Living in Teddington: area guide to homes, schools and transport
Wed 29 Jul 2015
Evening Standard Homes and Property Article on Teddington, written by Anthea Masey and published on the 29th July 2015:
The rout of the Liberal Democrats in the west London borough of Richmond was completed in May when the popular former coalition business secretary Vince Cable lost his Twickenham parliamentary seat to conservative candidate Dr Tania Mathias.
In recent years the borough of Richmond once a Liberal Democrat stronghold has shifted to the right. In 2010 the party lost control of the council and the Richmond Park parliamentary seat was won by the Conservative, and London mayor hopeful, Zac Goldsmith.
The pretty riverside town of Teddington, however, remains staunchly Liberal Democrat being one of only two Richmond wards to return three Liberal Democrats to the council at last year’s council elections. The three councillors are currently campaigning to stop Imperial College from selling its sport ground in Udney Park Road for development and for locally controversial plans to build a small hydro-electric plant at Teddington weir.
Teddington is the point at which the Thames ceases to be tidal with the downstream river controlled by the Port of London Authority and the upstream river the responsibility of the Environment Agency. At Teddington only pedestrians and cyclist can cross the river making this a peaceful place to contemplate the locks and weirs that characterise this stretch of the Thames.
Teddington’s other big attraction is Bushy Park, the second largest of London’s royal parks. Famous for its herds of red and fallow deer this historic park has a chestnut avenue designed by Sir Christopher Wren, a 17th century fountain topped with a golden statue of Diana and a baroque water garden that had virtually disappeared until it was restored following the discovery, by Sir Roy Strong, of an 18th century painting depicting the garden’s cascades, pools and basins.
Teddington is close to the M3, M4 and M25. The train from Teddington Station takes a little over half an hour to Waterloo passing through Clapham Junction for trains to Victoria and Vauxhall for the Victoria Line. Teddington is in Zone 6 and an annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs £2,344.
The local schools are one of the main reasons families settle in Teddington. All the state primary schools get good results at Key Stage 2 (age 11). Collis in Fairfax Road; St Mary’s and St Peter’s CofE in Somerset Road and Hampton Wick Infants in Normansfield Avenue (ages three to seven) are all judged “outstanding” by Ofsted.
Teddington School, the local state comprehensive in Broom Road, gets above-average results at GCSE and is judged “good” by the government education watchdog. Waldegrave School (girls, ages 11 to 16) in Fifth Cross Road, Twickenham is judged “outstanding”.
There are two highly competitive grammar schools in Kingston upon Thames: Tiffin (boys, ages 11 to 18) in Queen Elizabeth Road and The Tiffin Girls’ (ages, 11 to 18) in Richmond Road.
There is also a choice of private schools. The private primary and preparatory schools are: Newland House (co-ed, ages three to 13) in Waldegrave Park; The Mall (boys, ages four to 13) in Hampton Road, Twickenham; Twickenham Preparatory (co-ed, ages four to 13) in High Street, Hampton; Park Hill (co-ed, ages three to 11) in Queen’s Road, Kingston; and Athelstan House (co-ed, ages two to seven) in Percy Road, Hampton.
Kingston Grammar (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) is a private secondary school and there are also a number of all-through schools. These are: Radnor House (co-ed, ages seven to 18) in Pope’s Villa, Twickenham; St Catherine’s (girls, ages three to 18) in Cross Deep, Twickenham; Hampton Court House (co-ed, ages three to 16) in East Molesey; The Lady Eleanor Holles (girls, ages seven to 18) in Hanwell Road, Hampton; Hampton (boys, ages two to 18), also in Hanwell Road, Hampton, and Surbiton High (co-ed, ages four to 18) in Surbiton Crescent, Surbiton.
Shops and restaurants
Teddington’s main shopping street is in two halves along Broad Street and High Street and apart from branches of Tesco Metro, Morrisons Local, Budgen, M&S Simply Food, Carluccio’s, Pizza Express and Starbucks, it is dominated by independent shops, cafés and restaurants.
In Broad Street, look out for Astrora coffee roasters and Urban Suburban for gifts and homewares. In the High Street, La Bottega is an Italian café and delicatessen; Ted’s specialises in children’s clothes; The Fallow Deer is a café that stays open on Friday nights for cocktails and Retro Bistrot is a popular French restaurant, while The King’s Head belongs to Raymond Blanc’s pub-brasserie chain. Mitzi B sells gifts, homewares and furniture in a restricted palette of whites, beiges and greys, and TCS is a stylish women’s boutique.
There are three branches of the local seven-branch Cavan Bakery. The Anglers gastropub in Broom Road has a large riverside garden.
Bushy Park, the second largest Royal Park, where herds of red and fallow deer roam, sits south of the town centre. The Thames Path is on the north bank at Ham but is accessible to Teddington residents via a footbridge. Richmond Park is not far.
Council: Richmond (Conservative-controlled); Band D council tax for the 2015/2016 year: £1,582.39.