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Highlights: Hampton Wick Festival,

Christmas Craft Fair early December;

annual Christmas Carols evening with a

torch-lit procession.

Local website:

Kew Village

When you arrive at Kew Gardens

station, you are greeted with one of

the most attractive shopping areas in

London. A wide range of independent

shops, restaurants and cafés sit in

the heart of the village, providing a

wonderful selection of unusual gifts and

culinary delights.

Kew Green is a traditional village

green near the river with a duck

pond. The impressive building of St

Anne's dominates the green and is

the burial place of several artists and

important botanists including Thomas


A lovely tranquil walk along the Thames

towpath can be taken by heading

downstream towards Mortlake, passing

behind the National Archives. At Kew

Gardens Pier you can catch a river bus

or a tourist ferry and be taken slowly up

the Thames in much the same way that

the Royal visitors to Kew were.

Highlights: Gateway to Kew Gardens,

Kew Palace and National Archives;

traditional Kew Fete, Kew Sparkle

Christmas evening, Kew Horticultural

Society Show, farmers' and

independent traders' market first

Sunday of the month.

Local website:


Richmond is a beautiful historic town

with excellent transport links, making it

an attractive location for a wide range of

businesses. On a meander of the River

Thames it has several parks and open

spaces and is the gateway to many

of the borough's tourist attractions,

including Richmond Park, Little Lanes

and Richmond Hill.

The scenic view of the River Thames

from Richmond Hill is the only view in

England to be protected by an Act of

Parliament, thus preserving the views

immortalised in paintings by J. M. W.

Turner and described by Sir Walter

Scott as "an unrivalled landscape". The

scenic panorama can be viewed from

Terrace Walk which surmounts Terrace

Gardens, both designated Gardens of

Special Historic Interest.

At the top of Richmond Hill is the

Richmond Gate entrance to Richmond

Park, the largest of London's Royal

Parks. A Site of Special Scientific

Interest and a Special Area of

Conservation it was created by Charles

I in 1634 as a deer park and now has

over 600 red and fallow deer.

Highlights: Richmond Theatre; Orange

Tree Theatre, remains of Richmond

Palace, Richmond Bridge - the oldest

surviving bridge on the Thames, The

Poppy Factory, markets every Saturday

and Sunday in Heron Square near the

river, Terrace Gardens and the iconic

view from the top of Richmond Hill,

May Fair, family firework display

in November.

Local website:

St Margarets

The unique and vibrant area of

St Margarets is dominated by

independently owned businesses that

are built on traditional values of service,

quality and innovation.

Highlights: St Margarets Community Fair

in Moormead Road Recreation Ground,

Turner's House and Twickenham

Studios are two local landmarks .

Local websites:


Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill is an attractive riverside


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