The lowdown: Kew
Kew is an area where families put down roots, it's an affluent suburb with a wealth of historic buildings and open green spaces popular with those looking for a relaxed lifestyle with good transport connections to central London...
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Average house prices in Kew
One-bedroom flat: £396,000
Two-bedroom flat: £612,000
Two-bedroom house: £819,000
Three-bedroom house: £1.02 million
Four-bedroom house: £1.28 million
Average rental prices in Kew
One-bedroom flat: £1,895 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £2,649 a month
Two-bedroom house: £2,776 a month
Three-bedroom house: £3,159 a month
Four-bedroom house: £3,772 a month
Kew's state primary schools are all judged to be “good” by Ofsted. There are no state secondary schools in Kew, but the best performing state comprehensives nearby are in Isleworth, Twickenham, Acton and Brentford. Kew has a large selection of private primary, secondary and all-through schools. See our full list here.
Kew has a lovely villagey feel in the little of triangle of streets outside Kew Gardens tube station. There is a pub, the Tap on the Line, a large flower stall, a butcher and Kew Bookshop. Nearby Mia Wood is a stylish gift and interiors shop. The area around the station is home to the Kew Village Market on the first Sunday of the month.
Kew Gardens is on the Richmond branch of the District Line. Kew Bridge and North Sheen have trains to Waterloo; both journeys take around 30 minutes. Kew Gardens is also on the Richmond to Willesden Junction section of the Overground. All stations are in Zone 3 and an annual travelcard costs £1,508.
Café Torelli is a popular independent café with outside tables and The Glasshouse is the local fine dining restaurant. On Kew Green, find Antony Worrall-Thompson’s Kew Grill; Linnea, a restaurant with a Scandinavian twist; and the Botanist, a gastro pub. The Original Maids of Honour is a famous bakery and café on Kew Road.
Leisure and the arts
There are plenty of events at Kew gardens. This year, performers at Kew the Music include Paloma Faith, Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, UB40 and The Specials. Kew the movies is an outdoor cinema with shows in the summer and there are theatres and a cinema in nearby Richmond.
The residents of Kew are spoilt for open space. As well as Kew Gardens there is the Old Deer Park and Richmond Park. Kew Gardens is not free but locals often buy membership for £72 (£62 if bought online) a year which gives unlimited entry for the member plus another family member of friend and up to two children.
£125,000: this well-maintained narrow boat on an outer mooring at Kew Marina boasts beautiful views up and down the Thames. Situated in an ideal location by Kew Bridge and just off Kew Green, this houseboat offers comfortable living in a perfect setting.
£550,000: this two-bedroom split-level apartment has a private garden, offering period features and its own private entrance. Set in a sought-after location close to Kew Village and the Botanical Gardens.
£1,799,950: this four-bedroom house features a large modern kitchen with dining space as well as an impressive garden.
£2,450,000: Grade II-listed, this five-bedroom family home is arranged over four spacious floors and retains many original period features.