relocate from both overseas and from central London it is a key reason why a family, once settled in the Richmond area, tend to stay long term
- King's House School – All boys primary/prep school from 3-13
- The Old Vicarage School- All-girls primary school (4-11 years)
- Marshgate Primary School
- The Vineyard School Boys and Girls- mixed school 4-11
- St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School-mixed
- Lady Eleanor Holles School- girls school both junior, senior and sixth form school
- Hampton boys
- Ibstock Place
- The Harrodian
- St Pauls
- Colet Court
Council & Tax Bands:
Council: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Richmond council tax rates: