The lowdown: Richmond
Once the home of kings, this attractive town is the perfect spot for families. An idyllic combination of town and country, the commute to Waterloo takes 30 minutes - and on a clear day you can even see St Paul's Cathedral from King Henry's Mound in Richmond Park. Images: Daniel Lynch
Average house prices in Richmond
One-bedroom flat: £361,000
Two-bedroom flat: £529,000
Two-bedroom house: £609,000
Three-bedroom house: £795,000
Four-bedroom house: £1.15 million
Average rental prices in Richmond
One-bedroom flat: £1,578 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £2,204 a month
Two-bedroom house: £2,284 a month
Three-bedroom house: £2,935 a month
Four-bedroom house: £4,272 a month
Richmond has three primary schools that are judged to be “outstanding” and three comprehensive schools, two of which are judged to be "outstanding" and one is judged "good". There are proposals to open a free secondary school on the Richmond College site in Twickenham. See our full list here.
Richmond has interesting shops and cafés, including a branch of the Margaret Howell fashion brand, Massimo Dutti, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Matches, Zadig & Voltaire, Anthropologie and Zara Home. Maison specialises in French and Scandinavian-inspired painted furniture. Celebrated chocolatier William Curley is based in Paved Court.
Richmond has frequent trains to Waterloo that stop at Clapham Junction, where commuters can change for Victoria. The journey to Waterloo takes between 16 and 30 minutes depending on whether it is a fast or stopping train. Richmond is also on the District Line. The station is in Zone 4 and an annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs £1,844.
Lots of chain restaurants have branches in Richmond. La Buvette, tucked away in Church Walk, is a popular local French restaurant, and the Bingham boutique hotel in Petersham Road has a fine dining restaurant. The teahouse at Petersham Nurseries also serves meals in a relaxed setting. See our full list here.
Leisure and the arts
Richmond has two theatres: the Richmond Theatre often has touring plays before or after a West End run, and the Orange Tree is a leading fringe theatre. There are two cinemas: The Odeon multiplex and the Curzon. The council-owned Pools on the Park in the Old Deer Park has outdoor and indoor swimming pools.
The Green is a popular picnic spot on weekends. At the weekend locals head for the 2,360 acres of Richmond Park, once a royal hunting ground, where walkers, cyclists and horse riders have plenty of space to explore. In spring the Isabella Plantation is a blaze of colour as the large collection of azaleas come into flower. The Thames Path also passes through Richmond.
£775,000: this two-bedroom flat offers both modern and period features, a stylish kitchen, reception room and double bedrooms - in the heart of Richmond.
£1,250,000: this five-bedroom Victorian house sits just 0.3 miles from Richmond Station. Arranged over three floors, the home has a bay window, feature fireplace and a converted loft room which serves as the fifth bedroom.
£3,400,000: this three-bedroom detached home, with landscaped gardens, is located on a quiet cul-de-sac off Kings Road. The house was built for the current owners, with future proofing set in place to allow the new owner to extend further into this 22.6m wide plot.
£6,500,000: at the top of Richmond Hill and backing onto Richmond Park, this five-bedroom detached home has an indoor swimming pool, separate studio, two garages and off-street parking.