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Richmond, London


Richmond Riverside
Richmond is located in Greater London
 Richmond shown within Greater London
Area  5.38 km2 (2.08 sq mi)
Population 21,469 (North Richmond and South Richmond wards 2011)[1]
   – density  3,991/km2 (10,340/sq mi)
OS grid reference
   – Charing Cross 8.2 mi (13.2 km)  ENE
London borough Richmond
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RICHMOND
Postcode district TW9
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Richmond Park
London Assembly South West
List of places

Richmond is an affluent [2] suburban[3] town in southwest London, 8.2 miles (13.2 km) west-southwest of Charing Cross. The town is on a meander of the River Thames, with a large number of parks and open spaces, including Richmond Park, and many protected conservation areas,[4] which include much of Richmond Hill.[5] A specific Act of Parliament protects the scenic view of the River Thames from Richmond.[6]

Richmond was founded following Richmond Green and on Richmond Hill. These remain well preserved and many have listed building architectural or heritage status. The opening of the railway station in 1846 was a significant event in the absorption of the town into a rapidly expanding London.

Richmond was formerly part of the ancient parish of Kingston upon Thames in the county of Surrey. In 1890 the town became a municipal borough, which was later extended to include Kew, Ham, Petersham and part of Mortlake (North Sheen).[7] The municipal borough was abolished in 1965 when, as a result of boundary changes, Richmond was transferred to Greater London.[8]

Richmond is now part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It has a significant commercial and retail centre with a developed day and evening economy.[4]


  • History 1
    • The town's name 1.1
    • Royal residence 1.2
    • 18th and 19th century development 1.3
    • The War Memorial 1.4
  • Governance 2
    • History 2.1
  • Geography 3
    • Nearest places 3.1
  • Economy 4
  • Places of interest 5
    • Richmond Riverside 5.1
    • Richmond Green 5.2
    • Richmond Hill 5.3
    • Richmond Park 5.4
    • Museums and galleries 5.5
    • Theatres and cinemas 5.6
    • Pubs and bars 5.7
    • Restaurants and cafes 5.8
  • Societies 6
  • Leisure activities 7
  • Education 8
  • Demography and housing 9
  • Transport 10
    • Tube/trains 10.1
    • Buses 10.2
  • Nearest hospitals 11
  • Places of worship 12
  • Almshouses 13
  • Local newspapers 14
  • Notable residents 15
  • Film locations 16
  • See also 17
  • References 18
  • Further reading 19
  • External links 20


The town's name

The area now known as Richmond was formerly part of Shene. Shene was not listed in Domesday Book, although it is depicted on the associated maps as Sceon, its Saxon spelling.[9]

Henry VII had a palace built there and in 1501 he named it Richmond Palace in recognition of his earldom and his ancestral home at Richmond Castle in Yorkshire. The town that developed nearby took the same name as the palace.

Royal residence

Richmond Palace – a view published in 1765 and based on earlier drawings.

Henry I lived briefly in the King's house in "Sheanes". In 1299 Edward I "Hammer of the Scots", took his whole court to the manor house at Sheen, a little east of the bridge and on the riverside, and it thus became a royal residence; William Wallace was executed in London in 1305, and it was in Sheen that the Commissioners from Scotland went down on their knees before Edward.

Edward II, following his defeat by the Scots at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, founded a monastery for Carmelites at Sheen. When the boy-king Edward III came to the throne in 1327 he gave the manor to his mother Isabella. Edward later spent over two thousand pounds on improvements, but in the middle of the work Edward himself died at the manor, in 1377. Richard II was the first English king to make Sheen his main residence, which he did in 1383. Twelve years later Richard was so distraught at the death of his wife Anne of Bohemia at the age of 28, that he, according to Holinshed, "caused it [the manor] to be thrown down and defaced; whereas the former kings of this land, being wearie of the citie, used customarily thither to resort as to a place of pleasure, and serving highly to their recreation". It was rebuilt between 1414 and 1422, but destroyed by fire 1497.

Following that fire Henry VII built a new residence at Sheen and in 1501 he named it Richmond Palace. There are unconfirmed beliefs that Shakespeare may have performed some plays there. Once Elizabeth I became queen she spent much of her time at Richmond, as she enjoyed hunting stags in the "Newe Parke of Richmonde". She died there on 24 March 1603. The palace was no longer in residential use after 1649, but in 1688 James II ordered partial reconstruction of the palace: this time as a royal nursery. The bulk of the palace had decayed by 1779; but surviving structures include the Wardrobe, Trumpeter's House (built around 1700), and the Gate House, built in 1501. This has five bedrooms and was made available on a 65-year lease by the Crown Estate Commissioners in 1986.

18th and 19th century development

Beyond the grounds of the old palace, Richmond remained mostly agricultural land until the 18th century. Richmond Green and line Richmond Hill to its crest, now has listed building status.[10]

As Richmond continued to prosper and expand during the 19th century, much luxurious housing was built on the streets that line Richmond Hill, as well as shops in the town centre to serve the increasing population.

The War Memorial

The Richmond War Memorial, partly hidden by foliage.

Like many other large towns in Britain, Richmond lost a lot of young people in the First and Second World Wars. In the 1920s a stone memorial was unveiled in the town at the end of Whittaker Avenue, between the Old Town Hall and the Riverside. It is in the form of a column with an orb on top, standing on a double plinth. On the north side is the statue of a sailor, on the south side the statue of a soldier, and on the east and west sides are the coat of arms of the former Municipal Borough of Richmond, accompanied by the quotation:

while on the west side is a further inscription:

The names of the war dead are engraved into walls that jut out from the memorial.[11]


The town of Richmond is in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and forms part of the Richmond Park UK Parliament constituency. The current Member of Parliament is Zac Goldsmith.

Richmond is also part of the South West London Assembly constituency. For elections to the European Parliament it is part of the London constituency.


Richmond, earlier known as Shene, was part of the large ancient parish of Kingston upon Thames in the Kingston hundred of Surrey. Split off from Kingston upon Thames from an early time, the parish of Richmond St Mary Magdalene formed the Municipal Borough of Richmond from 1890.[12] The municipal borough was expanded in 1892 by the addition of Kew, Mortlake and Petersham[7] and in 1933 Ham was added to the borough.[7] In 1965 the parish and municipal borough were abolished by the London Government Act 1963, which transferred Richmond to Greater London. Together with the former Municipal Borough of Twickenham and the Municipal Borough of Barnes it formed a new borough, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.


Map of the town of Richmond.
Click to enlarge.

Richmond sits technically on the south side of the River Thames opposite East Twickenham, but owing to the way this stretch of the river's meanders, the town is immediately north and north-east of its nearest stretch of river, which curves around the town and then Kew in its course starting from Petersham to revert to a more definitively west-east axis. The river is still tidal at Richmond, so to allow major passenger and goods traffic to continue to operate during low tide, a half-tide lock was opened in 1894 and is used when the adjacent weir is in position. This weir ensures that there is always a minimum depth of water of 5'8" (1.72 m) toward the middle of the river between Richmond and Teddington whatever the state of the tide. Above the lock and weir there is a small footbridge.

Richmond is well endowed with green and open spaces accessible to the public. At the heart of the town sits George III in 1769.

South of the town centre, rising from Richmond Bridge to an elevation of 165 ft (50m), is Richmond Hill. To its south rises Richmond Park, an area of 2,360 acres (9.55 km2; 3.7 sq mi) of wild heath and woodland originally enclosed for hunting, and now forming London's largest royal park.[13] It is about three times the size of Central Park in New York. The park is a national nature reserve,[14] a Site of Special Scientific Interest[15][16] and a Special Area of Conservation.[17] It is included, at Grade I,[18] on English Heritage's Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.[19] It was created by Charles I in 1634[20] as a deer park and now has 630 red and fallow deer.[21] The park has a number of traffic and pedestrian gates leading to the surrounding areas of Sheen, Roehampton, Putney, Kingston and Ham.

Richmond's main arterial road, the A316, running between Chiswick and the M3 motorway, bisects Old Deer Park and the town to its north. The town's only dual carriageway, it was built in the 1930s, cutting off Richmond from Kew and entailing the construction of Twickenham Bridge. This road expands into three lanes and motorway status three and five miles west respectively.

The town centre is on the A307, which used to be the main link between London and northwest Surrey, and was previously one of the main routes of the Portsmouth Road before it was diverted.

Nearest places


Richmond upon Thames, of which Richmond North and South make up two of its House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer, Boots, Tesco Metro and Waitrose. A Whole Foods Market with 20,000 ft2 of floor space within a new development opened in October 2013. The remaining town centre stores are largely single units.

