Get your bearings

Twickenham is both town and country. As well as excellent schools, shops, pubs, restaurants and a wealth of modern and period housing, it also boasts a popular farmers’ market, delightful green, beautiful parks and walks along one of the most picturesque stretches of the Thames. Fast, regular trains to Waterloo take 20- 30 minutes. There is an excellent bus service to Richmond, Kingston, Hammersmith and beyond. Heath Road runs from the pretty triangular green, complete with cricket pavilion, before turning into King Street and then Richmond Road and running through St Margarets and into Richmond and is referred to locally as the High Street. It has a good mix of major supermarkets and independent retailers, notably the hugely popular Sandy’s Fishmonger, the place to go for oysters and smoked salmon. Oldy-worldy Church Street has bijoux boutiques, family-run restaurants and a proper old fashioned sweet shop (Sweet Memories). It also plays host to regular craft fairs and an Italian market at Christmas and French markets throughout the summer. The thriving independent shops also do a great trade. Plans to develop the area south of King Street down to the river have been controversial but are going ahead and will see the Embankment pedestrianised.