Welcome to Richmond
With opulent properties on both sides of the River Thames, Richmond offers buyers and renters homes with magnificent green spaces, sought-after views, and stellar amenities close by. Royal Parklands provide acreage to explore at the weekends, with a bustling town centre, farmers’ markets and historic homes only adding to Richmond’s appeal. Hiking routes, the world-famous botanic gardens and days spent on the river afford residents here a very green and pleasant lifestyle indeed.
Did you know?
Wonderful for wildlife
Richmond Park is the largest Site of Special Scientific Interest in London.
Arts & Festivals
For almost a century, Richmond Performing Arts Festival has championed amateur performers and launched careers in the arts.
Mick Jagger, Sir David Attenborough and Richard E. Grant have all owned homes in Richmond.
Bordering the Thames, Richmond showcases its riverside locations with destination bars and restaurants providing residents with ample opportunities to enjoy the views. At weekends, living in Richmond gives you access to galleries, National Trust properties and any of the area’s many parks.
Richmond upon Thames’s blend of country life and city living is highly desired, not just for families, but for affluent buyers looking for Thames basin views and access to the area’s stunning Royal Parks. Naturally, Richmond’s well-known attractions welcome tourists and visitors to the area, but quieter spots can be found where the locals dwell. Independent shops sit side by side with larger stores, providing all the amenities you could need without travelling to central London. Though, Waterloo is just a 20-minute journey from Richmond station, Victoria is accessible via the District Line and the Overground easily connects you to north London. One of Richmond’s most desirable areas is made all the more sought-after by the proximity of The Vineyard School. Ofsted-rated Outstanding, the primary school is also close to some of the area’s most attractive three-bedroom homes - perfect for families.
Kew’s stand-out attraction, the Royal Botanic Gardens, is only part of this suburb’s story. Plenty of homely pubs and family-run restaurants mean that there’s plenty to do in the evenings too. Meanwhile, excellent education standards and the area’s green spaces attract families looking to be close to London with a little more room to explore.
Once a neighbourhood known for providing a leafy retreat to wealthy Georgian Londoners, Kew has very much retained its village-esque charm. Now, a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced period homes rub shoulders with newer housing developments to provide homes for households of all types and sizes. Known as a safe neighbourhood, a mix of independent prep, Church of England and state primary schools complement Kew’s plentiful green spaces to create the ideal family environment.
To the west of Richmond Park, Richmond Gate blends into blissful Petersham. This scenic village overlooks Richmond Hill and comes complete with a handful of cafés and tea rooms in leafy surroundings. Surrounded by Ham Gardens, Ham Common and Richmond Park, it’s a true spot of tranquillity in south-west London.
A charming mix of village cottages, apartments in period conversions and luxurious listed properties cement the old-world feeling of Richmond Gate and neighbouring Petersham. Complete with polo, golf and tennis clubs, rustic pubs with beer gardens and some of the best views in London, residents here truly marvel in their luck at having the best of both worlds. An Outstanding-rated high school and sixth form, Grey Court School, sits right at the heart of the neighbourhood, whilst The German School attracts bilingual families to the area.
The best of Richmond: things to do
Restaurants in Richmond could easily make you question the need for an open-plan kitchen at home. Family bistros are a delight and all too tempting for a weekday haunt, with elegant options also providing scope for celebrations and evenings with more pizazz.
Richmond’s family-run sushi restaurant has established itself as the neighbourhood go-to for Japanese cuisine. Its sleek decor walks the fine line between minimal and warmly welcoming, while the menu pairs refined small plates with a handpicked wine list. For something a little more substantial, don’t miss the main a la carte menu.
Petersham Nurseries Cafe
No horticultural knowledge is necessary to enjoy this fabulous lunch spot. The glorious glasshouse setting, beautifully presented meals and vibrant bougainvilleas make this more of a restaurant than café. Recently awarded a green Michelin star for sustainability, it’s hard to choose from the seasonal menu or indulgent afternoon teas.
Al Boccon Di’vino
When it comes to deciding where to eat in Richmond, few look further than Al Boccon Di’vino. The dining experience may be somewhat different than most, but that only serves to increase the appeal. There’s no menu or wine list, and diners gather around large tables to eat the Italian way - as a family.
Our pick of Richmond’s bars provides locals very different experiences. Chic and stylish bars deliver a lively nightlife scene, with flower-decked terraces and art-covered walls making ideal backdrops for Friday night catch ups with friends.
