CBRE Borough Guide 2017: Richmond upon Thames
Located in London’s south-west extremity, Richmond, offering a picturesque riverside and country lifestyle, has long been a London favourite. It is well known for Richmond Park: London’s largest Royal Park at over 2,000 acres and which accommodates 630 Red and Fallow deer that have roamed freely since 1529. It is also well connected, being approximately 30 minutes from Waterloo and Oxford Circus by train.
These are some of the factors that have contributed to it being rated as London’s happiest borough in a recent survey. Regeneration in the Richmond is mainly focused on Twickenham town centre, with key sites including Twickenham Station and the former Royal Mail Sorting Office. The redevelopment of the Sorting Office, which was undertaken by Berkeley Homes, was completed in early 2017 and comprises 28 town houses and 82 apartments. It also encompasses two restaurants, a public piazza and a new cultural venue open to residents and the public.
Good to know:
- Richmond Park is the largest of all London’s royal parks and is three times the size of New York’s Central Park.
- The Royal Botanic Gardens, otherwise known as Kew Gardens, is located in Richmond and is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site. It is more than 250 years old and home to 30,000 living plant species. The centrepiece of Kew’s Palm House is an enormous Jurassic cyad – The world’s oldest pot plant.
- Richmond is the only borough to be situated on both the north and south of the River Thames.