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The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames has three major towns: Richmond, Twickenham and Teddington


Richmond is an elegant historic town, situated on the River Thames in one of London's most attractive areas, combining the best of town, city and countryside.

Its credentials include big houses, a busy high street, top schools, a riverside location, Richmond Park's 2,500 acres of woodlands and open space - all this in easy reach of Central London via the underground.

Richmond also has plenty of lively activities, so there's always lots to entertain you including a variety of shops & boutiques, traditional English pubs, diverse restaurants, a lively cafe culture plus theatres and cinemas.

There are also good state and private schools at primary and senior level - The Vineyard School, St Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School and The Lady Eleanor Holles School to name a few.

Many famous people have chosen to live in Richmond, including Kings and Queens, celebrities, sports players, TV presenters, film stars and it's so easy to see why!


Twickenham is a town steeped in history, with many attractions to visit such as York House Gardens, Marble Hill House and Orleans House Gallery. It is well serviced by public transport and is within easy reach of the M3 and M4 motorways.

Many people move to Twickenham because it is more affordable than Richmond. Properties range from large detached Victorian houses in St Margarets, semi-detached Victorian villas in Cambridge Park, red brick Edwardian houses in Strawberry Hill and Victorian cottages around Twickenham Green. There are good schools nearby, both state and private.

The town centre has a good selection of stores and a myriad of great boutique shops and restaurants in picturesque Church Street.

For sports enthusiasts, there's a huge choice of clubs available including football, athletics, hockey, cricket, rowing, squash and golf. Twickenham Stadium, the home of England rugby, is the largest venue in the world devoted solely to the sport of rugby union.


Teddington is a vibrant 'leafy' suburban area on the north bank of the River Thames. It's one of the few places in South London where there is a genuine 'village' atmosphere, where the locals all seem to know each other and the majority of the restaurants and boutiques are independently owned.

The town is sandwiched between the Thames and the peaceful idyll of Bushy Park yet it has a constant stream of trains going into central London. In Teddington you really are spoilt for choice with good road links, buses and trains

Teddington Lock connects the non-tidal Thames with the tidal river that Londoners know and love. The lock gets all sorts of boat traffic, from houseboats to lifeboats to submarines and the river is a haven for watersports enthusiasts.

The area offers a wide range of homes from modern flats to large, detached family houses with spacious gardens to chic waterfront dwellings.

Good state schools are a big draw. St Mary's and St Peter's on Somerset Road and Collis on Fairfax Road are both judged 'outstanding' by the government education watchdog, Ofsted.