What is Richmond like?
Richmond is an excellent family area, with its schools considered to be amongst the best in the country. Petersham, Ham, Kew, Sheen, Twickenham and St Margarets surround Richmond.
For centuries the favoured residence of royalty, the area retains a gracious air, scattered with stately homes and large villas and townhouses. Richmond Park, Petersham Meadows and the riverside lend a serenity rarely found in other parts of London.
Property in Richmond
The Green, once home to ‘tournaments’ during the reign of King Henry VIII features some of the very finest houses in the country. Richmond Palace, now no longer in existence, was a favourite home for Elizabeth I and was situated here on The Green. Richmond Hill and the roads off it are desirable for family houses many of which are Victorian and therefore elegant and stylish. Further fine houses and apartments on The Terrace at the very top of Richmond Hill enjoy some of the most far reaching views anywhere in London and this view is one of very few that are protected by an Act of Parliament.
Petersham has an extraordinary collection of Georgian mansions, houses and cottages some close to the green expanses of Petersham Meadows. Just over Richmond Bridge, East Twickenham is an appealing prospect being so close to Richmond and yet not at the current time commanding the premium prices of the town itself. Beyond is St Margaret’s, a charming residential area with numerous quaint boutiques, delicatessens and other specialist shops. Further afield the appealing lifestyle afforded by Twickenham and Teddington, both flanking the river, is compelling.
For prime houses with the famous view or noble connections, head to Richmond Hill and Maids of Honour Row on The Green.
For proximity to Richmond Hill and the Park, look in Rosemont Road, Montague Road, Mount Ararat Road and many more.
For classic pre Victorian for those partial to something really architecturally stimulating try The Green and Montpellier Row, Twickenham.
For apartments and mansion flats, look all over Richmond Hill, East Twickenham, up into Kew and dotted across the borough.
The local scene
Richmond’s great glories are the spectacular view from the crest of Richmond Hill – a breathtaking panorama that has been painted by Turner and described by Wordsworth and Scott – and Richmond Park, the former Royal hunting ground that provides over 2,300 acres of hills, woodlands, ponds, gardens and grassland, dotted with ancient trees. In addition, Petersham Meadows is a tranquil stretch of riverside farmland adjacent to the historic estate of Ham House. Across the river, another stately home, Marble Hill House, sits in the centre of an immaculate public park, while The Green, at the town’s centre, is a gracious expanse of lawn fringed with fine houses.
The world’s most famous botanic gardens are at Kew, while a rich cultural scene centres on Richmond Theatre, which presents numerous starry productions on their way into the West End, and the Orange Tree, an acclaimed home of new and rediscovered drama.
Richmond has an excellent range of independent retailers and restaurants, many charmingly situated in the courts and alleys that connect The Green and the main high street, George Street; Petersham Nurseries has become a favourite destination for food-lovers; its cafe has a Michelin star. There are numerous other eateries, bars, cafe’s and the high street brands known to us all. Particularly charming are the bakery, delicatessen and butchers on Friars Stile Road in an area euphemistically known as The Village at the top of Richmond Hill.
Richmond is within 19 minutes of London by mainline train into Waterloo if you time your trip correctly: There are also District Line underground services into the City. Many bus routes cross the area providing links to many surrounding areas and in some cases beyond.
The adjacent A316 connects directly with the M3, while the M4 begins just over Kew Bridge, providing fast access to the M25 and Heathrow airport as well as into central London.
Schools in Richmond
Richmond’s excellent state and independent schools include King’s House and Old Vicarage Schools and The Vineyard School; further afield are the superb Tiffin’s Boys and Tiffin’s Girls in Kingston, Kingston Grammar School, and Lady Eleanor Holles and Hampton School in Hampton. The German School in Ham and Marymount in Kingston offer international education.