Richmond is a town in south west London. Historically part of Surrey, it is now part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
Richmond is a much sought after residential location, and among the most wealthy areas in the United Kingdom. It is also a significant commercial and upmarket retail centre. The town is located on a meander of the River Thames, with a large number of parks and open spaces, including Richmond Park, and many protected conservation areas. Richmond is noted for its high quality of life, as well as its affluence.
Richmond also offers a wide variety of office accommodation and is the UK/European headquarters of several multi-national companies as well as head office to a number of national, regional and local businesses.
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 Cricketer's, serving beer since 1770.
Most of the major restaurant chains can be found within a few minutes of the town centre. Aside from those, there are plenty of privately owned restaurants with culinary offerings from all around the world, including German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
Possibly the most upscale of Richmond's restaurants is located at the Bingham Hotel and was awarded its first Michelin star in 2010.
With a third of the borough being green and open space – five times more than any other borough in London, Richmond has much to offer in the way of leisure activities. Located in Old Deer Park, the local authority-run Pools on the Park 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 is also located there with both golf and pitch and putt courses.
On Richmond Green, the Princes Head Cricket Club holds fixtures throughout the summer.
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. The park also has bridle paths and horses can be rented from a number of stables located around the perimeter of the park.
Ham Polo Club is located 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.
Nearest tube stations
- Richmond Station (District Line, London Overground and South West Trains)