Richmond Upon Thames is consistently voted one of Britain’s happiest places to live. And why wouldn’t its residents be smiling from ear to ear? This Zone 4 London borough is well connected to hotspots like Clapham Junction and Victoria, but with its rural, riverside setting and fascinating royal history, it could easily be mistaken for somewhere like Windsor.

HomeViews reviewer says…
“There’s lots to be enjoyed in Richmond-Upon-Thames. The area is often voted ‘Britain’s happiest place to live’, and with its charming riverside pubs, fine dining and beautiful stores, it’s easy to see why.”

Charm & sophistication

Stroll Richmond’s leafy streets, and you’ll discover quaint period cottages and townhouses. Some of the most idyllic buildings huddle around Richmond Green – a well-kept grassy expanse which hosts picnics and cricket matches in the summer months. There’s a great shopping scene here, too – an upmarket cornucopia of curious antique shops and contemporary art studios, jewellers and clothes boutiques.

Richmond Park

One of the area’s most visited attractions is Richmond Park, more than 2,000 peaceful acres of meadows, gardens and woodland. This one’s got some impressive accolades – it’s the largest of London’s Royal Parks, a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and a European Special Area of Conservation. Unsurprisingly then, there’s lots to see here, including ancient trees, herds of deer and talked-about Georgian mansion, Pembroke Lodge.

Richmond Bridge

Richmond Upon Thames’ pièce de résistance is its Grade I listed bridge, which straddles the Thames and offers spectacular photo opportunities. The water’s edge is a hive of activity, with listed pubs, al fresco wine bars and fine dining restaurants all sharing space on the riverbank. Most offer sunny terraces perfect for people watching.

Other draws

Other talking points are the borough’s excellent schools, two theatres, and impressive sporting world brags. Twickenham Rugby Stadium and Kempton Park Racecourse, to name just a couple, are within easy reach.

HomeViews reviewer says…
“Great for those who need to commute, as well as being surrounded by beautiful local parks, the Thames Path and the town centre, which has everything you want.”

Richmond Upon Thames