Mostly independent businesses line the narrow alleyways running off George Street towards Richmond Green and up Richmond Hill and there is a farmers' market in Heron Square on Saturdays. Richmond has one large stand-alone supermarket, Sainsbury's, with parking for 420 cars to the east of the town.

A range of convenience shopping, restaurants and cafes can be found on the crest of Richmond Hill lining Friars Stile Road, as well as along Kew Road towards the Botanical Gardens, and on Sheen Road, which comprise the third tier of the shopping hierarchy.[24]

Richmond also offers a wide variety of office accommodation and is the UK/European headquarters of several multi-national companies including eBay, Paypal and The Securitas Group, as well as head office to a number of national, regional and local businesses. Richmond has been described as "the beating heart of London’s growing technology industry" by London newspaper the Evening Standard.[25]

Places of interest

Richmond Riverside

Asgill House and Richmond Railway Bridge viewed from a houseboat

The Quinlan Terry who was commissioned to restore the area (1984–1987). Within the river itself at this point are the leafy Corporation Island and the two small Flowerpot Islands. The Thames-side walkway provides access to residences, pubs and terraces, and various greens, lanes and footpaths through Richmond. The stretch of the Thames below Richmond Hill is known as Horse Reach, and includes Glover's Island. There are towpaths and tracks along both sides of the river, and they are much used by pedestrians, joggers and cyclists. Richmond is now serviced by the London River Services with boats sailing daily between Westminster Pier and Hampton Court Palace.

The Thames riverfront north of Richmond Bridge. Click the image to access the full-size 12MB panoramic version.

Richmond Green

Wide-angle view of the northern half of Richmond Green, showing Pembroke Villas and Portland Terrace

Richmond Green, which has been described as "one of the most beautiful urban greens surviving anywhere in England",[26] is essentially square in shape and its open grassland, framed with broadleaf trees, extends to roughly twelve acres. On summer weekends and public holidays the Green attracts many residents and visitors. It has a long history of hosting sporting events; from the 16th century onwards tournaments and archery contests have taken place on the green, while cricket matches have occurred since the mid 18th century,[27] continuing to the present day. Until recently, the first recorded inter-county cricket match was believed to have been played on Richmond Green in 1730 between Surrey and Middlesex. It is now known, however, that an earlier match between Kent and Surrey took place in Dartford in 1709.[28]

Maids of Honour Row

To the west of the Green is Old Palace Lane running gently down to the river. Adjoining to the left is the renowned terrace of well preserved three-storey houses known as Maids of Honour Row. These were built in 1724 for the Richard Burton, the Victorian explorer, lived at number 2.[29]

Today the northern, western and southern sides of the Green are residential while the eastern side, linking with George Street, is largely retail and commercial. Public buildings line the eastern side of the Little Green and pubs and cafés cluster in the corner by Paved and Golden Courts – two of a number of alleys that lead from the green to the main commercial thoroughfare of George Street. These alleys are lined with mostly privately owned boutiques.

Richmond Hill

The famous south western view from Richmond Hill, seen in early spring
Riverside view from Twickenham bank

Partway up Richmond Hill is the factory, staffed mainly by disabled ex-servicemen and women, which produces the remembrance poppies sold each November for Remembrance Day.

The view from the top westward to Windsor has long been famous, inspiring paintings by masters such as J.M.W. Turner and Sir Joshua Reynolds[30] and also poetry.[30] One particularly grand description of the view can be found in Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Heart of Midlothian (1818). It is a common misconception that the folk song "Lass of Richmond Hill" relates to this hill, but the song is actually based upon a lass residing in Hill House at Richmond in the Yorkshire Dales.[31]

Apart from the great rugby stadium at Twickenham and the aircraft landing and taking off from Heathrow, the scene has changed little in two hundred years. The view from Richmond Hill now forms part of the Thames Landscape Strategy which aims to protect and enhance this section of the river corridor into London.[32][33]

A broad, gravelled walk runs along the crest of the hill and is set back off the road, lined with benches, allowing pedestrians an uninterrupted view across the Thames valley with visitors' information boards describing points of interest. Sloping down to the River Thames is the Terrace Gardens that were laid out in the 1880s and were extended to the river some forty years later.

