Richmond Area Guide

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in south-west London, England, forms part of Outer London and is the only London borough on both sides of the River Thames. It was created in 1965 when three smaller council areas amalgamated under the London Government Act 1963. It is governed by Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council.

The borough is home to the National Physical Laboratory and the attractions of Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace, Twickenham Stadium and the WWT London Wetlands Centre that draw domestic and international tourism.

The borough is approximately half parkland – large areas of London’s open space fall within the borough boundaries, including Richmond Park, Kew Gardens, Bushy Parkand Old Deer Park. The predominant other land use is residential use and most businesses within the boundaries consist of retail, property improvement/development and professional services; parts of it – including Barnes, Richmond, St Margarets, Cambridge Park and Marble Hill, some areas of Twickenham and much of East Sheen – rival Stanmore Hill and Kenley as the highest house-price districts and neighbourhoods of Outer London.

In 2006, research commissioned by a major mortgage lender found that, on the quantitative statistical indices used, the borough had the best quality of life in London and was in the top quarter of local authorities nationwide. A neighbouring authority in Surrey achieved the best quality of life in that report.

Demography is a diverse picture as in all of London: each district should be looked at separately and even those do not reflect all neighbourhoods. Whatever generalisations are used, “the fine-grained texture of London poverty” by its minutely localised geography must always be taken into account according to an influential poverty report of 2010. Richmond upon Thames has the lowest child poverty rates in London at 20% and contains at least one ward with an above-average level (for London) of working-age adults receiving out-of-work benefits but even this borough – reflecting the best result – has two standard poverty indices of sixteen in which it is placed in the worst quarter of boroughs.


The Alberts Deli

Delicious, fresh food, served by friendly folk

2 Worple Way
TW10 6DF
020 8617 3029

La Luna Di Luca

La Luna Di Luca offers an exceptional service at two different restaurants, the Ristorante and the Pizzeria/ Trattoria

46C Friars Stile Rd, Richmond TW10 6NQ
07747 104 827

La Buvette

La Buvette has established itself as Richmond’s premier, independent French restaurant.

6 Church Walk, Richmond. TW9 1SN
020 8940 6264

The Ivy Cafe Richmond

The Ivy Cafe, Richmond is an all-day dining British cafe with an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international classics, seven days a week.

9-11 Hill St,
020 3146 7733

Dragon Inn

Family run Chinese cuisine

130 Sheen Road, Richmond TW9 1UR
+44 20 8332 1018


The true taste of Argentina

The Towpath,
Richmond Riverside,
TW10 6UJ
020 8948 4030

The Bingham

The Bingham is Richmond upon Thames’ riverside drinking and dining destination.

+44 (0) 20 8940 0902

Petersham Nurseries The Cafe

A charmingly casual yet sophisticated restaurant, set within a glasshouse

Petersham Nurseries
Church Lane (signed posted 'St Peter's Church')
Off Petersham Road
Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AB
020 8332 8665

Al Boccon di vino

Just like a vibrant, Italian wedding feast our no-menu policy allows us to choose and serve you traditional Venetian food

14 Red Lion Street
0208 940 9060


The White Horse

At the heart of the Alberts lies one of the very best pubs in Richmond... The White Horse is the ideal spot to enjoy a perfect pint, hand-picked wines and exceptional food with family and friends.

The White Horse
Worple Way
TW10 6DF
020 8940 2418

The Marlborough

Situated on Richmond Hill and a stone’s throw away from Richmond Park, our pub has a little something for everyone, whether you are looking for a cosy area to have a drink with your loved one or a group of friends, to an amazing dining room filled with character.

46 Friars Stile Road
TW10 6NQ
020 8940 8