The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is in south-west London. It was created in 1965 when three smaller council areas joined together.
The River Thames runs for over 10 miles through the borough, linking Hampton Court Palace, Richmond Town Centre and Kew Gardens with London. Richmond has historic houses, theatres, museums, galleries, exhibits and town centres bursting with life.
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 140 hectares are designated as part of the Metropolitan Green Belt.