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Twickenham is integral to a large London suburb set to the South West of London, within the boundaries of the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames.  It is situated just ten miles from central London.  It is an extraordinary legacy to the borough that nearly half of the total area of this land mass consists of green spaces, including Richmond Park, Old Deer Park, Kew Gardens and Burry Park, making it a highly desirable London suburb, sought after by the rich and famous, anyone in fact seeking one of the most leisurely lifestyles any London area could offer with its cultural and sporting amenities, its abundant spaces and parks.  Crudely speaking, Twickenham can be divided into three sections consisting of the old part, the high street currently being gentrified and the more residential area of Twickenham Green.  It is under scrutiny for further modernisation and development by Richmond Council as part of an initiative to improve the area, enhance its existing appeal and to attract more tourists.

The land running alongside the river from Marble Hill Park to Strawberry Hill is populated with an array of luxury properties, quite large some of them, formal parks and gardens, pubs and a recently developed leisure facility.

The gateway to Twickenham is Pope’s Grotto where the period houses to the west are generally quite large.  Twickenham Green is an area that is characterised by smaller properties that tend to grow in size and stature as they make the distance.  Whitton that lies further north and west was previously agricultural but now contains property hallmarked by 1930 – 1960s housing stock.

North East of central Twickenham sits the district of St Margarets on one side of Richmond Bridge, the shortest bridges of the Thames Tideway.  The roads here are lined with trees and it is a desirable area.  It is livelier for an eclectic collection of shops and cafés, home also to Twickenham Film Studios. 

Standard of Living in Twickenham

In Twickenham, more than half of residents are Christian with about 40% of residents without a religion.  With a selection of good to outstanding schools across the board, this is an ideal area for family households. Decent Victorian houses are common to this area and some have the proportions of mansions.  The population of Twickenham intensified in the twentieth century given local initiatives to suburban expansion and development.                  

Twickenham is regarded as an ideal area for professionals and families given the large open spaces, its good schools, the general sporting facilities and it’s general quality of life with all the advantages of a well developed, well endowed suburban idyll, and yet, not so far from the city centre.   There is a good sense of community here with a fair number of pubs, some of which are situated near the Twickenham Stadium that is host to international and national rugby matches.   The wonderful open green spaces within the borough speak for themselves giving sustenance to a wildlife presence whilst creating a sense of space unsurpassed in any other area of London.   The crime rate is average. 

Other Living necessities in Twickenham

The transport links are all well served by a string of buses, underground and overground trains.

More than half of residents are Christian with about 40% of residents without any specific religion.  With a selection of good to outstanding schools across the board, this is an ideal area for family households.

Nor is there any shortage of bistros, takeaways, restaurants, coffee shops and pubs that serve very good food in Twickenham.  There are some stunning venues exhibiting art including the Orleans House Gallery which is an octagonal shape and stands tall by the river.  There is also the Lovers Lights Gallery on the Green, the Richmond Hill Galllery, Henry Boxer Art Gallery and the Landmark Arts Centre which consists of a community hub in creativity within a converted church.   

There are a number of venues within Twickenham that play live music including the Cabbage Patch pub every Sunday since 1983 and the George.   

There is a Waitrose and various shops including a couple of independent alcoholic beverage merchants

Real Ale Limited www.realale.com

Last Try Wines  www.lasttrywines.co.uk

...and Yummies London Ltd  has been described as the best delicatessen in London.

Twickenham has undergone many changes without compromising any of its historical charms.  It remains to this day an area of outstanding beauty and appeals to famous artists, actors, performers, the rich and the famous alike.  There is a fair selection of leisure centres and entertainment for everyone. 

  

Places to visit near Twickenham

The parks within the borough of Richmond are world renowned for their beauty and wildlife including Richmond Park which counts as the largest royal park of London and Bushy Park as second largest.  Within Twickenham itself, lies the grandiose Marble Hill Park, Kneller Gardens and Twickenham Green that plays host to summer cricket.

The famous monuments including museums within the borough are listed, individually depicted and described in the excellent local website resourced by www.twickermum.com  This is also an excellent resource information for places to visit with children, also providing information on fun activities for them to do to keep them out of mischief on holidays and weekends.

Marble Hill House, the Orleans House Gallery, the World Rugby Museum which is bound to be of great interest to any rugby lover, are all within Twickenham awaiting to be discovered.  The Twickenham Museum is a local history museum, and stocks a good collection of books and postcards about the area.

Twickenham Council Tax

Twickenham is located in the borough of Richmond.  Council Tax for the borough of Richmond is calculated according to the value of the said property as of 1st April 1991.  It is made up of two components, the one to Richmond and the other to the Greater London Council.  Starting with Band A at 1,054.93 per annum, the bands are increased incrementally with Band D at 1,054.93 to Band H finally at 3,164.78.

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