A commanding feature on the hill is the former Royal Star and Garter Home. During World War I an old hotel on this site, the Star and Garter, which had been a popular place of entertainment in the 18th and 19th centuries but had closed in 1906, was taken over and used as a military hospital. After the war it was replaced by a new building providing accommodation and nursing facilities for 180 seriously injured servicemen. This was sold in 2013 after the charitable trust running the home concluded that the building no longer met modern requirements and could not be easily or economically upgraded. The trust has opened a new home in Solihull, West Midlands; and the remaining residents moved in the summer of 2013 to a new purpose-built building in Surbiton.

Richmond Park

Fallow deer in Richmond Park

At the top of Richmond Hill, opposite the former Royal Star and Garter Home, sits the Richmond Gate entrance to Richmond Park. The park is a national nature reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and a Special Area of Conservation. It is the largest of London's Royal Parks and was created by Charles I in 1634 as a deer park and now has over 600 red and fallow deer. Richmond Gate remains open to traffic between dawn and dusk.

King Henry's Mound, a Neolithic burial barrow,[34] is the highest point within the park. From the mound, there is a protected view of St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London over 10 miles (16 km) to the east which was established in 1710.[35] At various times the mound's name has been connected with Henry VIII or with his father Henry VII.[34] But there is no evidence to support the legend that Henry VIII stood on the mound to watch for the sign from St Paul's that Anne Boleyn had been executed at the Tower and that he was then free to marry Jane Seymour.[34]

King Henry's Mound is in the grounds of Pembroke Lodge. In 1847 this house became the home of the then Prime Minister, Lord John Russell, who conducted much government business there and entertained Queen Victoria, foreign royalty, aristocrats, writers (Dickens, Thackeray, Longfellow, Tennyson) and other notables of the time, including Garibaldi. It was later the childhood home of Lord John Russell's grandson, the philosopher, mathematician and social critic Bertrand Russell. It is now a popular restaurant with views across the Thames Valley. Pembroke Lodge is Grade II listed.

Also in the park and Grade II listed is Thatched House Lodge, a royal residence. Since 1963 it has been the home of Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. It was the home of U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower during the Second World War.

Museums and galleries

The Museum of Richmond, in Richmond's Old Town Hall, close to Richmond Bridge, has displays relating to the history of Richmond, Ham, Petersham and Kew. Its rotating exhibitions,[36] education activities and a programme of events cover the whole of the modern borough. The museum's highlights include 16th-century glass from Richmond Palace and a painting, The Terrace and View from Richmond Hill, Surrey by Dutch draughtsman and painter Leonard Knyff (1650–1722), which is part of the Richmond upon Thames Borough Art Collection.[37] Admission to the museum is free.

The Riverside Gallery, also at the Old Town Hall, has a year round programme of exhibitions by local artists including paintings, prints and photographs. Admission is free.

White Lodge Museum and Ballet Resource Centre[38] is in the Royal Ballet Lower School in Richmond Park. As part of its redevelopment programme, the school moved and enlarged its ballet museum, which now also contains a gallery and collections relating to the history of White Lodge. These artefacts can now be accessed by the public for the first time but advance booking is required.[38]

Theatres and cinemas

Richmond Lending Library and Richmond Theatre

Richmond has two theatres. The Richmond Theatre at the side of Little Green is a Victorian structure designed by Frank Matcham and restored and extended by Carl Toms in 1990. The theatre has a weekly schedule of plays and musicals, usually given by professional touring companies, and pre-West End shows can sometimes be seen. There is a Christmas and New Year pantomime tradition and many of Britain's greatest music hall and pantomime performers have appeared here.

Close to

  • The Richmond Society
  • Richmond Local History Society
  • History of Richmond timeline
  • Church Estate Almshouses
  • Houblon's Almshouses
  • Michel's Almshouses

