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As the river Thames approaches London, it suddenly heads North at Richmond before making a gracefully corrective right turn at Kew. This has resulted in a beautifully lush peninsula that, in Georgian times, was a magnet for kings, nobility and the burgeoning professional classes. The Royals may have long since decamped to Windsor, but Kew remains solidly middle-class and the area enjoys a reputation for possessing elegant period homes, good schools and a comfortable lifestyle. The streets around Kew Village form a network of fashionable shops, chic restaurants and historic pubs, making it a viable alternative to the slightly pricier neighbourhood of nearby Richmond.

There may be new developments aimed at corporate professionals along the river but the combination of the Royal Botanical Gardens and Richmond Park means that wealthy young families will always find this area particularly attractive. Kew Gardens is so much more than a collection of fancy flower beds; it is a site of rare horticultural and architectural excellence and one of the foremost botanical learning centres in the world. Richmond Park, like its Greenwich counterpart further east, is an example of the legacy that successive kings have left us. Stately homes, manicured gardens and herds of red deer give the whole area an idyllic "Downton Abbey" feel.

Nevertheless, the City and the West End can be conveniently reached via two nearby rail stops. The overground option is situated across the river at Kew Bridge station with trains from there taking just under 30mins to reach Waterloo rail terminus. Alternatively, Kew Gardens underground station is on the Richmond branch of the District line and provides a cheaper commute than neighbouring Richmond owing to its location on the boundary of Zones 3 and 4. River buses provide a more leisurely eastbound journey to Putney, Chelsea and Westminster.

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