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Richmond Hill, London, England

Updated on November 27, 2014

Richmond Hill. The Best View in London, England

Richmond Hill is a small district in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England and is famous for having the best view in London; This stunning view was loved by the painter, Turner and inspired many other artists. Richmond Hill is now perhaps more famous for the people who live here: It is home to Pete Townsend of the Who, Mick Jagger and Ronny Woods of the Rolling Stones and David Attenborogh

Richmond Hill is an excellent place to stay in West London with a selection of great hotels and also just a short walk from Kew GardensThe Royal Botanical Gardens with plants; Twickenham which is the location of the International Rugby Stadium and museum and the towns of Richmond, Kew, East Sheen, Barnes and Twickenham all have some excellent restaurants and pubs. Wimbledon, is famous for British Lawn Tennis.

This web-site is about this most beautiful area in London, just 10 miles from central London, included reviews, travel tips, advice and recommendations for:



Kew Botanical Gardens

Richmond Park


Richmond Park also features in the London 2012 Olympic Games:

24th July 2012: The Olympic Torch Relay travels from Kingston to Ham, then passes through Richmond Park and Richmond Hill27th July 2012: The Olympic Torch Relay travels along the River Thames past Richmond28th July 2012: The Olympic Games - Men's road race29th July 2012: The Olympic Games - Women's road race31th July 2012: The Olympic Games - Cycle time trial route rehersal1st August 2012: The Olympic Games - Men's cycle time-trial29th July 2012: The Olympic Games - Women's cycle time-trial

View from Richmond Hill Terrace

The Turner View Richmond Hill Surrey
The Turner View Richmond Hill Surrey

Richmond Hill, London, England

Richmond Hill - Favoured by Turner... and Mick Jagger

The Terrace at the top of Richmond Hill looks down into the Thames Valley below, at the most beautiful section, where the river bends round towards Kingston, with Twickenham across the river and some small islands and moored boats in between. The beautiful Richmond Bridge to the right and the gates of Richmond Park just a few hundred yards away. The Terrace extends for several hundred yards, with a wonderful view from it's entire length and many wooden benches to sit on, and maps in front detailing the various points of interest in the view. Mick Jagger's house overlooks The Terrace and the clientele from the beautiful little pub, The Roebuck, empty out onto the Terrace, which makes a perfect place to enjoy a drink.

The Star and Garter Home stand majestically right at the top of the hill next to the entrance of Richmond Park

Deer in Richmond Park, Near Richmond Hill

Deer in Richmond Park, Near Richmond Hill
Deer in Richmond Park, Near Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill: The Best View in London

The Best View in London

The view is the best in London, virtually unspoilt by buildings, with the stately home, Ham house visible, and just a short walk along the tow-path. Parking is difficult on Richmond Hill, where it is mostly restricted to residents, but free parking is available in the park. Traffic on summer weekends is terrible, so coming by train or bus would be far better. It is free to visit the hill and the terrace, and inexpensive food is available nearby, or very expensive beer from the pubs on the hill.

Photo Of Kew Gardens (just 2 miles away)

Photo Of Kew Gardens (just 2 miles away)
Photo Of Kew Gardens (just 2 miles away)

Famous People Who Live On Richmond Hill and Richmond Upon Thames, London

Famous People Who Live on Richmond Hill - and Richmond Borough

Richmond Hill is home to many famous people including Pete Townsend the songwriter and guitarist from The Who (lives at "The Wick" on the Terrace), Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, the multitalented David Attenborough who is most famous for his BBC Natural History programmes and a career spanning 50 years and his older brother Richard Attenborough, the film director.

Other famous actors who live in Richmond (or have lived here), include: Joss Ackland; Joe Anderson; Helen Baxendale, Georgina Chapman, Peter Davison, Oliver Golding, Richard E Grant, Jerry Hall, Keeley Hawes, John Hannah, Amanda Holden, Jane Horrocks, Edmund Kean, Matthew McFadyen, John Mills, Robert Pattinson, Peter Sallis... to name but a few