External links


Further reading

  1. ^ a b Census Information Scheme (2012). "2011 Census Ward Population Estimates". Greater London Authority. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Department for Works and Pensions 2001 Census statistics. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  3. ^ A City of Villages: Promoting a sustainable future for London's suburbs. SDS Technical Report 11 ( 
  4. ^ a b "Conservation Areas".  
  5. ^ "Richmond Hill Conservation Area 5".  
  6. ^ "Preservation of the View". The View from Richmond Hill.  
  7. ^ a b c Great Britain Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Richmond MB (historic map). Retrieved on 21 November 2009.
  8. ^ Young, K. & Garside, P., (1982). Metropolitan London: Politics and Urban Change 1837–1981. London:  
  9. ^ Surrey Domesday Book
  10. ^ "List of buildings of special architectural or historic interest".  
  11. ^ "Richmond Surrey War Memorial". World War One Cemeteries. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Great Britain Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Richmond parish (historic map). Retrieved on 21 November 2009.
  13. ^ "Map of Richmond Park".  
  14. ^ "London NNRs".  
  15. ^ "Richmond Park". Citation.  
  16. ^ "Map of Richmond Park SSSI".  
  17. ^ "Richmond Park".  
  18. ^ "List entry summary: Richmond Park". Heritage Protection.  
  19. ^ "Registered Parks and Gardens".  
  20. ^ "Richmond Park: National Monuments Record, Pastscape".  
  21. ^ "Deer in Richmond Park".  
  22. ^ "Richmond". Locating your business.  
  23. ^ a b "Facts and figures – 2001 census data". North Richmond South Richmond Area Profile.  
  24. ^ "Richmond Borough profile".  
  25. ^ Williams-Grut, Oscar. "Richmond revealed as new tech hotspot".  
  26. ^  
  27. ^ Local History Notes: Richmond Green Richmond Libraries’ Local Studies Collection, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
  28. ^ Cricket Archive
  29. ^ "Sir Richard Burton (1821–1890) and Lady Isabel Burton (1831–1896)". Local history notes.  
  30. ^ a b Richmond Hill History Richmond Libraries’ Local Studies Collection
  31. ^ "The Lass of Richmond Hill". I'Anson International. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  32. ^ "Thames Landscape Strategy". Retrieved 8 May 2007. 
  33. ^ "London's Arcadia". Retrieved 8 May 2007. 
  34. ^ a b c  
  35. ^ "Threat to view of St Paul's from King Henry's Mound".  
  36. ^ Farquharson, Hannah (7 April 2006). "Elizabeth I letter among museum gems".  
  37. ^ "The Terrace and View from Richmond Hill, Surrey".  
  38. ^ a b "White Lodge Museum & Ballet Resource Centre".  
  39. ^ "History".  
  40. ^ Brewers Lane to Paved Court Local history notes, 3 August 2009, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  41. ^ "White Cross Hotel".  
  42. ^ "Old Ship public house".  
  43. ^ "Britannia public house".  
  44. ^ The Bingham Hotel
  45. ^ "The full list of 2010 Michelin star restaurants in the UK". Design Restaurants. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  46. ^ a b c d e f "Find charities".  
  47. ^ Hebert, Gail (15 January 2009). "Richmond's Victorian Gothic gem".  
  48. ^ "The Richmond Local History Society". website. Richmond Local History Society. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  49. ^ a b "Newsletter". The Richmond Society. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  50. ^ "LDF – Core Strategy Submission Representations from The Richmond Society Planning Committee".  
  51. ^ "Richmond Society hands out yearly good, the bad, and the ugly awards".  
  52. ^ "Royal Park wins Richmond Society Award". website.  
  53. ^ "Richmond Society Walk: Through the woods and meadows to Petersham". Totally Richmond. 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  54. ^ "Hill campus hosts Richmond Society".  
  55. ^ "The Richmond Society at a Glance". The Richmond Society. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  56. ^ "Welcome to Sir Trevor McDonald OBE who joins our distinguished group of Patrons: Lord Attenborough of Richmond, Rachel Dickson MBE, Bamber Gascoigne and Lord Watson of Richmond upon Thames CBE". The Richmond Society Quarterly Newsletter (236). Winter 2013. 
  57. ^ "Parks in Richmond". Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Totally Richmond. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  58. ^ Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club
  59. ^ The Princes Head Cricket Club
  60. ^ "Cycling in Richmond upon Thames". VisitRichmond.  
  61. ^ "Horse riding in Richmond". Totally Richmond. Totally Online Limited. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  62. ^ Richmond Canoe Club
  63. ^ a b Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density [1] Office for National Statistics
  64. ^ "History of the Richmond & Twickenham Times". Website.  
  65. ^ a b "The Park is the star". Richmond Park.  
  66. ^ "Richmond Park transformed into gypsy camp as Sherlock Holmes sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock and Jude Law as Dr Watson is filmed".  
  67. ^ Lydall, Ross (3 February 2005). "Billy Elliot v the badgers".  
  68. ^ James, Simon. "Film locations". Reel Streets. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  69. ^ "Wednesday 18th December – Finding Neverland". Programme of Films, Talks and Events September – December 2013.  
  70. ^ "Film Richmond".  


