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.