Richmond is a town in south-west London. It stands on the River Thames and features many parks and open spaces including Richmond Park.

Richmond was founded following King Henry VII’s building in the 16th century of Richmond Palace (so named in 1501), from which the town derives its name. The town and palace became particularly associated with Queen Elizabeth I (r. 1558–1603), who spent her last days there. During the 18th century, Richmond Bridge connected the two banks of the Thames, and many Georgian terraces were built, particularly around Richmond Green and on Richmond Hill. Those that have survived remain well-preserved and many have been designated listed buildings on account of their architectural or historic significance. The opening of Richmond railway station in 1846 was a significant event in the absorption of the town into a rapidly expanding London.

In 1890 the town of Richmond, formerly part of the ancient parish of Kingston upon Thames in the county of Surrey, became a municipal borough which later extended to include Kew, Ham, Petersham and part of Mortlake (North Sheen). The municipal borough was abolished in 1965, when local-government reorganisation transferred Richmond from Surrey to Greater London. Since 1965 Richmond has formed part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. As of 2011 it had a population of 21,469 (in the North Richmond and South Richmond wards). It has a significant commercial and retail centre with a developed day and evening economy. The name "Richmond upon Thames" often refers, incorrectly, to the town of Richmond: in fact (unlike the case of nearby Kingston upon Thames the suffixed form should properly apply only to the London Borough.

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Train & Undetground

Richmond station is a London Underground and National Rail station located in Richmond in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in south west London.

The station is the south-western terminus of the London Underground's District Line and the western terminus of the Silverlink North London Line service; the next station eastwards is Kew Gardens. Richmond is also served by South West Trains to and from Waterloo, Windsor and Eton Riverside, Kingston and Reading, on these services the station is between North Sheen and St. Margarets stations.

Richmond station is one of the western termini of the District Line on the London Underground system. It is also the western terminus of the North London Line to North Woolwich and served by trains from Waterloo station on the National Rail service, connecting it with Reading, Staines, Windsor, Wimbledon and Weybridge.

By Underground (tube)
The Borough is served by the District Line of the London Underground Service to Richmond and Kew Gardens. Plan a journey - Transport for London (

By Train
There are 15 SWT (South West Trains) Railway Stations in the Borough. From Clapham Junction you can get a direct train to anyone of the stations in the borough. Clapham Junction can be reached from London Waterloo or London Victoria in under 10 minutes.

Waterloo station can be reached directly in 20 minutes from Richmond allowing good connections to the city, the West End, as well as the south-east coast. Your UK Train Journey Planner - National Rail Enquiries.

List of stations in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Barnes, Barnes Bridge, Fulwell, Hampton, Hampton Wick, Mortlake, North Sheen, Richmond, St Margarets, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Twickenham, Whitton.


Richmond is known for its top-performing schools:

Here are a selection of the most popular :


Christ's School -

Orleans Park School -

Waldegrave School -

Grey Court School -

The Richmond Upon Thames School -


Barnes Primary School -

St Richard Reynolds Catholic Primary School -

Marshgate Primary School -

St Mary's Hampton Church of England Primary -

The Queen's Church of England Primary School -


Richmond boasts the longest stretch of the River Thames and it runs for over 10 miles through the borough, linking Hampton Court Palace, Richmond Town Centre and Kew Gardens with London.

Here are just some of the must-see places to visit:

The Royal Botanic Kew Gardens -

Ham House and Garden -

Hampton Court Palace -

Marble Hill House -

The Landmark Arts Centre -

Museum of Richmond -

Richmond Theatre -



Chiswick is a district of west London. It contains Hogarth's House the former residence of the 18th-century English artist William Hogarth; Chiswick House; a neo-Palladian villa regarded as one of the finest in England; and Fuller's Brewer; London's largest and oldest brewery. It stands on the River Thames which is used for competitive and recreational rowing, with several rowing clubs on the riverbank. The finishing post for the Boat Race is just downstream of Chiswick Bridge. Old Chiswick was an ancient parish in the county of Middlesex, with an agrarian and fishing economy beside the river; from the Early Modern period, the wealthy built imposing riverside houses on Chiswick Mall. Having good communications with London, Chiswick became a popular country retreat and part of the suburban growth of London in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was made the Municipal Borough of Brentford and Chiswick in 1932 and part of Greater London in 1965, when it merged into the London Borough of Hounslow. Modern Chiswick is an affluent area which includes the early garden suburb Bedford Park, Grove Park, the Glebe Estate and Strand-on-the-Green.

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While Chiswick may be pretty and picturesque, a riverside village set above a looping section of the Thames, the area is a commuter’s paradise being less than half an hour’s journey to the West End by Rail. Your UK Train Journey Planner - National Rail Enquiries

By Underground (tube)
Chiswick is served by four Zone 2 London underground stations on the District Line: Stamford Brook, Turnham Green, Chiswick Park and Gunnersby. Plan a journey - Transport for London (

By Bus & Road
Chiswick is also situated at the start of the North Circular Road (A406), South Circular Road (A205) and the M4 motorway, the latter providing a direct link to Heathrow Airport and the M25 motorway. Chiswick is serviced by multiple bus routes into central London. London Transport Travel Information Plan a journey - Transport for London (


Chiswick is known for its top-performing schools:

Here are a selection of the most popular:

Secondary & Independent

Chiswick School -

Heathfield House School -

Gunnersbury Catholic School –


Belmont Primary School -

St Marys Catholic Primary School -

Grove Park Primary School -

Strand-on-the-green School -

Southfield Primary -


Strand-on-the-Green is quite possibly the most beautiful street in London. Gorgeous envy-inducing houses line this river walkway, but anyone can enjoy the beautiful view.

Head to Turnham Green and on a sunny day, you’ll see families and couples laid out on picnic blankets as far as the eye can see.

Sometimes you just want to escape the hustle and bustle, and a few hours of rambling along the woody paths and restored 18th-century gardens of Chiswick House are just the ticket.