Hampton is a suburban area centred on an old village on the north bank of the River Thames, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It adjoins Bushy Park and is west of Kingston upon Thames.
Hampton is a historic area, and its name may come from the Anglo-Saxon words “hamm”, meaning an enclosure in the bend of a river, and “ton”, meaning farmstead or settlement. The riverside area, above Molesey Lock, has many beautiful period buildings including Garrick's House and Shakespeare's Temple.
Popular primary schools with “outstanding” Ofsted ratings and two of the capital’s top private secondary schools make the area a firm favourite with families. The National Physical Laboratory, located on the edge of Bushy Park, is the area’s largest employer, with many young scientists and professionals buying or renting nearby.
Shopping in Hampton is centred around the Station Road area, which has a selection of independent stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. The high street is also home to a popular heated lido. A wider selection of high street shops, supermarkets, and a shopping centre can be found at nearby Kingston.
Nightlife in Hampton is laid back, with many pubs and restaurants located on the banks of the river. The Riverside Restaurant, located at the Carlton Mitre Hotel, offers first-class dining with panoramic views of the River Thames. For relaxed drinks in a friendly atmosphere with beautiful water vistas, try the Bell Inn.
Property in Hampton
Hampton has an interesting mix of property, including fine Georgian houses and cottages in the heart of the village, and Victorian townhouses and conversions. Homes at the Hampton Green development are highly sought-after, as are the new luxury riverside apartments that are being built along the banks of the river nearby.
The River Thames at Hampton
There are numerous activities and attractions to be enjoyed along this stretch of the River Thames. Some highlights include:
- The Astoria Houseboat recording studio, adapted by its owner, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, and moored on the River Thames
- Hampton Court Palace and Gardens
- Bushy Park, with its beautiful parkland and riverside walks
Transport in Hampton
- Hampton train station to Waterloo (45 mins)
- Bus services include the 111 to Kingston, the 216 to Cromwell Road, the 285 to Heathrow Central and the R70 to Richmond
- Easy access to the M3 and A3
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