Twickenham is a large suburban town situated ten miles southwest of Central London. It is the administrative headquarters of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The town is bordered to the south by the River Thames and Eel Pie Island, which is connected to the Twickenham embankment by a narrow footbridge.
Twickenham‘s history extends as far back as a local charter of 704 AD. From Norman times, the area was farmed for several hundred years, while the river provided opportunities for fishing, boatbuilding and trade. During the Industrial Revolution, the area was well-known for gunpowder production – a dangerous industry that declined in the late 19th century. The old Shot Tower, mill sluices and blast embankments can still be seen along the banks of the river.
Shopping in Twickenham is located mainly along Church Street and comprises a mix of high street names, independent stores, cafes and delicatessens. Around St Margaret’s station there are coffee shops, a cheese shop and a traditional family butcher. Nightlife is fairly low key and focuses on traditional pubs and good restaurants. The White Swan is a 17th century pub that sits above the shallow slope to the Thames and enjoys both a sunny veranda off the bar and a pretty paved garden right on the river. The Barmy Arms is a popular rugby pub overlooking the river and Eel Pie Island.
Twickenham is probably best known for its sporting links and is home to the headquarters of the Rugby Football Union and Twickenham Rugby Stadium. Harlequins, a rugby union club, and London Broncos, a rugby league club, play at the Twickenham Stoop.
Property in Twickenham
Twickenham has a great mix of properties including beautiful Victorian villas and gothic houses, Edwardian terraces, 1930s semis, and pretty cottages. Many properties in Twickenham sit on leafy, tree-lined streets and have generous gardens, and as such families are drawn to the area. Streets like St Peters Road and St Margaret’s Drive are among the most expensive, while properties around the town centre and Twickenham Green are more affordable. The highly popular new developments along the riverbank at Richmond Bridge and Richmond Lock offer luxury apartments with great on-site facilities and spectacular views across the Thames.
The River Thames at Twickenham
There are plenty of activities and attractions to be enjoyed along this stretch of the River Thames. Some highlights include:
- Twickenham Carnival, held annually over a weekend in June along the banks of the river
- Visit the recently restored Horace Walpole’s Gothic Castle, just off the riverbank
- Follow the riverside walk from Richmond Bridge to Strawberry Hill and view one of the finest surviving 18th century mansions, Marble Hill House – now owned by English Heritage but originally built by Henrietta Howard, George II’s mistress
Transport in Twickenham
- Twickenham railway station to Waterloo (26 mins)
- Great local bus routes including the 281 to Tolworth, the R70 to Hampton, the H22 to Hounslow, the 33 to Fulwell and the 235 to Brentford
- Easy access to the A3, M3, and M4
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