Local Site of the Week - Richmond Upon Thames

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This week's Local Site of the Week is Richmond-Upon-Thames. Here, the Local editor tells us a bit about herself and her area.

What's your name and where do you come from?

My name is Nargiza and I am originally from Uzbekistan. 

 

Why did you become a MN Local editor? 

Mumsnet was my support network while I was pregnant; its humour helped me through the screaming-baby days. As time went by, I discovered a lot of family-friendly destinations and activities in our borough, and friends kept suggesting I do something to share my knowledge with others in the same boat. So I became a Local editor and I love it; this is my contribution to the Mumsnet community now. I really hope my work is helping other parents and carers. 

 

What's your favourite thing about the area?HCP

After living in Switzerland for a long time, getting married and moving to London, Richmond was the only place I could live – a perfect combination of nature and close proximity to the city. Long promenades along the banks of the Thames were my pregnancy craving!

There's a reason that writers and painters such as Turner were inspired here. Historical palaces such as Hampton Court Palace and Strawberry Hill House are worth visiting again and again. For people who, like me, love nature but still enjoy the city life, this is a perfect location.

 

And your least favourite? 

The house prices - they're sky high! No wonder they call it 'Hollywood on Thames'.

 

Best child-friendly cafe in your area? petershamcafe

The café I love the most is in Petersham Nurseries - it's a cute place with delicious food and good kids' changing facilities (worth taking a photo).

Pottery Café would be next - you can enjoy tea and cakes while making some personalised gifts with your child. Angelina Jolie was seen taking her brood here once upon a time ...

 

Best place to go if you want a child-free night out?

Richmond has a vast choice of restaurants for gourmets. A nice performance at Richmond Theatre gives us plenty to talk about afterwards in Pitcher & Piano by Richmond Bridge, looking out over the River Thames.

 

Best outside space?

Richmond Park is another love of mine, full of history, beautiful landscapes, deer, birds, and riverside walks. Plenty to see and do with family and friends.

At a glance

Average semi-detached house price
Richmond: £804,363
UK: £201,427

Average class size for primary schools
Richmond: 27.9 pupils 
UK: 27 pupils

Average salary
Oxford: £41,607
UK: £26,000

Unemployment rate
Oxford: 4.5%
UK: 7.8%

 

Favourite hidden gem?

Isabella Plantation. Once in bloom, it's a dreamland of bursting colours. The Facebook page cover photo was taken there!

 

Best free visitor attraction?

Orleans House Gallery, a baroque, 18th-century building, is conveniently situated next to the river facing Ham House and Marble Hill House. It always has different art exhibitions and family-friendly events going on.

 

Which are the most sought-after primary and secondary schools in your area?

Richmond's primary schools top the league table. Top sought-after primaries include The Vineyard, Marshgate and Orleans Infant School

The secondary schools are also very successful. Among the best are Orleans Park, Waldegrave School for Girls and Grey Court School.

 

And finally, sum up why it's so great for families?kew

Alongside the outstanding schools, Richmond offers a perfect marriage of history and natural beauty, just 15 minutes outside of central London. After a busy day at work, you come back to your neighbourhood, breathe in the fresh air (thanks to London Kew Gardens and Richmond Park), listen to the wildlife and feel the stress leave your body before you arrive home to your children. 

 

What Richmond Mumsnetters think

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  • The best outside space is Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park - wonderful, and a magical place to take the children! And it's free! KarenInglis

  • The best outdoor space in my opinion is Kew Gardens and the membership passes are really worth it, as you can take in family and friends. New2Kew

Last updated: 05-Sep-2013 at 11:00 AM