Richmond, England, is one of the places we call home. This pretty Thames-side town with stately architecture, passing rowers, great shops and dining along with easy access to central London is a place I always find hard to leave. Living in Richmond Upon Thames on and off since 2001 has given us fantastic opportunities, good friends and wonderful experiences. Again, we’ve spent summer here, but don’t think I’m a fair weather Londoner because I love the UK in all her seasons, autumn in particular.
We already have a post on Living in Twickenham, Twickenham is on the other side of the river and we’ve alternated over the years between living in Twickenham and more-expensive Richmond, to me the two are almost interchangeable although the closer to river and parks I can be, the better I feel. There’s something about being close to water or green spaces that does us all good.
Shopping and Dining in Richmond
We have a reasonable sized supermarkets in Richmond, including Tesco and Waitrose. Local foodies are kept more than happy with the weekend farmers’ market and various speciality food shops. A medium sized Marks and Spencer on the main street has the usual high quality prepared food.
Clothes hops from Top Shop to the ultra expensive line the high street along with stationers, news agents, abundant jewellers and many coffee choices.
Parks and Open Spaces
Locals and tourists can stroll along the Thames in either direction. Walk up Richmond Hill and you wouldn’t even know you’re in London. Richmond Park is a woodland and open grass oasis where red and fallow deer roam freely. It’s a Mecca for cyclists and dog walkers on weekends.
In the center of Richmond, the Green plays host to cricket matches and summer workers enjoying picnic lunches. In the Middle Ages the scene was quite different as jousters from Richmond Palace competed. I wonder what they would have made of the fine buildings and welcoming pubs that surround Richmond Green today
Housing Costs in Richmond
Richmond is not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, it’s a highly desirable premium housing area with excellent access to London, being on the end of the District Line.
To give you an idea of housing costs in Richmond, we recently rented a 2 bedroom AirBnb Apartment for £65/night and considered that an incredible bargain. That’s cheaper than our previous 1 bedroom flat Rental in East Twickenham, on the Richmond border and of course, that was a long term rental and didn’t include utilities or wifi.
You would struggle to buy any sort of small house or flat for under half a million pounds in this area. We really regret selling our house back in 2007!
I’ve taken this pause in our travels to take a photography course and really work on being a better taker of photos. I already had my Nikon DSLR but getting off auto and investing in one simple piece of kit, a folding light-weight tripod[easyazon_link identifier=”B00XI87KV8″ locale=”US” tag=”travelschoo0d-20″]AmazonBasics 50-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag[/easyazon_link], has really improved my pictures. I hope you enjoy some of the photos I’ve been taking of Richmond over the last few weeks and I hope they give you a clearer picture of what life is really like, here on the Thames.