London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

About the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in southwest London forms part of Outer London and is the only London borough to span across both sides of the River Thames. 

Richmond Park is the largest park in London, and the National Physical Laboratory and the National Archives are also located in the borough. Within its boundaries are Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace, Twickenham Stadium, and the WWT London Wetlands Centre, all of which attract tourists both domestically and internationally.

It was created in 1965 when three smaller council areas amalgamated under the London Government Act 1963. Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council governs the borough and is divided into 19 wards. There are 198,019 people in the borough. The main settlements are Barnes, East Sheen, Mortlake, Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington and Hampton.

Geography & Demographics

About half of the borough is parkland – Richmond Park, Kew Gardens, Bushy Park, and Old Deer Park are among the many open spaces in London that are within its borders. Most of the other land uses in the borough are residential. Retail, property improvement/development, and professional services make up the majority of businesses. There are parts of the borough such as Barnes, Richmond, St Margarets, Cambridge Park and Marble Hill, some areas of Twickenham and much of East Sheen with the highest house prices in Outer London.

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

At 20%, Richmond upon Thames has the lowest child poverty rate in London, and its wards have above-average rates of working-age adults receiving out-of-work benefits (for London). However, despite reflecting the best result, this borough has two standard poverty indexes of sixteen, placing it in the worst quarter of boroughs for poverty.


Attractions & Parks

Among Richmond's many parks are Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Kew Gardens, and Hampton Court Park. The borough has more than 100 parks and open spaces and a riverfront of 21 miles (34 km). 140 hectares are designated as part of the Metropolitan Green Belt within the borough.

Hampton Court Palace, Twickenham Stadium, and the WWT London Wetlands Centre are all attractions that draw domestic and international tourists to the borough.


Sport & Leisure

There are several sporting clubs in the borough, including Hampton & Richmond Borough Football Club which plays at Beveree Stadium in Hampton. 

In addition to Richmond Rugby Club, London Scottish F.C. also shares their grounds with Richmond Minis and Richmond Heavies. Richmond Minis play at a large level for youths, while Richmond Heavies play at a higher level for veterans.

There are many places in the borough where cricket is played, such as Ham Common, Richmond Green, and Kew Green.

There are a number of sailing and rowing clubs located along the River Thames. Richmond Canoe Club is located a short distance upstream from Richmond Bridge.

It is also home to the Ham Polo Club and the Horse Rangers Association, which are both involved in equestrian sports.

“Pools on the Park”, Richmond's outdoor pool, is located in Old Deer Park near the town centre.

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