Other famous musicians, artists and TV personalities from Richmond: Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd); Terry Britten (singer and songwriter); Rod Burton (children's TV presenter and musician); Richard Dimbleby (broadcaster); George Eliot (writer); Mary Elizabeth Braddon (novelist) The Fades (indie rock band); Bamber Gascoigne (television presenter); Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac); Guy Hollingworth (Magician) Mollie King (The Saturdays); Philip Lynott (Thin Lizzy); Brian May (Queen); Hugh McIlvanney (sports writer); Jason Bradbury (writer and TV presenter); Lawrence Dallaglio (rugby player); JMW Turner (artist); Rick Wright (Pink Floyd); Rudolph Nureyev (Ballet Dancer); Malcolm Arnold (composer); Richard Ashcroft (The Verve)

Kew Botanical Gardens, Near Richmond Hill

Kew Botanical Gardens, Near Richmond Hill
Kew Botanical Gardens, Near Richmond Hill

View From Richmond Hill Terrace

View From Richmond Hill Terrace
View From Richmond Hill Terrace

Places and Things to Do Near Richmond Hill

Other Places Near Richmond Hill

Above: Photo of the Star and Garter next to the entrance to Richmond Park at the top of Richmond Hill.

Barnes Village

A beautiful village with good restaurants a train ride away from Richmond.

East Sheen

Richmond was originally called Sheen, before Queen Elizabeth moved into the Palace and the town changed its name to Richmond. East Sheen, is a short walk away, next to the park and also has a good selection of independent restaurants.

Kew Green

The main gate of Kew Gardens is on Kew Green. This ancient green has a good selection of architecture, restaurants and bars, but is spoilt a little by the big road running through it and over Kew Bridge.

Strand on the Green

Next to the river near Kew Green. Three excellent old riverside pubs.

The Best Pub in the World: The White Swan in Twickenham

The Best Pub in the World: The White Swan in Twickenham
The Best Pub in the World: The White Swan in Twickenham

Postcards, Greeting Cards etc. from Richmond Hill

Stickers, Magnets, Coffee Mugs and other Souvenirs from Richmond

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Richmond Hill View

The Turner View Richmond Hill Surrey
The Turner View Richmond Hill Surrey

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      Andy 3 years ago from London, England

      TV cameras appeared on Richmond Hill Terrace, outside Jerry Hall's house (i.e. formerly Mick Jagger's house), as soon as the apparent suicide of L'Wren Scott (Sir Mick Jagger's girlfriend) was announced last night, which must have been distressing.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      I would love to go there some day! It looks beautiful!

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      overcliffehotelkent 5 years ago

      Beautiful place to live,I like you post , Keep updating..

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      Just lovely! Makes me quite nostalgic!

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      @dannystaple: I shall look out for you next time I'm in the Terraced Gardens. They are virtually my front garden (in fact I am looking down into them now from my lounge window) My 2 year-old son like chasing the squirrels there, so we go there several times a week.

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      dannystaple 5 years ago

      Gets my like. I live here now! I'd love to live in one of the big mansions instead of the flats (so this gets my lotto quest vote). I love the Terrace Gardens, and spent this afternoon there. ChrisDay has it very right too though.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Looks like a beautiful place to live.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Been here too

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      stickyboard 6 years ago

      Very Big fan of Richmond and this lense! We're a bit new to all this but great to see such great lenses out there!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Richmond is a kind of wonderful place. Very nice lense. So happy to be here :) Merry Christmas ;)

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      So much to know about our Capital - too much for a single lifetime. Thanks for your focus on this fascinating and beautiful area of London.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Oh my goodness but I surely do love the view from atop the hill. I'm thinking of the English man who went up a mountain and came down a hill; you know that one?

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      How wonderful!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      Interesting lens. Loved the photo of Kew Gardens especially.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Thanks very much.

      Yes. We do occasionally bump into the local celebrities here, which is quite amusing, especially when they are dressed in normal scruffy clothes and doing normal everyday things like the rest of us. [in reply to Tipi]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very nice lens Andy. Richmond Hills looks like a great place to live. Didn't realize so many famous people love it too and live there as well. Do you ever get to see some the celebrities? That would be just too cool!!!

      I've been making some new lenses, and right now my Kevin Skinner one is my top lens. Seems people from all over the world are hoping Kevin will win the million dollars in America's Talent. I know I sure am hoping he will win, what a great guy. ~ My next lens is to be about the book I'm going to read next, need to get started on that today.

      Good to see your tweet!