Richmond Area Guide
Nestled between the largest Royal Park in London, and the famous River Thames, sits the historical borough of Richmond-upon-Thames. Originally fixed as open countryside until Henry VII constructed Richmond Palace in 1501, the King went on to name the area after Richmond in Yorkshire. Presenting a desirable composition of both town and country feel, it is no wonder this elegant London borough appeals to all generations. Offering an escape from Central London, this suburban town brings about that feeling of being worlds away from the hustle and bustle. From the local farmer’s market that parades itself each Saturday at Heron Square, to the great transport links with Waterloo station - just 17 minutes away - this picture perfect area is one of London’s most popular and beautiful boroughs.
From period properties to new developments, this suburban town has it all. Enriched with both history and culture, there is no shortage of beauty running throughout Richmond. The bustling town centre presents a shopper’s paradise, brimming with quaint Michelin star restaurants and cafés too, as well as high end and high-street stores. From House of Fraser to Anthropologie and Zara. Just a short stroll from the high-street leads you to Richmond Hill, the only view in London protected by an Act of Parliament. But if it’s sanctuary you are in search of, then exploring Richmond Park is essential; the national nature reserve plays host to an array of wildlife and deer, and a relaxing stroll around the area is definitely one to partake in. To discover the array of properties available to rent in this beautiful area, contact us on 020 8892 2244, your Richmond letting agent.
It’s no surprise that around two thirds of Richmond residents never vacate the area, proving that this borough is the perfect pick for your forever home. Although Richmond is situated within Greater London, its transport links sprawl into Central London, making it a prime spot for commuters and young families to relocate. Richmond is home to the Ham Polo Club, famed for being the last surviving Polo club, as well as playing host to a few famous faces each summer season, including Prince William and Prince Harry. For all you rugby fans, Twickenham is just a stone’s throw away, if you’d like to enjoy the big rugby games, conveniently situated near the local nest of pubs. But if sport is not your preferred form of amusement, why not try exploring the renowned historic homes and surrounding areas, including the famous Kew Palace and Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, and the much-loved Hampton Court Palace?
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Twickenham Area Guide
Aside from being the home of English rugby, Twickenham is a large suburban area of southwest London that sits in a large bend in the River Thames. The town boasts excellent transport links, green open spaces and views along the river. Twickenham Stadium may have put the area on the map, but through the years the attractive properties, busy high street and impressive local schools have all made Twickenham an appealing place to live. Twickenham also welcomes a variety of residents, from professionals drawn to the quick links into London and social scene, to families who are attracted to the local schools and urban lifestyle.
When looking for a home in Twickenham you will find a mix of Victorian and Edwardian properties, as well as new exciting developments offering gated homes and luxury apartments. As Twickenham is more affordable than nearby Richmond, many residents begin their journey on the property ladder by renting here before moving on to a larger, more permanent home. Families enjoy the space and freedom that other more densely populated areas just can’t offer; its undeniable charm is the reason why our Lettings Agency has also made Twickenham its home - located on Richmond Road, we continue to work with landlords and tenants in and around Richmond.
A leafy suburban neighbourhood, Twickenham is perfectly positioned close to the local attractions of Hampton Court, Strawberry Hill and Orleans House. Less historic, but perhaps a little more famous, the legendary Twickenham Stadium is one of the world’s largest stadium, with a capacity of 82,000, and hosting music concerts, conventions, and sporting events. Nearby you will find an array of shops, bars and restaurants, and a little further up the road is Kingston-Upon-Thames, where you can enjoy a wide variety of shops and entertainment venues. With many historic, musical and sporting links, Twickenham’s cultural and social capital might surprise you; live music, street parties and match day celebrations are a regular occurrence, bringing the residents together. As you can imagine, England’s home turf can often take over in Twickenham, but scattered throughout the town are several groups who work to improve and enrich the overall sense of community here. As estate agents in Twickenham we enjoy the weekly local market, boutique shops and delicious selection of restaurants, loved by locals and visitors alike. To discover the vast array of properties available to rent in this beautiful area, contact us on 020 8892 2244, your Twickenham letting agent.
Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you’ll know that the words ‘Twickenham’ and ‘rugby’ are usually said in the same sentence, but once you make this town your home you’ll realise there are far more attractions than just an odd shaped ball! Religious buildings and grand stately homes are perfectly complemented with sporting museums and beautiful gardens. In particular, you can discover the remarkable story of Marble Hill or explore the fun, fairy tales and fables at Strawberry Hill House. If you’re looking for a hidden treasure that no other town in London can lay claim to, seek out Eel Pie Island, it can only be reached by boat or footbridge, and holds around 50 homes and a nature reserve, close to some lovely traditional riverside pubs. As always, though, we are drawn back to sport, instilled in the blood of the area is Twickenham’s St Mary’s University; it is the oldest Catholic university in the UK and is located in the wonderfully named area of Strawberry Hill.
Once you have chosen your period home, picked your favourite formal garden and wandered through the town centre, what are you left with? The answer is a traditional town with a passion for sport, and at its heart, the people who call this peaceful yet powerful setting home.
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Richmond & Twickenham Schools Guide
The perfect family location, home to schools considered to be amongst the best in the country, Richmond is the perfect location for a content family life.
State Primary Schools
- - Holy Trinity CE Primary School, Richmond
- - Marshgate Primary School, Richmond
- - St Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School, Richmond
- - The Russell Primary School, Richmond
- - The Vineyard Primary School, Richmond
Independent Primary and Preparatory Schools
- - Broomfield House, Kew
- - Kew Green Preparatory School
- - King's House School, Richmond
- - Old Vicarage School, Richmond
- - Unicorn School, Kew
State Secondary Schools
- - Christ's School, Richmond
- - Grey Court School, Ham
- - Orleans Park School, Twickenham
- - Richmond Park Academy, Sheen
- - Tiffin’s School, Kingston-Upon-Thames
Independent Secondary Schools
- - Hampton School, Hampton
- - Kingston Grammar School, Kingston
- - St Paul's Boys School, Barnes
- - Surbiton High School, Surbiton
- - Swedish School, Barnes
- - The German School, Richmond
- - The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton