Richmond Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Richmond, Greater London

Exceptional4.1

Living in Richmond

A leafy green village on the river Thames, Richmond is known for being the favoured home of royalty for hundreds of years. Technically located in Surrey, Richmond nevertheless has excellent transport links, by tube and Overground trains, into central London. 

Ratings

Exceptional4.1

Community

  • Richmond has a country village atmosphere and a close community despite being close to central London
  • Many of the people who live in Richmond commute into London for work
  • There are many small, specialist shops where one may get to know the shopkeeper

Safety

  • Richmond is one of the six safest places to live in London, according to MoveBubble
  • It has the lowest rate of violent crime in London, and alcohol-related antisocial behaviour rates have been kept low by the Richmond Community Safety Partnership
  • 2015 figures revealed it to be the fourth safest London borough overall
  • Kew, North and South Richmond wards all have average crime rates according to the Met

Parking

  • Parking in Richmond, as well as traffic in the town centre, can be difficult

 

Nightlife

  • Richmond is more a family area than a nightlife hotspot, but there are still a few places to go in the evenings for a drink – although many close fairly early 
  • It is also well-connected by transport to get to places like Hammersmith or Putney that have more going on in the late hours

Family Friendly

  • With numerous excellent schools, a great safety record, 3 Royal Parks, river access, a lively town centre, and easy access into central London – as well as the availability of larger family houses – Richmond is an excellent place to raise a family

Pet Friendly

  • Richmond provides access to as much green space to run around in as a dog could want

Transport

  • The journey to London Waterloo takes just under 20 minutes
  • Richmond Station is served by the District Line (Zone 4)
  • London Overground trains run to Willesden Junction, Euston, and Stratford
  • Buses serve Kingston (65), Clapham Junction (337), Hammersmith (33&419), and Heathrow Terminal 5 (490) and more
  • There is easy car access into central London via the A316 and to the West and Southwest
  • Nearly a quarter of residents travel to work by car or van
  • Overground trains connect Richmond to Willesden Junction, Euston, and Stratford