See also

A number of TV shows have also featured The Green or Little Green, including Agatha Christie's Poirot, Simon Schama's Power of Art and, in 2011, The Crimson Petal and the White.[70]

The high street; it is a magnet for film crews, particularly when recreating a city square or row of townhouses of bygone years. Richmond Theatre ranks as a major film location; it has featured in, for example, the Peter Sellers comedy The Naked Truth (1957),[68] Bugsy Malone (1976), The Krays (1990), Evita (1996), Bedazzled (2000), The Hours (2002) and Finding Neverland (2004).[69]

As well as a location for films, Richmond Park is regularly featured in television programmes, corporate videos and fashion shoots. It has made an appearance on Blue Peter, Inside Out (the BBC regional current affairs programme) and BBC Springwatch.[65]

The Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park featured in the film Billy Elliot (2000).[67]

Richmond has been a location that has featured in a number of films and TV series. Richmond Park with its wide-open spaces and rugged countryside was the backdrop for the classic historical film Anne of the Thousand Days (1969),[65] with Richard Burton and Genevieve Bujold, which looks back to Richmond Park in the 16th century. It tells the story of King Henry VIII's courtship and brief marriage to Anne Boleyn. More recently, in 2011, director Guy Ritchie filmed parts of Sherlock Holmes 2 in the park with Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law.[66]

White Lodge in Richmond Park, home of the Royal Ballet School

Film locations

For centuries, Richmond was home to the country's royal family. It also has a long list of famous residents, both past and present.

Notable residents

Now Richmond's only local newspaper, the Richmond and Twickenham Times has been published since 1873.[64]

Local newspapers

They are all managed by Richmond Charities.

Richmond has six surviving groups of almshouses, some of them originally founded in the 16th century:


Name Denomination/Affiliation Address Website
Bethlehem Chapel, Richmond Independent Calvinist Church Terrace, Richmond TW10 6SE website
Christian Fellowship in Richmond Halford House, 27 Halford Road, Richmond TW10 6AW website
Duke Street Church, Richmond Conservative Evangelicalism Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH website
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Richmond Christian Science 35 Sheen Road, Richmond TW9 1AD website
Friends Meeting House, Richmond Quakers 1 Retreat Road, Richmond TW9 1NN website
Holy Trinity, Richmond Church of England Sheen Park, Richmond TW9 1UP website
Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Richmond Roman Catholic 222 Sheen Road, Richmond TW10 5AN website
Raleigh Road United Church Methodist & United Reformed Raleigh Road, Richmond TW9 2DX website
Richmond & Putney Unitarian Church Unitarian Ormond Road, Richmond TW10 6TH website
Richmond Green United Reformed Church United Reformed Quadrant Road, Little Green, Richmond TW9 1DH website
Richmond Synagogue Orthodox Judaism Lichfield Gardens, Richmond TW9 1AP website
St Elizabeth of Portugal Church Roman Catholic The Vineyard, Richmond TW10 6AQ website
Chapel of St Francis, Hickey's Almshouses Church of England Sheen Road, Richmond TW9 1XB
St John the Divine, Richmond Church of England Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2TN website
St Mary Magdalene, Richmond Church of England Red Lion Street, Richmond TW9 1RE website
St Matthias Church, Richmond Church of England Friars Stile Road, Richmond TW10 6PN website
The Vineyard Life Church, Richmond Evangelical The Vineyard, Richmond TW10 6AQ website

Places of worship

Nearest hospitals

Route Start End Operator
33 Fulwell Hammersmith London United
65 Kingston
Chessington (Nights)
Ealing Broadway London United
190 West Brompton Richmond Metroline
337 Clapham Junction Richmond Go-Ahead London
371 Kingston Richmond London United
391 Sands End Richmond London United
419 Hammersmith Richmond London United
490 Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Richmond Abellio London
493 Tooting Richmond Go-Ahead London
H22 Hounslow Richmond London United
H37 Hounslow Richmond London United
R68 Kew Hampton Court Abellio London
R70 Hampton Richmond Abellio London
N22 Piccadilly Circus Fulwell Go-Ahead London

London Buses serving Richmond are:




Thirty per cent of Richmond households do not have a car/van. This figure is well above the borough average of 24% which may be related to the excellent transport links in the area and the lower proportion of families as reported in the 2001 census. A half of households have one car in line with the borough average.[23]


2011 Census households
Ward Population Households % Owned outright % Owned with a loan hectares[63]
North Richmond 10,649 5,168 26 30 272
South Richmond 10,820 4,047 28 24 266
2011 Census homes
Ward Detached Semi-detached Terraced Flats and apartments Caravans/temporary/mobile homes/houseboats Shared between households[63]
North Richmond 142 1,093 1,546 1,963 0 27
South Richmond 384 653 1,092 2,995 0 44

Demography and housing

Richmond University – a private institution, also known as Richmond, the American International University in London – is based here. Its degrees are accredited in the USA and validated in the UK.