Richmond’s destination spot is not just a bar, but a restaurant, hotel and idyllic garden too, excelling on all fronts. This historic townhouse has evolved from a literary hub in the early 1900s to a wonderful riverside location in which to relax and unwind.
Established by Richmond residents, Tap Tavern is one of the few neighbourhood pubs that can truly claim to be local and independent. The numerous draught beer options are hard to find elsewhere and headline a drinks menu stocked with small batch gins, as well as a rather tempting whiskey cocktail selection.
No 1 Duke Street
The fresh interiors of No 1 Duke Street make it an adaptable space to enjoy at any time of day. With every refreshment catered for - from coffees and mocktails to cocktails and single malts, it seems only fair to stay and enjoy brunch or a small plate or two as well.
Living in Richmond gives you access to the calibre of theatre shows usually only found in the West End. Independent theatres foster community engagement and art galleries shore up the creative community with regular events.
For over a century, Richmond Theatre has wowed residents with big-name productions, household names and must-see shows. Rarely is the stage empty, and the line-up mingles stellar casts with live events, making it easy to catch the latest shows without travelling to the West End.
Orleans House Gallery
This Richmond gallery’s setting is almost as eye-catching as the art on display inside. Free to see collections of events and exhibitions make this a popular spot for local residents to enjoy time and time again. Don’t miss the gardens, woodland, and river views.
Orange Tree Theatre
For a more intimate theatre experience, a seat around the stage at Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre is a must. Showcasing ground-breaking works, fostering new talent and inspiring the next generation of theatre-makers, it’s a creative hub in Richmond and central to the community.
Richmond’s green spaces are the jewel in its crown. Opportunities to enjoy the outdoors here are endless. On rainy days, historic homes invite you indoors to explore how life was lived centuries ago.
Royal Botanic Gardens
The exotic and fragrant glasshouses of Kew need little introduction, though there’s far more to enjoy across the sprawling UNESCO listed site. Enjoy the changing of the seasons at the Arboretum, pick up a little inspiration in the many gardens or delve into the intricate world of botanical art in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery.
Peace and tranquillity reign at Richmond’s National Trust property, Ham House. One of a handful of properties across the country to provide a ‘silent space’ for contemplation, a summer house sits within the grounds where visitors can reflect. Elsewhere, it’s a rare chance to see examples of 17th century luxury.
Enjoy weekend walks and summer picnics in the 2,500 acres of Richmond Park. Deer herds graze among the park’s ancient woodlands and birdsong fills the air. As well as ample opportunities to spot wildlife, activities include cycling, golf, horse-riding, fishing and power-kiting. Just enjoying the wildflower meadows is equally pleasing if you want something a little more sedate.
Property in Richmond
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Families and professional couples tend to rent in Richmond, drawn in by the large houses and high-quality two-bedroom flats and cottages. Prices vary, depending on the location, quality and size of the property, though generally speaking the closer to Richmond Central you get, the more expensive the home. Anywhere in the catchment areas of the best schools- The Vineyard, Marshgate and Orleans Park, for example- will also command a high price.
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Richmond draws in buyers from all over London- and all over the world- who are united in their desire for a village-like lifestyle without compromising on links to central London. The cost of property in Richmond varies hugely, with each road commanding it’s own unique prices. The size and quality of a property will impact its price, as will its location and proximity to the area’s excellent schools.
Marsh & Parsons in the Richmond community
We don’t just sell and let property in London; we’re Londoners too. Engaging with our local communities is at the heart of Marsh & Parsons’ ethos and we have supported local organisations, schools, charities, businesses and community groups over the years.
St Elizabeth’s School
St Elizabeth’s is a lovely school that we work within Richmond. The school prides itself on encouraging every child to reach their full potential both academically and personally in a happy, safe and stimulating environment. They have a strong community ethos and the school works closely with parents and the local community to ensure every child gets the best education possible, and they are encouraged to contribute to the wider life of the school and the community. The school accepts children from nursery to year 6, and received an Outstanding rating by Ofsted because of the quality of teaching there.Find out more
Supporting local businesses
We headed down to Richmond to speak to Mark from Westbrook’s salon about what he loves about the area, while Alan from Oliver’s Wholefoods tells us about the local community. During our chat with The Kew Bookshop we uncover what the residents of Richmond and Kew are reading and why it’s such a wonderful area to live in.Find out more