- London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Infobox London Borough | name = London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
short_name = Richmond
London borough| area_rank = 290th
area_km2 = 57.41
ons_code = 00BD | ethnicity = 89.0% White
4.9% South Asian
url = http://www.richmond.gov.uk/
leadership = Leader & Cabinet Cllr Serge Lourie
mayor = Cllr Marc Cranfield-Adams
gla_constituency = South West London
Tony ArbourThe London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (audio|En-uk-LBRichmond.ogg|pronunciation) is a London boroughin south west London, England, which forms part of Outer London.
It can been seen from a map that the borough is not entirely urbanised. There are some large areas of open space within the borough boundaries. The main suburban developments are Hampton and
Teddingtonin the south, Twickenham, St Margaretsand Whittonin the central area west of the River Thamesand the Richmond- Kew- Mortlake-Barnes corridor across the loop of the river. It is the only London borough to straddle the Thames with districts on both sides of the river.
List of districts
* East Twickenham
* Strawberry Hill
Attractions, parks and open spaces
Parks take up a great deal of the borough and include
Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Kew Gardens, and Hampton Court Park. There are over 100 parks and open spaces within its boundary and convert|21|mi|km of river frontage - five times more green and open space than any other London borough.
The borough is also home to the National Physical Laboratory and the attractions of
Hampton Court Palace, Twickenham Stadiumand the WWT London Wetlands Centredraw both domestic and international tourism.
In December 2006,
Sport Englandpublished a survey which revealed that residents of the Richmond upon Thames were the 2nd most active in England in sports and other fitness activities. 29.8% of the population participate at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes. [http://www.sportengland.org/index/get_resources/research/active_people/active_people_survey_headline_results.htm]
The borough was formed in 1965 by the merger of the
Municipal Borough of Twickenhamfrom Middlesexwith the Municipal Borough of Richmondand the Municipal Borough of Barnesfrom Surrey; council offices were centred at York House in Twickenham. The name 'Richmond upon Thames' was coined at that time; it is now commonly but inaccurately used to refer to Richmond only.
The borough is twinned with
Konstanzin Germany, Fontainebleauin Franceand Richmond, Virginia, USA.
The borough is connected to central London by the
National Railservices of South West Trains. The London Underground, District Line, serves Richmond and Kew Gardens stations: both are also served by Overground trains on the North London Line.
List of stations
Richmond upon Thames is the
local education authorityfor the borough, and has responsibility for 52 schools.
*St Mary's University College
Richmond, The American International University in London
Richmond has three sister cities, as designated by the Sister Cities International, Inc.: [Sister Cities information obtained from the [http://www.sister-cities.org/icrc/directory/Europe/UK/index Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI)] ." Retrieved on
June 28, 2007.]
Richmond, Virginia USA
* [http://www.richmond.gov.uk/ Richmond upon Thames Council]
* [http://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/ Richmond & Twickenham Times online]
* [http://www.totallyrichmond.com/ Totally Richmond website]
* [http://www.visitrichmond.co.uk/ Visit Richmond]
* [http://www.yourrichmond.co.uk/ Your Richmond]
* [http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/leisure_and_culture/local_history_and_heritage/local_studies_collection/local_history_notes.htm Library Local History Notes on houses and persons mentioned.]
* [http://www.hamptonfc.com/ Hampton & Richmond Borough Football Club]
* [http://www.richmondtheatre.net/ Richmond Theatre]
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