Richmond University main building on the Richmond campus


Ham Polo Club is on the Petersham Road at the bottom of Richmond Hill. The club was established in 1926 and is now the only polo club in London; it is popular with picnickers during the summer months.

Skiffs (fixed seat boats) can be hired by the hour from local boat builders close to the bridge, with opportunities to row upstream towards the historic properties Ham House and Marble Hill House. In addition, Richmond Canoe Club,[62] founded in 1944 and now Britain's biggest canoe club, is also on the towpath south of Richmond Bridge.

Richmond is part of the London Cycle Network, offering on and off-road cycle paths throughout the area, including along the Thames Towpath and in Richmond Park.[60] The park also has bridle paths and horses can be rented from a number of stables around the perimeter of the park.[61]

On Richmond Green, the Princes Head Cricket Club[59] holds fixtures throughout the summer.

With a third of the borough being green and open space – five times more than any other borough in London,[57] Richmond has much to offer in the way of leisure activities. In Old Deer Park the borough-sponsored Pools on the Park leisure centre includes 33m indoor and outdoor pools and a fitness centre. Nearby, the park also provides open recreation areas, football, rugby and other pitches; in addition there is the Richmond Athletic Ground, home to London Scottish F.C. and Richmond F.C rugby clubs. An additional sports ground is home to both the Richmond Cricket Club and the London Welsh Rugby Union club, as well as tennis courts and a bowling green. The Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club[58] is also there with both golf and pitch and putt courses.

Leisure activities

[56] are the Society's patrons.CBE of Richmond Lord Watson and OBE Trevor McDonald, Sir Bamber Gascoigne, MBE Rachel Dickson [55][49] and publishes a quarterly newsletter.[54] and visits,[53] is a The Richmond Society

The Richmond Society
Formation 1957
Type civic society and conservation group
Legal status registered charity (number 285805)[46]
Region served Richmond, Kew, Petersham and Ham[46]
Membership 1000
Chairman Professor Ian Bruce CBE
Main organ The Richmond Society Quarterly Newsletter[49]
Budget <£10,000[46]
Staff none

The Richmond Local History Society encourages research into the local history of Richmond, Kew, Petersham and Ham. It organises a programme of lectures on historical topics and visits to buildings of historical interest.[47] The Society publishes a newsletter three times a year, an annual journal Richmond History and other publications.[48]

The Richmond Local History Society
Abbreviation RLHS
Formation 1985
Founder John Cloake
Legal status registered charity (number 292907)[46]
Region served Richmond, Kew, Petersham and Ham[46]
Membership 350+
Acting Chairman Robert Smith
Main organ Richmond History (annual journal); The Richmond Local History Society Newsletter (three times a year)
Budget <£10,000[46]
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Website .uk.orgrichmondhistory


The Bingham Hotel[44] was awarded its first Michelin star in 2010.[45] The hotel, which overlooks the Thames, was originally two houses and dates back to the mid-18th century.

Many of the major restaurant chains can be found within 500m of Richmond Bridge. There are also plenty of privately owned restaurants with culinary offerings from around the world, including Indian, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

Restaurants and cafes

Richmond is home to numerous public houses and bars scattered throughout the town centre, along the river and up the hill, with enough variety to cater to most tastes. One of the oldest is The Cricketers, serving beer since 1770, though the original building was burned down in 1844. It was soon replaced by the present Grade II listed building shown here. Samuel Whitbread, founder of Whitbread Brewery, part-owned it with the Collins family who had a brewery in Water Lane, close to the old palace.[40] Other Grade II listed pubs include the White Cross,[41] the Old Ship[42] and the Britannia.[43]

Pubs and bars

The town has three cinemas, the arthouse Curzon in Water Lane and two Odeon cinemas with a total of seven screens, the foyer of one having the accolade of being the only high street building visible from Richmond Bridge, and the second set on a nearby backstreet.

The Cricketers, The Green, Richmond


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