Famous for its botanic gardens, the area of Kew also happens to be a thriving place to live. Those who appreciate green spaces, a riverside setting and a selection of modern and period builds will find the peaceful lifestyle awaits in TW9.
Located in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, which is often voted as one of the best places to live in London, Kew finds itself steeped in history. That history includes strong links to George II, whose son laid the foundations for the Royal Botanic Gardens.
For those seeking a village lifestyle and escape from the hustle and bustle of inner London, TW9 is an a getaway without ever truly having to leave. Excellent travel links, a good selection of rental properties and plenty of local shops paint Kew in good light and help make it an appealing option.
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Located on the outskirts of West London, Kew is 7.5 miles from Charing Cross. It forms part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, which is one of the more desired London boroughs.
During the French revolution, refugees sort solace in Kew and later went on to establish themselves in the area. In the 18th and 19th centuries it grew in popularity, becoming a favourite spot for artists to reside. From 1965, the area of North Sheen became part of Kew.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, otherwise known as Kew Gardens, are the area’s most famous claim to fame. After Frederick's (The then Prince of Wales) death, his wife, Augustina, commissioned architect Sir William Chambers to construct on the gardens.
Today the gardens are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited tourist attractions in London. Kew is also the home to historical documents such as the Domesday Book, which are found at the National Archives.
Renting in Kew
Kew’s advantage lies in being an affordable alternative to neighbour Richmond. Many don’t know about Kew because Richmond is the first area on most people’s lips as far as that part of West London is concerned. This means that rents are slightly lower in TW9 than in TW10.
The type of property available varies, from period homes in the Georgian and Victorian eras to new builds at Kew Bridge and Kew Bridge West, which fall on the Brentford side of the river.
The average rental price for a one bedroom home is £1,580. A two-bedroom property fetches around £2,120, while a three-bed commands in the region of £3,375. Large families looking for properties with more than three bedrooms can expect to pay anywhere between £3,400 and £6,000.
Who lives there?
Many families live in Kew thanks to its village settings and good schools, such as Holy Trinity CofE and The Queen of CofE. The modern developments tend to attract younger corporates, who desire the village and riverside settings but prefer to live in slightly more modern surroundings.
Kew Gardens Tube station is located on the Richmond Branch of the District Line and has services to Hammersmith, Earl’s Court, South Kensington, Victoria and Blackfriars. There is also an Overground line at Kew Gardens, which goes to Willesden in North London.
Kew Bridge station provides trains to Waterloo, Clapham Junction and Vauxhall. Overall Kew is well connected for transport links, a feat that appeals to many working professionals who need access to Central London and the City. All stations are in Zone 3.
For those seeking regular getaways, Heathrow Airport is around 15 minutes away by car or taxi.
Things to do in Kew
While a popular destination for residents, Kew also attracts many people who don’t live in the area. From local gastropubs to Kew Gardens, there are amenities aplenty in the TW9 postcode.
The Glasshouse has a Diners’ Choice Award 2018 from Open Table and is one of the most popular restaurants in Kew. It’s owned by Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Pool, who are behind popular London restaurants Chez Bruce and La Trompette. Expect to find modern European food and a hint of Asian cuisines.
Address: 14 Station Parade, Richmond TW9 3PZ
This traditional Bistrot is situated right in the heart of Kew Village. The cuisine is French, and the dishes are très bien. The restaurant is only a five-minute walk from Kew Gardens, which makes it an ideal place to enjoy a meal after exploring the gardens.
Address: 7 Station Approach, Richmond TW9 3QB
If you’re looking for one of Kew’s excellent gastropubs, you won’t go wrong with The Botanist. It's housed in a heritage listed building and has a glass roof and period features to create the ambience. There is a mixture of classic pub grub and modern dishes to meet a variety of requirements.
Address: 3-5 Kew Green, Richmond TW9 3AA
There is only one place to start, and that’s at Kew Gardens. There are more than 130 hectares of open landscape to explore at the Royal Botanic Gardens. You will feel the need to wander the gardens, experiencing treetop walkways, tropical glasshouses and so much more.
Located in Kew Gardens, Kew Palace is one of the Royal British palaces. It dates back to 1631 and was occupied by royals between 1728 and 1818. It’s open to the public to discover its history and enjoy the surroundings. A ticket to Kew Gardens provides free access to the palace.
Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve located around two miles from Kew. One of London’s eight Royal Parks, Richmond Park is known for its ancient trees, species that include fungi, beetles, bats and wildflowers. Oh, and let’s not forget the deer herds. Just don’t let your dog get too close.
Living in Kew
If you’re looking for a relaxed lifestyle that offers excellent connections into the heart of London, Kew should be at the top of your list. There is history to discover, a village lifestyle to enjoy and riverside settings to take in for renters looking to make Kew their home.
Main image credit: Kew Gardens