Comprising the residential community either side of the Upper Richmond Road West between Putney and Richmond, (East) Sheen is a vibrant community enviably served by excellent local schools, shops, pubs and restaurants – and not to forget a lovely big Waitrose! Yet one can be amidst the bustle of a busy London high street one minute, and be circumnavigating Richmond Park on your bike the next, so intertwined is Sheen with vast expanses of the park.
The area between the Upper Richmond Road and the park is known as Parkside, and contains some wonderful pubs tucked away amongst the attractive period houses that characterize these tree-lined streets. As if Richmond Park wasn’t enough, the area also boasts Sheen Common and Palewell Park.
Transport-wise, a historic milestone on Sheen’s main crossroads (where Sheen Lane meets the Upper Richmond Road) marks the 10 mile mark to the centre of London, although these days regular trains from Mortlake overground station cover the ground in no time.
Simply put, Sheen is one of London’s loveliest and most family-friendly neighbourhoods, combining city-living with all the charm of a more rural existence. It may not be an excuse to invest in that new Land Rover, but 2500 acres of glorious parkland on your doorstep is certainly justification to buy some wellington boots!
It’s a fact!
Richmond Park is the largest of London’s eight royal parks, and is the largest enclosed space within the capital.